Andy Shaw Band
"We all belong to love/it's in our hearts/it's in my bones," Andy Shaw sings with a gripping rasp that can truly deﬁne his bands new record Own Resolve. Connected by blood, with 2 brothers and their father, and years of performing together, the ﬂow is powerful and seamless. A band whose members have years of study on multiple instruments, the Andy Shaw Band thrives on bending genres. comes out, the band is hitting the road and ﬁnding their path. “The sound is an incredibly approachable tap into the reggae genre that is initially disguised by an almost alt-country feel and intense technical tightness, commanding audience respect, especially live." Dana Stewart wrote in Metromix Columbus. John Ross of Columbus Alive praised the group saying “the Andy Shaw Band. . .uses the best elements to create unique, laid-back grooves. Shaw and cohorts, among the hardest working musicians in town, have honed their trademark sound.”
Taking their fiery rock-reggae world beat experience show to Tennessee, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, West Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa and beyond, ASB was heard through the airwaves charting nationally a #12 spot on Jambands.com. In 2012, they introduced their music to attendees at the famed SXSW in Austin, TX. “I want to make music that people can feel in their heart...the emotion, the groove, and the truth of the music." "I love making relationships, traveling to different places, and connecting with all different kinds of people," says Chris Shaw. "Everywhere we go I feel like our music appeals to such a wide audience."
performance: 5:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons
Armed with electric guitars, swooning vocals, and songs that split the difference between rock & roll and dreamy psychedelia, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons pack the biggest punch of their career with Homemade Vision . Like the band’s debut, Hey Kid — an album whose kickoff track, “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014 — Homemade Vision was recorded in the Howlin’ Moons’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Many of the songs were dreamt up somewhere along the highways and backroads that crisscross America, though, coaxed into life by a group of roots-rock road warriors who regularly play more than 100 shows a year. As a result, Homemade Vision is the sort of wide-ranging record that creates its own geography, building an imaginary place where the influences of David Gilmour, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and Nebula all intersect.
It’s also the work of a genuine band:
. Chris Connor’s guitar playing — a flurry of fuzz, crunch, twang and bang — occupies just as large a role as Perley’s voice, while Billy Zehnal’s bass — coupled with cymbal crashes and snare hits from an arsenal of heavy-hitting drummers — glues the mix together.
Inspired by love, heartbreak, and everything in between, Homemade Vision is a battle cry from a band that’s spent years fighting the good fight, carving out their own brand of atmospheric, aggressive Americana along the way.
“I got to discover for myself, no advance billing, one of those bands that you can’t help but believe that one day everyone will know.”- Dennis E. Powell, Athens News (Jun 05, 2016)
“With a catalogue full of rock’n roll hits and dynamic performances, Angela Perley and The Howlin’ Moons is certainly a band to watch this year.”- Megan Gnad, Maverick Magazine (May 27, 2016)
“Backed by her four piece band, Ohio-based Perley has been building a solid reputation and following, BBC Radio 6’s Cerys Matthews included. Skewing to the rockier side of Americana roots, the album’s rife with reverb hung meaty guitar and rhythmic crunch, against which her voice sometimes evokes hints of Stevie Nicks and Susannah Hoffs.”
- Folk Radio UK (Mar 23, 2016)
performance: 9:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Applegate & Rock
Gary Applegate and Joe Rock are passionate about groove-based music that makes you “Feel Somethin”. Foot percussion and unorthodox rhythmic arrangements provide the foundation for a sound that's much bigger than expected from a guitar-harmonica duo.The on-stage chemistry is both obvious and infectious. See for yourself why Gary and Joe have become crowd favorites everywhere they play.
performance: FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017 9 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Austin Walkin' Cane
Original & classic delta blues featuring slide guitar and soulful vocals. A blues gumbo repertoire that can conjure up the ghosts of highway 61 & the delta blues experience. Austin Walkin' Cane is a blues singer, songwriter and slide guitarist that performs acoustic solo, duo & electric band sets. Austin Walkin’ Cane has toured Australia, Nepal, Colombia, France, Germany, England, Wales, and the US, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Juneau, Alaska with only a guitar & suitcase in hand.
Austin walked for ten years with a cane due to an arterial venous malformation at birth. While performing on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a homeless man called out "Hey Walkin' Cane got some spare change for a brother?!" Austin took the jibe as his nickname. In 1996, after years of battling the inevitable, his left leg was amputated below the knee. A year after the surgery, he returned to the music scene stronger & without need of a cane.
performance: 2 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 pm Electric Blues Stage
Bill Foley Band
Bill Foley was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. While in a high school play, he discovered the acoustic guitar. Bill plays by ear and is completely self taught. Bill travels nationally (with even a few international trips.) He performs nightly, except Monday, which is date night with his wife.
performance: 7:15 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Blues Jam with the Mike Dudley Band
Mike Dudley is a local jazz man and fan favorite. He hosts a blues jam every Monday night at The Dolphin (in Gahanna), hosting some of the best blues in Central Ohio!
performance: 4-6 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Brock Howard starting playing guitar at the age of 11 and bought his first guitar at 13 years old. His love of music has been lifelong and came from a family of musicians. His mother played piano and accordion, Father played guitar and harmonica, and grandma wrote songs. Brock’s love of music has ranges from blues to jazz, country, rock, and more. He’s been mostly inspired by blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Allman Brothers Band, Buddy Guy, Wilson Picket and Eric Clapton. Brock plays guitar and sings but also enjoys Bass, Drums and harmonica.
performance: Friday, June 16, 2017 5:30 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Enjoy a special Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival performance by the members of CAMP Blues.
