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