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Blues Lovers Know: This Weekend All Roads Lead to Sunbanks [PHOTOS]

We are blessed in the Great Northwest to enjoy many excellent Blues festivals. The Tri-Cities starts the outdoor Blues festival season with the Dave Nichols-produced “Untapped Blues & Brews” in May at our Benton Franklin Fairgrounds. The next weekend is “Sunbanks Rhythm & Blues” (spring edition), which makes both events EVEN better! I posted earlier this year on how the less-than-three-hour drive to Sunbanks Lake Resort is worthy of taking all by itself. NOW, September 5 thru 8th is a Blues lovers delight with the atmosphere and positive vibes thrown in also, veterans call it: “Sunbanks September edition”!

Billy Stoops, the festival’s impresario, on stage during a Sunday morning tradition. People are lining up to vote for their favorite motorcycle.  (Lon Martin)
(Lon Martin)
I’m taking a photo of Larry taking a photo of a beautiful sunset behind the iconic stage at Sunbanks. That stage has been taken down due to it’s condition and a new stage will be built, hopefully this winter,  so it’s ready for next May’s festival.(Lon Martin)
This is my friend Jeff’s motorcycle equipped campsite early during the festival before all the revelers arrived.  (Lon Martin)

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