Blues festival draws crowd

Published 9:14 am Sunday, April 22, 2007

Guitar riffs floated along the bluff Saturday afternoon as the Natchez Bluff Blues Festival weekend continued.

Attendees sat in the cool shade of the trees at Rosalie’s Bicentennial Park to listen to some hot music.

Jennifer and Richard Prudhomme were two of those there to enjoy the music and food.

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The couple drove the two-and-a-half hours from Natchitoches, La., Saturday morning specifically for the blues festival, they said.

“We started talking about it (Friday) night, and we just got up this morning and said, why not go?” Richard Prudhomme said. “So, we jumped on our motorcycle and took off.”

Tara Moses, her husband Ronald, and their friends drove from McComb to enjoy the bands. Moses had extra tickets, so her friends were able to join her, she said. It was their first Natchez blues festival, they said.

“We came down for the day,” Moses said. “We’re having a great time. It’s a nice change of scenery.”

“It’s a beautiful day, and it’s good music,” Matteal Blumenberg, one of Moses’ friends, said.

Saturday was Blumenberg and her husband Curtis’ anniversary and his birthday, which was a bonus, she said.

Others at the festival made it regularly to the event.

Natchez resident Dr. Charles Borum, his wife, Chris, and their two daughters are regulars.

“We always come,” Borum said. “We’ve been coming for years.”

They even brought their own shade, propping up a tent to block the early summer sun.

The festival will continue today with Blues Brunches from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Several local restaurants will host the brunches, including the Marketplace Café, the Eola Hotel, Slough Daddy’s Grill, the Under-the-Hill Saloon and Biscuits and Blues.