This weekend, blues is the news. Between the Polk Street Blues Festival and the arrival of Mr. B.B. King, get you fix of flat and bent notes.
Saturday and Sunday celebrate all things blues with the second annual Polk Street Blues Festival. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. It will feature a variety of artists with blues in their blood. Students from The Bird School of Music, to bands like Buckaroo Bonet or Billy Dunn and Blues Way, will perform on dueling stages. The festival runs on upper Polk Street—that’s Broadway to California Street. One stage will be on California and the other will be on Jackson, with food, art and craft vendors in between them.
If you had good times in July at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, you’ll have good times on Polk Street. The same people that bring that popular event to life are also in charge of Blues Fest.
After you get an initial taste of blues, go see the true icon. B.B. King is performing on Monday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium. At the ripe age of 86, Mr. King is the king of blues. He is the winner of 15 Grammys, a Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer, and one of the top guitarist of all time. Despite his tender age, he still puts on a mean show. With classy stage presence and a good sense of humor, it’s a full evening of entertainment with a legend.
Dust off your harmonica and prepare for some good blues this weekend.
Polk Street Blues Festival- Saturday & Sunday, Sept 24& 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Upper Polk Street, San Francisco
B.B. King & Buddy Guy- Monday, Sept 26, 8 p.m. Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California Street, San Francisco
Photo Credit: Andrew Morrison