Blues artists jam out in Downtown Port St. Joe

Lawn chairs filled the intersection of Reid Avenue and Third Street Saturday afternoon as guests poured into downtown Port St. Joe for the seventeenth annual Blues on Reid Music Festival.

Some listeners even spilled out into the parking lots in surrounding areas, hoping to catch some of the festival’s curated sets while enjoying the sunny springtime weather.

The festival featured five blues artists from around the South, including Port St. Joe locals LoRu, Panama City’s Sticky Tea, Quincy natives The Ben Flournoy Trio, Memphis-based Ben Prestage and another Memphis act, Brandon Santini. 

Vendors from around the area traveled to Port St. Joe to sell their goods or offer refreshments to visitors.

The event, which was free, is hosted annually by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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