The Happy BLUES ....
Last weekend I went to Columbia for a FREE 2-day Blues Festival.
It was the 16th annual Saturday event but this was the first one with a Friday afternoon opening day.
Alexis P. Suter is a big woman with a big versatile voice - and she and her band dazzled the crowd.
Her booming contralto belted out blues rockers, spirituals and soothing ballads.
When you entered each day, your hand was stamped WOMP, initials for the promoters name Word Of Mouth Productions. They have a right to be proud!
The festival site is right next to Columbia's Five Points. Local musicians played for their fans and then welcomed regional and national acts to the stage.
Families spread blankets and set up chairs in Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park.
But this was a musical event and dancers popped up, unable to sit still, to move to the music.
The Holmes Brothers were the big act that highlighted the show.
Sherman Holmes plays bass, his brother Wendell on guitar and piano and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixson on drums.
Their trademark 3-part harmony covered a blend of blues, gospel,soul, R&B, rock 'n roll and country.
The crowd seemed to enjoy the two days so I look forward to the expanded 17th annual show next year.
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