Full blues fest lineup announced
Rockland — The lineup has been set for both days of the North Atlantic Blues Festival, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, in Harbor Park. A number of the artists are among this year’s Blues Music Awards nominees. Sunday’s acts will close the festival together in a blues guitar blowout.
Saturday, July 12
The festival will open with Jarekus Singleton, playing Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon. The 29-year-old award-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter from Jackson, Miss., is destined to be the next big name in the blues world, according to Blues & Rhythm Magazine.
Teeny Tucker will perform from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Born into blues royalty as the daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker, Teeny Tucker has cultivated and developed her gifts into a compelling world-class act of her own.
Victor Wainright, Blues Music Awards-nominated for the this year’s Pinetop Perkins Player of the Year, will offer “piana from Savannah” from 1:30 to 2:35 p.m.
C.J. Chenier, son of the great King of Zydeco Clifton Chenier, leads his late father’s Red Hot Louisiana Band and played accordion on Paul Simon’s “Rhythm of the Saints” album. He will play from 2:50 to 3:55 p.m.
The Golden State-Lone Star Revue is a cross country melding of California and Texas musicians who have known each other, and played the blues, for years. The Revue, featuring Mark Hummel, Anson Funderburgh and Little Charlie Baty with RW Grigsby on bass and famed Texas drummer Wes Starr, will take the stage from 4:10 to 5:25 p.m.
The Mannish Boys almost made it to last year’s fest; they come this year with the 2013 Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year in hand for “Double Dynamite.” The band will close out the first day’s main stage lineup from 5:40 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 13
The Massachusetts-born blues guitarist Albert Cumming came to the blues via bluegrass … and a successful career custom-building houses. He will lay the fest’s final day foundation from 11 a.m. to noon
Guitarist/vocalist Joanna Connor serves up the full menu of modern blues, slide guitar and blues rock, influenced by funk, jazz and world music. She and her band are up from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m.
Melvin Taylor is a self-taught guitar master and not just of the blues; his licks are admired by the rock greats, and last year he was the Audience Favorite at the Jazzfest Master Jam in Odessa, Ukraine. He plays from 1:35 to 2:45 p.m.
Jimmy Thackery has played with Muddy Waters and is known for co-founding of the Nighthawks, but he has been a solo road warrior for years, proving each night he is still the guitar powerhouse in the blues. His set runs from 3 to 4:15 p.m.
Multiple Grammy and Blues Music awards-winner Joe Louis Walker is a walking encyclopedia of blues history, vocal and guitar styles. The book is off the shelf this year, thanks to “Between a Rock and the Blues” — his latest album due to be released Feb. 24. He and his band will cap this year’s fest beginning 4:30 p.m.
Mardi Gras blues
For those who can’t wait until Chenier arrives for some zydeco/blues immersion, NABF co-founder Paul Benjamin will bring the Crawdaddies to Midcoast Maine for a Mardi Gras dance party Friday night, Feb. 21, at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at door; $150 advance for table of 10. To reserve and for more information, call 596-6055.
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