Fifth Historic Wallace Blues Festival
featured ten bands and single entertainers on five stages over three days.
Bottleneck Blues Band had a last minute emergency and
could not make our show. So we missed their "red hot funky blues designed to
make feet move."
Fortunately, we had the very popular, Pacific Northwest sensation,
Sara Brown Band lined up
to play on the Gazebo Stage and in the Beer Garden, so they also filled the
2:00 to 3:20 slot on the Main Stage, much to everyone's delight.
Although we had the fear of rain to contend with on Saturday morning, the gentle
showers were gone by noon. With temperatures in the 70's, the afternoon and evening
could not have been more pleasant, and new folks arrived throughout the day.
The official estimate was that 2,700 blues fans had fun in our town, population 784.
Personally, I danced to exhaustion Friday evening and all day Saturday,
and thus overslept the Sunday morning "Pancakes and Blues" with the
Doghouse Boyz and John Kelly.
However, as shown by the 245 images presented in 14 collections below,
I did not miss much else. My favorite group was a surprise:
Dr. Phil and the Enablers, seven very talented
musicians associated with the new owner of The Snake Pit restaurant,
across from the Enaville Trailhead on the
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.