Musician with ties to Santana and Journey ready to perform at Dutch Mason Blues Festival

Published on August 7, 2014
Gregg Rolie

BIBLE HILL – Not hearing about Dutch Mason or the associated blues festival in Bible Hill didn’t stop Gregg Rolie from wanting to be a part of the annual event.

Rolie, 67, co-founder of Santana and Journey, spoke with the Truro Daily News from his home in Austin, Texas on Thursday. He was ready to come to Bible Hill for the 10th annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival for the first time for a very simple reason.

“Why not? It’s a blues festival and it’s my first time in Nova Scotia,” said Rolie, adding he had never heard of Dutch Mason or the festival in his name before being asked to participate in the festival, which begins tonight and runs until Sunday night on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.

Rolie is eager to see what the festival is all about and hopes the audience will take an active role.

“I’ve had this band for about 12 years and it’s excellent. The whole point of music is for people … and the interactions with the public … and the look on people’s faces,” when they are connecting to the music, he said.

Rolie, who has played with Ringo Starr and was influenced musically by Jimmy Smith, blues, Latin, British and rock music, will perform on the main stage Saturday night at about 11:15 p.m.

Rolie is not the only person eagerly awaiting the festival. The site was buzzing with activity on Thursday. Maureen McTague, a communications representative, confirmed with this paper on Thursday that the main stage was completed, the back stage was built, a tent as a secondary stage was erected and multiple vendors began setting up shop.

The festival begins today at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

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