Led by international Blues musician Sean Carney, and conducted in partnership with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, CAMP Blues begins as a week-long “summer camp” ensemble experience for young, budding blues musicians.
During the week of the Festival, “campers” focus on learning about and playing the blues, including playing guitar, bass and drums; exploring those instruments’ respective roles in blues music; developing participants’ instrumental skills and techniques; learning basic music theory, ear training and improvisation; and even discussing how to overcome stage fright. Their “final exam” for the week-long camp is their public performance on the Creekside Community Stage, where the students can apply all that they have learned.
The “camp” is recommended for beginning to intermediate students on guitar, bass, piano and drumset, ages 11 through adult. Visit Jazz Art Group for more information or to register for the Camp…and maybe we’ll see you on stage!
performance: 12 NOON SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Change It Up Charlie
You want Jump blues to dance to? You want some hot'n'sweaty Jazz to swing to? You want some old faithful tunes to sing along to? You want some fresh originals that get your heart a bopping? You want to hear tunes like you never heard before? We got all that! We play what we love and entertain you along the way.
Change it up Charlie was started when Thom Reed and John Painter got together with some other musicians looking to play old favorites in a new way. Soon Bob Hamilton was added on guitar and later Jodi Frisby on ukulele and back ground vocals. Next to join was the lovely Ms. Holly Schmitt whose bluesy pipes gave things a new twist. Finally rounding out the group was Lee Burman who’s sax gave the band the edge it needed.
performance: 2:15 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Chaz Mechenbier, from Dayton, OH has been playing guitar for as long as he can remember, starting his professional career while still in high school. Loving every minute of it, he says he has "yet to grow up or out of playing music every day." Chaz has played around Columbus since 1980, with a 7-year stint in Nashville, playing for some top singers and musicians, most notably award winner Ronnie Milsap and guitar whiz and comedian Jerry Reed. In 1997 Chaz returned to Columbus, joining the band, Phil Dirt and the Dozers. He's been a sideman to Ohio's great singers, including the electrifying blues singer Shaun Booker and Elvis Stylist Mike Albert. Chaz learned to play from his 7 brothers and sisters, and learned to entertain by sharing stages all over the world with some of the greatest musicians of his time. Take a seat, or stay on your feet. Chaz will bring the music to you!
performance: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 5:45 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Chief Johnny Lonesome
Chief Johnny Lonesome is a classic New Orleans style pianist. He found success early in his career with the Lafayette, Louisiana Jazz-Rock band 'Celestial Spring'. Through the mid 70's, Johnny toured with Charles and Charmaine Neville and Z.Z. Hill. In 1979 Johnny returned to his roots in Columbus, OH where he continues to energize and electrify weekly.
performance: 4:15 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Chris Sutton is a screamin' and hollerin', croonin’ blues and roots performer. He brings his audiences classic acoustic blues and a catalogue of originals that will blow your mind. He has been playing his blues and roots songs from his home in West Virginia, around the region, and all the way around the world as far as Italy, India and Nepal for the past decade. He is a talented songwriter, a powerful singer, and versatile guitar player. He is the director of The Diamond Teeth Mary Blues and Arts Festival in Huntington WV, and the current president of the Huntington Blues Society. He completed his first official collection of songs at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis TN. "The Sun Studio Recordings" is Chris alone with his guitar playing the 18 best songs of his blues and roots catalogue. It has been well received.
"With a voice that sounds as whiskey-soaked as the bottom of a barroom bottle and a guitar approach that alternately weeps, wails and wallops, Chris Sutton is one of West Virginia's most expressive blues artists. On 'The Sun Studio Recordings,' he plows through 18 original songs that evoke the themes, moods and soul-searing intensity of the genre's classic material." ~Ken Bays, past editor of Blues Revue Magazine
performance: Saturday, June 17, 2017 7:30 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Chris Yakopcic (pronounced ya-cop–sick) first charms you with his easy, small town, boy next door voice and smooth storytelling. Then he draws you in with a bevy of tasty finger picking guitar flourishes that mix Piedmont and pre-war Delta styles of melody and moan, before laying down greasy slide on his resonator.
The Dayton Ohio based guitarist is poised to breakout after his appearance in the finals at the 2015 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, with the release of his second full-length album The Next Place I Leave, on his own Yako Records. The Next Place I Leave reached number #2 on SiriusXM Bluesville’s picks to click, and it was the Blues Society of Northeast Ohio’s submission to the best self-produced CD competition at the IBC.
performance: FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017 7:15 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Cowboy Poets - Acoustic Alley
The Cowboy Poets, based out of Nashville, tour to promote their 5 independent release albums of feel good stomp vibe, punctuated by colorful "left of pan" lyrics and big open acoustic sounds that have set this band apart since they formed in the 90s. They have opened shows for Crosby Stills and Nash, Santana, and did an entire summer tour with Bob Seger. They play roots music for everyone. For bare feet scooting across a dusty floor. Good for midnight kitchen dance parties or sharing bourbon on the back porch with compadres or total strangers. www.TheCowboyPoets.com
performance: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 9 PM Acoustic Alley Stage
Dan Bubien & Sean Mazzei
A singer/songwriter from Pennsylvania. Dan Bubien plays a blend of blues folk, soul, country and rock that flows from his innermost being like water from a mountain stream. Empty Roads, the CD has a timeless feel that takes the listener on a ride through time and space painting pictures of a simpler time not that far in the past. Though the songs are all original, each takes us to a time and place where we feel warm and comfortable.
