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Perhaps free isn't a good enough deal for people.

I was blown away by the performances of Monte Montgomery and then headliner Delbert McClinton Saturday night at Jam Fest in downtown Victoria. Montgomery was rated by Guitar Player magazine as one of the 50 greatest guitarists of all time. McClinton is a chart-topping blues rocker from Lubbock.

We featured Jam Fest as the cover story of Thursday's "Get Out' entertainment guide. If you missed it, you should go back and read reporter Melissa Crowe's interview with Montgomery.

To get a taste of the night, check out our video featuring Saturday night's performances. If you weren't there, you missed two outstanding shows.

And quite a few of you weren't there. It's challenging to estimate crowds, but De Leon Plaza definitely wasn't as full as it should have been. Jam Fest organizers estimate several thousand people attended the two-day festival, but I'd say many more should have been there Saturday night.

I enjoy live music, so I hope people will support this event in greater numbers next year. Perhaps Jam Fest organizers need to go for a bigger name; Easton Corbin packed the plaza last fall for BootFest.

Did you attend Jam Fest? If not, what would it take to get you there next year?

Below is some iPhone video I shot of McClinton, but you also should check out Advocate photojournalist Angeli Wright's take on the night: