The 2nd Annual Rock ‘N’ Blues Festival is coming up on June 23 & 24, 2012 and features a free Friday night pre-Festival party including three great bands (Road Ducks, Levee Drivers and John the Conqueror) at High Tides, the venue site. Saturday Festival headliner and closer is the legendaryJOHNNY WINTER. Click here for the updated brochure
The Colonial Beach Blues Society is putting on a Blues Festival! Not only will you get to see 12 prominent acts perform, but the event benefits autism research. What a great way to spend a June weekend!
Here are all the details:
COLONIAL BEACH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL
- Date: June 23 & 24, 2012
Saturday and Sunday
Rock & Blues Festival begins at noon both days
To Benefit the Organization for Autism Research (OAR)
- Location: Outdoors at the “Black Pearl” Tiki Bar next to High Tides on the Potomac 205 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
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The lineup for the 2011 Blues Festival (June 25 & 26) included the following renowned acts:
- Ubangis - Rawk-n-roll from the suburbs of Maryland! Together for just over 20 years, this group brings a steamy slew of surf, rhythm & blues and punk. Online at http://www.ubangis.com
- Bill Kirchen - Best known for his work in the seminal rock-n-roll honky-tonk band Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Bill has released eight critically-acclaimed records since that band’s demise in 1976. He’s come to be recognized as one of the world’s finest guitarists. On the web at http://www.billkirchen.com
- Nighthawks - Based in DC and making music for going on forty years, “The Hawks” have toured relentlessly and, although branded as a blues combo, they’ve shared the stage with rockers Carl Perkins and Warren Haynes, as well as blues legends Muddy Waters and Hubert Sumlin. Their website is at http://www.thenighthawks.com
- Big Daddy Stallings - All you’ve got to know about him is that his debut CD One Night Lover hit at #1 on XM Radio’s Bluesville – the station presided over by none other than B.B. King! On the internet at http://www.bigdaddystallings.com
- Stacy Brooks - Since garnering a 2007 WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) nomination for New Artist of the Year, Ms. Brooks has become one of the hardest working women in showbiz, playing nonstop up and down the East Coast. Stacy’s music digs deep into the Chicago and Delta blues’ styles while adding highly innovative takes on the forms. Online at http://www.stacysmusic.org
- Duffy Kane - Maybe the finest Texas blues player since Stevie Ray Vaughn, Duffy’s played festivals and shared stages with such legends as Johnny Winter, the Nighthawks, and Smokey Wilson, to name a few. On the web at http://www.duffykane.com
- Beach Project - Local coffeehouse favorites have graciously agreed to open the Blues Festival. Look for a subtle but captivating mix of Folk, Americana, and some of the bluesier Dylan tunes.
- Anthony “Swampdog” Clark - Competed in the 2010 Washington, DC “Battle of the Blues Bands” and won against some stiff competition. He has achieved national recognition for playing a harder-edged, funk-tinged version of the blues. His website can be found at http://www.anthonyswampdogclark.com
- Little Bit A Blues - Made up of guitarist and composer Warner Williams – one of the finest acoustic pickers around – teaming up with non-parallel harp player Jay Summerour. Together they bring the largely forgotten style of the Piedmont blues – an eastern seaboard style that incorporates fiddle tunes, ballads, country and popular songs, ragtime, and gospel. On the internet at http://www.littlebitablues.com
- Cathy Ponton King - Out of Washington DC, Cathy has a style and bearing all her own, even though she is continually compared to artists like Bonnie Raitt. Her voice is like velvet, with a rich, sassy edge, and her band takes a backseat to no one. Ms. King has jammed with or opened for Albert King, Son Seals, Paul Butterfield, Willie Dixon, Bob Margolin, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Albert Collins, Delbert McClinton, Carl Perkins, and many, many others. Online at http://www.cathypontonking.com
- Andy Poxon - A sixteen-year old wunderkind blues guitarist who sings and writes his own songs, Andy was recently nominated by the Washington Area Music Association for three awards: Best Blues Recording, Best New Artist of the Year, and Best Debut Recording. And he’s ONLY SIXTEEN!!! On the web at http://www.andypoxon.com
- Blue Voodoo - It just wouldn’t be a party without southern Maryland and Northern Neck stalwarts Blue Voodoo. This blues/rock power trio out of Columbia, PA was founded by Bob Noble in 1998 and this edition features veterans John Schatt on bass guitar and Dodd Gross (update: Mark Frey is the current drummer) on drums. Mr. Noble’s played with the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Supremes, Ben E. King, and even with members of pop-metal band Ratt. His website can be found at http://www.bobnobleband.com
- Fiddlin’ Big Al Chidester - The last of a vanishing breed – the traveling troubadour bringing songs of peace, freedom, and political hypocrisy a’la Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Listen for him on KRFP Radio Free Moscow 92.5 FM where he deejays and hosts a talk show. http://www.myspace.com/fiddlinbigal