CINCINNATI (WXIX) — The Cincinnati Blues Festival returned after a two-year hiatus Saturday afternoon at Smale Riverfront Park.
Attendees enjoyed various drinks, food, and listened to the sound of blues music from musicians near and far from Cincinnati.
“We have talented musicians locally, but to bring in [artists around the country] and keep the blues spirit alive in Cincinnati – it’s our way – it’s [an] American art form,” said Thomas Thiem, deputy director of the Cincinnati Blues Festival.
The lineup included blues artists like Toronzo Cannon, Marquise Knox and Shawn Murphy, who took to the stage as festival-goers tapped their feet and danced in the park.
Small bands could also be found on the lineup, such as the Blues in the Schools Band or the Cincy Blues Society young adult band, a program aimed at keeping the blues alive for younger generations.
“Playing for people and playing all these old tunes and some young tunes – it’s just great to have this opportunity to play blues and it means a lot to everyone in the band,” said the vocalist and guitarist. school band Matthew Crump blues. said. “It’s a great experience for us, especially being younger.”
The blues is often referred to as a sad genre, but Thiem assures that this is not always the case.
“That’s how you want to feel about music, it’s not always like you’re saying ‘blues’, ‘I got the blues’, it’s not necessarily sad,” Thiem said. “There are funny stories that [in] and they tell you anything. You listen to them, it starts sad but it ends well.
Doors opened at 2 p.m. and the event ran from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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