Etta James, one of the national acts to perform at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, KS, holds a microphone to the left of her head and smiles to her right as a trumpet player plays behind the right side of her head.
Frank "Iron Jaw" Oakley, L.C. Gant, and Dawayne Gilley are smiling at the photographer from their seats during the Kansas City Blues Society's 20th Anniversary at one of the juke joints in Kansas City called the Grand Emporium. The crowd is visible behind them.
Honey Piazza, a member of the band, Mighty Flyers, one of the national acts to perform at the Grand Emporium, looks up over her right shoulder as she sits and plays a keyboard. A guitar neck and a bass player are visible behind her right shoulder.
Big Joe Maher, one of the national acts to perform at BB's Lawnside BBQ for the Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash, stands and speaks into a microphone he holds in his left hand as he raises his right hand above his head.
Hank Walther of the band Roomful of Blues, one to the national acts to perform at the Grand Emporium, from his right, wearing a fedora, leans over a keyboard his is playing and looks seriously at his hands on the keys.
Pinetop Perkins, from the left, sits on stage at a grand piano, wearing a bowler hat while he performs at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival. The audience is visible between the legs of the piano.
John Wilson, wearing a Batman ball cap and a Hawaiian print shirt, closes his eyes as he sings into a microphone held in his right hand at B. B.'s Lawnside Bar-B-Q during the Kansas City Blues Society 3rd Annual Acoustic Showcase.
Harry Hypolite sits in the middle of the 39th Street Blues Band in a double-breasted white suit and satin Nehru collar shirt, wearing a cap, in the Blue Room, 18th & Vine. Big John [Amaro] stands behind Harry's right shoulder wearing a Irish-type cap and tinted glasses and a gold chain necklace.
Clarence Gatemouth Brown, wearing a cowboy hat and embroidered shirt, smiles to his left as he draws a bow across the strings of a violin during the 4th Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, KS.
Evie Quarles and Carey Bell during the All Stars Blues Jam at Blue Heaven Studio in Salina, KS. Evie, glasses resting on her upper forehead, smiles at the photographer as she has her left arm around the shoulder of Carey Bell. Carey Bell smiles directly at the photographer.