Up before Sugar Blue will be Otis Taylor. Theres nothing flashy about Otis Taylor, whos slotted to perform at 6:30 p.m., but hes one of the blues worlds most-riveting tale-spinners. The Denver-based musician mesmerizes with trancelike grooves pulled from acoustic guitar, banjo, or mandolin and a voice as dry and haunting as grave dust. The festival takes place Friday through Sunday on the south side of the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Admission costs $10 each day or $25 for a three-day pass. Call 786-380-0866, or for a full lineup, visit riverwalkbluesfestival.com.
Fri., Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 13, 12:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 14, noon, 2010