Okay time to play catch up on the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Let me say it lived up to its billing. Not only were the fans having fun but the artists were in top form. It was easy to see the energy going from stage to audience and audience to stage.
Paul and Jamie welcome the festival goers.
Roberto Morbioli from Verona was first up. The crowd was so ready he was getting cheers during his sound check.
Roberto was not the only Italian at the NABF, so was one of the sponsors. I hope some more Italians come this way.
A extra group was what Paul referred to as the “blues future.” Teenagers taking music lessons and learning the blues, right at a studio in Rockland.
HarrisonKennedy played between acts Saturday and Sunday.
Next up was Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones. Some technical troubles limited the quality but I will drop in some backstage candids.
Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang. What can you say Hall of Fame, bring it back to Chicago. Now in the past we have seen, guitar, harmonica, and piano blowoffs, this was to be a Sax Blowoff.
Joining Eddie were Gordon “Sax” Beadle and Rodney Brown.
Tommy Castro as filled with energy as ever, took over next. He was having fun and invited a few others to join in with him.
Harrison Kennedy came on to do “Chairman of the Board.” Next visitor was the “Master Blaster.”
James Cotton, what can one say but Mr. Super Harp. He had the audience from the first note as he walked up the steps. He had the day’s big smile and even got up for a few dance steps. I was sitting next to a Cotton fan, so a few extra pics.
Then another visit from Eddie Shaw. Two Hall of Famers in one!!!
A cake was brought out for James, number 80. As the musicians filled the stage, they led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday.
Then it was back to the B&B.
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