The Big Lick Blues Festival was another great event in Roanoke. It was back in Elmwood Park, which btw is a great venue that doesn’t need to be changed. It has been closed for a couple of months and events were being held elsewhere.

P A Short Distributing provided a banner selection of beers for the festival. Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s O’Fest and Azrael were very tasty. I also enjoyed the Headwaters Pale Ale by Victory Brewing Company. Mrs. Fin settled for the Shocktop –  good, but how about some more exotic wheat beers?

I also got to hang out with the family.

Huck and his family at the Big Lick Blues Festival.

Speaking of family, our own Brittany Sparks was one of the stars of the Southwestern Virginia Blues All-Star Jam. Here’s a video of her singing!

Lot’s of great musicians from around the Roanoke Valley playing some great blues. Let’s hope this becomes a regular thing.

Here’s some more video…

Pictures of the various excellent musicians!

There were some other musicians there as well. Just kidding…

The Mike Lucci Band opened the festival. They will be representing Roanoke at the IBC in Memphis this year. If you have the time, it’s a great blues party at the end of January. Go, have fun and support our band!

Wet Willie entertained us as only they can. We were able to “Keep on Smiling” during their set.

Wet Willie playing their great hits at the Big Lick Blues Festival in Roanoke.

Robert Randolf and the Family Band were the headliners and had the crowd up and jumping! We had just seen Robert in Telluride a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed a refresher course in Robert’s blues. He is one of the masters of the pedal steel guitar, a style I love to listen to. He apparently made a visit to Blue 5 later in the evening. The after-event party was at Martin’s Restaurant. It’s a good music venue but hardly ever has the blues. One would think Blue 5 might be a good spot for an after the blues festival party. How about it, Event Zone?

Robert Randolph Band getting the crowd going at the Big Lick Blues Festival.

We are already looking forward to next years event!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!