Still rolling on the river

EntertainmentMusicConcertsArts and CultureNew River (Broward, Florida)MoviesLifestyle and Leisure

These days, Dar Lopez approaches the Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival with a degree of humility. It's rooted, perhaps, in the organizer's abiding respect for the event's late founder, Don Cohen, who inaugurated the all-day party in the parking lot of the Musicians Exchange, a Fort Lauderdale concert venue, and who eventually courted to his festival the likes of blues giants Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker.

"We're a skeleton crew of two," says Lopez, referring to her husband and co-organizer, Gerardo. "It's our job just to try to keep it going, even if it's not a monster festival, anymore."

Performing inside and on the back lot of the Downtowner Saloon will be down-home rocker Albert Castiglia, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, Joey Gilmore and Ben Prestage, alongside 2012 Blues Music Awards nominees Trampled Under Foot and JP Soars and the Red Hots.

The Blues Foundation, which hosts the music awards, is lending three of its 2013 nominated films to the Florida Blues Film Festival. Screening are "We Juke Up in Here: Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads," "Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge" and "The Lucky Peterson Band Featuring Tamara Peterson: Live at the 55 Arts Club Berlin." The full lineup is available at BluesFilmFest.com.

The Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival will begin noon Saturday at the Downtowner Saloon, 10 S. New River Drive E., in Fort Lauderdale. The Florida Blues Film Festival will follow at noon Sunday. Tickets cost $10-$20 daily, $25 for festival pass. Call 954-399-2583 or go to RiverwalkBluesFestival.com.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
EntertainmentMusicConcertsArts and CultureNew River (Broward, Florida)MoviesLifestyle and Leisure
  • Joel DaSilva
    Joel DaSilva

    Joel DaSilva will perform on a bill with Albert Castiglia and other veteran blues-rockers during the 23rd annual Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival, returning Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 to the Downtowner Saloon.

  • Upcoming concerts
    Upcoming concerts

    A sampling of the hot concerts coming up

  • Best music of South Florida
    Best music of South Florida

    Readers picked out their favorite music for our Best of South Florida issue. To see the rest of the winners go to "Best of South Florida."

  • Top nightclubs in Broward
    Top nightclubs in Broward

    These Fort Lauderdale nightspots made the list. Sexy VIP girls, hot bartenders, and plenty of eye candy are just a few things which make these clubs numero uno in my book. For those that party in Palm, here's a list of clubs there, and a list for Miami.

  • Dining before or after the show
    Dining before or after the show

    Our restaurant critic suggests restaurants near entertainment venues

Comments
Loading