The Music Festivals Are Coming: Let the Blues Run Away with Your Heart!

by Carey Rutherford

The blues are here, and that’s a good thing, believe it or not. Isn’t it funny how emotional distress creates such beautiful things? The blues lie at the heart of so much of North American popular music, and its potency shows why it’s GOT to stay a little to the side of mainstream radio.

Too much of it could cause riots. Or even worse, dancing!

The Calgary Blues Music Association (thank heaven for them) is proud to begin it’s 2010 Calgary International Blues Festival today with the first of its musician’s workshops, and then performances start at noon on Wednesday with the local band Gunn in the Olympic Plaza. This also happens to be part of the High Noon Music put on the by the City of Calgary.

Hope it doesn’t snow.
(Isn’t it strange that some people reading that will realize I’m not joking?)

The Blues Festival Mainstage gets going this Thursday, August 5th at 5:00 p.m. in the Shaw Millennium Park and there’s no question that day will be highlighted by David Clayton-Thomas and an 11-piece band at 8:30. But before that will be MonkeyJunk and then the Lester Quitzau Trio, at 5:00 and 6:30, respectively.

For a late-night treat (necessary if it’s REALLY the blues), the Blues Association has craftily organized Twilight Blues events at two different downtown locations: the Ramada Hotel or Quincy’s. These run every night of the Mainstage performances after 10:00 pm, and you’ll have to check the schedule to know where it is each night.

But Wait! There’s More!!

Little Feat will headline the next night (Friday), and it’s not even the weekend yet! On Saturday and Sunday, the performances start at noon and run all day, and then again move to the Twilight Blues areas as the late night takes over. There’s a heck of a lot of blues out there, but that’s no surprise: watch the news.

The blues ARE like watching the news, but all of the events are happening to individual hearts. Give your heart some nutrition and eat up some blues. You’ll love me for it!

Author: Carey Rutherford

Swallowed by the mutual loves of words and music (but far too chicken-shit to perform them with a band), Carey’s writing career started slowly as a freelance writer in 2003, starved him nearly to personal bankruptcy until 2008, and changed directions while writing for FastForward, Beacon Calgary, GayCalgary, and Examiner magazines. With the death of many old-school periodicals, and the explosion of musical diversity in Calgary, the modern approach to writing about live music performance in the Calgary region presented uncluttered landscapes for the focussed passion that Carey’s conversations with musicians, drag queens, festival producers and small animals has uncapped. He was moulded by the brilliance of paper-based periodicals old and new (Life, rolling Stone, Swerve! and Adbusters etc.), and sees the info-verse as needing creative, empathetic, but clear-eyed Agents to communicate these performances.