Chicago Blues Festival In Brief

R. Schneider
Fri Jul 4 18:44:34 EDT 1997

Chicago Blues Festival 1997:  In Brief

Best Performance:  Rufus Thomas

Worst performance:  The weather.

Most pleasant surprise:  Seeing Little Ed in good form and really cooking in
a spirited performance with Dave Weld.

Least pleasant surprise:  Otis Clay singing but a single song.

Breath of fresh air:  Del Ray, who performed a style of Blues that is seldom

Festival Gems:  Henry Qualls, Frank Frost and Sam Carr.

Best legs:  (tie)  Liz Mandville, Rufus Thomas. and barbequed turkey.

Most visible:  Debbie Davies, she performed on all three stages and duoed
with Tab Benoit and Coco Montoya.

Least visible:  Howard Armstrong. (see below)

Most moving moment on stage:  Aaron Burton's tribute to Lovee Lee.

Most moving moment off stage:  Anytime you glance into the section reserved
for the disabled.

Festival Improvments:  An extra day, more room for the Juke Joint stage, and
food for the press.

Need Improvement:  Scheduling performers in their only appearance at the same
time as the Petrillo show.  (Howard Armstrong this year and Paul Geremia last
year)  and more inspired T-shirts.

Best smile: (tie)  Deborah Coleman and Detroit Junior.

Rookie of the Year:  U. P. Wilson.

Festival overview:  Forget the whining of the Chicago press and keep the
festival like it is, free and loaded with talent who may not all be household
names but who deserve the attention they can only get here.

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