Nine bands in all played to a warm but enthusiastic audience this past holiday weekend at the third annual Woodystock Blues Festival in Apple Valley. The festival is the brainchild of Adelanto City Councilman John “Bug” Woodard, Jr., a blues connoisseur, who hosts the event each year at Woodardville Ranch in Fairview Valley.

Bands playing during the two-day event included The Electric Parlor, The New Blues Revolution, Bo and the Bluesdrivers, The Reverend Smack Jones, Johnny Jukebox, James Snow and The Regulators, RocknRick and the Roadmasters, Victor Crain, and the West Coast Project. The nine regional bands entertained the crowd with an eclectic mix of blues and rock much to everyone’s delight and enjoyment.

Festival goers rocked to their favorite acts well into the wee hours of Saturday night under the starry desert sky. After that, they had a choice of camping out to the sounds of coyotes and crickets in the warm desert air or retreating to a more civilized location and returning the next day for another round of great music and food.“It was an amazing experience,” said Woodard. “Everyone had a really good time. The music was fantastic. There was an amazing light show.”

After the music and light show, food was the next best thing. Fat Jack’s Bar and Grill sponsored a burger-eating contest. Contestants had four minutes to eat a quad burger, which included four beef patties and four slices of cheese.

“It was the skinny guy who won the contest,” said Woodard laughing “Isn’t that how it usually goes?”

Woodard says about 350 fans were on hand for the event. Epic Radio, Fat Jack’s Bar and Grill, and Burtec sponsored the festival. Doug Duetsch Publicity Service served as the official publicists for the event. For more information about this event or future events, check out the Woodystock Blues Festival Facebook Group.