As promised, the inaugural Bluestock Festival fused the best elements of the Blues Cruise and the 1969 Woodstock Festival into one blues-saturated weekend at Hunter Mountain! Despite the threat of Hurricane Irene, festival attendees, artists, and organizers were treated to a jam-packed two days of music featuring nearly all of the bands originally scheduled to appear, including all three of the Festival’s headliners: Elvin Bishop, Robert Cray Band, and Buddy Guy! The spirits were high, the vibes were unparalleled, and the music was world-class from the first note (Friday at 5pm with Lionel Young) to the last (Sunday at 3am with Mitch Woods and Billy Gibson’s all-star Club 88 jam session).

Bluestock would like to send its sincerest “THANK YOU” to everyone who braved the impending storm and celebrated with us this weekend. To the Festival’s production staff, volunteers, vendors, and artists: we could not be more impressed by your ability to mobilize, improvise, and organize what will truly be a most memorable of hurricane parties! Irene struck the Catskill Mountains as hard as she could (read about it in the New York Times!) and we were ready.

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From Steve Simon: “BLUESTOCK 2011 will stay in our hearts forever for it was truly the most memorable Blues experience any of us have ever had. Every single artist played their hearts out for us………every single person in attendance showed such love, grace and kindness to each other………I will always remember each and every moment for it was the Blues adventure of a lifetime. I love you all so very much!!!!!! Steve