Over the weekend we went to Columbia, Missouri for the Roots n Blues n BBQ festival. After we walked.on Saturday we went back to Son Brian and DIL Nicole's house to shower and rest. After lunch we drove back downtown. There was music to be listened to!
The festival had three stages, one of which was outside the ticketed area and free. We concentrated on the bands at the other two stages, and still didn't get to see everything we wanted. As always, I saw new-to-me bands that were great, but I was most excited to hear two legends perform on the main stage. John Mayall was the penultimate act, followed by Al Green.
Both lived up to my expectations. We were sitting far away from the stage so we couldn't see what was going on, but that didn't matter. The list of artists that John Mayall has performed with reads like a Who's Who of blues rock--Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, and many more. The set was over all too quickly, and we settled in for the main event
The weather was unseasonably cold, and as the sun went down I huddled against Hubby Tony for warmth. Instead of my fleece jacket, a light winter coat would have been more appropriate but that didn't matter once Al Green came on. Even from where I was sitting I could see he was dressed to the nines in a white tuxedo jacket. The stage was full with musicians, a horn section, backup singers and dancers. Al Green is now in his 60s, but his voice (along with the beautiful falsetto) is still intact. He sang some cover songs, but for the most part he rolled through his hits..."How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", "Here I Am", "I Can't Get Next to You", "Tired of Being Alone", "I'm Still in Love with You", "Let's Stay Together".
Before I knew it the show was over, but I was still humming a tune as I walked back to the car.