VACAVILLE — With the fourth annual Blues Festival underway in Vacaville, crowds were gathering early Saturday and even more people were expected at night.
Put on by the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District, the festival features nine performances over two days by various bands, many of which are local.
Music fans were treated to The Charlie Wade Blues Band, Uncorked Blues Band, The Rhythm Method Trio, Delta Rockers, The Matty T Band and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers Saturday.
The festival continues Sunday at the Town Square on Main Street with Loose Blues at 11 a.m., followed by Blues Inferno at 1 p.m. and finally a pro jam to wrap things up at 2:30 p.m.
“Great crowd, and we’re expecting huge, record-breaking crowds (later),” said Judy St. George of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District. “It’s a pretty good crowd, and around 5 o’clock it will just get packed for Matty-T, of course, he’s a local.”
St. George said organizers couldn’t be happier with the turnout and how the festival was going.
“We hope they drink beer,” she added, referring to the fact that beer sales at the festival help keep it a free attraction for everyone. “The bands here, there are a lot of local bands. Really great bands.”
Those in attendance sat in lawn chairs absorbing the bright sun as the temperatures crept into the low 80s – a far cry from the triple-digit highs of a week ago.
Some even got up and danced.
None were more active during the Rhythm Method Trio’s set than Frank and Sarah Zorne of Nevada City, who were on their feet, cutting a rug nearly the whole set, which included covers of the Doobie Brothers, Genesis, UB40, Edgar Winter and even the Charlie Brown theme song, “Linus and Lucy.”
“We are having so much fun, and this is the best festival in Northern California. We come every year,” said Sarah Zorne.
It’s not the only blues festival she and her husband attend.
“We travel the United States, writing blues reviews for all kinds of blues festivals,” Frank Zorne said. “This is our second time here, we love this little festival.”
The couple had a message for organizers.
“Great job, keep it up,” said Sarah Zorne.
“I tell you, the city of Vacaville needs to be (commended) for what they do,” he said. “They’ve got such a great sound system.”
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