Photos: Roots and Blues in Long Beach
For the 3rd installment in Summer and Music concert series, locals were treated to "Roots and Blues" music on the streets of Long Beach on Saturday. Pocket harp prodigy James Harman represented the "Blues" genre with a scathing set reminiscent of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Legendary local showman King Cotton represented the "Roots" portion of the festivities with his own brand of throwback funk that had the entire street bopping to the infectious grooves. Long Beach's own The Dibs got the crowd warmed up with their interpretation of folk roots music.
Americana Roots music--sometimes called Americana Folk, and used to describe everything from Bluegrass, to Appalachian folk, to moonshine jug bands--is a comingling of sounds that either originated or developed in the United States and served as the foundation for every kind of music from rock-n-roll to jazz. Roots music took the stage during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, when Americans were at their most raw, vulnerable moments.