DC Blues Festival
Get your blues on at the DC Blues Festival on August 31, 2013. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual all-day concert that provides non-stop entertainment from noon until 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the DC Blues Society, National Park Service, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and WPFW 89.3 FM, the festival takes place at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park and admission is absolutely free. The Master of Ceremonies will be DC Blues Society President Felix McClairen and he’ll be joined throughout the day by WPFW DJ’s James Funk, Mama K, Lady Myrrh, the Zydeco Cowboy, Ida Campbell, Da Gator, Yolanda Turner, Elliot Gross, and Texas Fred.
Getting the blues ball rolling will be The UnXpected who recently opened for legendary singer Gary “U.S.” Bonds. Two of their original songs, “Daughter of Blues” and “Little Boy Blue,” are available for digital purchase. Also on the bill will be Fast Eddie & The Slow Pokes, the 2012 DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands winner and a participant in the 2013 International Blues Challenge. Closing out the festival will be Albert Castiglia who got his start with the Miami Blues Authority in 1990 at the age of 21. Six years later, he was named Miami’s “Best Blues Guitarist” by New Times magazine. Castiglia’s career really skyrocketed when Junior Wells, the world-famous harmonica player, hired him for his touring band. In addition to spectacular music, there will be several workshops throughout the day that focus on everything from vocals and guitars to harmonica playing for kids.