It was a beautiful Memorial Day beach weekend, and when you add to it the likes of John Mayall, Troy “Trombine Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue and Gregg Allman, the lineup for the 21st Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival made it a Central California coast Sunday (May 25) like no other.
Pretty of sunshine, palm trees, good vibes and good brews added to the feel good festivities at the Avila Beach Resort as John Mayall hit the stage to kick off the festival. Mayall played the first Avila Beach Blues Fest, and it was a pleasure to have him back, as and his band got the crowd going and feeling great. (click on photos to enlarge)
Mayall ran through a set of his best, wrapping up with ‘Room To Move.’ The living legend showed that at 80 years of age, the music continues to keep him young, and for that matter, the rest of us as well.
I was eager to see Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews & Orleans Avenue live in person for the first time and the band really delivered a dynamic and exciting set showcasing the talents of he and his stellar players. Andrews himself started playing trombone at the age of 6 and comes from a long line of New Orleans musicians. At the age of 19, he got his big break as a featured member of Lenny Kravitz’s horn section on a world tour that shared billing with acts including Aerosmith. He has since toured with his own bands since 2009, and has ascended to becoming one of the most in demand horn players in the world.
The legendary Gregg Allman has gone through some rough times so far in 2014, with a few health issues and the tragedy that happened on the set of the Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” (on which production has since been stopped), but you wouldn’t know it, as the total pro delivered a show with that distinctive voice that can only be his. A set of all his best wrapped up an unforgettable day by the beach in beautiful Avila Beach. Can’t wait until next year already!
Special thanks to Jill Kettles