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5/2/2014 6:00:00 AM
3rd Annual Blythe River Blues Festival at Quechan Park
Photo special to the TimesMicheal Williams (pictured) will be on stage at the 3rd Annual Blythe River Blues Festival scheduled for May 24. Rickets on sale now at Blythe Chamber of Commerce or
Photo special to the Times

Micheal Williams (pictured) will be on stage at the 3rd Annual Blythe River Blues Festival scheduled for May 24. Rickets on sale now at Blythe Chamber of Commerce or
Jaclyn Randall
Former Times Editor

BLYTHE, Calif. - Third Annual Blythe River Blues Festival organizers are busy at work planning the next install in the Memorial Day weekend festival.

Scheduled for May 24 at Quechan Park and Marina (east end of Hobsonway) on the Colorado River, this year's lineup includes the Michael Williams Band, Kirk Fletcher Band, teenage sensation Chase Walker Band, Kofi Baker Cream Experience, and headliner Arthur Adams who played with B.B. King, in addition to local bands including members Joe Seratto, Bill Tuck, and South Main Street Blues Band.

This year's festival begins at 2 p.m., May 24 and will last until midnight. Tickets ($15 a person) are available online at, at Blythe Chamber of Commerce, 207 E. Hobsonway, Blythe, or by calling 760-922-8166.

Added to this year's function is the 1st Annual VFW Post 2987 Biker Rally Weekend scheduled for May 23-24 at VFW Post 2987, 148 N. 1st St. Friday night, the VFW will serve $3 beers and Saturday the members will serve $5 breakfast followed by a Best Bike Contest ($150 cash prize); Best Tattoo Contest ($150 cash prize); and an Arm Wrestling Contest ($300 cash prize). For more information on the VFW Post 2987 Biker Rally call 760-922-3830.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Dave Kehl

This is a very good event with a lot of potential. We just need to get everybody working together. I personally appreciate those that devote their time and effort like Mike Evans on this project. This isn't perfect, I hope Mike can work with people and go through proper channels as much as possible. This is the kind of promotional thing we need to support. Lets pull together, If we lose a little money in the beginning, that's acceptable to me as a taxpayer and much cheaper than retiring people early.

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Article comment by: Blythe TASK Amy & Angela Co-Founders

We at Blythe TASK, would like to thank Mayor Evans, The City of Blythe, Blythe Chamber of Commerce, and ALL the Sponsors Involved with your efforts in making this a successful event and bringing awareness for all the special needs children in the Blythe community. Because of everyone's unwavering generosity, this event continues to support great causes in the community. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation, for choosing to donate all proceeds from this festival towards the purchase of special needs play equipment. Sincerely Blythe TASK

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Virginia Zarp

@ Question Everything and Time to Move On...I've traveled from San Diego to attend this event since Blues Festival #1 and look forward to it. I spend several days in a Blythe hotel, eat in Blythe restaurants, drink in Blythe bars, buy my booze at a local liquor store and gas my car up at a local gas station. I visit relatives and friends that live there and have a great time. I would NOT visit Blythe on Memorial Day weekend if the Blythe River Festival did not exist. I've met folks from the Imperial and Coachella Valleys and the Arizona river communities at the festival. Just because it doesn't turn a profit in the beginning is no reason to "move on with another event". Is there anything else happening that would bring people to Blythe instead of bypassing it?
Last year a gentleman approached my husband and myself. He asked for our opinion of the event and suggestions on how to improve it. We made our comments. He thanked us for attending and started to walk away. I assumed he was an organizer and was impressed that he took the time to thank us. I asked his name and he replied "Mike Evans". I am unaware of the political shenanigans going on in Blythe but the festival is worthy of ongoing support regardless of the politics. Thank you organizers, sponsors and volunteers.

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Quit being such a Guppy!

Oh please James, get your head out of the sand! exactly who's finger prints do you think were on that Grand Jury letter that notified the Grand Jury as to what was going on? probably a certain former City manager. and Just FYI, the Councilman they are talking about did not go thru the City Manager, he told them directly, which is a No, No. the only person they are in charge of is the City Manager, and the City Attorney. I will admit, (deleted)does try, but, he needs to stop being a Glory Hog! do things regardless if you get the credit or picture in the paper for it.

