The 10th Annual Blues, Views, and BBQs Festival will feature a number of nationally-recognized, seasoned and up-and-coming artists in blues, funk, and soul. Scroll down to learn more about the groups and individuals that will step onto the stage on Labor Day Weekend.
Saturday, September 2nd
For 20 years, the New Orleans band Galactic has made people dance at clubs, festivals, house parties — you name it. "A first-rate funk band" is how The New York Times describes it. The musicians in Galactic have carved out the perfect career for themselves: They get to play with others but also take charge of the game.
Bonerama…has always been hailed as “unlike anything you’ve ever heard before”…As their sound evolves and changes it’s still the best way to describe this 15 year old powerhouse trombone touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today.
Paul Barrère and Fred Tackett are guitar players, In fact they are the guitar players with the legendary band Little Feat... Steeped in a huge pot of Southern flavors — including gospel, country, and R&B — Little Feat is the stuff of '70s rock legend. The band built on its early cult following to create a weird and wonderful blueprint: effortlessly slick rock 'n' roll delivered with a surreal, rollicking, West Coast swerve.
Now they have joined forces to form an acoustic duet that will quite frankly blow you away. Performing songs from their Little Feat catalogue and more with a decidedly different twist.
They first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken“some thirty-five years ago and since then have played together or individually on numerous recording sessions for Little Feat and countless others including Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Dionne Farris, and the Wallflowers, to name a few.
"The Suspects are putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar, and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. The result is a wildly infectious sound that pays tribute to everyone from James Booker and Bobby Charles, to The Meters and Galactic." - Marquee Magazine
National Blues Music Award nominated Slam Allen is one of the last of the "Real Deal" singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainers; playing soul and blues the way it's supposed to be done: Heart felt, joyous, and full of love and entertainment! One of the last links who was there to learn from B.B. King, James Brown, Wilson Picket, James Cotton, Otis Redding, and Muddy Waters. Slam is a living treasure that will remind you of how music can really make you feel!
Their music has been most colorfully described as 'shit-stompin’-thumpin'-funkin' Rock n’ Roll covered in sweet Soul that’s reminiscent of the 70’s. That’s pretty damn inspiring. They love what they’re doing and are grateful to be creating this vibe together, so to feel that realness and enthusiasm coming back is a gift and truly humbling.
Sunday, September 3rd
Carrying the torch of the great funk bands such as Tower of Power, Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown into the 21st century comes Deep Banana Blackout. With full horn section, and soulful groove imbedded in the roots of funk, Deep Banana is the leader of today’s emerging funk rock scene. The band’s sound captures commercial accessibility augmented with tight musical arrangements and limited improvisation. But make no mistake- THIS BAND ROCKS!
Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans’ Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene."
Most musicians would sell their souls to play with legends like Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and George Porter Jr. Yet 11-year-old guitar whiz Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has already shared the stage with those artists and many others since he first hit the scene at the end of 2013. “I really got into music when I was 8 years old,” recalls Niederauer. “I wanted to learn the guitar, so I started. Now, I play guitar.” Don’t let the understatement fool you. This is a kid that has shredded “Whipping Post” with the best of them. Whether he’s making waves at Bear Creek and Jam Cruise or showing off his chops on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Niederauer never fails to leave a trail of dropped jaws in his wake. With his prowess on the six-string firmly established, the young artist plans to record an album and go on tour with Lions on the Moon, a new band that he formed with his brother and a couple of other young musicians. “When I get on the stage andmove into the groove, it’s the most amazing feeling,” he adds. “I just forget about everything and go into my zone.
The brightest young star in contemporary blues returns with an amazing follow-up to Don’t Call No Ambulance, his remarkable 9000 unit-scanning debut, winner of the 2015Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Album. Over the past three years, Birchwood has toured relentlessly, scorching hundreds of club, theatre and festival stages across the U.S. and overseas. Pick Your Poison tour dates begin May 20th in Florida and will run until the end of the year including a performance at this years Blues, Views and BBQ Festival.
A collaboration of 4 powerhouse female vocalists with a passion for the blues featuring a timeline of music from the roots to present day influencers.
Returning Master of Ceremonies
Jesup Jam Stage
Saturday, September 2nd
The Alpaca Gnomes are a vibrant, stomp and groove, 7 piece original rock-folk jam band from Bridgeport, CT. The Gnomes ensemble features violin, electric & acoustic guitar, keys, bass, drums, and percussion. The Gnomes eclectic style has allowed them to appear on a multitude of bills with varied acts and musical genres such as DJ Logic, Funky Meters, Railroad Earth, The Drifters, Rick Derringer and many more. The Alpaca Gnomes have built a loyal following of passionate fans, nicknamed “Gnomies”, who often join the fun by rocking the band’s signature Gnome merch hats during shows.
The Alpaca Gnomes will be featured in the April/May issue of Relix Magazine’s "Bands on the Rise" Sampler. You can stream their new single here: Welcome Home. They will hit the festival scene this summer at Blues, Views & BBQ (Westport), Soupstock Music & Arts Festival (Shelton), Blues on the Beach(Stratford) and many more. Keep your eye out as they continue to draw new “Gnomies”, and pack houses as their 2nd album hits this May.
