Thursday, August 2, 2012
Dancing in street highlights Blues Night
By SUE WATSON
Some estimated a crowd as large as 500-600 turned out for Bikers Night Out in Blues Alley Thursday evening to hear the blues and dance in the street.
Jeff Farese opened the evening with some blues songs.
Disc jockey Little “D” Lewis filled all the airwaves with popular blues tunes to dance to and lots of crowd-pleasing talk, as the evening moved slowly onward.
Before dark a group of about 20 teenagers on bicycles paraded down Blues Alley behind the stage and turned into a side alley that led back to N. Memphis Street.
Leroy Hubbard and Dwight Taylor played a five- or 10-minute set and Little “D” put some more music on to dance by, including the popular song “Bootie Roll.”
The crowd picked up at about 9 p.m. when Bobby Ray Watson, formerly of Pleasant Hill, played some of the old-style hill country blues and sang about four songs.
There was an interlude of more music from Little “D.” Then the crowd really rocked with a street full of dancers of all ages.
By that hour all bets were off and an explosive group of music lovers and dancers filled the middle of Blues Alley and along the sidelines and boogied.
It was at that point that participation in dance reached critical mass and everyone who had a dancing bone in them got in the street and shook a leg.
David Washington, with Funk Rhythm and Blues Band of North Mississippi, was the featured band and closed down the evening at 10 p.m.
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