North Atlantic Blues Fest – Day 1

 

Welcome to Maine

Welcome to Maine

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.

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Paul and Jamie welcome the festival goers.

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Roberto Morbioli from Verona was first up.  The crowd was so ready he was getting cheers during his sound check.

Roberto

Roberto

walking the crowd

walking the crowd

with friends

with friends

 

 

 

 

 

Roberto was not the only Italian at the NABF, so was one of the sponsors.  I hope some more Italians come this way.

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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.

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more on the bass player in future blog

more on the bass player in future blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HarrisonKennedy played between acts Saturday and Sunday.

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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.

Dennis and Doug

Dennis and Doug

Dennis

Dennis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doug and friends backstage

Doug and friends backstage

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Eddie & Vann

Eddie & Vann

Rodney

Rodney

Gordon Sax Beadle

Gordon Sax Beadle

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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.

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bringing on Harrison

bringing on Harrison

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Harrison Kennedy came on to do “Chairman of the Board.”   Next visitor was the “Master Blaster.”

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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.

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with Darrell

with Darrell

working hard

working hard

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the day

Enjoying the day

Then another visit from Eddie Shaw.  Two Hall of Famers in one!!!

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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.

My view  in the backyard.

My view in the backyard.

Questions/comments, I can be reached through the Blog comments or at twblus@aol.com.  BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella.  My weekly Blues Beat column appears in the New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press and Torrington Register-Citizen.

 

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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