POMEROY — Hundreds of fans filled Pomeroy’s parking lot Saturday for the annual Blues Bash where the music started early afternoon and didn’t stop until after midnight.
The fans arrived early and stayed late so as not to miss any part of what has become one of southeastern Ohio’s biggest musical events. Not only was every parking place in town taken by blues fans, but the dock was filled with boats of people who occasionally could be seen taking a dip in the Ohio River to cool off.
Big hats were popular with many who relaxed in lawn chairs, some raised large colorful umbrellas to shield them from the sun, while others got comfortable perched on the parking lot wall or stretched out on the benches along the promenade.
The music was just the “best” as one fan described it, adding that he comes every year and leaves wanting more.
Jackie Welker, president of the Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society, described the Bash as “a real success.”
He said despite the threat of rain on Friday night, a big crowd turned out to enjoy the classic rock concert.
The Blues School for Kids was held again this year in the Court Street mini-park with Ron Sowell, music director at Mountain State, conducting a fun workshop on music appreciation for a group of youngsters .
They learned funny songs, how to move with the music, and got some basics on playing the harmonica before marching down to the parking lot stage where they performed with Sowell on the big stage. They were a hit with the crowd.