Concerts, like dimly lit chandeliers, are more impressive outdoors and are more enchanting when adorned with strategically placed glow sticks.
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- $20 for entry for two (a $39.98 value)
- $38 for entry for four (a $79.96 value)
The third annual Blues and Bones Festival takes place on Saturday, July 27, from noon until 10 p.m. at Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Crowds gather to hear singers' soulful wails, see guitarists' lightning-fast fingers move up and down fretboards, and set their watches to drummers' precise timekeeping. Musicians include John Lee Hooker Jr., Jeramy Norris & the Dangerous Mood, and Pinkie & Blind Resistance. While listening to the bands, audiences can purchase tickets to sample barbecue and vote on the best.
Blues and Bones Festival
The blues can spawn from many different things. A life full of regrets. A failed relationship with a former sweetheart. A favorite Cheers episode interrupted by the Public Broadcasting System. With the blues, there's always a story in between the notes of every chord progression. At some point, however, all of that melancholy comes full circle, and the music transforms into a raucous celebration of life. That's certainly the case at the Blues and Bones Festival, where regional blues artists gather to share their euphonious stories to cheering crowds.
Though the expressive performances of these artists certainly shake attendees right down to their bones, the "bones" in the event title actually refers to the remnants of slow-smoked BBQ. In addition to the music, the outdoor festival culls a melange of food vendors who add their own signature seasonings to pork, chicken, and beef in hopes of taking home prizes.