The Santa Catalina Island Company's Joe Caliva also played drums with Connelly's band as well as at Descanso Beach Club on Sunday.
"That is very good attendance for a weekend in a down economy when fewer people are thinking about spending money on entertainment," Caliva
Caliva, vice president of Sightseeing Operations for the Santa Catalina Island has worked with Billy Delbert, who retired this year from the Island Company to create each of the recent blues festivals on Catalina.
put on one of the best shows I have ever seen in the Casino," Caliva
showmanship was fantastic.
I could really see how he
has had such a strong influence on people like Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton.
There is no other way to describe what he
did other than to say he
The Santa Catalina Island Blues Festival was revived about three years ago.
Last year, the event was moved from September to October, according to Caliva
, as a way to let people know that Catalina had in fact survived the previous summer's fires and that there was still plenty to do and experience by visiting the Island.
"Last year, we had Otis Clay and Blues Caravan at Descanso Beach as the main act," Caliva
"We hope to keep it going and have the blues in September again next year.
said events like the blues festival and JazzTrax, which the Island Company
also helps to promote and drive the Island's tourist economy.
"They bring a lot of money to town and raise the awareness of Catalina as an easy but popular destination with people nearby on the mainland," Caliva