The music begins Friday, July 7 at 5:00 in Central Park.
Brian Naughton Band
Brian Naughton, possesses a signature sound driven by an energetic mix of Blues, Rock, Funk and Soul. At seven-years old, Brian, a third-generation musician, picked up his first guitar and discovered the love of all three Kings, Albert, Freddie and B.B. Over the years, Brian has continued to push the limits of genre and soul with raw inflection, interpret and resuscitate the bold flavors of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Johnny Winter. Brian expands the expectations and definitions of music in all its forms and will leave you wanting more. Learn more about the Brian Naughton Band, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bnaughtonblues.
Rachelle Coba is a world-class talent, playing with a style and finesse rarely heard anymore. The phrase “Slowhand” comes to mind as her guitar style at times reflects that same sophistication and elegance as that of Eric Clapton or B.B. King. Her style has a timeless quality that, quite frankly, will never get old. Rachelle wrings all kinds of emotion out of her Strat with those talented fingers, and has a sweet-and-sassy voice that you will immediately fall in love with! Learn more about Rachelle on her Facebook page at www.rachellecoba.com.
Joe Moss Band
Few Blues performers walk the walk to the degree of Chicago based Joe Moss. A 2013 Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee, Joe is one of the hardest working performers on the scene today. He’s not just an imitator of the music’s glorious past, he strives to find his own sound. He has toured with a lot of distinguished Blues musicians including Buddy Guy, Little Milton and much more. A talented singer, writer and guitarist, Joe is a consistent and entertaining performer with a monster groove. Learn more about The Joe Moss Band on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Joe-Moss-Band.
Saturday’s music starts with two fantastic workshops at the Lickety Split Blues Society Tent in beautiful Central Park.
Saturday’s pre-party gets underway at 5:00 at the Surf District Rock ‘n Roll Grill.
Saturday’s headliner begins at 8:30 on the big stage in Central Park.
Diddley Bow and CigarBox Guitar Building • 1:00-2:30 PM
The diddley bow is a single-stringed American instrument which influenced the development of the blues sound. It consists of a single string of baling wire tensioned between two nails on a board over a glass bottle, which is used both as a bridge and as a means to magnify the instrument’s sound.
The cigar box guitar is a primitive chordophone that uses an empty cigar box as a resonator. The earliest had one or two strings; modern models typically have three or more. Generally, the strings are connected to the end of a broomstick or a 1 x 3 inch wood slat and to the cigar box resonator.
Blues Guitar Workshop • 3:00-4:30 PM
Guitarists who know the blues have a natural advantage over those that don’t. No matter what style they chose to play – jazz, rock, classical – having a blues background provides guitarists with a foundation in form, control, feel and harmonies that can be used to advance their playing in any genre of music. So come by, grab a seat and pick up some tips.
Johnny Long found his trade in traditional pre-war acoustic Blues sound by adhering to the rhythms and styles of original country Blues sounds. Johnny manages to establish an almost unmistakable link between 1930’s Delta pieces and modern Blues talent. Johnny is nominated for 2016 acoustic Blues album of the year.
The Cash Box Kings
Hailing from the “Windy City”, the Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL old school Chicago Blues alive. THE CBK’s are one of a few bands on the national scene playing TRADITIONAL CHICAGO BLUES the way it’s supposed to be played. They can nail the 1940’s & 50’s Chicago and Memphis scene. With 6’3″ 300lb frontman Oscar Wilson who is described as part Muddy Waters and part Cedric the Entertainer they can put on one heck of a stage show. With many Blues Blast awards to their credit including album of the year, their latest release “Holding Court” is just another notch in their belt. They simply are one of the best Blues bands in the land. Learn more about the Cash Box Kings on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thecashboxkings.