Who is preforming at the Greeley Blues Jam?

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Answered by: Jedidiah, An Expert in the Bands and Musicians Category
When the Greeley Blues Jam started, it was little more than an idea shared between friends over margaritas at the Rio. With internationally renowned blues acts Robert Randolf and the Family Band, and The North Mississippi Allstars set to headline the event, it has become much more than a simple, good idea.

June 10th and 11th will bring two days of fantastic blues music to our little spot on the map. The 10th will see performances by bands at every possible venue in the downtown area, and on the 11th the headliners will be at Island Grove Park. The event will host vendors serving everything from beer and margaritas, to Cajun and bar-b-que dishes. Local merchants will have booths set up as well, offering up crafts and souvenirs worth at least the stroll through to check it out.

Now in its seventh year, the Greeley Blues Jam has made a name for itself as one of Colorado’s premier blues festivals, drawing crowds from all over the country for two days of all the blues rock and roll the heart could desire. This year is proving to be no exception, with several of the biggest names in the industry (along with many up and comers) geared up for an unforgettable time for everyone.

Recently, I had a chance to speak with Pam Brinker of the Downtown Development Authority, who along with the Chamber of Commerce and many others, have been organizing the event since its conception. “Everyone has been extremely helpful in getting this together. From laying the sod in the event center, to the vendors.” Budgets for events like the Blues Jam don’t exactly take top priority on the list of things the city needs to pay for. According to Brinker, everyone who has thrown his or her hat in on this project has done so very generously. They all have given beyond what was asked because they all understand what the DDA is trying to accomplish, although they may lack the funds to do so themselves.

The Blues Jam is a non-profit event, with all of the proceeds going to Catholic Charities, who will use the funds raised to construct a homeless shelter here in Greeley. This has helped with turning the event into what it is today, as big name performers are sometimes willing to play for less when the money is going to a worthy cause. This is one of those situations where everyone is benefited by a good idea intended to help people.

Blues rock and roll invokes a certain emotion in us that seems to hurt as much as it is enjoyable. No, it's not simply “the blues” we’re feeling, it's something so much more. It's a timelessness, and sense of nostalgia. I refrain from saying a simpler time, because it wasn't. But nevertheless, blues music gives us that feeling of family togetherness and being in our hometown on the 4th of July.

The blues as we know it, was born from social and economic strife, in a time when America was still very much planting its roots. It has come to mean many things to people all over the country (and the world) where it is more than just music. It is a part of the culture that has surrounded them their whole lives. For most people living in the south and mid west, the music has always been there, and each new generation keeps embracing it as their own. It changes, and becomes something slightly different from time to time, but the foundation seems to stay.

Today, you can hear it in bands like The Black Keys, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Iron and Wine, and, of coarse, The White Stripes. Oh yeah, and the whole classic rock thing that went on in the 50s, 60s, 70, 80s, and I guess the 90s now.

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