We knew it would be tough to top our first two Blues Festivals, given that we
won the Inland Empire's
Blues Event of 2012, AND the
Blues Festival of 2013.
However, I think our Third Annual Wallace Blues Festival was even better, in spite
of the unusual heat!
Only Wallace, population 784, could keep 3000 Blues fans happy on a 90° afternoon
with no hassles or problems. The sheriff again reported that there were NO incidents
needing police involvement during the long weekend. Everyone had fun, visitors and
locals alike. Reducing the cost of Saturday tickets to $20 for locals was popular,
as were the three free music venues on both days. We are now a non-profit organization,
so we can use these community services to good advantage when writing future
Our dedication to community service is demonstrated by the following photo and caption
that appeared on the front page of the Shoshone News-Press on August 26, 2014.
The Wallace District Arts Council presents a symbolic check for $500 to Mary Jane Bair
for the Wallace Public Pool. The money was raised mostly through tips donated from
volunteers at the Blues Festivals beer garden. The council hopes to donate even more
next year. Pictured from left to right is Forest VanDorn, Jackie Hayes, Hugh Marconi,
Sano Halde, Greg Marsh, Mary Jane Bair and Tommy Hayes. Not pictured from the council
is Laurel Vester. (photo by Erik Fink)
Pause your cursor over the photo to see the check; click to see the well resolved
faces of the Blues Festival Committee in a separate window.
Our Blues Committee further streamlined the operation of the popular beer garden,
maintained strict access control for the main festival area, and added more
food and drink vendors outside the festival grounds. The biggest improvement
was the closure of Fifth Street in front of the Red Light Garage. This
opened another huge "dance floor" and brought the total number of pedestrian-only
blocks up to six... the maximum possible in our tiny town.
The success of all three Wallace Blues Festivals is due in part to the professional
organization and promotion by Craig Heimbigner,
DBA Too Far North Productions.
Contact him directly with your observations about this year's festival
and your suggestions for next year:
I tried to be everywhere at once, but only partially succeeded. There was a lot going on
and I could not stop dancing!
I took 290 photos and present the best 96 of them below the line-up.
Links in the line-up lead to performance photos, while links in the photo section lead back to
the artists' biographies and
music videos on the main festival page. A photo's time stamp may be used
to identify a photo if you wish to provide me with more information about the image. The name
of a secondary performer on the main stage, for example. At this point, I have not added
captions, but will if interest is shown.
I apologise to the following performers, who I did not photograph, but who were instrumental
in making our Third Annual Wallace Blues Festival a success. Links take the reader to the
artist's bio on the main festival page.
96 photos will take a while to load, especially since each of these photos is paired
with a closeup that is seen when the
cursor is paused over the image on a desktop presentation. I have coded for viewport responsive
behavior, but am not sure what happens to "onMouseOver" and "onMouseOut" commands with
touch screens. On all systems, however, clicking or tapping an image will open a larger image
(1600x1200 pixels) in a separate window.
Thank you for your interest in Wallace Idaho,