performance: SATURDAY JUNE 17, 2017, 4:15 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY
Dave Buker & the Historians
Continuing to play off its strengths with captivating three-part harmonies and an increasingly dexterous rhythm section, Dave Buker & the Historians released a new album, For Every Heartbreak, in November 2015. The album, the band’s first since 2013’s What Can Bring You Back To Me, features lush horn arrangements, Buker's vulnerable lyrical content, and production by Jay Alton (Saintseneca, The Speedbumps). It was ranked at #39 on Sound & Silence Magazine’s Top 100 albums of 2015.
Hailing from Columbus, OH, Dave Buker & the Historians formed in 2010 and has performed throughout Ohio and surrounding states, opening for Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit), Run River North, Red Wanting Blue, Free Energy, The Stepkids, and Cotton Jones.
Dave Buker & the Historians has been showcased by WOSU-TV’s Broad & High (and was subsequently featured by other PBS affiliates). The band recently won a CD102.5FM Local Artist Contest competition and was featured by American Songwriter Magazine (Daily Discovery).
With regional radio airplay increasing, Dave Buker & the Historians is poised to expand its following and broaden its audience.
Dave Buker & the Historians is: Dave Buker, Joe Spurlock, Paul Valdiviez, Leanna Stansell and Timothy Jennings
performance: 12 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 Creekside Community Stage
Davina & the Vagabonds
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. The band’s 2011 recording, Black Cloud, was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune. The group made its first appearance at the CBJF in 2013, where they wowed audiences who demanded their return.
DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice: Sowers is a true original.
This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers’ keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sighisoara, Romania, Sierre, Switzerland, Kemi, Finland, and 2012’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival 2013 & 2014.
performance: 4 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Delta Boulevard is a four piece band consisting of some of central Ohio’s most experienced musicians. This band takes the audience back in time with a soundtrack of Chicago, jump, and country blues originals and creatively arranged classics. This is not your average blues band; these guys mix it up with scorching back-porch numbers featuring stomp box, tambourine, and frottoir. Delta Boulevard is a place to roll down the windows, turn up the volume, and enjoy the ride.
performance: 2:15 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Delyn Christian sings each song as if it were his last. Combining raw energy and true soul with every song he performs. He gives everything he has to each song he performs, striving to touch the heart and soul of the audience. Delyn is a singer/songwriter/musician who has been performing in the central Ohio area for more than 30 years. He has recently relocated to the central Tennessee area and performs in venues in both states.
performance: 2:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Derek DiCenzo is a multi-instrumentalist who is as comfortable playing jazz on the acoustic bass as on the guitar or even the steel drum. He has been a full-time musician based in Columbus, Ohio for many years; his diverse influences and uncanny musical intuition has made him a much sought-after player.
performance: 1 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Erica Blinn is an American Rock artist based out of Nashville, TN. She is originally from Worthington, Ohio. Her upbeat harmonic tune stretches to the hearts of those who listen. She sings out honest words that stretch and twist through her tunes. Blinn bends the rules of the blues, and continuously knocks down the walls of pop music, creating a blue-collar music that everyone can stand up for and dance to. Blinn records at the Curry House Records in Nashville, TN.
performance: 4:15 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Honey and Blue
The band, a self-described mix of pop, blues and soul, is fronted by singer/songwriters Adam Darling and Stephanie Amber. Appropriately named, Honey and Blue combines Darling’s sultry bluesy sounds with Amber’s sweet, whimsical take on lyrics and harmony.
Born and raised in Ohio, Darling met Amber (a New York native) while working at the same restaurant in Los Angeles. The two were both pursuing a career in music and quickly hit it off, writing together for more than a year before forming their band. After performing all over LA, at sought-after venues like The House of Blues and The Witzend, the duo moved back to the Midwest to continue work on their first album. Once the duo arrived in Columbus they teamed up with Dwight Bailey and created their self titled first album.
Recently on WCBE (NPR), the band's much anticipated second album has finally arrived. 'All The Feels' showcases an entirely new sound to the band, featuring Dwight Bailey on bass and James Gaiters on drums.
performance: 2 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Hurricane Jerry and Friends
Jerry Loos, (Hurricane Jerry) is a very seasoned Guitarist / Entertainer that has been performing on Central Ohio stages for many years. Jerry's musical talent and warm personality continues to keep his crowds coming back for more!
Jerry (a Columbus native) has been crowned "The King of the Blues" three times for the state of Ohio in the National Competition sponsored by Gibson guitars and Guitar Center. Jerry has also made himself a name in National Blues circles and has recently played in Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and New York.
Jerry had the honor of opening for one of the all-time Blues Legends B.B. King on his final tour , and continues to perform with Tony Coleman (B.B. King's long time drummer) at the NAMM Pro Blues Jam in California and at B.B. King's Blues Club in Nashville.
