They docked their boats below the stone wall and filled every available parking place in town to attend what has become known as one of Southeastern Ohio's biggest musical events.
The fans relaxed in lawn chairs, some covered with large umbrellas to protect against the hot sun and any rain that might come, while others got comfortable perched on the parking lot wall, leaning against a lamp post, or sitting on one of the benches along the sidewalk.
Many of the blues enthusiasts attending opted for comfort over style in their attire wearing jeans, shorts and t-shirts. It was apparent by their reaction to the music that they were in the right place to have a good time.
From the time the music started at 5 p.m. Friday until the Bash came to a close just after midnight on Saturday, the 12 bands performed one after another. Three were local, the Andy Francis Band and the Mudford Blues Band, who performed Friday night, and the Law of Attraction which opened Saturday performances.
Several of the bands were from the tri-state area, while most were touring bands from across the country, including such Blues greats as The Royales, Johnny Rawls, David Childers & the Modern Don Juans, Lil' Dave Thompson, Shannon Curfman and Lucky Peterson.
In addition to the main stage, again this year there was a second stage in the Court Street mini-park both Friday night and Saturday, with Phil and the Thrill, Mr. Boogie Band, Mothman, The Speed Knobs, Dale Kulchar, Woodpines & The Lonesome Two, After Hours, The Flat Tires, and Todd Burge performing.
The outstanding lineup of musical talent for this weekend's Blues Bash was a fantastic finale to a summer of fine entertainment brought to the Bend area by the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society.