The misty rain and gloomy weather didn’t seem to deter many people from the Saturday night festivities at Bluesfest, and it certainly didn’t put a damper on the energy of the music. Amanda Rheaume started her set off with a fun and powerful rendition of “Kiss Me Back,” followed by an emotional “Mind Over Matter,” dedicated to the late Fraser Holmes, her former guitarist who sadly passed away this past winter due to Leukemia. Rheaume also touched on a few songs from her new album, Holding Patterns, including “This Time Around,” featuring an incredibly dreamy lap steel, and “Red Dress,” proceeds of which go to Native Women’s Association of Canada to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women.

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As the mist continued to slowly drench the crowd, most of the Bluesfest attendees made their way to the main City stage to see Denver-based band, The Lumineers. With only two albums out, this folk group created quite a sense of intimacy touching on most tracks from their 2011 self-titled debut. Audience participation was in full swing as everyone sang along, especially to the single “Ho Hey,” and “Classy Girl” which started off simple with only vocals and a guitar but built up to a driving beat and clapping along. Of course they couldn’t be on a tour to promote their new album, Cleopatra, without playing a few songs from it, namely their current hit single, “Ophelia.” This tune is heavily piano based, with a catchy melody that is destined to get stuck in your head for days (I can personally attest this fact). Not only did they please the crowd with all of their popular songs, but they also surprised us with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and the incredibly fitting Credence Clearwater Revival track, “Have You Ever Seen The Rain.”

It was quite the sunny end to an otherwise seemingly dreary day.

Photos by Mark Horton & Scott Penner