Hot Sunday tips for Blues Fest
Just as a brief thunder shower cooled off the crowds at Blues Fest Saturday afternoon, T-Model Ford tore into a raw, ragged, spirited set on the Mississippi Juke Joint stage with his 10-year-old grandson joining him from Mississippi to beat the skins into submission. James Porter has already picked T-Model as a fest highlight, and after today's freewheeling set, which saw Ford hollering and slashing between hits on an airline-size bottle of booze ("I don't want no water," he shouted at one point, laughing as his grandson offered him a bottle of H20), I'd agree.
If you missed the set, catch T-Model Sunday from 3-4:30 on the Mississippi Juke Joint stage. On the way into the park over the footbridge from Michigan Avenue, I also caught Kraig Kenning, set up with his amplified Dobro, and playing slide blues with passion and precision. He had a five-gallon paint bucket set up to take donations; by 4:30pm, it was nearly full of crumpled bills. We dropped a couple into the pile and asked his roadie, who's selling three of Kenning's CDs out of a bag, if he'll be in the same spot tomorrow. The answer was yes, so make some time to hang out with Kenning on the outskirts of the fest before checking out the official acts tomorrow.