Rocked out this past weekend at the Ventura Blues Festival, held at the Camarillo Arts Center, and made possible by Shock Top ale, Guitar Center, 955 KLOS, Doug Deutsch Publicity and many others. This is a small, very comfortable and well organized event for dyed-in-the-wool classic blues fans and blues festival junkies. Great food, plenty to drink, good vendors, super restrooms and a neighborly, fun vibe. The talent was first rate, ranging from 2014 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist Rae Gordon to the incandescent Delgado Brothers of East Los Angeles, winner of the 2016 International Blues Challenge. Others onstage included guitar virtuoso Pete Gordon, the always entertaining and smiling Dallas Hodge, and Portland-based Deb Ryder, belting the blues with her band.
The festival was laid out in a soccer field next to the center (an former school) and worked very well both logistically and in terms of sightlines and - despite a few speaker glitches – sound. Plenty of room to dance, plenty of vendors to tour and food for every taste, all of which could be washed down with Shock Top ale, a selection of Plan B Wines, and Patron shots. Fans spread blankets, beach chairs and sunblock and spent the kind of afternoon that is so rare in these days of mega music productions. I recommend it. Check out the videos at my YouTube channel http://bit.ly/1wswDXs and photos on the Music Friday Facebook page. http://bit.ly/1OeQwrx