REAL Blues Festival of Orange County

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November 4, 2010

Real BluesReal BluesFrom a festival standpoint organizers of this gig had their work cut out for them from the start. By that I mean this wasn’t the typical ‘festival’ setting in that it was indoors at the Olde Ship British Pub and Restaurant in Santa Ana (Orange County) California and room was at a premium.

The Olde Ship is a favorite hang for a giant ‘regular’ crowd of sports buffs, athletes and a bunch of cool ‘locals’ who drop by at any given time to enjoy good food and drink and service which is second to none. Old fashioned hospitality is free here most days and was definitely included with the price of admission this day!

The Los Angeles Blues Society were on hand with a booth outside along with other vendors to sell their wares, spread their good word and share their efforts with the capacity crowd who straggled in and out throughout the day while inside the crew from broadcast live interviews between sets and music on their podcast.

Real BluesThe joint was packed, Howie Rogers and his crew from Axis IV Studios were on hand with their cameras (I counted at least 7 cameras) to capture the entire event on video and once again Axis IV and MusicUCanSee Productions will bring you the coolest EXCLUSIVE live concert videos from the event SOON.

Between the SRO crowd, the video crew, the radio guys and all the artists and their entourage’s it was tricky finding a spot to sit and watch the show. Having said that, I’ll add that there isn’t a bad seat in the house to listen from and believe me, everyone who came, listened.

The talent on hand was stellar, the protocol was all blues and with only a couple of rockin’[song choice] exceptions protocol was followed to the letter.

Real BluesHere’s the line-up of bands in order of the performance:

  • KK Martin
  • The Flames
  • P-Cats
  • Stoney B. Blues Band
  • Oozie Blues
  • Blues Gone South [Featuring Papa J]
  • The Glenn Patrik Band
  • Shari Puorto
  • The Alastair Greene Band [AGB]

Papa J and everyone involved in producing this event shoud be given the highest kudos for making this a smooth running, great sounding, fun time for everyone who showed up.

Every artist and band member brought their ‘A’ game and the atmosphere was ripe for fellowship among them. This fact was evident and was proven by the many ‘guest’ performances by, with and from members of every band. For instance, near the end of Alastair’s set we (the crowd) were treated to a scorching rendition of the Elmore James classic ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ by ‘The OC RB All-Stars’ (my name not theirs) featuring:

Glenn Patrik, Shari Puorto, Papa J, Jim Rankin, Tom Lackner and Alastair Greene all on one stage! I’d say they rocked the house but this was the ‘REAL’ Blues fest so suffice it to say, they bluesed us up good!

The festival was a complete success and we are sure to hear of it expanding and repeating for many years to come. Stay tuned because we’ll be there when it happens! OK Orange County…now you know the blues. Take it easy and,

Thanks for the ride!