Kalamazoo Blues Festival
Arcadia Festival Site, Kalamazoo
$5 Thursday, $10 Friday, $12 Saturday
kvba.org, (269) 381-6514
Get out your whiskey flasks and toss out those fake IDs, kids! This year, the Kalamazoo Blues Festival is finally turning 21, so it’s safe to expect the 2014 incarnation of this grand Western Michigan tradition to be significantly less, well, blue. But we don’t mean that in a bad way – believe you me, there will be enough soul-piercing wailing and true-blue down-in-the-Delta warbling to leave any hardcore lover of the broken-hearted blues as satisfied as a 19-year-old American run amok in Windsor.
And heck, with two large, revolving line-up stages and three whole days of nothin’ but the blues to work with, we don’t see how an excessive amount of melodic bluesy-ness can fail to be abundantly present. What we mean is, if there were ever a fool-proof way for the saddest music on earth and a weekend of pure, unadulterated bliss to co-mingle, then the Kalamazoo Blues Festival is surely the living, breathing carrier of this dream. But, just to be safe, maybe the fest should stick to imbibing 21 chords instead of 21 shots.