If you liked Blues than Downtown Antioch was the place to be this Saturday. This free event is held each fall in the historic Rivertown district of Antioch. Although the the Antioch/San Joaquin Delta is by no means the most famous delta region associated with the blues, it is an area which has a large indigenous population of Blues fans, and as such has earned the right to hold a world class blues festival annually. Below is a short summary and a set of photos of each performance. Enjoy!
Some photos of the Blues Crowd at Waldie Plaza
Clarence Van Hook – noon
Clarence Van Hook plays Southern blues with a deep, rich soulful sound. He has been entertaining audiences in the Bay Area and beyond since the 1960s. His guitar style is a blend of country, gospel, and blues, with influences such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Willie Nelson, Mance Lipscomb and Jimmy Reed. He has played with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee and was Johnny Otis’ sidekick both on stage and on Johnny’s KPFA radio show.
Allen Vega Band – 1pm
Allen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and first started playing guitar at age 15. At age eighteen Allen joined his first professional band, Jack Rudy and The Blues Voodoo’s playing throughout Northern California. They won the west coast “Best Unsigned Band” contest at JJ’s Blues in Mountain View. Allen began making a name for himself within the local blues scene while with the Blues Voodoo’s
Tri Tip Trio – 2pm
Bruce and Lloyd’s musical chemistry began in 1991 with the formation of the Zydeco Flames. Their magic sounds come alive again with the Tri Tip Trio. With Lloyd’s mesmerizing washboard, harmonica, and soulful vocals, Bruce’s funky, bluesy accordion, and Tyler’s stick to it and do it drums, Tri Tip is a fireball of hot dance hall music.
Aki Kumar – 3:15pm
Dynamic frontman & harp player Aki Kumar is a rising star among the next generation of SF Bay Area blues artists. A master of the amplified Chicago blues sound, Kumar inherits his style from the harp legends of the 1950s and 60s. Aki has a unique voice in the blues, blending elements of blues harmonica pioneers of yesteryear with a signature sound of his own.
The Blues Women of the Bay Area – 4:45pm
The Blues Woman of the Bay Area consists of some of the best of the best, that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer! Each woman is an individual solo artist, and each richly talented in the art of the blues. They’ve put together this supper group for the Delta Blues Festival. The group is led by vocalist Terrie Odabi and joined by Nancy Wright (saxophone), Kathy Tejcka (keys & vocal), Gigi Amos (guitar & vocal), Ruth Davies (bass) and Daria Johnson (drums & vocal).
Matt Schofield – 6:15 pm
The Schofield story is exploding internationally; the world is sitting up and taking note. Back from another well-received US tour, Schofield is expanding his borders. The LA Times stated, “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades. Head and shoulders above the herd.” Vintage Guitar magazine said, “The best of his generation’s European blues players. His feel for the music is incredible. His playing is so interesting that latching onto his records will reward any guitarist.”