Hurricane Wilma improves the Riverwalk Blues Festival - CinemaDave
Feb. 12th, 2006 02:04 pm Hurricane Wilma improves the Riverwalk Blues Festival
One of the benefits of Hurricane Wilma is that the storm postponed the "19th Annual Riverwalk Blues Festival in Fort Lauderdale" until February. http://www.riverwalkbluesfestival.com/ The weather was gorgeous and the acts went off without a hitch. Buddy Guy Junior sobered up the Downtowner Saloon crowd under the light of a full moon. Elvin Bishop sang a song about 'fishing" and managed to crack a joke about "Brokeback Mountain," much to the applause of the audience. http://www.alligator.com/index.cfm?section=artists&artistid=21
The most energizing act was the "Downchild Blues Band," an act that inspired bar owner Dan Ackroyd before Saturday Night Live began 1975. With 37 years in the Blues business, Downchild played the harp in the the green bullet with the recklessness of a 17 year old. Nice guy, I had my picture taken with him. http://www.downchild.com/comeoninbio.html One woman asked to to sign her blue jeans. Guess where she had space available???? At least Downchild did not dot the "I" very hard :)
The plans are to return the "Riverwalk Blues Festival" to downtown Fort Lauderdale, the weekend of the Superbowl. Given what I saw yesterday, the 20th Annual Riverwalk Blues Festival" will make the NFL jealous in terms of a great partygoing atmosphere!