National and international acts perform at River City Blues Festival

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - A popular blues festival returned to Marietta for its 26th year.

The Lafayette Hotel hosted the annual River City Blues Festival. It featured 6 professional acts from around the world, as well as last month's River City Blues competition winner, the Gough-Martin Blues Band.

Organizers say the festival showcases different styles of blues.

Studebaker John Grimaldi, a Chicago native, was one of the performers. He says he participated in order to keep blues alive among modern music.

"I like the fact that it's all played live," he said.

"There's no machines, there's nothing similar to the way modern music has gone. It's a lot of synthesizers, a lot of drum machines, a lot of people doing a whole bunch of dance moves on stage but not really singing while they're doing it and I this is just totally different from that. It's way more organic."

The festival was put on by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society.

Some of the proceeds raised benefit the organization's "Blues in the Schools" events.

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