North Bay Rib Fest

From 2000 until 2004 the North Bay Downtown Improvement Area hosted an annual Rib Fest on the grounds beside the old CPR station on Oak Street. The Bear Claw Blues Band had the honour of playing at these events each year. This was a great chance to enjoy a friendly crowd, good food and the company of blues friends from around Ontario. The Bear Claw Blues Band contingent during these years included Bob on guitar and vocals, Nathan Barraclough on bass, usually Bill MacInnis on drums, and Pete Singer on harmonicas or Bernie Desjardins on keyboards and vocals. One year Bill had a conflicting gig with another band, so we had an extra special guest, "Southside Steve" Marriner, sit in on drums.