Sheriff Bob, Lee Lyons and the Deputy performing.
ANGUILLA–Anguilla’s reggae legend Bankie Banks hosted his second annual Blues Fest during the weekend of June 22-June 24 at his newly redesigned and rebuilt Dune Preserve. The Dune, which had been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, was open and ready for show time.
Patrons gathered throughout the day and late into the evening to experience this musical treat, while musicians from across the United States and the United Kingdom converged in Anguilla to jam. World-renowned artists such as Solomon Hicks, Eli Cook, Leo Lyons, Innes Sibun, Kirk Yano, Sheriff Bob and the Deputy, Johnny Cement, Mario and Staiano took to the stage, blending and improvising their hybrid sounds of modern blues, folk, gospel, soul and rock and roll into music that delighted the audience.
Anguillian musicians including Bankie Banks and a drumming group also performed, adding an island vibe to the venue. The visiting musicians all stated that they had an incredible time in Anguilla and at the Dune. They were awed by both the island and the people, and they all want to come back to perform at next year’s Blues Fest.