Pin It
Favorite

I-90 Hootenany 

by Mike Corrigan


This weekend, the desert jumps to life as one of the Inland Northwest's premium blues festivals puts the "ritz" in Ritzville. That's right kids, it's time for the Ritzville Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival once again, a day-long cavalcade of local, regional and national blues artists set up outdoors and in six different indoor locations in the heart of the farming community's three-block historic business district. The event is open to all ages, and features -- in addition to all the great music -- lots of good food (remember: barbecue) and lots of good drink (they don't call it a blues, brews and BBQ festival for nothing).


Now in its ninth year, the festival has a glorious history. After a nearly disastrous first season (where organizers discovered that country radio probably wasn't the best place to blow their entire advertising budget), the festival took off thanks in no small part to the high caliber of the featured headliners. Over the years, Joe Louis Walker, Junior Wells, Magic Slim and the Tear Drops, James Cotton, Geno Delafose, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and Bo Diddley have all made trips out here, putting Ritzville on the map as the site of one of the most popular and respected blues festivals in the West.


This year, the outdoor stage will feature six major acts, including Steve Freund, Sista Monica, Snooky Pryor, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Pat Coast and Out of the Blue and the festival's featured headliner, Roomful of Blues, a nine-piece blues/jump band from Providence, Rhode Island. Roomful of Blues has recorded and toured tirelessly for decades and eschews the familiar Chicago blues approach for a horn-dominated style that owes more to jazz leanings and late-'40s blues masters like Roy Brown and Big Joe Turner.


Also on tap are 25 other artists, including local and regional favorites such as Junkyard Jane, Charlie Butts and the Filtertips, Laffin' Bones, Sammy Eubanks, Phat Baby Dave & amp; the Painkillers, Papa Glen and the Border Run Blues Band, Blue Tattoo, Don Millard, and the Longnecks.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Class Act
  • Class Act

    Seeing through money differences can build relationships focused on fairness
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Don's Ultimate Con
  • Don's Ultimate Con

    Trail Mix: Trump's birther problems and Johnson's polls
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Transparent Motives
  • Transparent Motives

    One candidate's an open book; the other is shrouded in secrecy. Guess which one isn't transparent enough
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
The Science of Star Trek

The Science of Star Trek @ Indian Trail Library

Sat., Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Mike Corrigan

  • Lights, Camera, Skate
  • Lights, Camera, Skate

    Two local artists have transformed their love of skateboarding into a new variety show on Community Television.
    • Dec 14, 2011
  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    A raucous good time from Thee Oh Sees. Plus, vintage horror and a Berlin filmmaker to check out.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • Time Travelers
  • Time Travelers

    For some local store owners, finding intriguing merchandise isn’t just business, it’s an obsession.
    • Nov 22, 2011
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • Murrow's Nightmare

    Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

election 2016


trail mix


Briefs


green zone


marijuana


Readers also liked…

  • To Kill the Black Snake
  • To Kill the Black Snake

    Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • A Persistent Life
  • A Persistent Life

    Scott Reed won more cases than he lost in life, and the beauty of the Coeur d'Alene area has been the beneficiary
    • May 27, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation