Free Blues Festival August 14 in Downtown Caldwell


Remember the scene in Mark Twain’s The Adventures in Huckleberry Finn when Huck and Jim unexpectedly discover a raft resting along the banks of the Mississippi? Well, on Saturday, August 14, folks can head down to the banks of Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell and discover not a raft, but great music, at the 13th Annual Blues on the Banks.

Friday night offers performances by Dikki-Du and Zydeco Krewe from Louisiana, Romagossa Blu from the Tri Cities area and Chris Bender from Salt Lake City at the “Music of the Vine” and “The Bent Fork” outdoor stage from 7-11:30 p.m. Cost is $15.

Saturday’s performances, near Indian Creek between Seventh and Kimball Avenues, are free. Simply set up a blanket, lawn chairs or umbrellas near the water and catch a score of soulful musicians, including Dikki-Du and Zydeco Krewe again, Seattle, Wash.-based blues band Wired, Roman and the Crusaders from Caldwell, Lori B!, Will Bell and the Low Country Boil, Marshall Poole and local reggae-influenced rockers Soul Serene.

Although coolers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited, wearing cutoffs and a straw hat might as well be considered a requirement for having a good time. The free entertainment kicks off on Saturday, August 14 at 4 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m.

Visit the Blues on the Banks website for more information.