If you were lamenting the end of summertime blues festivals in these waning months of heat, keep in mind that the weather is becoming quite tolerable and there is yet another great Western Missouri blues festival to attend. St. Joseph Missouri, the home of the Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival, is just an hour north of Kansas City, and its one of the coolest towns on the map. The festival is a one day celebration of its namesake, the late great, St. Joseph born jazz and blues sax man. Coleman Hawkins park will be the epicenter of the musical festivities on September 10, 2011
This year's lineup will feature some of the Kansas City area's best known blues artists, such as Levee Town, Blues 88, Kansas Blues Hall of Famers Frank Plas and the Silvertones, the raucous slide blues guitar of Coyote Bill, and the Bobby Carson Blues Band featuring St Joseph's own Pedro “Chili” Squella. This is a “Bikes and Blues” fest, so there should be plenty of entertainment for motorcycle lovers as well.
Aside from the event itself, St. Joseph is worthy of a long weekend getaway any day. It's chock full of museums which feature enticing memorabilia from the outlaw Jesse James, local murderers, hauntings and historical eccentricities that entice visitors. It furthermore has a great live music scene and plentiful and unique places to spend an afternoon antiquing, sight seeing, or just hanging out.
The Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival is sure to entertain, and the season is right for blues outdoors.
Coleman Hawkins Blues Festival at Coleman Hawkins Park in St. Joseph, Mo. On September 10, 2011 from noon to 9 p.m.