Summertime is disconcertingly slipping away. One tried and true antidote for coping with the impending autumn doldrums is an ample helping of the blues—and for the past 21 years, the D.C. Blues Festival has delivered. This year’s headliner is Bryan Lee and his Blues Power Band. Lee, a self-described “New Orleans Blues Institution,” has spent decades strumming away on Bourbon Street. A master of New Orleans’ exuberant rhythms, Lee has amassed a strong following while playing alongside esteemed fellow bluesmen like Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Amid the sylvan backdrop of Rock Creek Park, it would be unseemly for the festival to solely be a eulogy for the summer gone by. After all, the blues are as much about the promise of redemption in what lies ahead—regardless of however cold and chilly it may become—as they are about sorrow.
THE D.C. BLUES FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE NOON TO 7:30 P.M. AT CARTER BARRON AMPHITHEATRE, 4850 COLORADO AVE. NW. FREE. (202) 426-0486.