Kickoff Party at the Historic Surf Ballroom • Doors Open at 7:00 PM.
Walter Trout’s backstory is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion. There are feted early stints as gunslinger in bands from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to Canned Heat, and the solo career that’s still blazing a quarter-century later.
Friday Night on the Main Stage Starting at 5:00 PM.
Ross William Perry, a gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist, has been doing his homework since the tender age of four and it shows. Focused on a lifetime of playing his music, Ross has been a rising star on the Midwest Blues scene since graduating high school in ’98. Blending his Blues, Rock and Jazz influences, Ross has created a sound that is distinctively his own and never fails to impress.
Heather Newman has been breathing fire ever since her 2017 debut and the release of her album, “Burn Me Alive” through Vizztone Label Group. With the win of two 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards for the “Best New Artist Debut” and the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award” adding wood to the fire flaring in their path, there is little to stop this ragingly powerful roots band. The strong leading melodies of Keith Ladd on guitar and Ryan Matthew on Piano/Organ, Heather’s steady grooving bass lines lock in Cole Dillingham’s deep rooted beats, this group produces a one of a kind medley of various styles such as soul, funk, blues, and rock, with a killer original set. Heather’s ever flowing, sultry, emotional vocals makes every show exciting and unique, keeping her loving fans coming back for more.
The Dee Miller Band, led by ”The Duchess of the Blues”, Dee Miller, the band plays a variety of blues, rock, and r&b deep-cut covers. The band also features the vocal lead and harmonies as well as the blazing guitar work of the phenomenal Craig “CC” Clark. The rich deep sound is rounded out by the rhythm section of Eric Meyer (bass/vocals), Mike DuBois (drums) and the keyboard work of Jesse Mueller. Each of these musicians provides their own unique dynamic to the DMB sound. This band is representing Minnesota at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Tennessee.
Saturday Night on the Main Stage after the races.
Shawn Holt is the son of blues legend Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops had been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad’s band.
Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with this father and Slim’s brother, uncle Nick Holt, and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny (all the Holt’s are talented musicians) and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning, and playing blues ever since.
Shawn Holt & the Teardrops won a Blues Music Award for their debut album Daddy Told Me in the ‘Best New Artist Debut’ category in 2014. They additional won a Blues Blast Music Award for New Artist Debut Album’ that same year.