OUR STATE MAGAZINE
"One of the Top Ten Ways
To Spend Labor Day"
River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631
SUNDAY SEPT. 2, 2018 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, canopies (rain or shine). Kids 12 & under free.
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
GREAT LOCAL FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE. STAY TUNED FOR MENUE. 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!***
Singer, guitarist, and king of the Chitlin' Circuit, Theodis Ealey was born in Natchez, Mississippi in 1947. One of 11 children, he learned guitar when he was four years old, and his playing has the musical mastery of one who has literally played all his life. Over time, he joined the bands of giants Little Milton, Charles Brown, and Johnny Copeland. Known as a premier sideman, Theodis began stepping out as a frontman. By the early 1990's he was recording for the renowned label, Ichiban Records, and scoring hits. Ealey's playfully suggestive self-penned songs, steeped in soul, have been wildly popular among African-American audiences for whom he has nearly exclusively performed. In 2004, he released Stand Up In It, a humorously raunchy bit of bedroom advice, which became a surprise hit single, spending 21 weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and peaking at number one. New River Blues Festival is honored that Theodis Ealey's appearance will be a milestone, a rare performance reaching back to his blues roots, where it all started. Don't miss it!
Rollicking Chicago style harmonica and consumate slide guitar combine to testify that these guys are real-deal veterans. Everything about their show-- gritty vocals, old-school sensibilities, impassioned performance-- illustrates a foundation of many decades of digging deep into the bedrock of blues. Philip "Nitro" Bozeman began playing harmonica in front of audiences at the age of 7. Sixty-eight years later, he still blows audiences away with his fervent, fiery harmonica playing. He was known as "Lil Red" in Chicago - one mean boxer and harp player. Nitro transplanted to Florida and became the heart of Chicago Blues in the deep heat of the Sunshine State. Sarasota Slim, aka Gene Hardage has been signed to international labels over 30 years, honing his guitar craft to a fine edge and garnering great reviews and fans here and abroad.
"Nitro has been lauded as a true, Chicago bluesman. He sings and plays harp in the old style — think Jimmy Reed or Junior Wells — delivering the kind of sizzling shuffles that prompt shaking all over the dance floor late into the night." Bradenton Herald, Bradenton, FL
"Sarasota Slim can evoke Duane Allman with a slide, Hubert Sumlin without one, or he can just do his own thing and knock you back five steps." Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee,FL
Wanda Johnson sings with a voice steeped in the gospel music she's loved since childhood melded with the blues that has long been her passion. Her career began in the South Carolina upstate, but she's won hearts nationally and internationally. Not only a stunning singer but also an accomplished songsmith,Wanda takes her music to many prestigious festivals worldwide. Wanda has ignited the stage at The Chicago Blues Festival, Poconos Blues Festival, Cognac Blues Festival (France) and the Eutin Blues Fest (Germany). She's thrilled audiences across China, Poland, Germany, France,and of course, the US. You'll be spellbound by the powerful magic in Wanda's ability to captivate listeners with her effervescent, joyful performances and her unmistakable love of moving people through music.
Jeffrey Scott's performances are infused with brilliant Piedmont-style guitar and evocative storytelling. His guitar playing is rooted in the rhythmic, syncopated finger-style of the Eastern seaboard. This is the style that Scott’s uncle, National Folk Heritage Fellow and blues guitar master, John Jackson, perfected and taught to his nephew. Jeffrey's long association and friendships with Etta Baker and Doc Watson also inspire and add pungency to his picking. Scott lives on a Virginia farm, where he raises cattle and performs regionally. He was a steady member of the famed Archie Edwards Blues Foundation sessions. Jeffrfey is a seasoned bluesman with a lifetime of songs and stories to share on guitar, banjo and autoharp.
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, has been an integral part of The King Bees sound for many years at New River Blues Festivals and we are proud to again have Mike on board; multi-instrumentalist and High Country impresario, David Brewer will again be laying down the big blues beat.
*"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
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.