So sang Lew Jetton of Lew Jetton & 61 South during the band's first song at the 2008 Bear Creek Blues Festival in Slater Saturday, June 28.
The assertion seemed appropriate to the event. The festival had a Woodstock-ish feel this year.
The historic 1969 rock music festival is famous in part for the muddy conditions following thunderstorms -- and for the fact that neither rain nor mud put a damper on the spirits of the artists or the audience.
Likewise, the football field in Slater was very soggy Saturday, June 28, after thunderstorms late in the week soaked the area. And after several hours of foot traffic by several hundred concert goers visiting food vendors and other booths, the field was getting fairly muddy, too.
Members of the audience got up and danced in front of the stage and Jetton made a couple of trips out into the audience to give fans an up-close look at his guitar work.
By the end of the evening, as headliner Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials cranked up their energetic sound, a good portion of the audience was on its feet.
A stage was hastily built at the southeast corner of the field. The lumber arrived Thursday afternoon and volunteers finished it Friday afternoon, Scott Murray said, "about 30 minutes before the sound guy showed up."
"You do what you've got to do," he said. "We didn't want to tear up the field."
Normally, the stage consists of three flatbed semi trailers parked on the west side of the field.
Following the performance of Mike Zito and before the final act of the evening, emcee Dan Day, Scott Murray and Lil' Ed drew the winning raffle ticket for the Peavey Jazz Fusion guitar, won by 15-year-old Alexis Arvizu of Napton.
"It's my first guitar and I'm really excited," she said after climbing off the stage with the silver guitar clutched in her hands. "I've always wanted to learn it."
Arvizu said she likes classic rock, alternative metal and "definitely the blues."
The guitar was signed by all the performers at the festival and was played on stage by Zito.
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