A light breeze and mostly cloudy skies July 15 and mostly sunny skies July 16 made for a delightful North Atlantic Blues Festival.

For the 24th straight summer, Rockland played host to the blues fest, earning it the distinction as one of the longest running blues festivals in the country.

Blues Fest Co-Founder and Co-Producer Paul Benjamin described the weather as almost perfect, compared to last year, which saw six hours of rain on the last day of the event. Benjamin estimated ticket sales were up about 6 percent this year, bringing between 15,000 and 16,000 people to the city during the course of the weekend. He said the weather forecast makes a big difference in ticket sales at the gate because if people see the conditions may not be so great, they do not come out.

A rainbow of lawn chairs filled Rockland's Harbor Park as music fans filled the seats, as well as the dance floor to the right of the stage.

July 15 saw guitar virtuoso Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, powerhouse vocalist Sari Schorr with her band The Engine Room, The Anthony Gomes Band, Biscuit Miller & The Mix and closing out with Shemekia Copeland.

On Saturday evening, Main Street was closed to traffic to make way for club crawl, where even more blues could be heard in the street.

Sunday, July 16, attendees heard from Kelley Hunt and her band, Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, Harmonicon, Kenny Neal and Walter Trout, closing down the festival.

Benjamin said he'll take a couple of days before jumping right into planning next year's Blues Fest, which will celebrate 25 years, and he hopes to have some surprises and to honor the 25th year in some way.

"We will continue to bring in strong, solid acts, which is what the audience has come to expect," Benjamin said.