Bayfront Bluesfest 2012 Weekend Recap

 Whew! Well I just got home from what was an epic weekend of blues music in Duluth, MN. My first gig of the the trip was the big one- a performance that I've been diligently preparing for for most of this year- my solo set on the acoustic stage at The Bayfront Bluesfest. I honestly wasn't too sure what to expect crowd-wise for the gig but upon arriving at the beautiful venue it was clear, there were going to be A LOT of people watching me! I took the stage at 4:40 in front a packed house of North Country blues fans and promptly got my jam on. When looking out at the crowd I saw a sea of smiling faces and people totally grooving to what I was doing. This made me immediately relax and dig-deep to give them the best possible performance that I could muster. I think I pulled it off and was quite content with how I played. As you can see in the videos, it was impossible not to smile when you heard applause like that! I played all original tunes, here was my set-
Cold World
See It in Your Eyes
Loretta
Saved by Memories
You Put the Devil Into Me
D.R.U.N.K
One Way Street

Following the festival I had a gig at The Bowery Bros pub in the Radisson hotel, just up the road from the festival. I set up outside by the fire pit and had a great time playing the blues for the steady crowd. I have to sincerely thank Jim Pinckney from the Minnesota Blues Socitey for making this happen. It was a blast, especially when Kit Kildahl and Steve Vonderhar came out and did some tunes. Steve is an unreal harp player as many people know and I loved jamming a few tunes with him! 

On Saturday night I had a gig at Carmody Irish Pub in Duluth. I played here with my friend and former bandmate Michael Pitoscia and his group the John Carden Band. I did an hour and a half set of my stuff then the band got up and rocked it. I sat in on a few tunes with some harmonica and slide guitar. Later in the evening we got the 'Led' out as I sang rousing renditions of 'Lemon Song' and 'Whole Lotta Love'. Hey, I may be mainly a blues guy now but I have no problem rocking out when the situation presents itself. A gig at Carmody is definitely in the works for my next trip out, cool spot! 

I spent most of Sunday at the festival and got to see Walter Trout slay the crowd. Awesome. The highlight of the festival's performances that I saw though would have to be the Brooks Family Blues Dynasty, who closed out the show. Wow, they just put a on clinic for how entertain an audience. Loved it! 

Thanks for reading, can't wait to get back out to Duluth and play again! 


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