Back in Blue

The glory of electric blues filled Eli’s Mile High Club. The elbow-to-elbow crowd rocked and sweated with headliner Joe Louis Walker. His howls were met with hoots of approval, and his lightning guitar licks left those hooters in stunned awe. Fans lined up outside, waiting for someone to leave so they could get in. And when local guitarists Craig Horton and Levi Lloyd sat in, things really got wild.

This isn’t nostalgia — it happened this month. Looks like Joe is right: You can have a lot of fun at the Mile High Club. Right now.

Eli’s officially reopened on Saturday, June 6, and you’d never have known that Bay Area blues is at low tide. But it’s true. Few blues clubs remain. The best of the Bay’s blues artists are gone. And the remaining fans don’t have many places to go.

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