This year's lineup for the 18th Annual Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk Blues & Music Festivalis so spectacular, we hardly know who to highlight first. From Chicago to Texas, from trad blues to non-, performances in all flavors of legendary blues will be on display.
Buddy Guy stole Betty Boop's guitar.
Lasts from Thursday, November 19, through Sunday, November 21. Single-day passes cost $18; two-day passes, $32; and three-day passes, $48. Advance tickets and a complete lineup can be found at www.riverwalkbluesfestival.com.
Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk (from the Downtowner Saloon, 408 S. Andrews Ave., east to the NE Third Avenue bridge).
We're talking about folks like the irrepressible James Cotton (a protégé of Sonny Boy Williamson), who will show off his stomping blues sweetened by physics-defying harp-playing. There's Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, who boasts four Grammy Awards and continues to delight audiences with his awe-inspiring guitar chops.
Guitarist Kim Simmonds and his brother played a pivotal role in bringing blues across the Atlantic when they opened Kilroy's in London in 1966. Simmonds and his Savoy Brown Band regularly perfected their distinctive interpretation of blues with the hippest of the British rockers -- Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin included. We cannot say enough beautiful things about Jack Cassidy and Jorma Kaukonen, who might have flown Jefferson Airplane to immortalization with "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" but continued their 45-year friendship in Hot Tuna. They fine-tuned their musical explorations on more than 17 albums.