In addition to Tony and B.B. King , Jerry has also played alongside other Blues Legends like Hubert Sumlin, John Cephas, and Keb Mo to name a few. Having gained the respect of these Blues legends has truly established Jerry Loos as one of the Top Bluesman around! So, come on out and see what others have Enjoyed from coast to coast! Hurricane Jerry Loos.
performance: 9:15 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Jimmy B and Who Dat Band
A very young band with some fine ole’ roots! Summoned together for a surprise birthday for Jimmy B., the 2016 party band clicked. Continuing to perform together seemed only natural. They perform a wide mix of Blues styles along with some unique songs based in Rock & Soul.
Their individual music history has been vast with gigs stretching all over Central Ohio and locations across the country. Appearances have included everything from porches to street corners to local clubs to regional festivals to national Blues festivals. Recording sessions at a variety of studios led to performances on different releases as well as productions of their own.
“Who Dat” is… Jimmy Biersdorf – Harmonica, Tommy Carroll - Guitar & Vocals, Mark Kreis - Keyboards & Vocals, Dave West – Drums, and Sammy Ray Williams - Bass. Get the New Orleans spirit - just shout out “Who Dat” & watch the smiles and beads come flying!
performance: 12:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
In recent years Johnny Mack’s song writing has evolved and after collaboration with John Poppovich, the Heavyweights where born. The band is known for their blues, soul and acid gospel. This performance will feature the talents of frontman Johnny Mack -- unplugged.
performance: 9 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Johnny Mack and The Heavyweights
Johnny Mack and the Heavyweights play a little Blues, Jazz and American roots music. The members of the Heavyweights first played together as a group in the highly regarded band, Soul Satyr. In recent years, Johnny Mack’s song writing has evolved and after collaboration with John Poppovich, the Heavyweights were born. Jon and Johnny have been performing since 2009 around Ohio at several venues and festivals. The lineup includes drummer Cary Dachtyl and bassist/vocalist Lenny Fatigati. The influence of the new rhythm section has opened up more musical possibilities and the band’s creativity continues to grow. Most recently, the band performed at the Dayton Blues Festival and Big Blues & Brews. They played at BB Kings, Buddy Guy’s, Monterey Blues Festival, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, Chicago Blues Festival, Caesar’s Palace, Pensacola Jazz Festival and many, many other events/venues. Band members have played with artists including Willie Pooch, Bob Margolin, Rob Roy Parnell, Sean Carney, Long Tall Deb, Yes, Moody Blues, Diana Ross, Crystal Gayle, Mannheim Steamroller and many others.
performance: 12:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer's honest lyrics and his rich, intensely soulful vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry.
Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning five-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Benjamin Kushner (guitar), Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), and Larell Ware (drums). Inspired by the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal - to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles.
In 2017, Josh was featured as a contestant on NBC's The Voice, and the band completed their first European tour; a 27-city stint capped with a live album release from their show in Brussels, Belgium.The hard working band completed several national tours from 2015-2017, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states each year, including opening for George Clinton, Charles Bradley, Booker T Jones, and Muscle Shoals Revue. Their year-round touring schedule took them from coast to coast, including several major summer music festivals.
performance: 7 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Mark May Band
Music was a part of Mark May's life from an early age. A native of Ohio, the blues guitarist began learning to play the instrument when he was five years old, and during his teen years he became involved with several bands. By the time he'd turned 16, he had played the first of what would become many professional gigs. He went on to work with rock groups, but his heart always was with the blues. Thanks to a friend, he discovered an affinity for Albert Collins' brand of the blues. He soon pulled together his own blues-rock group. The band includes Mark May, Dave Absalom, Tim Keefe, Gary Jorgenson and included on the new album is Paul Ramirez, Dan Cooper, Corey Tice/Ms Rita/Geronimo Calderon, Eric Demmer, Barry Seelen, Jim Brady, Max Day & Ed Durante.
performance: 5:45 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
McGuffey Lane is a country rock band from central Ohio. In 1977 McGuffey Lane started playing at Zachariah's Red Eye Saloon and soon became the house band. At that point they added John Schwab (vocalist/ guitarist) who was opening for them as the sixth and final member of the original McGuffey Lane.
In 2010 McGuffey Lane released their 10th and latest CD "10" on Lick Records which was co-founded by John Schwab. In 2011 "Bartender" from the "10" CD was released as a single. It reached #50 on the national country charts (Music Row Magazine). The 2014 Zachariah's Reunion was held Saturday January 25th to another sold out crowd. McGuffey Lane's history mirrors one of the songs from their 2002 "Wood" album. "I've been up and down and all around my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground. Don't you worry baby don't you worry about me. Cause I've survived everything that comes and goes. I still know which way that old north wind blows. After all these years I'm "Runnin' Wild and Free". McGuffey Lane is still going strong with the three original surviving members (Steve George Reis, Terry Efaw and John Schwab) in the band. McGuffey Lane still performs 30+ concerts annually. The Journey Continues and "It's A Good Day".
performance: JUNE 17, 2018, 4 PM ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Mill Street Blues
Music is a conversation and Mill Street Blues is an acoustic trio that speaks a language everyone can understand. Join the conversation, you're gonna like what's being said! Mill Street Blues is Brian Peters, Andre Scott and John Henry.
performance: SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 1 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Miss Molly Winters
Miss Molly Winters is a singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. She plays guitar, ukelele in an old-timey fashion. Her music is fun, upbeat, and nostalgic. She also performs cover tunes ranging from Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds, Janis Joplin,Bob Dylan, to the Beatles. She has a strong voice, and a stage show that makes people dance, tap, and whistle along.
performance: 5:45 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Mojo Theory is an all original music blues band fronted by a stellar vocalist, and backed by some of the best players around. Mojo Theory consists of the showmanship and provocative storytelling of gritty vocalist Mark Richards, creative compositions of guitarist Brian Beatty, the riveting stylish bass guitar of Duane Coffman, power drummer Todd Mollette, and the stimulating keyboards of Jeff Morris.
performance: 12:30 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Nancy and the Keepers (Agent 99)
Agent 99 is a 6-piece cover band that has been entertaining Ohio for almost 20 years, delivering a high-energy show of carefully selected and masterfully performed seminal pop/rock songs of the 70’s to their audiences.
