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Kalamazoo Blues Fest 2014

2014 Kalamazoo Blues Festival

The cost of an advance weekend pass will be $20, which represents a $12 savings over the total price of daily tickets for all events.  Daily festival ticket prices will be $5 for Thursday night, $10 for Friday night, and $12 for Saturday; the Thursday night jam will be $5 at the door.Thursday, July 10: gates open at 4:30p.m.

 Official Line-Up

5:00           SneakyPete

5:55           Big Trouble

6:50           Big Boss Blues Band

7:45           The Jimmys

9:05           Brandon Santini

10:30                   Blues Jam (at the 411 Club)

 Friday, July 11: gates open at 4:30 p.m.


5:00           Stan Budzynski

6:00           Steve Hilger Band

7:00           Dana Fuchs

8:30           Lionel Young Band

10:00                   Marcia Ball

11:35                   Crossroads Resurrection

Saturday, July 12: gates open at 11:30 a.m.


11:40        Too Left Feet

12:15        The Blues Shed

1:10          The Angelo Santelli Band

2:05           SWB

3:00           Fifi & The Dogs

3:55           Gee Daddy’s Big Blues Review

4:50           Out of Favor Boys

5:45           TweedFunk

7:00            Albert Castiglia

8:25            Tinsley Ellis

10:00       CocoMontoya

11:35        Seventh Son


Whether this will be your first year or your 21st at Kalamazoo’s annual blues festival, you’re in for a treat. For three days in July, the Arcadia Festival Site in downtown Kalamazoo will be filled with music and fun, as a total of 23 performers from across the nation and across the years appear on two stages to delight music fans both old and new.

The Kalamazoo Blues Festival is presented by the Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association, which was created more than two decades ago by a group of dedicated music lovers for the express purpose of putting on a festival.  Staffed entirely by volunteers, the festival is rated highly by performers and attendees alike, and has earned the right to be known as “the best blues festival in theMidwest.” Over the years, the list of performers who have appeared onstage includes many of the best-known names in the blues, including Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Son Seals, Joe Louis Walker, Lonnie Brooks, and Magic Slim and the Teardrops. The first festival of the third decade promises to be no exception!

Thursday, July 10

The Jimmys, aChicago blues- andNew Orleans funk-influenced 8-piece band that has gathered numerous music awards, including 2013 Artist of the Year and 2013 Blues Performer of the Year (Madison Area Music Awards). “Killer horns, greasy guitars, funky keys, and a rhythm section with the heart and soul the size ofBrazil”—the Braille Blues Daddy, Bryan Lee

Brandon Santini, the North Carolina-born/Memphis, Tenn. based harp player, whose specialty is Piedmont-infused Mississippi hill country blues, has received Blues Music Award nominations for 2014 in two categories, Instrumentalist-Harmonica and Contemporary Blues Album. He also received a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the category of Sean Costello Rising Star, as well as a Seydel harmonica endorsement—truly a young man to watch.

Friday, July 11

Dana Fuchs, a powerhouse singer/songwriter hailing from New Jersey/Florida/New York City, is known as a queen of Pop/Rock Blues, while the Dana Fuchs Band has built up a reputation as one of the best live acts on the Big Apple’s blues circuit. Probably best recognized as the character “Sadie” from the Beatles-music-themed movie “Across the Universe,” Fuchs also landed the lead role in the Janis Joplin musical “Love Janis’,” toured with Ray Davies and Dickey Betts, and wrote and performed on the soundtrack of the movie “Sherrybaby.”

Lionel Young Band. The New York-born, Colorado-based blues & Boogie-woogie violin master won the 2008 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in the solo-duo performer category, and then, with the Lionel Young Band, went on to win the 2011IBC band competition, making him the first double champion in the history of theIBC!

Marcia Ball, “a sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist,” whose style is known as “where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet,” Marcia Ball has gathered awards and recognitions including multiple Blues Music Awards and Grammy nominations in 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2008. A lot of folks are looking forward to the return of Marcia Ball, who last rocked the Kalamazoo Blues Fest in 1998!

Saturday, July 12

Tweed Funk, the Milwaukee band fronted by Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70’s, has garnered national and international acclaim for its horn-driven, sweat-soaked, soul-blues, and boasts three Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) wins in the last two years for the band and its members, as well as Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s 2013 Coolest Blues Song of the Year for “Dancemaker.”

Albert Castiglia, the New York-born, Miami-raised guitar player who features modern electric and contemporary blues, has toured with Junior Wells and Sandra Hall, and shared stages and jammed with an impressive lists of blues greats including Aron Burton, Pinetop Perkins, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, Phil Guy, Ronnie Earl, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Jerry Portnoy, Larry McCray, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater and Otis Clay.

Tinsley Ellis, fromGeorgia, plays modern electric blues and blues-rock that is best described as a “unique blend ofMemphis r & b, southwest blues and urban funk.” An outstanding performer, Ellis is also known for writing “A Quitter Never Wins,” that was famously covered by Jonny Lang.

Coco Montoya, fromCalifornia, with a style described as modern electric blues and soul, won the 1996 Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist, as well as being nominated in the same year for Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year, Best Instrumentalist/Guitar, and Contemporary Blues Album of The Year for “Gotta Mind To Travel.”

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