Sunday, October 10, 2010

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.

(Click - twice - on photo for more details. The link will let you hear some of the music.

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At Mon Oct 11, 10:31:00 AM , Blogger Kevin said...

Sounds like it was fun!

At Mon Oct 11, 12:07:00 PM , Anonymous Chuck Boyd said...

Oh yeah, it was. A chili cook off competition was held next door with some great aromas.

Enjoyed the local 5th annual American Music Celebration yesterday at Freshfield Village/Kiawah.

Support live music.

At Wed Oct 13, 10:07:00 PM , Blogger Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

How can one not like the blues???
I can look at the photo of Alexis and just imagine the remarkable sound. Aw, just get on down.


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