Agent 99 is comprised of seasoned professionals, who happen to love what they’re doing. Tight musicianship and singular vocals, complete with lush harmonies, make Agent 99 predominant in their genre, and their accessibility, sense of humor and fun, keeps their loyal fans coming back for more.
performance: 5:30 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Orion and the Constellations
Industrial blues trio Orion and the Constellations released their debut album “10 Years” on October 21, 2016 with a show at The Shrunken Head in Columbus. A steel worker by day and a self-taught blues guitarist by night, Orion DiFranco leads with fast fingers on electric guitar alongside brothers Jason and Erik Rau (bass and drums).
Influenced by the great SRV, Gary Moore and Gary Clark Jr, the album was produced at Sonic Lounge by Joe Viers (Lydia Loveless, Red Wanting Blue, Dr. John). With the precision of a finely tuned manufacturing line, their funk inspired riffs will move you through myths and memories of love and consequence, generational struggle and the power of the human spirit, leaving you with a sense of shared experience and an undeniable groove in your gut.
performance: Friday, June 16, 2017, 6:15 PM Electric Blues Stage
Rendition, since 1998, has been performing classic hits rock and roll around the central Ohio area. Comprised of Baby Boomer’s playing the music they know and love, from the early years of rock through the 70’s, this group of professionals, from all walks of life, seeks to share this love for the sounds of the past.
In recent years the addition of the horn section has moved the Rendition sound to the Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, and other late 60’s to 70’s groups who incorporated the brass sound in their music. To include The Blues Brothers songs of the 80’s, this brass sound extends to tasty additions to songs from Santana and the Doobie Brothers and others too numerous to mention.
Still, nothing can overshadow the exceptional guitar, keyboard, and vocal sounds, grounded by the rhythm section whether or not the horns section is in action. For there is always plenty of action as Rendition energizes their audiences wherever they perform. Club engagements, festivals, weddings, have all been played to the delight of the audiences.
Carl Wyatt - Lead Vocals
Jeff Poole - Lead Guitar
Tim McCauley - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Joe Blaho - Bass Guitar
Ernie Sparks - Drums
John Stahl- Keys, Synth
Tom Wade - Horns, Flute
Tom Young - Trumpet
Rod Sewer - Trombone, Vocals, Percussion
Zach Olah - Trumpet, Vocals
JD White - Sax
performance: 12-1 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Roadhouse Redeemed plays blues standards, contemporary blues, original blues/blues rock and brings a "bluesy" feel to other country songs! Roadhouse Redeemed was recently the top band in the 2016 River City Blues Competition earning them a spot at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Roadhouse Redeemed specializes in playing blues standards, contemporary blues, original blues/blues rock and give other cover songs a "bluesy" feel! Roadhouse Redeemed was recently the top band in the 2016 River City Blues Competition earning them a spot at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
performance: 12:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Sean Carney Band Featuring Sadie Johnson
The Columbus, Ohio bluesman has it in his family genes, with jazz horn players in the previous two generations. Onstage locally he mastered his craft backing a wide array of local and national R & B greats such as Christine Kittrell and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson and making it known that he was a skilled and tasteful guitarist and vocalist. He gained exposure and experience serving as vocalist Teeny Tucker’s musical director and co-writer.
Gahanna native Sean Carney’s profile has gotten a major boost in recent years, and in fact is decidedly international these days when European tours often in the company of major historical figures have become almost routine for him. He has performed worldwide with Big Joe Duskin, Duke Robillard, Charlie Baty, Columbus standby Willie Pooch, Hank Marr, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, “King Saxe” Gene Walker, Sir Mack Rice and Hal Singer as well as his own group.
Sean is a noteworthy, sophisticated master of tone and taste with a broad appreciation for the music before him and around him and a knack for turning out interesting songs. A perennial fan favorite, Sean has performed EVERY year at the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival since it began.
performance: 9:15 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 Electric Blues Stage
Shaun Snow is an old soul with soul. An original artist and powerhouse vocalist with a uniquely diverse musical repertoire and background, he is a multi-instrumentalist and has been playing music for over 20 years. He says "music is my life" and that seems to be what he is about and who he is. He has a unique style of playing through the use of alternate tunings and techniques, voicing dynamics, and percussive tapping on the body of his guitar that compliments his wide vocal range and ability.
Born and raised in the Northside of Central Columbus, Ohio. He says that music saved his life, but he also stole it like a thief in the night. Playing his first guitar at age 13 changed everything for him - "It became an obsession". He joined various bands until he started his own called Cadence, where he was the sole writer. Accompanied by child-prodigy drummer Matt DelChicco and later by Bassist Kyle Roth of the Cbus group L.D.N.L. The band had some small success and a following in Columbus. They played shows at major rock venues like the Alrosa Villa and the Newport.
