New Location, Same Result
Blues & Cultural Festival
Of the many things I liked about the first two
Trinidaddio festivals, one was its locationat the old train station just below
downtown. Another was the preliminary events held the night before the festival
itselfa dinner at the Black Jack Steak House followed by a jam at Ginos.
Festival promoter Neil Sexton has opened his own night- club, The Lucky Monkey,
during the past year and hosted Friday nights party there. What a nice place!
Its spacious, well appointed, has good acoustics and a large dance floor.
| Jaquie Gipson|
This years main event was held in Trinidads Central Park, also a nice
setting but bigger than the space available at the depot. Early in the day it
looked like we might get rained out but the storm passed and although the air
was chilly, we were treated to some top-notch blues. Local acoustic
guitarist Jaquie Gipson returned to open the show and once again showed that she
can really pick that axe. Blue Diddley, a new band from Fort Collins, was up
next and they got the crowd moving. The Quattroids, a local group, followed with
an energetic set that was shortened by the arrival of the aforementioned storm.
The on-stage equipment was covered and the crowd took shelter under various
tents. But the show didnt really stop. Monica Casey & Sandy Weltman had
come all the way from St. Louis to perform and werent going to be denied, so
they set up a little farther back on the stage than the earlier acts and went
ahead with their music, taking most of the audience by surprise. That bit of
audacity must also have impressed the weather gods because the wind and rain
moved out and the festival continued.
High-energy and in-your-face performers, Tempa & the Tantrums were the
right band to get the crowd back in front of the stage. Dancing never stopped
the rest of the day, as Mexican Jerry & the Albuquerque Blues Connection
made their third appearance at the daddio. This tex-mex-biker-blues band always
boosts the crowds energy level (in this case from high to over the top). Gary
Primich made the trip from Austin again this year but his regular guitarist was
unavailable. No problem. Gary brought in two of his pals, Mike Morgan and Alex
Schultz to trade driving rhythm lines and scorching leads.
A pair of Chicago acts were next. Pianist extraordinaire Ken Saydak and his
band were followed by Dave Specter & the Bluebirds. Both sets were excellent
and the crowd was in party mode. The evening air was getting colder but things
were really heating up. This years headliner was Sonny Rhodes, a veteran
bluesman and long-time friend of the Colorado Blues Society. Hes also the best
lap-steel player on the planet and a passionate vocalist.
Dressed in a canary-yellow, three-quarter-length suit and his signature
turban, Sonny entered after a four-song warmup set by his band. He walked across
the front of the stage slapping hands with the audience, waving and smiling. The
crowd was fully revved up and ready. Sonny delivered. Ive seen Sonny at least a
half-dozen times, and this was easily his best show.
If you havent been to the Trinidaddio, you really should plan to go next
year. Its always the last Saturday in August and its always a good time.
Reproduced with permission of "Holler,"
the Colorado Blues Society's Newsletter