A Wayward Word's Worth

November 10, 2009

Organizers call latest Harvest a success

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 3:57 am

This year’s Harvest Jazz & Blues festival may not have sported a name as big as Buddy Guy on its lineup list, but festival organizers say they worked to build a more well-rounded experience in 2009.

“(It) was exactly what we hoped it would be,” said Patti Graham, this year’s festival chair, of the Sept. 15-20 event. “In terms of numbers, we absolutely compared with last year, which was a record year for us.”

This Harvest may not have gone off without a hitch- the unfortunate passing of original headliner Koko Taylor, who has been dubbed the Queen of the Blues for her sultry songs and silky voice, earlier this summer left organizers in a bind. But blues legends like Elvin Bishop and Watermelon Slim more than catered to the same classically inclined crowd, while Shad brought out the hip hoppers, and Joel Plaskett and Hey Rosetta! strummed cheeky ballads and heartfelt dirges for the indie loving masses.




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