GALLERY: 2016 San Diego Blues Festival

Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos howled at the 2016 San Diego Blues Festival, joining a pack of legendary artists that included Nikki Hill and Watermelon Slim.

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Grammy Award-winning Los Lobos howled at San Diego Blues Festival on Sept. 10.
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Nikki Hill brought her feel good rock 'n' roll to the Embarcadero Marina Park North as well.
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The man, the myth, the legend: Watermelon Slim.
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Los Lobos have won multiple Grammy Awards for their eclectic mix of blues, Latin rock and country.
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Formed in Los Angeles in 1973, the band wouldn't gain international stardom until 1987.
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Their cover of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" topped the international charts that year.
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In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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The band includes David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin and Enrique Gonzalez.
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Lozano plays bass and guitarron and also contributes vocals.
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Rosas plays guitars, sings and also plays the bajo sexto.
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With such talented musicians playing, it was easy for the audience to move and groove all day at the festival.
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Nikki Hill was also a prominent feature of the fest.
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After independently releasing a self-titled EP in 2012, she quickly gained international buzz.
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Hill and her band have been touring ever since.
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With her soulful voice and energetic performances, it's no wonder she has a following.
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Didn't think the Embarcadero could get jam-packed? Think again.
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Watermelon Slim, born Bill Homans, is a legendary blues musician.
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He played the fest on Sept. 10 and the VIP party at the House of Blues San Diego the night before.
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Beautiful music and beautiful people made it a beautiful day.
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The Bey Paule Band performed a spirited set during the fest.
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Frank Bey is a blues singer who grew up in Millen, Georgia, and is the son of gospel singer Maggie Jordan.
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He toured with the Otis Redding Review in the ‘60s, and later with Archie Jenkins & the Incredible Saxons.
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After a lengthy hiatus from the music industry, he started performing again in 1996. He met in-demand Bay Area guitarist Anthony Paule and they linked up.
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In addition to fronting his own band for quite some time, he’s toured and recorded with other legendary artists such as Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Bo Diddley, Mark Hummel and more.
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The Bey Paule Band has released three studio albums, with their most recent “Not Goin’ Away” releasing in June of 2015.
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Billy Watson and Junior Watson joined forces at the fest.
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Billy is a singer/harmonica player extraordinaire – leading a revolving cast of excellent musicians in his International Silver String Submarine band for almost two decades.
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You might know Junior Watson from his work with Canned Heat, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson and James Harman. Together, they’re an unstoppable blues tour-de-force.
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At 82 years old, legendary blues man Bobby Rush showed no signs of slowing down.
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Rush is the real deal – with a Blues Hall of Fame membership – and known as the King of the Chitlin’ Circuit.
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He’s spent 60 years performing for audiences, and appeared on more than 100 recordings.
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Rush is a 10-time nominee for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award from the Blues Hall of Fame, and finally won it in 2015.
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Chris Cain took the Baker Electric Solar Stage at 1:30 p.m.
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Cain was born in San Jose, and taught himself guitar at 8 years old.
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Still based in the Bay Area, he’s produced 11 albums under his name and established himself with an encyclopedic understanding of the blues.
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He also mixes his affinity for jazz into his blues music, which sets it apart.
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The Holla Pointe kicked off the San Diego Blues Festival at noon.
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Founded in 2015, the band is from San Diego.
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The Holla Pointe is led by guitarist Jimmy Zollo (pictured) and singer/harmonica player Karl Cabbage.
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Only weeks after the band started, they entered the regional International Blues Challenge and took top honors.
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They represented San Diego in January at the world’s largest battle of the blues bands in Memphis, Tennessee.
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