The organizers of the Sin City Soul &Blues Revival call it the “most comfortable blues festival on the planet” thanks to 40-plus bands on “two air-conditioned stages plus one at the Rio’s fabulous pool!”
Yes, that exclamation point is very necessary.
But, when you think about it, comfort isn’t what one readily associates with the blues, is it?
At its core, it’s music predicated on heartache and longing, right? Incubated in rickety, sweltering juke joints where you could get knifed for looking at someone’s woman the wrong way.
Well, that’s how the legend goes, but blues die-hards are assuredly relieved that it’s evolved into an event such as this, which spans three days of music.
There’s plenty of range here, from the husband-and-wife-fronted Tedeschi-Trucks Band, the “Texican” rock ’n’ roll of Los Lonely Boys, Louisiana roots great Tab Benoit, The Austin All-Stars, featuring Malford Milligan &W.C. Clark, the Latin-flavored The Iguanas and many more.
That’s enough blues to chase away your blues.
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