Boy oh boy are we lucky! I live in an absolutely gorgeous town in Northern California, the redwoods, the ocean…and every summer: Blues by the Bay. We go with a group of friends; arriving a couple of hours early to secure our spots and prepare for two days of glorious music and relaxation. And I guess global warming is really doing it’s thing because the pacific northwest is SUPPOSED to be foggy and cool in the summer but this year it was hot and muggy. (Not a good thing….)
The lineup was fantastic as always. Every year there are some acts that I’ve never heard of and it never fails that we’re blown away by one or more. And this year they were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” and had some old favorites that took me right back to junior high school: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite… Wow! You would have thunk that Big Brother couldn’t be “the same” without Janis…but they got a female singer that, while she does have her own sound, does a fantastic rendition of Janis. Close your eyes and drift back 40 years…. And I’ve got to tell you — this is the second time I’ve seen Elvin Bishop at this festival and does he ever put on one heck of a show!
The audience is all ages, babies to grandparents. Everyone groovin’ and having a wonderful time in a wonderful location. Take a look at some of the fun:
Elvin Bishop brought down the house!
Big Brother took me back….(waaaay back)
Told ya it was sunny! (My man…)
The festival went on for two days and the final day we had some overcast but still, a lovely sunset. This shot was taken right at the festival.