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River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631
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Not a festival this year, BUT! We're keeping the Blues alive in the High Country! NEW RIVER BLUES GATHERING AT RIVER HOUSE INN~ An exclusive, intimate outdoor event presenting world-class music. *Labor Day Sunday Sept. 6, 1-5 pm Tickets by phone reservation only: 336 982 2109, River House Inn, Grassy Creek NC, near West Jefferson
*Limited tickets/seating to insure safety and to follow state restrictions. $50 advance tickets for purchase at: 336 982 2109,
*On the lawn of the gracious manse overlooking the beautiful New with plenty of room for social distancing. We ask our friends to please bring masks. Feel free to bring blankets, lawn chairs, also seating will be provided.
*Please, no coolers. River House will have available for purchase their excellent fare (with vegetarian option) and beverages.
If the demand exceeds our capacity we will schedule another Gathering! Stay posted!
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 well in advance!
***We thank WETS FM Johnson City Tennessee for Media sponsorship!***
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 32nd anniversary of the band and also the 17th 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. 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 our blues fans' best-loved Zydeco train! Ceasar is a New River Blues Festival favorite & dear friend! Donald 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.