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: james coffman

The grand jury report said a councilman requested city personnel do work on the park but he was told to go through the city manager, which he did, and the city manager ordered the park cleaned. As for the city funds, it takes the vote of at least 3 city councilmembers to spend money from the city's promotional fund, not just the one you hold a grudge against. No tax money has been approved yet this year. This is a chamber of commerce event. All money approved by the council went to the chamber. Not a dime went to any council member or event promoters who all VOLUNTEERED their time, bought their own gas, and spent hundreds of hours setting up, so they could raise money for the chamber, and last year, the Rec Center. They didn't spend their time hiding behind a computer screen criticizing those who were creating opportunities to build the town's business community. I personally want to thank Mayor Mike Evans for standing up and working as hard as he does for the people of this town, the chamber of commerce and all the other organizations he lends his name to in order to make this a better place to live. For pvvt to continue to allow these negative anonymous attacks on his character does nothing for the community and is the primary reason good people like Evans don't run for office.

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Time to move on with another event

well, a good event is always helpful to the Community, and to raise money for an important cause is always great! but, let's not be naÔve people, The mayor had City personal doing all kinds of stuff last year, and they will this year, you say they are not using City funds Neal and James? Think again, it is in the City minutes, last year this event received $6000.00 that Mayor Evans put in for it, and only made $2000 back, not a successful event by far is it? not to mention, the Mayor gives away over half the tickets, in an effort to make it look as though it is successful. any event should make it's own money thru sponsors, not given money from the City. But, like I said, I am all for having events, but, they should stand on their own, not at a minus.

Posted: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Article comment by: Question Everything


Perhaps you didn't read the Grand Jury report. No tax money goes into the event?

Lets see - the City Council voted to give the Chamber of Commerce money. The Chamber then gave that money to the event. Sounds like a passthrough of taxpayer money to me.

Not only that, a city council member, also an organizer of the event, ordered city workers to do work on the property near the event site. Without getting council permission as is required. Eventually permission was given, after the fact and after the work had been completed.

The City was never reimbursed for that work. Which, once again, sounds just like taxpayer money going to the event. The work benefited the event, the event would have had to do the work to put on the event and the City was never reimbursed.

Seems pretty clear to me. I'm not sure how you missed all that.

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: james coffman

As usual, the anonymous commenter with the hidden agenda is way off base. This is not a city event, it is put on by the chamber of commerce, a private entity that doesn't receive tax money. Its goal is to raise money to give to the city to build a park for special needs children. If the mayor or any other councilman wishes to use his unpaid, spare time to help promote it, I say more power to them. I, like most everyone else in town, is tired of you anonymous cowards misleading the public with your baseless innuendo. You obviously have no credibility in Blythe or you would use your name when you make attacks.It must suck to be ashamed to use your name. But then, when you're lying, anonymity is a neccesity.

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Article comment by: Question Everything

Turn it into something political?

I suspect you haven't read the Grand Jury report and fully understand it. A council member has decided to make it political, since he is both on the council and a promoter. And he has at least on one occasion paid the Chamber of Commerce to put the event on and funneled the money to the event that he sits on. Perhaps you haven't looked at the gifting of public funds issue.

I think its time to take a deep look into this event and it's ties with the council member in question. And we need to look at the money. The City money, the Chamber money and where it goes, how it's used and how it is spent.

We also need to look at the organizers, who they are and how they are paid. A council member is listed on the event website as a promoter. Conflict of interest?

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: Neal Griffin

It really sucks that some jealous person would take an event that's raising money for special needs children and turn it into something political in order to strengthen their anonymous position. What's worse is that the Times would allow this attack when no taxpayer money has been approved yet. What happened to your terms of use agreement? Quite selective with it, aren't you?

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: Blythe Tax Payer

I think this is a wonderful event for this town. This town needs something to bring others here. I attended the Blues Festival last year and it was very entertaining with a touch of class and that's something this town has been missing for a long time.
Someone mentioned to me that the promoters are raising money for a park for the handicapped children.
I say God Bless them that is exactly what Blythe is about.

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: Misty L

I love this event! Thanks Mayor Evans! & everyone else who make this event possible!! Maybe I can win that Arm Wrestling Contest! -)

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014
Article comment by: Question Everything

I wonder who much taxpayer money have been funneled into this event? I also wonder if city workers were illegally required by a City Council member to perform work here?

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