Waterfront Blues Festival: The End

Not with a whimper, but a smile: Joe Cantrell and his camera capture the bliss and satisfaction of Saturday's final 2018 blues festival day.

Photographs and Story by Joe Cantrell

How to characterize the last day of this year’s Waterfront Blues Festival? Traditionally the festival has ended with the fireworks, late night on the 4th of July, but this year we began with Wednesday, the 4th. Thursday sustained, Friday found new energy. Saturday the 6th, still full of people palpably happy to be there, but more laid back, as though this year’s festivities had proven themselves, reached the peak of their oak barrel fermentation, didn’t need to prove nuthin’ to nobody.

Fuller Productions, Peter Damman and the sponsors and crews, having regenerated the miracle of WBF organization and execution at short notice, triumphed.

And so it was, maybe a few tired eyes and slower movement, but a shared notion of “We made it together again, what a trip, wuddn’t it fine!” See you next year.

 


See Joe Cantrell’s complete series from this year’s blues festival


 

The final frames: Faces and the crowd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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