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BONITA SPRINGS BLUES FESTIVAL

March 14, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

Pictures from the Blues Festival at Bonita Springs

The Bonita Blues Festival is now in its fifth year, and continues growing.  I went two years ago and managed to see gigs on one day this year.  The event is organised by several prominent local business people and aims to raise money for good causes as well as putting on top regional and national artists.

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It's a typical Florida event - sunny weather, people sitting on chairs, drinking beer, concessions selling gator burgers, sunglasses and tee shirts - all very relaxed and incredibly friendly.

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Of the three acts I saw, an English blues guitarist, Joanne Shaw Taylor, really jazzed up the crowd.  She plays blues-influenced rock, but throws herself into it with incredible enthusiasm.

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A good time blues set from a large bunch of local musicians included one song with the memorable line: "I'm goin' to ditch the bitch and sell her car and buy myself a real cool guitar".  This being America, they had to consult the audience first as to whether the song was sufficiently politically correct.  The next song, including the word "faggots", was proceeded by a long justification and apology.

It seems that even they Blues has succumbed to the PC-fascists!

 


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