Shaun now plays solo acoustic gigs all over Ohio drawing crowds from Put In Bay to Marietta. He is proud to be a part of the Gahanna Creekside Blues Festival for the first time in 2017.
performance: SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017 1 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Skip Werke and BC Hudson
Whether as a duo or as Skip, BC and the Band, the performances include a lot of original material that sounds familiar to listeners because of influences in country and Chicago blues, Americana and Rock. As a duo, the sound is acoustically oriented, with Skip on guitar or resonator, but the sound is much more "electric" as a band.
performance: 2:45 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
More than just a Blues-Rock artist, award-winning guitar player Sonny Moorman balances his signature smoking-hot riffs with a hard-rocking precision and feel born deep in the Blues ethos. Seeming to channel inspiration from elsewhere, his world-class playing is at once both transcendental and firmly grounded in reality, captivating audiences nationwide. The music is original, complex and never stale, with relatable lyrics and a sound that conjures up masters like Duane Allman, Lonnie Mack, and Freddy King. Still, Moorman has forged his own intoxicating style throughout his decades-long career, which firmly establishes him as one of the last great authentic roadhouse players.
performance: 7:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY
Soul Kitch’n has been performing to great success in the Columbus area for over 14 years. Their style is unique, their energy is exciting, their enthusiasm is catching and their sound is incredibly funky and tight! They are a group of excellent musicians dedicated to communicating their love of music. The band’s solid rhythms, inspired solos and stunning vocals are most impressive. They love what they do and the audience can tell. Their wide range of material, covers favorite jazz standards, R&B, classic soul and funk.
performance: FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2017, 9 PM CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Sugar Creek Bluegrass Band
Sugar Creek Bluegrass is an energetic young band from central Ohio made up of brothers and sisters who strive to preserve Bluegrass music for many generations. The band performs traditional bluegrass, old time, and gospel music inspired by legends like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. Sugar Creek has shared the stage with some amazing bluegrass bands including Dailey & Vincent, Russell Moore, Rhonda Vincent, Joe Mullins and many others. The band can often be heard on bluegrass radio stations and they travel to different States for concerts and festivals. Sugar Creek has recorded three albums, including their latest album "Appalachian Summer" released in October 2015 . The band members include Emily on banjo, Cody on fiddle, Zac on mandolin, Molly on bass, Matt on guitar, and Ben on washboard. While working hard to play their best, it is their sincere desire to honor and please God with their music. After all, music is a blessing and a gift from the Lord!
performance: 1:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 Creekside Community Stage
Swing's The Thing
Swing's the Thing is a 16 piece big band based in Central Ohio. With many great tunes in our book, Swing's the Thing plays hits from a variety of new artists, while respecting the origins of big band by playing tunes from the books of such legends as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Woody Herman, just to name a few. "Swing's the Thing's" repertory covers a wide range of dance styles that include swing, rock, ballad, blues, cha cha, rumba, mambo, samba, waltz, disco, foxtrot and polka.
Swing's the Thing proudly features our vocalist/pianist, Jan Schlosser-Wise, on a variety of our great charts. Swing's the Thing has performed for private parties and receptions: Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV, Lakeside Association on Lake Erie. Columbus area public events: Gahanna's Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival, Worthington's "Concert on the Green, Lancaster's Friday Night at the Bandstand, Grove City's Arts in the Alley and Summer Sizzle concert series, Canal Winchester's Friday evening concert series, Upper Arlington's Summer Music Series, Newark's Jazz and Rib Fest, Dawes Arboretum, The Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, and for Columbus Clippers games at Huntington Park.
performance: 3:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMaxmotion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands.
In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008.
Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.
The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since.
With 17 albums behind him and a flock of fans in the central Ohio area, Gahanna welcomes back one of our favorite headliners, Tab Benoit.
performance: 7:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Although Teeny was born into blues royalty, (daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker), one need only to hear Teeny to know that she has cultivated and developed her “gifts” into her very own uniquely compelling world-class package. As a child, this Dayton Ohio native began singing in the church choir. This experience, like so many other soulful success stories, undoubtedly began to chart the course of Teeny’s music career. The paths which would lead to her abilities to interpret with soulful, bluesy, and uniquely stylistic renderings was set.
Teeny Tucker, and her Band, are featured performers at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the USA, such as; the Chicago Blues Festival, B. B. King Homecoming Festival, White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival, Cincinnati Blues Festival, PA Folk/Blues Festival, Summer Series In The Air, and now a return to the Gahanna Creekside Blues and Jazz
performance: 2-3:45 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Terry Davidson & The Gears
Terry Davidson has been playing in Blues and Rock & Roll bands for over fifty years. As leader of the Gears since the mid 80's, his compelling performances have won over fans from everywhere in the Central and Eastern U.S. to as far as Paris, France. Songs from his previous seven albums have been featured in television and movie soundtracks and broadcast all over the world.
