We can all deny it’s the end of August.
Back in the day with former EGB bassman Rick O’neal at the Boston Blues Challenge (may have even been the night we won).
Rick and I will interviewing on MVYradio (8pm if you can tune in) and then joining our bud Mike Benjamin for a show @ the Ritz this Friday night! Tom Major from Entrain will also join us for what will be a unique one time only show in celebration of MVYradio’s fundraiser week. Friday is the last day to donate.
(All photos by Christina Cole)
20,000 people turned up for the “Blues on the beach” in Stratford CT last weekend (a barely advertised event -it’s all volunteer die hards who love it) that featured 5 great bands that might be described as “bluesy” but in reality, -not blues bands.
A NH “blues festival” that falls within the same month will be lucky if it has 2,000 attendees.
The “scene” is never where you think it is.
As for the talk of titles and genres….
Perhaps Dylan started this 50 years ago with the electric guitar at the Newport Folk fest (plenty of electrics there these days), or maybe it was the Police at Bonnaroo (a jam festival?) a decade back. Maybe it doesn’t really matter.
When you round up art and name it a genre, you’re essentially placing it in a cell. And, it’s never really guilty of anything nor needed to be locked up. For the record, I love plenty of “genres” (think, they weren’t genres when they started right?).
When the titles go away and the genres come out to play, well then…you get original.