You really gotta give it to the tireless team behind the largest blues fest west of the Mississippi. Now in its third decade, a horde of supportive volunteers has always been integral to its success, but it’s the expert musical curation of Peter Dammann that has kept this Fourth of July affair a centerpiece of the region. Purists might grumble but let’s be real: Isn’t the blues all about expressing emotion? That’s exactly what this lineup—which mixes Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, Lettuce, Ghost-Note, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Antibalas, Cedric Burnside and Chubby Carrier’s ever-present zydeco with locals like Curtis Salgado, Hillstomp, Duffy Bishop and many more—does! All of it makes the waterfront a fine place to spend four summer days.