Terry Davidson's latest studio album, "Transmission" presents twelve new original songs. Recorded at Sonic Lounge Studios in Ohio and co-produced by Davidson and Joe Viers, the record features a fantastic new lineup for his band, The Gears. It is the follow up to 2013's acclaimed "Sonic Soul Sessions" which was on the Roots Music Report National Blues Album Chart for eight weeks.
performance: JUNE 17, 2017, 5:45 PM, ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Terry Douglas grew up in Lodi, Ohio, and from an early age he took interest in the guitar. Terry started hitting open mics and playing solo gigs at local bars that led to his first album release “Living the Dream” in 2014. Terry continued to play gigs and hone his craft and released “Written in the Parking Lot” in August of 2017. The response was overwhelming. With tracks like “Ties that Bind “and “Hot Mess Express” being played worldwide on Internet Radio and FM radio. In March of 2018 the band will launch the Debut of The Terry Douglas Band. Terry is currently writing songs for the first release of The Terry Douglas Band album in May 2018.
performance: 1 PM SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018 ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
The Conspiracy Band
Sutton Entertainment Group proudly presents The Conspiracy Band. The Conspiracy Band has over 20 years of experience entertaining various diverse crowds. Over that time The Conspiracy Band has exploded from a local favorite to the best party band in its region. This talented, energetic, professional group performs throughout Ohio and has been booked in such cities as New York, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Louisville. The Conspiracy Band brings the perfect blend of the classics and modern hits. The set list includes; Sinatra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Salt N Peppa, Sly and the Family Stone, Macklemore, Johnny Cash, and Notorious B.I.G. The Conspiracy Band is the perfect complement to any situation calling for live entertainment. The Conspiracy Band encompasses some of the best musicians the country has to offer, including a complete horn section. Multiple vocalists complement each other while allowing their talents to be showcased center stage. There is never a dull moment with The Conspiracy Band.
Sutton Entertainment Group’s The Conspiracy Band elevates any event to a memorable occasion. Not only does the musicianship soar, but the group is noted for its attention to detail. Learning new songs to ensure the plans of the evening run smooth; are part of the service. Always timely and professional, The Conspiracy Band has multiple substitutes and extremely talented musicians on-call to always guarantee the show will go on. Trust that you are in good hands when your live entertainment is provided by The Conspiracy Band.
performance: Sunday, June 18, 2016 2-3:30 PM Creekside Community Stage
The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson
For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.
performance: 7:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
The Po' Ramblin' Boys
Born in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains, springing to life with all the zest and zeal you’d expect from a 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass band, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have rambled far from home, touring throughout the United States and Europe.
Yet, these four friends – C.J. Lewandowski (Vocals, Mandolin), Jereme Brown (Vocals, Banjo), Josh ‘Jug’ Rinkel (Vocals, Guitar) and Jasper Lorentzen (Bass) – remain close to their musical roots by cranking out some of the tightest and hardest-driving traditional bluegrass you’ll find anywhere.
“We want to be known for keeping the old music alive, and making some new music that’s still close to the roots,” says Lewandowski, a native Missourian who is the group’s eldest member as well as its lead singer and mandolin player. “A tree can’t stand without its roots. So we are just trying to keep those roots alive. We want to complement and not take away.”
“We want to take the best from all the bluegrass pioneers,” added Brown, the band’s youngest member and a fourth-generation banjo player whose own roots include a grandmother raised just a stone’s throw from Bill Monroe’s hometown of Rosine, Ky. “That’s why C.J. plays the Monroe-style mandolin, and I play a Ralph Stanley-style banjo. It all ties together. It works.”
It works, all right. It works like a Missouri mule. Just ask the band’s fast-growing legion of fans. Whether they’re playing a standard by bluegrass giants Bill Monroe or Ralph Stanley or a new heartbreaker penned by rhythm guitarist Rinkel, there’s an unmistakable energy to it. The hard-driving bass pounds like a jackhammer as it keeps time; the melodic rhythm hooks you deep with the first note and doesn’t let go until the last playful note of the banjo.
“We are all on the same musical footing,” says Lewandowski. “We’re all big into rhythm and timing, so we build off of that.”
performance: 7:30 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
performance: 7-8:30 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.
The lifelong pursuit of musical authenticity was instilled in his musical consciousness while Peyton was growing up in rural Indiana, where his early love for blues, ragtime, folk, country and other traditional styles gave him a sense of direction that would soon manifest itself in his own music. He and the Big Damn Band won a large and loyal fan base, thanks to their tireless touring efforts and high-energy showmanship, along with such acclaimed albums as Big Damn Nation, The Gospel Album, The Whole Fam Damnily, The Wages, Between the Ditches, So Delicious and the Charlie Patton tribute disc Peyton on Patton.
performance: 9:30 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018
The Spikedrivers is led by Jesse Henry, who was raised Mennonite in rural Northwest Ohio and who spent his early years working on grain elevators and learning songs of the great American Troubadours. He brings his electrifying stage presence and musicianship wherever he roams. Megan Palmer, a registered nurse by day, turns fiddle-playing super hero by night; serenading the audience with her sultry voice and ravishing them with white-hot fiddle leads. Steve Sweney, best known for his cosmic guitar work with the band Ekoostik Hookah, gets to showcase a different side of his playing. He strips down to just amp and guitar and listeners get to relish the raw tone and intensity. John Boestler the guitar wizard is the newest member bringing 40-plus years of experience as well as being Sweney’s early mentor. The rhythm section and backbone holding it all together are Nate Anders and Steven Fox. A vibraphonist and college educator, Nate beats the skins like a pack of hounds is on his tail all the while booming baritone harmony. Fox brings his lightning-fast bow acrobatics and hard-thumping sound on the upright bass to adventurous levels as well as singing his sideburns off.
performance: JUNE 17, 2017, 5-6:30 PM CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
The Whirlybirds is a modern swing/pop group formed after the untimely demise of the good ol' DewDroppers.
