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The last time Laura and I were together we got to talking about musicians we would enjoy seeing perform, and she mentioned Ruthie Foster.  It was at least ten years ago I shared Ruthie’s “Runaway Soul” with Laura and like anyone else I know who possesses this brilliant disc, it is a lasting favorite.  As we were both armed with smart phones, a quick Google search revealed Ruthie would be playing the Cincy Blues fest in a few months, so we agreed to rendezvous (Laura lives in Indy, so a convenient drive for either of us).  I booked a hotel only a half mile from Sawyer Point Park, the green space along the shores of the Ohio River where the festival plays, scored a pair of VIP tickets and then it was simply a matter of waiting.

Sawyer Point Park - nice green space along Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, where the Cincy Blues Fest is held.

The day arrived and a smooth drive into the big city.  I was surprised how nice the hotel was, forgetting this was a regular Holiday Inn and not an “Express”.  The down side was that in addition to a relatively high nightly rate, there was no free breakfast and you had to pay to park your car (double jeopardy since we drove separately).  But no worries, it was only a single night and fun was on tap.  The other foible was that you needed to use your room key to operate the elevators, so after checking in and stowing my “luggage” (just shaving kit and a single change of clothes for tomorrow), it was back to the lovely lobby to read and wait for Laura so she would not be stranded downstairs.

Laura arrived around 4PM and once she was settled we ventured out on foot to score dinner before hoofing to the Blues Fest.  It was glorious weather and we discovered ourselves in a very nice neighborhood featuring plenty of dining options.  We settled on Nada, reviewed below, for our pre-blues meal and then it was off to the fest.  Had a really wonderful time, shared in review below, before returning to the Holiday Inn around midnight in great spirits.

cotton_foam says:
I can't believe they charged parking!!
Posted on: Oct 29, 2017
joseph98 says:
Ah yes, the keycard to operate the elevator thing. Only place I came across that to date was in the Philippines!
Posted on: Oct 22, 2017
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