Thursday, August 6, 2009

Blues, Brews & BBQ 2009

The early afternoon was partly cloudy, the storms off in the distance were threatening, but nothing to seriously as I walked out to re-open the gate for our 17th concert here on the river. Blues, Brews & BBQ 2009 opened with the local Fallon band Ten ta Midnight, who did a fabulous job of getting the crowd going, and then Terrapin Road hit the stage as the sun was setting and drops of rain started to fall. It didn’t slow them down though, and the music was amazing. People in the grass dancing, the winds gently keeping everything cool, and the bar was hopping as everyone was trying their hardest to make the decision which of the 25 varieties of brews to try. Jaime and Bob kept up with the masses with a smile and a joke or two, while Linny and Sarah manned the front gate. Michelle and I got to be the rovers, wandering around re-stocking and visiting, dancing and laughing….tough job……glad it was ours! Big Ed’s BBQ kept up with everyone descending on their booth, and the sweet potato pie was a huge hit for me. Blue Haven took the stage and the night just got better as the moon came up over the river. The last set was a Terrapin Road/ Blue Haven jam, my favorite every year, and as we begged for more they played one last song….and the night ended. It was a record turnout, over 320 blues lovers, the most we have ever had... and even Harriet got to stay up late for the evening.

Who knows, maybe an Oktoberfest needs to be thrown out there for consideration………….hmm…………………

pics (by Shawn Myers, Sarah Henderson, Michelle Nelsen and me)

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