The group is made up of: Joe Gilliland - vox, guitar; Brenny Brenneman - clarinet, saxes, vox; Trent Sampson - double bass, vox; Nick Simko - Trumpet; Jacob Campbell - Keys and Max Marsillo - Drums.
performance: 5 PM FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018 CREEKSIDE COMMUNITY STAGE
Tony Monaco Trio with Harvey Mason and Chuck Loeb
This Jazz Supergroup will feature Chuck Loeb-Guitar and Harvey Mason-Drums from Fourplay, joining forces with the dynamic Tony Monaco-Hammond B-3 Organ!
Grammy nominated guitarist, composer, and producer, Chuck Loeb has had a musical career that spans over four decades, and he is proud to be known as a “renaissance man” in the music world. Over the four decades in his illustrious career, Loeb has played and toured with a long list of jazz, pop, rock, and classical greats: Fourplay, Hubert Laws, Chico Hamilton, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Barretto, Gary Burton, Wayne Shorter and the aforementioned Stan Getz among many others.
“Harvey Mason is probably the most recorded and most influential drummer /percussionist in this genre.” proclaims Nathan East. ” I first became aware of him in the days of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and he had a patented beat that every drummer learned. Harvey’s innovative, creative and a very musical drummer. So, what you get with Harvey is very special.”
Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. “Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!” Critical Jazz Review 2012.
performance: JUNE 19, 2015, 9 PM JAZZ STAGE
Urban Jazz Coalition Featuring Lin Rountree
Lin Rountree (aka The Soul-Trumpeter), is an accomplished recording artist, producer and live performer. With 6 solo projects, 12 Top-20 Billboard singles, and numerous collaborations with some of the industry’s top R&B/ Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit, he is poised to become one of the most renowned artists of his generation. His latest single, "Pass the Groove," just hit #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Airplay Chart.
Urban Jazz Coalition is one of the hottest live performance ensembles on the contemporary jazz scene today, with a sound described by JazzTimes Magazine as “flush with rhythmic grooves, funky bass lines, and beautiful melodies.” Their energetic blend of Soulful Jazz/ R&B has electrified audiences across North America at many of the nation’s most prominent festivals and concert venues including The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Jazz Fest West, The Capital Jazz Fest, The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, and numerous other prestigious concert venues. UJC’s music has also been featured in network television programming, international film soundtracks, McDonald’s regional advertising campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists on a Gospel/Jazz compilation project released by Capitol/EMI Records.
In addition to the notoriety UJC has earned as a self contained group, they have also become one of the most in-demand back up groups in the smooth jazz genre, having performed as sidemen for a number of top smooth jazz artists.
performance: 9 PM SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018 JAZZ STAGE
Who Dat Trio
Who Dat Trio is a three piece Blues and Jazz group that consists of Tom Carroll on guitar, Jim Biersdorf on harp, and Mark Kreis on the keys!
performance: Friday, June 15 5-6 pm Electric Blues Stage
Will Freed & Phil Clark
In the vein of Duane Allman, Derek Truck, and Bonnie Raitt, two local stars stepped away from their bands to make music together. Will Freed and Phil Clark are two phenomenal local musicians and when they get together as “Phreedom," it’s magic! Don’t miss this two man monster group as they craft blues, soul, and American standards into their own all-American sound.
performance: SUNDAY JUNE 18, 2017, 4:15 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Will Freed Band
Will is a 28-year-old singer/songwriter who grew up in West Virginia, making his way to the Kansas City music circuit. Will began playing for a living at an early age. With the release of his debut album with the band, Will has developed his own style, pleasing voice, and skillful harmonica and guitar playing.
The Will Freed Band has played all over The East Coast and Mid-west doing Solo, Duo & Trio work/ Songs from John Popper, CNSY, Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Dave Matthews, Gov't Mule, Tim O'Brien, Monte Montgomery, Blues Traveler, Amos Lee, Beatles, Pink Floyd and Lots of WFT Originals.
performance: 7:45 PM Friday, June 15, 2018 ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE
Willie Phoenix, a historic and pivotal figure in the Columbus, Ohio music scene has been described as a raging guitarist with a ton of attitude. His juiced up live performances are the stuff of legends. The former A&M Recording Artist is a prolific songwriter who pens moving, soulful, rock, pop and reggae-influenced songs with infectious hooks that emerge as the tastiest of Bluesy Rock-N-Roll! With a stage presence second to none, all are invited to take in a new and exciting continuation of one of Columbus' greatest musical assets for more than 3 decades!
performance: SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017 2:45 PM ACOUSTIC ALLEY STAGE
Willie Phoenix Band
Blues Hippy (Willie Phoenix) is a historic and pivotal figure in the Columbus, Ohio music scene, and has been described as a “raging guitarist with a ton of attitude”. His juiced up live performances are the stuff of legends. The former A&M Recording Artist is a prolific songwriter who pens moving, soulful, rock, pop, and reggae-influenced songs with infectious hooks that emerge as the tastiest of Bluesy Rock-n-Roll! With a stage presence second to none, all are invited to take in a new and exciting continuation of one of Columbus’ greatest musical assets for more than three decades.
performance: JUNE 16, 2017, 7:45 PM ELECTRIC BLUES STAGE