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A taste of Blues Fest 2010

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Thousands of blues lovers of all ages congregated to Shaw Millennium Park last weekend for the sixth annual Calgary International Blues Festival.

Once again the four day celebration featured a impressive line-up of blues musicians from around the world, who provided the masses with a dizzying array of various blues styles.

Mississippi Heat

After joking about the long drive up from Chicago, this talented ensemble layed down an energetic mix of classic blues with a contemporary edge.

Annika Odegard

With the Randy O Band backing her up, Odegard won the crowd over with her hearty voice and Joplin-esque stage presence. The University of Calgary student brought to the festival a collection of blues standards topped with an emotional delivery of "Stormy Monday."

Little Feat with Coco Montoya

A definite highlight of the weekend was Montoya's unannounced three song improvisation with California's Little Feat. Backstage after the extraordinary jam, the guitar virtuoso remarked, "I didn't know what I was doing, but I had fun!"

The Holmes Brothers

This New York trio performed an uplifting set of soulfully funky blues with heart-felt vocals. Their amazing three-part harmony sounded at times like a gospel choir.

The Chicago Blues Reunion

Led by harmonica guru Corky Siegel, these all-stars delivered a truly inspired and authentic Chicago blues set. An appropriate close the final day of the festival.

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