Scenes from the Ventura Blues and Brews Festival

Gary Hoey and AJ trade licks. Photo by Edward simon for the Los Angels Beat.

Sunday’s Blues and Brews Festival in Ventura featured lots of great BBQ, plenty of good beer and some of the best blues around. The unique design of the Mission Park venue worked great, putting two stages across from each other so as soon as one act finished, the crowd just turned their chairs around to the other stage and the show continued. The fun started with Jonathan “Boogie” Long and the Blues Revolution, followed by Michael John and the Bottom Line, Gary Hoey, Tangled Underfoot, Sister Sparrow and finally the headliner, Tab Benoit. Both Tab and Jonathan paid homage to their home state, Louisiana.

Tab Benoit on stage. Photo by Edward simon for the Los Angels Beat.

A photo essay follows after the jump.

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco, the best Bun bo Hue in Vietnam or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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