Wednesday, August 13, 2008
August Blues Festival
Our city hosted the annual Blues Festival this past weekend. It has been so successful in the past that extra stages were added this year in the downtown area so three gigs could run concurrently. The main street was closed and vendors sold food, music and handcrafts under tents between the stages. Friday night's weather was perfect but Saturday was a very rainy day. But the show went on regardless and die-hard fans enjoyed their favourite performers.
We went down on Sunday afternoon and the rain started as we arrived. People sat in the audience with umbrellas and full rain suits. We stood in the shelter of the nearby city hall where we could listen to the music and keep dry.
Blues music makes use of blue or worried notes:- flattened 3rd, 5th and 7th notes of the scale. The African American style is a lament expressing a desire for a better life. But by putting sad feelings to music, the blue feelings are overcome and successes of life are celebrated. The blues have been a great influence in modern music.
I like the mellow sound of the blues and live performances with real instrumentalists (rather than sound tracks) always interest me. Even with the rain, the mood was festive, not blue. Music is very powerful.
The Becka wrote a post about the festival and included a short video clip here.