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John Lee Hooker

Still rolling on the river

Still rolling on the river

These days, Dar Lopez approaches the Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival with a degree of humility. It's rooted, perhaps, in the organizer's abiding respect for the event's late founder, Don Cohen, who inaugurated the all-day party in the parking lot of the Musicians Exchange, a Fort Lauderdale concert venue, and who eventually courted to his festival the likes of blues giants Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker.

"We're a skeleton crew of two," says Lopez, referring to her husband and co-organizer, Gerardo. "It's our job just to try to keep it going, even if it's not a monster festival, anymore."

Performing inside and on the back lot of the Downtowner Saloon...

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