Deep Banana Blackout
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."
Taz & Friends
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.
The Sisterhood Blues Project
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.
School of Rock All Stars
Matt Helm Winthrop
Returning Master of Ceremonies
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