Another successful year for the Blue Ridge Blues Society and their annual Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival. There was a first in the contest to see which band the society will send to the International Blues Challenge early next year. An individual won the entire competition! Since he will have to be placed in the solo/duo event in Memphis, the organizers decided to send the second place winner, a band, as well.

The solo act was Owen Poteat from North Carolina or North Kackalacky as Kerry Hurley was heard to say.

Owen Poteat wins the contest!

The Skinny Velvet Band came in second and will be representing the blues society as a band competitor.

Skinny Velvet Band at the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

I helped out as official scorekeeper which gave me a great seat for the competition!

Judges and scorekeeper hard at work!

After the competition, last years winner, Clarence the Blues Man Turner and his band played, followed by Albert Castiglia and his band and finally Tommy Castro and his band finished up the evening. There was an after jam at the Pine Room and many of the performers attended. I saw Little Roger, the winner from Roanoke a few years ago, and he hasn’t lost his touch! Sure would like to see him back in a band and playing regularly.

I am in the process of posting a bunch of video to my YouTube channel. Most of it won”t be up until tomorrow, even with a DSL connection, but check it out if you get a chance!

I know you all are on the edge of your seats…was there beer there? Yes there was. A little Heavy Seas, some Shock Top, a Victory Stout,¬†and the usual mainstream culprits.

Here's where the beer comes from, the Budwieser truck.

If you missed this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year ’cause this is a great event! Plenty of parking, great food, great music and pretty good beer!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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