Blues delight Saturday, continue today

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 2, 2010

NATCHEZ — Tina Price and Barry Fox drove from Alexandria, La., to hear some good blues music and the Natchez Bluff Blues Fest didn’t disappoint.

The annual music festival was in full swing Saturday and continues today.

Price and Fox decided to make the trip to Natchez after hearing about the festival on a television station in Alexandria.

The pair said their love of music made the decision to attend easy.

“I love blues music,” Fox said. “The stories it tells is something everyone can relate to.”

Eric Glatzer, event organizer, said that exact message is what he hopes the festival conveys.

“This shows that folks of all ages, all ethnicities and all backgrounds can come together,” he said. “That is part of what our mission is in promoting blues music but also in bringing our community together.”

Music at this year’s festival was provided by an all-local lineup to spotlight the musical heritage in the Miss-Lou. Price said the music was good listening.

“We’ve enjoyed it and are looking forward to more good music,” she said.

“I think if the weather had been just a little better, we’d have a lot more people out here. This is really good.”

Glatzer said he thinks the uncertain weather did keep a few people inside, but he was pleased with the attendance.

“We got off to a little bit of a slippery start, but as soon as the gospel music was finished this morning the rain stopped and the sun started shining and I knew it was going to be a good day,” he said.

The festival continues from 2 to 5:30 p.m. today at the Vidalia Riverfront amphitheater with the City of Vidalia Gospel Sing.

Having a wide variety of musical acts, Glatzer said, shows the diversity of blues music and all the genres blues music influences.

“The diversity of the music and musicians is what is striking,” he said. “We have people from 83 to their mid-20s on the stage performing.

“Music is timeless.”