The good news about this years Long Beach Blues Festival is that the action has moved from the scorched playing field at Long Beach State to the breezier, water-adjacent Rainbow Lagoon. Its always a dilemma choosing which day to go. This year, on Saturday you get Chuck Berry, John Mayall, Pinetop Perkins with the Bob Margolin Band, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, among others. Thats an extremely solid lineup of many hours of blues. On Sunday, its the Taj Mahal Trio, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Floyd, Joe Louis Walker I say go Sunday. No, wait Saturday is a no-brainer. Ah, hell, just get a hotel in Long Beach for the weekend.
Aug. 30-31, 2-10 p.m., 2008