Arts and Leisure
Sunday, August 31, 2014
BBQ Fest Second Day—Rains Did Not Stop the Music
Scenes from the second day of the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. The rains came but the show went on. Dave Matlow, Tony Riggio, J.C. Martin and WestportNow photos
‘Hang on Sloopy’ at BBQ Fest
Rick Derringer closed out the seventh annual Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport tonight with” Hang on Sloopy,” among other selections. He was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit in the summer of 1965, knocking “Yesterday” by The Beatles out of the top spot. WestportNow.com video
Closing Out the BBQ Fest
Young guitar great, vocalist and entertainer Rick Derringer closed out the seventh annual Westport Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival tonight. He was just 17 when his band The McCoys recorded the No.1 hit “Hang On Sloopy” in the summer of 1965, knocking “Yesterday” by The Beatles out of the top spot. His performance of the hit song brought cheers from the audience, many of whom danced below the stage. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Young Fan Up Late
A young fan enjoys the music of Rick Derringer, guitarist, vocalist, Grammy Award winning producer and entertainer, as the last act tonight at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport. Derringer came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of The McCoys, who had a No. 1 hit single with “Hang on Sloopy.” Derringer then turned to blues rock, scoring a 1974 hit with “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
They Came Prepared
UPDATE Many attendees at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival in Westport came prepared for showers and stuck out an afternoon thunderstorm. Just before 6 p.m., the rain had stopped and the sun broke through the clouds. However. the rain returned briefly at about 8:15 p.m., just before the 8:30 p.m. closing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
The Show Goes On
The show went on at the Levitt Pavilion in late afternoon today as a thunderstorm moved through. Some left but many remained. The sun broke through again just before 6 p.m. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Many at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival took shelter under the Levitt Pavilion canopy at the rear of the facility today as an afternoon rain moved through the area. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo
Bird’s Eye View of Festival
Dozens of persons, many of them artists, stopped by to say goodbye today to Max’s Art Supplies as it shut its doors for good at 68 Post Road East after 59 years in the same location. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
Party to Say Goodbye
Shirley Mellor, owner of Max’s Art Supplies, shows off one of her gifts today as the store held a closing down party to make the end of its run at 68 Post Road East. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Max’s Closing - Part 1
Scenes from today’s closing party for Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, after 59 years in the same location. Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com
Max’s Closing - Part 2
More scenes from today’s closing party for Max’s Art Supplies, 68 Post Road East, after 59 years. Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
First Look at Levitt
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gets his first view of the new Westport Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts today as he visited the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival. He was escorted by former First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, First Selectman Jim Marpe, and John Hartwell, chair, Westport Democratic Town Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
In Election Mode, Malloy Presses Flesh at BBQ Festival
By James Lomuscio
Today was the first time in its seven-year history that Westport’s Blues, Views & BBQ Festival run by the Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) hosted a governor.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy chats with Bob LeRose, owner of Westport’s Bobby Q’s, in front of the Bobby Q booth at the Blues, Views, and BBQ Festival today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com photo
“There’s barbecue, beer and blues; that’s not a bad combination,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as he arrived at the entry way alongside the Westport Library.
Malloy is also running for reelection, and the festival offered him a chance to press the flesh at what was essentially a campaign stop in a town with a strong Democratic base.
“Every vote counts,” said John Hartwell, chairman of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC), who had invited Malloy.
Note: WestportNow Publisher Gordon F. Joseloff is also First Selectman of Westport