Blues fest numbers up almost 7,000 over last year

Harry Sullivan
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BIBLE HILL - Hassle free, great comments, good weather and record attendance.
For Dutch Mason Blues Festival co-producer David DeWolfe, it doesn't get any better.
"We're really stoked," he said, Monday.
"We feel really, really good, obviously. We feel awesome."
Despite a blockbuster summer of concerts throughout the Atlantic provinces that included such iconic performers as Paul McCartney, KISS, AC/DC, Bon Jovi and more, any concerns that the widespread musical lineup would cut into attendance at the fifth annual Dutch Mason festival never transferred into reality.
"I'm just totally happy," he said, of the weekend's overall success, which saw attendance figures ringing in at 21,879, compared to approximately 15,000 people last year.
And except for a sprinkling of rain in the early portion of Friday night, the weather was otherwise excellent for the outdoor event.
"Wasn't it great?" DeWolfe said. "And, look, it's pouring rain today so Dutchie must've been up there looking after us once more."
Concert security, which was co-ordinated by Truro deputy police chief Jim Flemming, ensured a hassle-free environment, DeWolfe said and all comments received from audience members, performers and organizers alike were absolutely positive.
DeWolfe credited numerous individuals, from an "awesome" stage crew and community volunteers, and "just everybody" involved for making the festival the success that it was. He also thanked the Colchester Regional Development Agency for providing staff to assist with administrative duties and to those who organized the bike show.
DeWolfe's accolades also included the audience, some of whom came from across the country to attend the festival.
"Every artist commented how much they enjoyed the festival," he said. "They really felt that the people were there for the music. It was just a vibe, nobody really wanted to get off the stage."
And, based on feedback, DeWolfe said the decision to go with a lineup of multiple, top-notch artists instead of a main headliner each day, also proved popular.
"Even Garrett Mason made the comment that this was the best one yet, the best lineup yet, the best weekend yet," he said.
"My favourite comment of the whole weekend was when we got invited to Austin, Texas to visit James Cotton and Jimmie Vaughan and those guys. I said I'd love to go to Austin, Texas to check out a blues fest, how it's really done and they both looked at me and said, 'man, you don't have to come to Austin, Texas to see how it's really done, you're doing it here.'"
In return for continued fan support, DeWolfe said organizers are listening to their comments and suggestions in an effort to improve on the festival in future years.
"We're listening, we have ears and we want to give them what they want."

hsullivan@trurodaily.com

Organizations: AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Colchester Regional Development Agency

Geographic location: Austin, Texas

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  • Paul
    January 18, 2010 - 09:48

    I agree with ALMOST all of the comments. The festival itself was great, the artists were just diverse enough to keep everyone entertained. Excellent job by the organizers. We had an overzealous security guard that must have been bored enough that he came looking for trouble. We were on the non-drinking side and he strolled around row to row in front of Kenny Wayne Shepard, looking for liquor. There wasn't a peep from anyone over there yet he distracted the performance and pissed off everyone in the section. I guess he's someone that always dreamed about being a cop but works at WalMart. Other than that - a great time.