Sunday, June 19, 2016

Blues on the Fox's 20th anniversary show provides lasting memories

Tedeschi Trucks Band provided many musical highlights at Blues on the Fox festival.
Larry McCray brought some muscular vocals and guitar to the festival.

Anniversary shows don't always live up to the hype.

But in the case of the 20th anniversary of the Blues on the Fox festival, the festival not only met expectations, it exceeded them.

The festival's second day on June 18 started out in sweltering fashion with the band Leland, which pays tribute to Sony Boy Williamson, Henry Townsend and other notable Bluebird artists that made recordings at the Leland Hotel in downtown Aurora.

Under the direction of Cornmeal and Magic Box guitarist Scott Tipping, the band made the songs uniquely their own. The band created even more heat when Mae Koen and Mick Ducker - two powerful singers - stepped on stage.

The muscular blues of Larry McCray gave way to Los Lobos, a band which incorporates the blues into its music. Along with playing fan favorites like "Kiko and the Lavender Moon," Los Lobos paid homage to the blues by tearing off a sweltering version of "Crossroads."

The set by Tedeschi Trucks Band contained a little bit of everything, including dueling guitars and a drum-off. Even before the band came back on stage to do one last number - "Let's Go Get Stoned" - the crowd's emotions were already drifting high into the atmosphere.

Los Lobos added to the heat of the sweltering day.
Mae Koen wowed the crowd with her powerful vocals.

Mick Ducker's soulful vocals soared above the crowd.

Los Lobos added plenty of heat to the day's sweltering temperatures.

Larry McCray energized the crowd during his June 18 performance at Blues on the Fox.