Fort Vancouver Fireworks AND Bonus! A Guitar Goddess

What a July 4th bang for the buck. Fireworks at the largest show west of the Mississippi, Fort Vancouver is THE destination. Blake Sakamoto brought in special guest Jennifer Batten, for the concert. We got to know each other better on a hot Wednesday afternoon. Jennifer ranks among THE female guitar players . Right next to Nancy Wilson, Lita Ford, Joan Jett, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt. In such great company.  And Jennifer’s a great storyteller.





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Blake Sakamoto has been the master behind  the scenes, at this enormous fireworks spectacle for over ten years.. Creating a soundtrack for the fireworks show takes months. He began in January. And it is almost showtime. But first we sit down to dig a bit into the enormous talent that is Jennifer Batten. Enjoy our hang. Links you need to know about, including a seminar Jennifer will hold on June 13th at Apple Music, all below the conversation. And by the way, the stunning piece of music at the end of our convo is a track off Jennifer’s 2009 release Whatever. “In the Aftermath” really soars. I think it speaks to why Jeff Beck would have tagged her for a spot on his stage. 




Watch the fireworks on KGW at 10:05.  


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