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From under a series of white tents, performers wowed the folks who chose to attend the second annual Big Bluesy Festival this past weekend.

Acts from Richmond, Newport News, and from far Massachusetts graced the stage in the event’s second year.

CulutureFix, a Williamsburg-based nonprofit, hosted the Big Bluesy Festival and the Chowderfest, which took place Friday evening.

Both were facets of what organizers called the Big Bluesy Festival Weekend.

Organizers decided to move the festival heading into this year’s event in an an attempt to entice more people. Acts played this year under a series of tents along High Street.

“Last year we had it out in Jamestown,” said CultureFix co-founder Steve Rose. “We figured it would be a bit more central to town.”

Bobby “Blackhat” Waters served as the master of ceremonies as the bands hit the stage.

Waters’ daughter Maya was among the acts that graced the stage Saturday. She particularly impressed visitor David Williams.

“We live up in Dorchester, but I try to come down to Williamsburg once a year since I grew up around here,” Williams said. “It looks like they have a good event going, and I hope they keep it.”

Rose and fellow co-founder Jennifer Raines were also happy withe the turnout for the city’s sixth annual Chowderfest.

“We usually have 500-600 people there each year,” he said. “It’s a pretty good turnout, and we’re excited as always about it.”

Williams said he plans on making the trip back next year.

“Since I don’t live in the area now, there’s always several acts I only know vaguely of,” he said. “I’ll leave having heard some good new music, which is always a plus.”

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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