Good Weather Greets BluesFest

WHEELING – Warm weather, blue skies and nearly 12 hours of music were on tap Saturday as the 2013 edition of the Heritage Music BluesFest rolled on.

Saturday’s music kicked off at noon, with the main stage acts attracting a majority of the crowd. Following performances by IBC, Little G Weevil, Skyla Burrell Band and Brighter Side Band, Jesse Dee took the stage to an enthusiastic crowd, who danced and swayed to Dee’s classic take on the blues. After leaving the stage for a brief moment, Dee returned for an encore to appease the loud and appreciative crowd.

Dee’s performance was followed by Monkey Junk, Joe Louis Walker and Dr. John, a Grammy-winning musician who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Best known for his style of New Orleans style blues and funk, Dr. John played through a lengthy catalog of award-winning hits, including several from his 2013 Grammy-winning “Locked Down.”

A smaller yet equally appreciative crowd took in acts at the second stage near WesBanco Arena, where the atmosphere was much more low-key. Festival attendees were spotted lying in the grass and enjoying the sunshine throughout the day while taking in the second stage acts.

Festival organizers said the weekend had been quiet thus far, with no major issues reported and great weather keeping spirits high. Likewise, officers with the Wheeling Police Department at the festival said the crowd was calm and friendly and no out-of-the-ordinary issues had been reported to them.

The festival continues today beginning at 1 p.m., with IBC and Selwyn Birchwood, Harrison Kennedy, Glen David Andrews, Southern Hospitality, Ruthie Foster and headliner JJ Grey & Mofro closing out the festival beginning at 9 p.m.