Blues From The Top tickets go on sale, lineup announced
Ladies and gentlemen, the blues is coming to town.
General admission tickets for the 13th annual Blues From The Top Festival in Winter Park go on sale Friday, April 3
This year’s festival includes two days of live music in Hideaway Park starting Saturday, June 27, with headliners including Ronnie Baker Brooks, Joe Louis Walker and Chris Cain.
“The festival is going to be as good as it’s ever been with a bunch of new acts for people who come here year after year,” said John Catt with the Grand County Blues Society, which organizes the event. “And the weather’s going to be perfect.”
Quite the blues connoisseur, Catt said he’s especially excited about renowned guitarists Eric Gale and Chris Cain.
“Chris Cain is one of the ones that I’ve been trying to get for years and years,” Catt said. “He happens to be the guitar player that all of the best players listen to.”
The Boogie Boys and others will start off the music on Thursday night, June 25, with music in Hideaway Park.
The Friday night pre-festival party at Smokin’ Moe’s will feature three bands including Katy Guillen and the Girls, Albert Castiglia and Sadie Johnson.
Saturday’s lineup includes Kirk Fletcher and Reese Wynans, a recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Chris Cain, Deanna Bogart and Joe Louis Walker.
“I’m really, really super stoked about the gospel show on Sunday morning,” Catt said. “I decided to really pour in a lot of talent and a lot of money into that gospel show.”
The show will include Grammy winner Ashley Cleveland and Dorothy Morrison, co-writer of “Oh Happy Day.”
“I’m going to invite all of the guitar players that are at the festival to join on the stage,” Catt said. “A lot of them are Southern-raised guys that played in the church.”
Saturday night will be Category 5 Amplification Night at Smokin’ Moe’s, featuring guitarists, guitarists and more guitarists.
A program for young people and teens called Future of the Blues will take place on Saturday, June 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Cooper Creek Square.
Catt said the stacked lineup is reason for everybody to visit the festival, even if it’s only for a few hours.
“Every band that I book I’m excited about,” he said. “I always am. I don’t like to have any bands I’m not excited about.”
Tickets for the VIP section, which includes food, prime seating and cash bar, went on sale March 13 and are “selling like hot cakes,” Catt said.
Two-day VIP tickets are $165, and single-day tickets are $100.
General admission tickets are $35 for both days and $20 for a single day. Tickets can be purchased at RadioShack in Fraser and the Winter Park Visitor Center or online at http://grandblues.org.
Proceeds from the festival go to support Grand County Blues Society programs including Blues In The Schools and Blue Star Connection.
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