Blues on the Red. Grand Forks party on DeMers and Big Walter Smith was there to entertain. Grand Forks puts on the regular event each summer and it’s worth attending. On this night the electrified Chicago/Delta/Mississippi blues of Big Walter Smith attracted the crowd on a perfect weather night. Motorcyclists joined the eclectic crowd of beer drinkers, bar-b-que eaters and blues lovers for a celebration of summer — one of those rare nights when the mojo is working and the black cat is strutting.
After the Red River destroyed much of Grand Forks in the Big Flood/Fire/Blizzard of 1997, the city was re-built with a flair and design that is perfect for good easy culture such as Blues on the Red. A good ride to Grand Forks, a good night of entertainment, good food and good weather made this a memorable trip of 2010 for me.
And when the show was over, there was still plenty of energy and opportunity to wander the streets along the Red River in Downtown Grand Forks.
And so wandering was on order for the rest of the night, visiting some of the more collegiate and more cosmopolitan establishments in the rebuilt section of town along DeMers Avenue.