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To Spend Labor Day"
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River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631
SUNDAY SEPT. 3, LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Gates Open at Noon
Music Starts at 1:00 PM
At River House Inn, Grassy Creek, NC
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Dance in a mountain meadow by a sparkling river to World-Class music! ~Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine). Kids under 12 free.
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
~MO'S BBQ-a High Country favorite- will be with us serving Pork BBQ,Brisket, Ribs, and Chicken. Sides will include baked beans, peaches, home made cole slaw, and potato salad. A vegetarian option will also be available.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Many of you have requested info: High Country accommodations for the festival... Our fest venue, River House Inn, is a bed & breakfast with wonderful rooms, but usually booked a year in advance!
Nations Inn in West Jefferson is serving as our "official" hotel and is a good choice with great rates.
The High County Host will also be a good source of info. There is also fabulous camping near-by. Visit NEW RIVER STATE PARK for information. Get all info re: dining, accomodations, camping, and activities in our area from our good friends at the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce.
***We thank WETS FM Johnson City Tennessee for Media sponsorship!***
Lakota John..young man..old soul. Musical magic steeped in blues and imbued with Native American tradition. From Robeson County, North Carolina and born in 1997, John Lakota Locklear is of Lumbee/Oglala Lakota heritage. As a very young child he bagan playing harmonica and guitar; by age 10 he was becoming a prodigious slide player.He is a 2015 NAMA Nominee (Native American Music Awards) and has opened up for or shared the stage with numerous Native American and Blues Artists, including performances with Taj Mahal.
*"His guitar playing places easy strumming alongside demanding but tasteful slide work,..deeply soulful singing.. This impressive debut establishes Lakota John as a young musician to watch!"--Stephen D. Winick, Folklorist, Music Critic, Editor, HUFFINGTON POST
*"Impressive.. Lakota John demonstrates his prowess in the Piedmont blues style, as well as his seasoned voice.." --Writer, Jeff Hamburg, KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE-2015
*"His vocals have a gritty edge that belies his youth and, together with his slide playing, enable him to bring off a magnificent cover of Robert Johnson's Crossroads Blues... this is a strong debut that marks Lakota John as a talent worth watching." Jim DeKoster, LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE
Donald Ceasar, The Blues Emperor Here comes the Zydeco train back by popular demand! Ceasar is an artist of exceptional versatility, performing on drums, harmonica, and keyboards while singing lead vocals and laying down high-spirited dance steps. Ceasar hales from the bayous of Louisiana, in the heart of Creole and Cajun country where his grandfather, Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin and other family members were pioneers and founding fathers of Cajun Zydeco music. Ceasar has been entertaining audiences since childhood with his Cajun family band and opening for and sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Rocking Sidney, Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Nevilles, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, and James Brown. Ceasar delivers a sizzling musical-gumbo full of the succulent flavors of Louisiana. "..possibly the hippest entertainer in the Carolinas.” Jim Otis, The State, Columbia,SC.
From Mississippi to the world stage. Multiple-award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger and producer, JOHNNY RAWLS draws on the 1950s' and '60s' soul-blues tradition in his guitar playing, yet his lyrics and singing are timeless. Rawls got his early musical education from his grandfather, John Paul Newson, a blind guitarist who played all over the Hattiesburg, MS area. Johnny has been the leader of some of the most eminent musical groups, directing the bands of legends Joe Tex, Z.Z. Hill and Little Johnny Taylor. Fronting his own phenomenal groups, he has traveled the world headlining major festivals and thrilling audiences in the U.S and abroad. He has been featured multiple times at the Chicago Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Festival and festivals all over Europe, as well as in Russia.
Ike and Val Woods..Grammy nominated, soulful and joyous. Ike and Val have brought their musical celebration throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Their scheduled performance at last year's fest was sadly not to be.when a major hurricane hit their home state, Florida. We're so happy they agreed to be with us this year.Veterans of the deep-South music scene, their roots are profoundly planted in the bedrock of gospel and blues. Ike's smoldering guitar, Val's passionate vocals, and their sparkling showmanship all combine to raise blues to new levels of exuberance. Living Blues Magazine: "..uplifting..refreshing and genuine.. ..a remarkable guitarist.. ..top notch..".
THE KING BEES~CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF STINGIN' & SWINGIN'
The King Bees, Rob "Hound Dog" Baskerville and Penny "Queen Bee" Zamagni call Ashe County home, but travel the world with their Blues and American Roots music. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band and also the 15th year of New River Blues Festival which they created and produce.
In the mid-1980's Baskerville and Zamagni began traveling the deep-South looking for and mentoring under Blues artists of historical, cultural, and musical significance. Many blues greats took them under their wing and nurtured and guided The King Bees toward the sound of authenticity. With Baskerville on guitar and keys and Zamagni on vocals, bass, and as song smith, The King Bees honed their art with many Blues masters. By 1990 they had been touring and recording with some of the most culturally important of Blues artists. In the early 1990's they were signed to a European label and began touring internationally.
The King Bees have performed on festival stages in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and London as well as taking their show across numerous countries. Their love of American Roots music has taken them from Mississippi jukes joints to several performances at Lincoln Center. They collaborated with Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were featured on The B.B. King Birthday Tour. Baskerville and Zamagni are also recognized as Blues historians, represent and book Blues artists of note, and produce Blues festivals across the South. They will be joined by long time musical co-conspirators: Saxophone man extraordinaire, Mike Kincaid, and multi-instrumentalists and High Country impresario, David Brewer.
*"Queen Bee Zamagni belts it out with the best, backed by a superb band highlighted by the burning riffs of Hound Dog Baskerville." The Charlotte Observer.
*"Legendary Blues stylists..." The Knoxville Journal.
*"Excellent...Queen Bee Zamagni has a strong, swinging, slinky voice used to good effect on every number. Fine straight blues all the way..Tasty!" Blues & Rhythm, England
Sandra Hall Empress Of The Blues. As a teenager Sandra led The Exotics. People thought they were the Supremes, they were that good! They opened for Otis Redding, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, B.B. King, Jerry Butler, the Temptations, and the O’Jays at the legendary Royal Peacock on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. She soon went solo and immersed herself in the Blues. . Sandra has performed all over the world. This dazzling singer has been the featured artist at the world's most prestigious venues including the MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL. She has performed in the capitals of Europe --London, Paris, Rome--and taken her soul stirring show from country juke joints to Russia, always to wild acclaim. Ms. Hall takes the Blues from rightious to raunchy, soulful to sassy....she makes damn sure her audience has a grand time.