Venue switch didn’t hinder blues fest

On a cold, windy and rainy day, the 2022 Rainy Day Blues Festival was moved from Island Park in Springfield to Mac’s in Eugene, and the festival was a smash hit. 

Only days before the event, there was talk of canceling the festival after Rainy Day Blues Society president Jimmy Haggard, 68, had died unexpectedly. In the final analysis, it was felt that Jimmy would want the show to go on.

“These are real blues fans and I love it. People here are loyal to the music,” Johnny Burgin said. “I . . .