By Guest Blogger Nancy Shields

The 2016 Summertime Blues Festival in Nanaimo had it all: deep soulful tunes, spirited uplifting songs and incredible musicians from near and far.

The promoters showed true diligence when it came to selecting the artists. This year featured 21 acts, including the British blues/rock legends Savoy Brown, American blues legends Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, along with locals like Lazy Mike & The Rockin’ Recliners.

It was an incredible three days full of dancing, good times and great vibes.

The festival was held in Matteo Sutton Park, a perfect venue with gorgeous ocean views, room to dance, awesome food trucks close enough to still be able to listen to rocking tunes. There was ample time to check out the many vendors on site selling all the swag of true blues fans. Fedoras and felt hats were flying off the shelves, along with the popular bowling shirts with cool retro designs.

Guitars signed by each Summertime Blues Festival performer were also on site. It was quite stunning to see how many people had stepped on stage to perform during the blues festival’s short five-year history.

The sound and the overall production was first-rate, evidenced by the fact that people were immediately on their feet dancing. It was truly awesome to see folks of all ages enjoying themselves and letting the music guide their rhythm.

The first day’s performances set the bar so high with acts like The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. But day two and three were also absolutely incredible with sets from Jack Semple, Kirby Sewell and David Gogo to name just a few. The party kept going on late into the night with after parties at the Queens in downtown Nanaimo, where admission was free with your festival wristband. Many of the performers who were playing earlier in the park hit the stage for encore performances at the trendy little music venue.

The Summertime Blues Festival was so incredible. I had no idea that the little city of Nanaimo had such a vibrant blues scene. I know I’ll be back again for more next summer.

Nancy Shields
Content Manager, Seekers Media