The postponement of the spring Blues Jam at the Pearson Lakes Art Center did not keep musicians from signing up to play together.
Eighteen talented musicians made the trek up to the Pomerantz Hall stage Wednesday night.
The house band started the show featuring Mick Buckley of Spirit Lake on drums, Joe Cuttell of Wahpeton and Lucien Vabre of Lake Park on guitar, Tim Horsman of Arnolds Park on keyboards, Shane VonHoldt of Sac City on bass and Becky Thoreson of Okoboji on flute and vocals. VonHoldt's "Some Kinda Wonderful" and Thoreson's "Moondance" started the evening off on an awesome note (no pun intended).
Other musicians who jammed included: Perry Pearson, Hunter Andresen, Paul Sleezer, Jerry Jones, Jon Ingvall, Terry Yarns, Drew Mills, Dennis Kintzi, Tyler Pedersen and Andy VanEngen. Their hometowns ranged from Cherokee to Graettinger, Spencer and beyond.
The youngest jammers to ever play the Blues Jam were Owen and Jonathan (no last names were written on the sign-up sheet). They got their feet wet in the music performance industry while not even old enough to attend high school. The crowd appreciated their efforts.
Pearson, Pedersen, Vabre and Yarns played a tribute to the King of Blues B.B. King who passed away the previous week. Kintzi's rendition of "See See Rider" was a crowd favorite. Mills, VanEngen, Cuttell and Kintzi did a fantastic version of "Green Onions" that had everyone involved.
It was an evening of toe tapping, clapping and swaying to classic songs performed by a wide variety of musicians who came because they love to perform that music. The house band closed the night out with Pedersen on bass and vocals for "Honky Tonk Woman" and VonHoldt saluting Delbert McClinton with a very spirited rendition of "Givin' It Up For Your Love."
We all left with smiles on our faces, a spring in our step; looking forward to the next Blues Jam to take place this fall.