Blues from the Top lineup promises hot riffs
April 6, 2011
The Grand County Blues Society has announced the lineup for the 9th Annual Blues From the Top music festival.
Scheduled to take place from June 23-26, the festival will be at Hideaway Park in Winter Park .
This year’s lineup features new talent as well as some favorites from past years.
Ronnie Baker Brooks, Nick and Joe Moss represent Chicago. Girls With Guitars, which has been tearing up Europe for several tours, will deliver their high-energy show to Winter Park for a few performances during the festival. The all-female band is led by Samantha Fish from Kansas City, Cassie Taylor from Boulder, and Dani Wilde from the U.K.
Also from the U.K., one of England’s most talented guitarists, Matt Schofield, makes a rare U.S. appearance. Joanne Shaw Taylor, also from England, comes to Colorado for first time.
John Nemeth Soul Revue brings a big band to the stage on Saturday.
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One of the highlights Sunday will be Jimmy Hall with the legendary Wet Willie Band. Wet Willie toured with the Allman Brothers as Southern Rock was rising to prominence in the popular music scene. They haven’t been to Colorado since the days of Ebbets Field.
This year’s Gospel group is four-time Grammy winner Ashley Cleveland with the one and only Reese Wynans on the B3 organ. Reese was Stevie Ray Vaughn’s keyboard player.
Albert Cummings makes his first ever BFTT appearance as well as Mary Bridget Davies, Dustin Pittsley, and the Sammy Mayfield Band.
The youth stage will be rockin’ this year with 15-year-old guitar phenom Austin Young and No Difference hosting young players from all over Colorado. Michaela Rae, Sadie Mae Moss and Jaden Carlson join the fun on both days.
Tickets are on sale now for a pre-sale price of $20 per day or you can get a two-day pass for $30.
Blues From the Top has become one of the nation’s most well known music events, and visitors from all over the country make a yearly trip to the festival.
The music starts Thursday night, June 23, with the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce co-promoting one of the festival’s bands. Friday night’s pre-fest show starts at Cooper Creek with Andy Irvine and some surprises in the mall, then the party moves inside to Smokin’ Moe’s with Girls With Guitars and Matt Schofield Trio.