Blues Fest, Day One, Draws Repeat Concert Goers

Opening hours of the Riverhead Blues Festival attracts those from years past.

Right after a set of sizzling rock and blues from Chicago-based singer Pam Betti, who was the second act featured on Saturday during the North Babylon resident Cliff Schlesinger said he was hyped to be back at the festival, which didn’t happen for the first time in years last year.

“I was so upset that they cancelled last year,” said Schlesinger, who was getting some sun and soaking in the music with his friends, Zeke Johnson of Bayshore and Buddy Stark of Shirley. “I just love the blues.”

By about 2:15 p.m., the parking lot of Ammanm Riverfront Park wasn’t mobbed as it has been in years past – which disappointed Schlesinger.

“I’m not sure if it’s about having to pay a few bucks to get in this year, but it’s kind of sad — you’re paying for 15 bands instead of $150 for one or two acts,” he said.

Beer was flowing from various vendors like , who had a beer garden set up like they did for the in May. Sharon Gross, owner of the Crabman Crab Cakes vendor out of East Moriches, said that despite the initial lack of business during opening day, she was having a blast and was glad to be back selling her wares at the Riverhead Blues Festival.

“I just move to the music all day,” she said.

Don't forget, the Riverhead Blues Fest resumes Sunday starting at noon and ending with a performance from headliner from 4:35 to 6 p.m.


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