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Scrapbook: In '69, Blue Condition top band in teen dance series

Scrapbook: In '69, Blue Condition top band in teen dance series

In Rotterdam, The Blue Condition was one of the boss bands of 1970. The guys, led by Lou Ventresca,
Scrapbook: In '69, Blue Condition top band in teen dance series
The Blue Condition rocks Rotterdam in August 1969 in this never-published photo from The Daily Gazette's photo archives.
Photographer: Gazette file
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Rock musicians of the mid-1960s and early ’70s were into the blues.

Not the style — the color.

Young people grooved to the hip sounds of Blue Cheer, the Blues Magoos, Shocking Blue and Blues Image. Can’t count the Blues Brothers — they came later. And Jake and Elwood were really into the blues.

In Rotterdam, The Blue Condition was one of the boss bands of 1969.

The guys, led by Lou Ventresca, were one of the groups featured during a series of teen summer dances at Rotterdam Elks Lodge 2157 on Curry Road. The B.C. made a bunch of fans during their Friday night session — Lou and company won best band in the series, and received a monetary prize for their efforts.

While the Scrapbook photo of Ventresca smiling with Elks leaders has been published before, the other Scrapbook photos today are being printed for the first time. So fans of The Blue Condition — and maybe fans of dancers from the era — can spot familiar faces. And relive nights with the blues.

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