Nice crowd taking in the Mike Zito and the Wheel set at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival located in Winter Park, Colorado. 6/30/2013 © Casey Drahota

I have always been a huge Blues music fan, Stevie Ray Vaughan started it for me back in the day. I was always fascinated by how Stevie could make noises come out of his guitar like very few others could do.

Blues fan or not, I don’t know how anyone could deny that he was absolutely amazing as a musician and a showman. Stevie and other great musicians who are no longer with us live on through other fine blues men and women and that was on display in a big way at the 2013 Blues From the Top.

In 2013, Blues From the Top rolled out some of the best in Blues Music during the 4 day event held in the pristine mountains of Winter Park, Colorado. Its near impossible to attend a music festival in a setting more beautiful than Winter Park, I highly recommend attending the Blues From the Top music festival if you get the chance. With top acts like Rick Estrin and the Night Cats, the Mud Morganfield band with Kate Moss, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Kara Grainger, Joanne Shaw Taylor,  Albert Castiglia, Southern Hospitality, Sena Ehrhardt featuring Reese Wynans, the Zac Harmon Band, Lucky Peterson, Shawn Kellerman as well as Mike Zito and the Wheel featuring Samantha Fish and Danielle Schnebelen, it was no surprise that the 2013 Blues From the Top was fantastic.

This year’s 2014 Blues from the Top is only a few days away so I thought I would share a few images from last years music festival. 2014 Blues From the Top promises to be just as grand as last year’s epic concert and I am looking forward to the show. The amazing part of this music festival is all money raised goes to help bring music into the lives of children and young adults who are fighting cancer and other life-changing situations, which is fantastic. My hat is off to all of the volunteers that work so hard to make sure that the 12th annual 2014 Blues From the Top music festival is a big success once again! Images © Casey Drahota

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Winter Park, home of the 11th annual 2013 Blues From the Top music festival. Winter Park is in the Colorado mountains and is a fantastic place to hold Blues From the Top! © Casey Drahota

Winter Park, home of the 11th annual 2013 Blues From the Top music festival. Winter Park is in the Colorado mountains and is a fantastic place to hold Blues From the Top! © Casey Drahota

 

Zac Harmon performing at Smokin' Moe's Saturday night 6/29/2013. Smokin' Moe's in Winter Park, Colorado hosted the Blues From the Top after party.

Zac Harmon performing at Smokin’ Moe’s Saturday night 6/29/2013. Smokin’ Moe’s in Winter Park, Colorado hosted the Blues From the Top after party.

Sena Ehrhardt and father Edward Ehrhardt performing live at Blues From the Top 2013

Sena Ehrhardt performed at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival located in Winter Park, Colorado. Sena Ehrhardt is a class act and a true asset to blues music,

Sena Ehrhardt performed at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival located in Winter Park, Colorado. Sena Ehrhardt is a class act and a true asset to blues music,

Kate Moss and Mud Morganfield-Blues From the Top 2013

Kate Moss on the Fender Telecaster at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival. Kate performed with the Mud Morganfield band.

Kate Moss on the Fender Telecaster at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival. Kate performed with the Mud Morganfield band.

Mike Zito and the Wheel performing live at the Blues From the Top music festival with special guest Samantha Fish.

Mike Zito and the Wheel performing live at the Blues From the Top music festival with special guest Samantha Fish.

Nice crowd taking in the Mike Zito and the Wheel set at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival located in Winter Park, Colorado. 6/30/2013

Nice crowd taking in the Mike Zito and the Wheel set at the 2013 Blues From the Top music festival located in Winter Park, Colorado. 6/30/2013

Mike Zito tearing the strings off his guitar at Blues From the Top.

Mike Zito tearing the strings off his guitar at Blues From the Top.

Shawn Kellerman performing live with Lucky Peterson at Blues From the Top. Shawn exudes emotion while playing the guitar, very impressive performer!

Shawn Kellerman performing live with Lucky Peterson at Blues From the Top. Shawn exudes emotion while playing the guitar, very impressive performer!

Lucky Peterson working the crowd at Blues From the Top 2013. What an entertainer, fantastic set!

Lucky Peterson working the crowd at Blues From the Top 2013. What an entertainer, fantastic set!

Shawn Kellerman bending some Fender strings at Blues From the Top

Shawn Kellerman bending some Fender strings at Blues From the Top

Kara Grainger on stage at Blues From the Top 2013

Kara Grainger on stage at Blues From the Top 2013