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Blues FestAmanda Fish, local blues artist, performed Aug. 31 in the parking lot of the Blues Fest at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
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Blues FestThe Downtown Kansas City, Kan., Lions Club staffed a booth Aug. 31 at the Blues Fest at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan. They included, left to right, Diane Hentges, David Hentges, Ben Blagg and Cathy Crote, who are with the Lions Club in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
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Blues FestThe audience enjoyed listening to music at the annual Blues Festival Aug. 31 at Kaw Point, Kansas City, Kan. (Photo by William Crum)
This year's Kansas City Blues Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, attracted hundreds of people to Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kan.
One first-time blues enthusiast was really impressed by how nice Kaw Point was. An estimated crowd of well over 500 people attended this annual event.
Local restaurant Millie’s Café and the Downtown Kansas City, Kan., Lions Club had food booths.
Eight bands performed at the Blues Fest, headlined by Trampled Under Foot.
Kaw Point is where the Kansas River meets the Missouri River in Kansas City, Kan. A park has been constructed at that site. At Kaw Point, several annual events take place, including the launch site for the annual kayak race from Kansas City to St. Louis. The park has an outdoor amphitheater where local theater groups can perform and also has a bicycle and walking trail that meanders by the river.
Kaw Point was started by former Mayor Carol Marinovich and old river rat, as he called himself, Mike Calwell. Calwell and Marinovich had a meeting with Robert Kennedy Jr., who had a lot to do with saving the rivers in the United States. At that meeting the restoration of Kaw Point was born.
Rolland Love, a volunteer a Kaw Point, said, “I can't believe my eyes. Five years this was a dump. Now look at it, it is amazing.”
The Blues Festival was sponsored by the Kansas City Blues Society, Friends of the Kaw and the Downtown Shareholders Association.
As of now, the location for next year's annual event has not been determined; however, the word on the street says it will remain at Kaw Point.