Once again we’ve teamed-up with the Cincy Blues Society to bring you some of the best blues bands in the country. So bring your lawn chairs, blankets and grab some BBQ, brew or soft drink and tune-in to the sound of LIVE BLUES!
2017 BAND SCHEDULE
FRIDAY NIGHT – May 19
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm Sonny Moorman
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm The Cheryl and Shorty Show
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm Beaumonts
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm Southern Avenue
SATURDAY – May 20
12:00 pm – 1:10 pm BiTS (Cincy Blues Society”Blues in The Schools” Band)
Southern Avenue is a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city’s soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue – “The most talked about band in Memphis.”
Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band’s newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax’s legendary music academy.
2017 SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
The Noah Wotherspoon Band hails from Cincinnati, Ohio. Wotherspoon has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences with his soulful guitar playing since he was a teenager. The band, which includes Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Aylor on drums, formed in 2009. In 2015, Wotherspoon received the Best Guitarist Award at the International Blues Challenge and the band placed 2nd in the Finals. Since the competition, they have been playing festivals and venues around the world, from the Mt. Baker Blues Festival in Washington State to the Olsztyn Blues Nights Festival in Poland. The band’s debut studio album entitled “Mystic Mud” was presented a “Jimi Award” for Best Blues/Rock Album of the Year in 2015 by Blues411. In 2017, Noah will headline the Reykjavik Blues Festival in Iceland and the band will be embarking on European Tour in August in support of their highly anticipated sophomore release.
THE REST OF THE BLUES
Sonny Moorman was born in Hamilton, Ohio, and grew up in the nightclubs his parents owned hearing some of the world’s best artists. Immersed in that environment Sonny was able, by his hard work and dedication, to build a career that now spans nearly five decades. In his review of Sonny’s Live at the Cincy Blues Fest for Hittin’ the Note Magazine Bill Ector said “Live acoustic blues is one of God’s great gifts to us, particularly when it is placed in the capable hands of Sonny Moorman.” Whether Sonny is finger picking his Zeiler acoustic guitar, or playing slide on his Oahu lap guitar and Dobro resophonic guitar, this is classic Blues played and sung the way it was supposed to be.
Cheryl and Shorty
The “Goddess of the Blues”, Cheryl Renee combines her talent with long time Cincy Blues presence Shorty Starr to create an evocative and stimulating performance in their unique style that only Cheryl & Shorty can do.
Their music features the amazing guitar playing of Fred Gillespie, the driving keyboards of Paul Goodwin, the solid bass guitar of Greg Calvert, and the rock solid beat of Steve Barton on drums. Their music is a powerful blend of original and cover blues and blues-rock, delivering strong vocals and an engaging, imaginative sound that makes every performance an event.
BiTS Band (Blues In The Schools Band)
The Cincy Blues Society created a “Blues in the Schools” program not long after the Society was founded in 1990, because members realized that keeping the Blues alive for another generation is an integral part of the group’s mission. The Society’s educational program, known as BiTS, has two areas of focus: presentations by professional musicians and performances by young people who are learning to play the Blues. The “BiTS Band” played at the 2015 International Blues Challenge (IBC) Youth Showcase in Memphis, TN. where they performed at The New Daisy Theater, Alfred’s on Beale and The Rum Boogie Cafe – they also put on an incredible performance at the 2015 Winter Blues Fest held at the Phoenix in Cincinnati.
Recognized as one of the best vocalists in the this part of the country, Chuck’s soulful sound in both his solo and collaborative efforts with top blues bands around the country will get you stomping your feet, wiggling your hips and rocking your head to the beat. If you like the powerful sound of Blues, then you won’t want to miss his performance.
RICKY NYE – Traditional blues, boogie, woogie, and classic New Orleans jazz and R&B all come flying from the fingers of Cincinnati , OH pianist and vocalist RICKY NYE. The driving force behind the annual BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT held in Greater Cincinnati since 1999, Ricky has been inducted into the international Boogie Woogie Hall Of Fame, voted “Blues Artist Of The Year 2013 & 2014″ in Cincinnati’s CEA Awards, and the ” Best Local Musician” by CityBeat Magazine’s “Best Of Cincinnati 2013 72014 reader’s poll. For more information visit his website at: www.rickynye.com.
Dayton based guitarist, playing soulful acoustic-based blues. Chis was a finalist in the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis.
Known for their eclectic blend of Blues, R&Band Standars, The Tempted Souls Band has been performing their big sound in southern Ohio region since 2004. They are a 6 time Finalist in the Cincinnati Blues Challenge and performer at the Winter and Summer Blues Festivals in Cincinnati. Band members include Mark Bubash- Lead Guitar, Cat Campbell-Lead Vocals, Sheri Fulcher-Bass, Chris Bentley- Keyboard, Bill Fulcher-Drums
For more information on the Tempted Souls visit www.temptedsouls.com
In a Tribute to the Luther Allison Song “Soul Fixin Man” by blues man Luther Allison, this group was assembled by Bob Herrmann (lead guitar) to play classic Chicago and Memphis style Blues. Band Members include Cincinnati Blues veterans Roger Bates (drums) and Tony Nasser (bass) Greg Hines (sax), Roland Joseph (trumpet), and Byron Walton (trumpet). This band is strong, hard hitting and their music will knock your socks off! Recently SoulFixers put on a pounding performance at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest at the Phoenix in Cincinnati.