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N'awlins and the Jazzfest!
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STLBlues has been traveling a bit - N'awlins and the Jazzfest! The Katrina devastation is still evident in many parts of this grand city, yet the music still thrives in New Orleans! As Joe Louis Walker said best, "All the hurricanes in the world won't keep New Orleans down!" On Jazzfest weekend 2, day 1, STLBlues braved the 1st 3 hours of the most torrential rains we've ever experienced at a festival (5 1/2"). When the midway path around the Acura stage became a river 50' wide and 3' deep, and a couple on an inflatable couch floated on by, most festgoers called it a day! Of course, upon leaving the fest grounds the skies let up and the music resumed! They take this in stride down here in the Big Easy! Later that night, Tab Benoit and Rockin' Dopsie at the legendary Rock N' Bowl helped fill that musical void very nicely! Amazingly, the next day there was little evidence it had rained at all! Highlights the final 2 days included Steely Dan, the Allman Bro(s), and of course Taj Mahal!

Speaking of New Orleans - Jake of 'Rockin' Jake', a N'awlins band that was flooded out by Katrina, decided to call St. Louis home, and has since hired on some of the best sidemen St. Louis has to offer, Rich McDonough on guitar and Sal Ruelas on bass! Jake is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted “Best of the Beat” award for best harmonica player. His band is stronger than ever, and on the road constantly. New Orleans was unfortunate to lose Jake, but St. Louis is pleased he choose this city to call home! And STLBlues is doubly pleased to represent the Rockin' Jake band as a booking agency!

It was then off to Memphis and the prestigious Blues Music Awards, followed by Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation, Helena and King Biscuit Time Radio show on KFFA Radio, with 'Sunshine' Sonny Payne. Along the way, New Orleans community Radio WWOZ and Memphis' WEVL kept the airwaves filled with the best blues
and zydeco to be found, making a road trip sound so much better.

St. Louis Blues guitarists and bassists
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A brief stop in 'Da Lou' to recharge - while in town, this gathering of St. Louis Blues guitarists and bassists took some time for the 'Baseball, Blues and Guitars' photo shoot! Just a small sample of the abundance of St. Louis Bluesmen!

(Left to right - Mike Eschbach, Eugene Johnson, John May, Charles Hunt, Leroy Jodie Pierson, Jeremy Segel-Moss)

It's back to the fest circuit for the Chicago Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and so many more. You see, we're on a mission here at STLBlues - to give the Interactive Gig calendar away to EVERY blues band in America and beyond, so help us spread the word!

Dave Beardsley
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