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The Delta Blue is bringing ‘smokey tastes’ and blues to Lake Placid

Muscians play during the Delta Blue Open Mic Blues Jam on Jan. 9.

Muscians play during the Delta Blue Open Mic Blues Jam on Jan. 9. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “This is the place to be on Wednesday nights,” Smith said. “Our stage has hosted grammy winning artists and amazing musicians who walk in from the street and blow us away.”

Through 57 blues nights, Smith said the stage at the Delta Blue has brought together dozens of bands.

“We have our house musicians, so whatever instrument you play we have people who can back you up,” Smith said. “But it’s been incredible to see musicians come together on that stage, we don’t have to look far to book our weekend acts.”

On Jan. 9, as 8 p.m. grew closer, the restaurant started filling up. For almost every person walking in the door, Smith had a story and recognized their talents.

Looking back, Smith recalled his own experience on the stage when he sang a Beatles tune.

“Your listening so intently and suddenly everything else vanishes, every one is watching and your guitarist is working down the beat, it’s the most incredible way to listen to the music,” Smith said.

Smith said the Delta Blue has hosted musicians playing everything from blues, rock and roll, blue grass, to percussionists. Artists include grammy nominated acts.

The music scene is one of the only consistent music venues in the Lake Placid area, Smith said, hosting music all year round. Smith said the music styles are all over the place.

“We’re really trying to focus on great music instead of targeting a specific genre,” Smith said.

Delta Blue gets its name from the song Walking in Memphis, and the line one of the earliest styles of blues music, originating in the Mississippi Delta.

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