Thursday, August 13, 2009

Burnaby Gots da Blues

Situated in central Burnaby, Deer Lake Park has slowly become one of the best outdoor venues for summer concerts. The Vancouver Symphony has been holding concerts here for the past 21 years, but more recently the likes of Steeley Dan, John Fogherty and even The White Stripes have performed here. The acoustics are pretty good and the setting is beautiful.

August 9th, 2009 was the 10th anniversary of the Burnaby Blues Festival. This year's line-up included the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Raul Malo, Keb Mo' (a personal favorite of J and I) and Smokey Robinson!

A line-up like this was too good to pass up, and was only augmented by the fact that the entire site was beer-friendly this year. No sitting in the beer garden while the music played on. Nope. We made pulled-pork sandwiches (what else do you eat while listening to the blues?) and grabbed an assortment of snacks that would keep us sustained for the 7 hours we were there.

This also happened to be the Abbotsford Airshow weekend, so we were treated to a fly-over from the Snowbirds!

Smokey was awesome. 67 years old and his voice is still smooth as his silk shirts.

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