Petaluma music festival falls short

  • Karen Farnsworth of San Francisco, takes shade from the sun under an umbrella as she dances to Booker T. during the 2nd annual Petaluma Wine, Jazz & Blues Festival held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, Saturday, August 29, 2009.

Jenny Boyle has scoured the countryside in search of good blues music, hitting juke joints from Chicago to New Orleans.

But the retired telecom worker from Petaluma knows sometimes the sweetest sounds come from your own backyard.

On Saturday, Boyle and boyfriend Glen Gulick made the short trip to the city fairgrounds for the Petaluma Wine, Jazz & Blues Festival.

Petaluma Wine, Jazz and Blues


The couple danced in the grass under a glaring sun as Charlie Musselwhite and others cranked out their favorite tunes.

?We?re just very bluesy people,? said Boyle, taking a swig from a glass of ros?between numbers. ?It?s for a good cause.?

Profits from the one-day event ? in its second year ? will be donated to support music programs in area schools.

However, this year?s contribution will be light because high temperatures and the sour economy cut turnout in half, said Cliff Eveland, the festival?s executive director.

The event, which ran from about noon to 8 p.m., drew 650 paying customers compared with about 1,300 last year, he said.

If it is to continue next year, organizers might have to drop tickets prices again or find another way to promote what many consider a great deal, he said.

?We heard over and over again: ?This was a great party. Too bad nobody came,? said Eveland, a music teacher at Petaluma High. ?The weather and the economy together have not been our friends.?

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