Musings on music, sports, life in general from Quincy, Illinois.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Blues or blues? Who cares?

Rumors abound about Barack Obama coming to Quincy today. There have been preparations made, but no official word. Stay tuned ....

Beautiful night in Washington Park Friday. Majors Junction was awesome as the first band for Blues In The District.

I heard some people bitching about the band, saying they weren't a true blues band.

Good grief. First of all, you got in free. Secondly, what is blues anyway? You are being a snob with that kind of attitude. The band was awesome, an eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, rock and blues.

Finally ... it's a beautiful night in the park. Many people just want the music as background for a great social event. Having provided entertainment for exactly that purpose many times, I say .... so be it.

I'm supposed to judge a country music showcase tonight at Upper Morman Park, depending on presidential candidates coming to town. This flood and politics stuff is messing with my pool time ....

7 comments:

pravoslavniye said...

Tell me about it, dude!

I have to have the cell with me this afternoon at my parents' 50th anniversary reception.

Of course if I'd wanted a 9-5 job I coulda worked in a bank. :)

Anonymous said...

Good point --- it's music --- it's outside and it is a social event. Kind of like the Park Band. However-- being a true blues aficianado, if the program is "Blues in the District", the band should be a blues band - not a just a group that knows a few blues licks. Not that most of the people in the park would know the difference.

RH said...

Look. If they played at the Bluesfest and I paid $10 or $15 to get in, then I'd have a legit beef. Who cares what it's called? So what if it isn't strictly blues? It's free, it's good music and it's an amazing summer night in the park, and that's all that matters.

More people in the park do know the difference, but they are just enjoying the night.

Anonymous said...

Would still rather have a night of music by the Funions at the Washington Park

bg said...

blah blah blah about the Blues.

IT'S FREE! Didn't rh say that already!?

rh, hope you didn't make it to the country music thing. There's no such thing anymore as good country music and you'd miss out on far more important.

keeponrockininthefreeworld....

Anonymous said...

The Chicago Bluesfest is free --- the largest FREE blues festival in the world. Probably 800,000 people attended this year. You are right --- it is a great night out -- just not always the blues.

RH said...

Actually I did go to the country music event and it was interesting. More in Sunday's post coming up.