Shemekia Copeland

The bay, the bands and the blues

Don Hooker created his version of the perfect blues concert.

It lasted two days.

He put the stage on a beach. He orchestrated a lineup with a wide variety of music -- some of it nontraditional blues. Aretha Franklin, "The Queen of Soul," and blues legend Buddy Guy were the headliners. Other acts included Three Dog Night, Shemekia Copeland, the Otis Taylor Band and Cash McCall.

And when the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival ended yesterday, the proceeds from ticket sales go to three local charities.

"It's my way of giving back, without just writing a check at the end of the year," says Hooker, a retired computer company executive who founded the...