What can I say except “Wow”! Summertime Blues” 2014 was an amazing success. From setup to takedown everything flowed so smoothly. Superb volunteers manned security, front desk, trash detail, adult beverage sales and so much more. Your Board of Directors were on site for the entire duration of the festival and were there to answer any questions or concerns that may have arisen. I could not be more proud of them.
The music was simply incredible. Not one act didn’t bring their “A” game. Ian Perry started the festivities and for a 13 year old guitar player he sure knew his licks. Jayden Holman proved he is an up and coming star. Summer and the Sinners hail from Victoria and they really set the tone for Harpdog Brown who wowed the crowd with his closing set. A truly awesome start to our Festival.
Saturday began with The Distributors. What a way to start the day. Luv Train delivered right where The Distributors left off. The action was beginning to heat up. Mark Crissinger and the Bluebudzz left an indelible impression with his high energy and crowd pleasing ramble. An all girl band called CURL proved that the blues is not a male bastion. And what can you say about Bill Johnson. A real class act. From up island came Lazy Mike and the Rockin’ Recliners delivering great harp. Closing up the evening was a true highlight. Jim Byrnes put on an incredible performance. What a way to end the evening and to prime us for Sunday.
Sunday morning began on a real high energy note. Those folks who came early were not disappointed. The early birds were up and dancing the entire set. Blue Cadillac made and appearance and continued the hectic pace. Renovation Blues Band kept up the energy and the crowd was getting pumped. Auntie Kate belted out some soulful blues that could only come from life’s experiences. And then our headliners “Canned Heat”. An original Woodstock legend graced our stage and as soon as that first chord was struck the crowd rushed the stage and began to boogie. The synergy between the crowd and Canned Heat created a high that was phenomenal. There was no doubt that they delivered a knockout punch. Steve Kozak carried on that high energy and delivered a set that he must be proud of. Murray Porter closed out the festival and showed the crowd what a musical virtuoso he is. Anyone who didn’t see Murray missed a truly great performance.
Doug Fetherston produced a wonderful montage for the Nanaimo Blues Society and you can view it here. Thanks go to Doug for the compilation.
If you felt that you could contribute in a small way as a committee member of the Blues Society please feel free to get in touch with me - email: Gerold Haukenfrers
On a final note please remember to fill out our exit questionnaire. Your feedback will assist us in developing and creating an even better festival for next year. So mark your calendars for Summertime Blues dates Aug 28, 29, & 30, 2015!
Gerold Haukenfrers, NBS President