Muddy Ruckus is a nationally touring americana-rock duo from Portland, Maine. The stripped down power duo features guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl. The duo blends haunting male/female vocals, rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit. The band seasons their music with the salt of the eastern old ports and the mud of the Mississippi River where Flaherty grew up, creating an epic blend of bluesy rock, foot stomping rhythms and evocative vocal melodies. The New York Music Daily calls Muddy Ruckus "Darkly Inventive Americana". In April 2016, Muddy Ruckus was dubbed "Best in State of Maine" by the New England Music Awards. The duo was recently awarded “Album of the Year” from Red Line Roots in Boston. "Muddy Ruckus wants you to dance in the ditch and and bless the blues that make you feel alive." - Red Line Roots
As a full time professional musician since 1991, Dan continues to tour incessantly along the East Coast, U.S. Virgin Islands, U.K., and Germany. He has appeared with such artists as James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Charlie Daniels, Livingston Taylor, Ronnie Earl, and others. An irrepressible guitar collector, Dan surrounds himself with vintage and custom instruments acquired in his many travels. Usually packing three guitars, any given performance may find him choosing to play a 1950’s Sears Silvertone, a 1931 National Steel, a retro lime green Resophonic, and more.
"Lizzie & the Makers are one of New York’s most distinctive, exhilarating bands. They jam, but they keep their solos short and spot-on, usually two or maybe three bars at the most. Their inspirations are classic Chicago blues and southern soul, but they also have a psychedelic side: they’re closer to Robert Cray – with a charismatic woman out in front of the band – or Led Zep than, say, Amy Winehouse. Intense frontwoman Lizzie Edwards might not only be the best blue-eyed soul singer in New York: she might be the best blue-eyed soul singer anywhere."- New York Music Daily
The Makers are lead singer and songwriter Lizzie Edwards with guitarist and co-writer Greg McMullen (Chris Whitley, Glenn Branca Ensemble), bassist Brett Bass (Gregg Allman, Darlene Love, Bernie Worrell), drummer Bryan Bisordi (Lip Talk, Ron Pope), organ and keyboard player Rob Clores (The Black Crowes). This band will blow the roof off of your heart, the socks off of your dancing feet and leave you wanting more.
The family that plays together stays together, especially in Rock n' Roll. The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Allmans, Black Crowes, Oasis... the list is long. There's just something about how the chemistry works growing up in a musical household. REMEMBER SEPTEMBER is the Brothers Schod from Trumbull, CT, Jay lead vocals and guitar, Chris lead guitar, and Eric on the bass, ably aided and abetted by Gerard Awad on drums and "Uncle Sam" Mendez on various and sundry percussion. The band has honed their craft for over 10 years playing Purebred American Rock in the casinos and clubs throughout New England crafting tuneful but intricately played original songs. They've performed alongside Chris Stapleton, Dirty Heads, O.A.R., Train and Chicago amongst a bevy of others. They want it and they will get it. Be forewarned!
“Frank Viele sings with such urgency that it is as if his very soul hangs in the balance of every note. His ravaged, blue collar vocals convey a poignant desperation. But he’s not a victim, he’s a victor, an advocate for surviving, a champion to all who have sacrificed and struggled just to get by.” (AXS.com)
Making “New Music With An Old Soul”, Frank Viele may very well be the “everyman” of Singer/Songwriters.
A bourbon drinking, cartoon watching, blue-collar entrepreneur; his musical roots started on his grandmother’s piano as a young child, developed as a teen tailgating with an acoustic guitar in the parking lots of Dave Matthews Band concerts, and blossomed on the road as a young adult performing in the East Coast Jam and Singer/Songwriter scenes.
Now with the 2015 release of his first full-length album, Fall Your Way, Viele has found himself singing his heart out on stages and radio stations across the country supporting a range of acts as eclectic as his song catalog.
At home on stage with nothing but a stool, glass of bourbon, and an acoustic guitar, or side by side with his power house band, Viele has found himself on stage with modern singer/songwriters such as Pat McGee, Ryan Montbleau, Gavin Degraw, and Tony Lucca, Jam and Rock oriented bands including Blues Traveler, Eric Lindell, Turkuaz, The London Souls, and Zach Myers of Shinedown, as well classic rock legends including The Marshal Tucker Band, Foreigner, Ambrosia, Bret Michaels, and Bob Marley’s Wailers.
Shaka & Hop have over 70 years of stage experience between the two.
Both have spent their fair share of time abroad, Shaka: Austin, New Orleans, and Europe (with David "HoneyBoy" Edwards and Louisiana Red) Hop: L.A., and also Europe.
Petey Hop's "The Levee" reached #3 on the Roots Report and was #30 for top blues albums of 2012, Petey is also a NY Hall of Fame member.
Shaka's "Heard A Mighty Rumblin' " was voted best self produced Blues album in CT in 2013 and was up for an award nationally in Memphis.