Evening portion of Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival rained out–but the daytime was hot

Bernard Allison and Davy Knowles, scheduled headliners, share an umbrella after their sets were rained out at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bernard Allison and Davy Knowles, scheduled headliners, share an umbrella after their sets were rained out at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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For the first time in eight years, rain fell on the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival.

Fortunately, it held off long enough on Saturday for three splendid sets– from the U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue ensemble, Bria Skonberg and LaBamba & The Hubcaps.

Rain interrupts the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rain interrupts the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Unfortunately, the skies opened up just as LaBamba was finishing. The Bernard Allison Group and Davy Knowles were waiting for their turn… but they’ll have to wait ’till next year.

“We always put safety first,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty, noting the stage was wet, and that most of the crowd had dispersed.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin. Click/hover for captions:

Bria Skonberg at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Richie 'LaBamba' Rosenberg at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The US Air Force Rhythm in Blue band takes to the crowd, at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mike Kostak of Basking Ridge and Diana Kidd of Ramsey dance at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Audience cheers Air Force band at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Crowd at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Organizers Linda and Don Smith and Mayor Tim Dougherty check forecasts at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ken and Diane Kramek drove 450 miles from Ohio for the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rain interrupts the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
TAKE A BOW: The US Air Force Rhythm in Blue band, at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Pender and Richie 'LaBamba' Rosenberg of LaBamba & The Hubcaps at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Rain makes first visit to the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Toughing it out at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
They were ready to ride it out at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Headliners Bernard Allison and Davy Knowles, rained out, at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
From left: Morristown First Lady Mary Dougherty, Bernard Allison, David Knowles, Linda Kiger Smith and Mayor Tim Dougherty, at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Knowles had driven all day, in rain, from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just in time for the deluge on the historic Morristown Green. The weather reminded Knowles of his native Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea.

Bria Skonberg at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Bria Skonberg at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“This is the height of the summer” back home, the bluesman joked.

The Mayor said organizers Don and Linda Smith could not book the Green for Sunday, as a rain date, because most of the performers have tight schedules.

“We would have waited in the rain,” said Diane Kramek, who drove 450 miles  from Canton, Ohio, with her husband Ken to see Allison and Knowles. They said they really enjoyed Skonberg, and will consider returning to Morristown in 2019.

Ken and Diane Kramek drove 450 miles from Ohio for the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ken and Diane Kramek drove 450 miles from Ohio for the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“They said Bernard’s going to be here, so hopefully, yeah,” Diane Kramek said.

Allison, who’s been around festivals since he was knee-high to his father, the famed guitarist Luther Allison, said he’s gung-ho to give it another try.

“Hey, you can’t control Mother Nature,” he said, between greetings from die-hard fans huddled under umbrellas. 

Richie 'LaBamba' Rosenberg at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Richie ‘LaBamba’ Rosenberg at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“This is an awesome festival, believe me… I have to come back and give these guys the Allison treatment, because they treated me and my fellows very well. The bands I heard were amazing. The bands that were going to come on are amazing. This ain’t the end. Come back next year!”

 

 

Check out video clips on our Facebook page, and come back here this weekend for more photos and videos.

Morristown Green coverage of the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Fest

The US Air Force Rhythm in Blue band takes to the crowd, at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The US Air Force Rhythm in Blue band takes to the crowd, at the 2018 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

 

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