“Everybody loves the blues!”
A quote that held true as San Jose locals jammed out to top blues artists at the 36th Annual Fountain Blues Festival, Saturday, June 24th.
Held at Plaza de Cezar Chavez, a park known as a Silicon Valley harmony hot spot, this year’s Fountain Blues Festival brought out top artists, food, fashion, art, and education in honor of preserving one of America’s oldest genres – the blues.
Headliners Elvin Bishop, Bettye LaVette, Fillmore Slim, Aki Kumar, and Maxx Cabello, Jr. rocked the main stage leaving no tune unsung. Whether it was together or apart, these soul singers left their hearts in each note, a staple of what makes the blues a style of its own.
San Jose City Councilmember (District 3), Raul Peralez, has been inspired by the festival for quite some time and was thrilled to be part of this year’s event.
Asking Peralez about his association and experience with the show, he told AMB, “I’ve been able to meet the Founder Ted Gehrke and I just gave him an accommodation. [He] brought this festival to us 36 years ago.”
Continuing, “That’s been a tremendous honor – to meet him, take a photograph, and give him an accommodation and hear some really great music,” said Peralez.
Board and festival founder, Ted Gehrke, spearheaded the organization back in 1981, where his love for music, history, and diverse genres invigorated an eclectic arrangement to save the blues.
For more information, visit http://www.fountainblues.com/2017/