The first annual Blythe River Blues Festival was held May 26, 2012 at Quechan Marina. The festival featured Paul Winer, Blythe's own South Main Street Blues Band, Bernie Pearl Blues Band, 7th Sons with Bill McFadden, Deacon Jones, and Fran Banish.
Over 400 came out to enjoy this event on the river. Stay tuned for next year's festival.
BLYTHE - The South Main Street Blues Band, a Blythe-based garage band that has its roots in the childhood friendship of guitarist Tom Farrage and vocalist, harmonica player John Boyd, will perform for the second year in row at the 2nd Annual Blythe River Blues Festival.
"I moved in next door to John when I was 13," Farrage said. "The first thing I noticed was he had three sisters and I had three sisters. The second thing I noticed was his collection of blues records. He pulled out a harmonica, I pulled out a guitar and we sat down and played on the curb on 10th Street. We've been playing the blues ever since."
Quartzsite book store owner Paul Winer will also return for a second year of opening the show. Winer spent 25 years performing professionally as Sweet Pie, a boogie-woogie blues pianist, vocalist and songwriter.
"I saw Fats Domino when I was 11 and I knew then that was what I wanted to do. I lived my dream for 25 years and now I'm reliving my dream again."
Winer got his start at Fat City, a large rock and roll, and rhythm and blues club before expanding to the ski resorts of the Vermont area. For 11 years Winer toured Canada from coast to coast, performing a popular boogie-woogie blues, comedy, cabaret act.
In 1971 he put out an album called "Pleasure Pudding," a live performance at Fat City. Since then he has released a studio recorded CD with his original harmonica player, Will Perrone, called "Please Remember Your Love for Me." WinRiver in Blythe.
Tickets for the 2nd Annual Blythe River Blues Festival are $15 and available through the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce (760-922-8166) or online at blytheriverblues.com.
The Blythe River Blues Festival, a fundraiser for the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Joe Wine Recreation Center, is scheduled for May 25 (Memorial Day weekend), at Quechan Marina on the Colorado River in Blythe.
Gales will headline the show with Junior Watson, Cadillac Zack and The Record Company also on the bill. Returning from last year will be Fran Banish,
Gates open at 9 a.m. and music runs all day and night from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $15 and available at the Blythe Area Chamber of Commerce, 145 N. Spring Street, (760-922-8166) the Joe Wine Recreation Center, 127 S. Main Street, Desert Music at 246 W. Hobsonway, or online at blytheriverblues.com.
The venue is on the Colorado River so beachwear is appropriate. Only water is allowed to be brought in coolers. Beer, sodas and food will be sold at the event. Bring your own chairs, blankets, towels and pop-ups.