As great as LouFest was, last weekend also featured another new St. Louis music festival: STL BluesWeek. Conceived as a week-long celebration of the city’s vibrant musical heritage, BluesWeek festivities included VIP events, blues history discussions, and lots of live jazz and blues music. I was on hand to capture the opening night concert held on the steps of the soon to be re-opened Peabody Opera House, a site that has itself been included in blues lore.
The night’s entertainment kicked off with a tribute to famed bluesman Albert King, played entirely by alumni of his band. Then a trio of harmonica players strutted their stuff before a showcase of local R&B and soul singers brought down the house. It was great to be a part of history and to photograph several musicians that I’ve had the honor of playing with myself. No matter which side of the camera I’m on, when there’s music like this involved I’m a happy guy.