The KBLX 13th Annual Stone Soul Picnic was held on May 30, 2010 and turned out to be a huge success. The crowd filled up the Sleep Train Pavillion in Concord, CA to the maximum jam-packed capacity.
With the crowd being so huge, and the heat from the sun causing a settling group of irritable individuals to make a few adjustments to their look and feel for the day, I'm certain for the majority, the group Head of State went completely unnoticed. I question if they were even there? (Updated to say Head of State is the new age New Edition) woW
In any case, the group Mint Condition wasn't a complete disappointment, but they really didn't deliver like they could have, and as a result the crowd didn't seem to be too moved by their performance. I know I surely wasn't.
“Turn that shit down, it's too loud… It's too damn hot out here for that bull-shit,” yelled a good friend that sat right next to me on the over-crowded lawn in response to the music being performed by the group.
Although I don't recall Charlie Wilson ever having a proper introduction, he was definitely the highlight of the show. By the time he got good into his performance, I had managed to wander away from the crowded lawn for a while and landed a seat in row 4 across from the stage where Uncle Charlie had the crowd hype singing and dancing to his music.
It was Sunday afternoon, and being a cancer survivor, and clean and sober after suffering a cocaine addiction for more than 20 years, Charlie took some time out and preached the blues for a minute, giving all praise to God, before singing one of his greatest hits, “Outstanding.”
Although some expected a lot more from Ron Isley, who was the main act, I thought he did a pretty good job and ended the show seemingly leaving the majority with the feeling that the day was very well spent.