Bobby Blackmon, a blues man from Central. Florida, and his band closed out the day with a powerful performance. [ David Adlerstein | The Star ]
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Avenue for the blues

Now the streets of Rome are filled with rubble, so wrote Dylan, and you can go barrelin’ down the boulevard lookin’ for the heart of Saturday night, as Tom Waits lyricized.

But when it comes to the blues, the place to find them is along Reid Avenue, on a sunny afternoon such as last Saturday, when a sizeable crowd took in the Blues on Reid street festival, sponsored by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.

Aided by a load of sponsors, and a large crop of street vendors, the audience, content to relax in the folding chairs they brought with them, took in a vibrant array of blues musicians beginning with JC and The Backscratchers at noon, and ending with an early evening jam by headliner Bobby Blackmon.

In between, the audience, and a modest smattering of exuberant listeners who could not resist the impulse to dance, enjoyed Corey Hall Music, Kelly $ the Healers and The Cat Daddy Blues Band.

Vendors said they did well, t-shirts were all but gone by the end of the day and by all accounts it was a hot time in the old town.

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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