25th Annual Winthrop Rhythm And Blues Festival
Painting - Digital Photograph
25th Annual Winthrop R&B Festival
� Omaste Witkowski
This photograph was taken last year at the 25th Annual Winthrop R&B Festival. Every year in July we have the annual Rhythm and Blues festival here in Winthrop Wa. Performers and fans from across the country gather to enjoy the wonderful outdoor beauty and awesome R&B music.The Methow River runs right by the grounds and people spill over into the river to cool off. The Blues grounds are not shown here.
This photograph was taken in Winthrop Wa (Washington State), in the beautiful Methow Valley. The Methow is a small jewel of an area not too far from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Okanogan County is such a great place to live for all of the sunshine and outdoors recreation.
I started with a digital photograph and used a HDR process to tone map the light. Then I applied a finishing oil paint layer to add texture to the overall image. I did some tonal work to even out the colors and make them realistic to what I was seeing in nature but not excessively.
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"The 26th Annual Winthrop R&B Festival:
Washington State's largest, longest running blues festival, is shaping up to be the not-to-be-missed rhythm & blues event of 2013.
See you July 19-21!"
Ivan Neville�s Dumpstaphunk
Otis Taylor Band
Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Peter Karp & Sue Foley
The Chris O'Leary Band
Located at the Blues Ranch on the Methow River in the resort town of Winthrop, Washington, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is a three-day event packed full of exciting national and regional entertainment for all ages. There is on site camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers, and a beer garden. The Blues Ranch is the perfect setting for one of Washington's greatest blues festivals. The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is the largest and longest running festival in the state of Washington. Over seventy-five thousand people have attended this event in the past twenty-four years. Past festivals have featured such national artists as Jimmie Vaughan, Booker T., Commander Cody, Little Feat, Mavis Staples, Bo Diddley, JJ Cale with Christine Lakeland, Bobby Rush, Susan Tedeschi, Koko Taylor, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tower of Power, Delbert McClinton, Elvin Bishop, Little Milton, Tommy Castro, Eric Burdon, Chubby Carrier, Charlie Musselwhite, The Blasters, Buckwheat Zydeco, James Harman and many others. The festival has rightfully become a destination event with fans traveling from all over the world to enjoy and celebrate the Blues.
This year's festival is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 19, 20, 21, 2013. We will kick things off FRIDAY night with a JAM ONSITE AT THE BLUES RANCH in the Beer Garden until 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday's music begins at 11 a.m. and ends each night with electrifying blues jam sessions in the beer garden. A state of the art sound and lighting system will be provided to ensure the very best sound and entertainment.
The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is brought to you by Winthrop Music Association (WMA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All board members, staff and volunteers pride themselves in providing the very finest in rhythm & blues entertainment each year. We look forward to another great year and hope to see YOU at the 26th Annual 2013 Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival!!"
April 26th, 2013
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