BOSTON (April 18),Sitting by the window at the Blues Diner in Melrose recently, Boston Blues Festival founder Greg Sarni pointed to a three-story building across Main Street and recounted one of his earliest experiences with live blues music.
Listening and dancing to Thorogood's
music as a 19-year-old that night, Sarni
, who still lives in Melrose, recalled having "no idea he was playing blues."
, who has hosted a radio show called "True Blues" on WBRS for 10 years, has plenty of soul mates in the city.
...But Peter Cahill of Beverly, host of Salem State College's WMWM "The Juke Joint" radio show and Mai Cramer's former intern, gives Sarni most of the credit.
"I felt real bad for them," Sarni
said, and, in 1995, he
wrote a letter to Melrose resident and then-MDC commissioner David Balfour contending that "Chicago has a great blues festival, San Francisco has a great blues festival.
said someone from Balfour's office called him soon after with possible dates for a two-day concert at the Hatch Shell.Sarni's Blues Trust Productions