I dunno – but we will return like the proverbial locusts (‘cept every year not seven).
These are snaps from Sunday which started with Albert Cummings getting everyone ready to roll with guitar licks and a very cool hat, then Lydia Pense & Cold Blood brought the ‘East Bay Grease’ from San Francisco out East in one of their rare appearances to this side of the Mississippi – dancing in the aisles and funk to spare.
Texas guitar slinger Michael Williams and band showed us that power trios still have a place in the blues world as he tore up the stage going ‘hendrix’ for Third Stone From The Sun – well done bro’.
Shemekia Copeland, reigning Queen of the Blues, soul-filled R&B laced set was proof of her talent and current status in the blues hierarchy. She swapped out with Philipp Fankhauser who was late getting in from Switzerland. Philipp played with Shemekia’s daddy, Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland for many years and will be featured in an upcoming interview with separate photo gallery just cos.
JJ Grey & Mofro wowed the audience with a hi energy Florida stew that really impressed everyone there. Brought on stage by Tony Colter of Sirius/XM Bluesville, headliner Jonny Lang ended this weekend of great blues music with his incendiary guitar work and stage presence. Thank you Don Hooker and staff, volunteers and everyone involved for a great weekend of music and fun.
Love, Peace & Chicken Grease
photos: Leslie K. Joseph, Blues411