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BluesFest ’12

Award-winning blues all weekend in Wheeling

August 9, 2012
Times Leader

WHEELING - Heritage Music BluesFest '12 is set to begin Friday, Aug. 10, again featuring national blues artists on the MainStage and local and regional artists on the SecondStage for a weekend of continuous award-winning blues.

Five-time Grammy winner and 15-time Grammy nominee, legendary guitar icon Robert Cray, will be featured on the opening night of the festival this year.

And closing the festival on Aug. 12 will be blues rockers, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

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Brooks Family Blues Dynasty

"Kenny is one of the few artists whose name is synonymous with one instrument and how it's played in service to an entire genre. The hard-rocking, blues-based, guitar-driven band sounds young, it sounds fresh. Yet it has that distinctive energy and vibe drawn from the deep heritage of the blues," said Bruce Wheeler, festival producer.

"The response has been terrific with Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd appearing this year, but the entire 2012 lineup is generating great comments on Facebook and other social media," Wheeler said.

Also performing Friday will be Blues Music Award winners and nominees Southern Hospitality, Peter Karp and Sue Foley, and the Del Grosso/Del Toro Richardson Band, who will kick off the Heritage Music BluesFest with the high quality music festival fans have come to expect, Wheeler said.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Blues Hall-of-Famer Lonnie Brooks and his two sons, Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks, will be performing as the Brooks Family Blues Dynasty. Also appearing on Saturday will be Nick Moss, Deanna Bogart, Homemade Jamz' Blues Band, Samuel James and Tee Dee Young.

Sunday's lineup will feature Hadden Sayers, the Joe Krown Trio with Walter "Wolfman" Washington and Russell Batiste, the Sean Carney Band featuring Omar Coleman, Texan Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Trampled Under Foot and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

For a free "Taste of the Blues" head down to the waterfront on Friday at 11:30 a.m. where food and merchandise vendors will be selling their wares to the sound of blues music from the MainStage.

For information, on the festival or any of the artists, visit the BluesFest website, www.heritagemusicfest.com.

Tickets will be available at the gate.

MainStage

FRIDAY

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ............... Taste of the Blues

FREE PREVIEW SHOW

5-6 p.m. ... Del Grosso/Del Toro Richardson Band

6:30-7:30 p.m. .................. Peter Karp & Sue Foley

8-9 p.m. ................................ Southern Hospitalit

with Damon Fowler, JP Soars & Victor Wainwright

9:30-11 p.m. ....................... The Robert Cray Band

SATURDAY

noon-1 p.m. ...................................... Festival Faves

1:30-2:30 p.m. ................................ Samuel James

3-4 p.m. .......................................... Tee Dee Young

4:30-5:30 p.m. ........ Homemade Jamz' Blues Band

6-7:15 p.m. ..................................... Deanna Bogart

7:45-9 p.m. ............................................ Nick Moss

9:30-11 p.m. ............ Brooks Family Blues Dynasty

with Lonnie Ronnie and Wayne Baker Brooks

SUNDAY

1-2 p.m. .......................................... Hadden Sayers

2:30-3:30 p.m. ............................... Joe Krown Trio

4-5 p.m. ..................................... Sean Carney Band

featuring Omar Coleman

5:30-6:3 p.m. ................ Eugene Hideaway Bridges

7-8 p.m. ................................ Trampled Under Foot

8:30-10 p.m. .......... Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

SecondStage

FRIDAY AUG 10

Ms. Freddye

SATURDAY AUG 11

The Nancy McKeen Bluz Machine

Izzy and Chris

SUNDAY AUG 12

The Brighter Side Band

Adrian Niles

 
 

 

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