Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival

Well friends, the wait is finally over! We started working to put together the lineup for the 2009 festival late last fall, moments after the 2008 festival wrapped up, and now we’re ready to let you know. We’ve stepped up the ante this year, with more national musicians. You’ll be able to experience some of the hottest blues musicians anywhere at our little festival.

As you know, the theme for this year’s festival is Deep Blue Innovators. We are bringing you artists that have their souls firmly set in the blues, but are doing interesting, innovative and amazing things to push the genre forward. Here is your 2009 lineup:

Charlie Hayes and Joel Fleming
Joe Price
Bernie Pearl
Shawn Kellerman
Watermelon Slim

The festival will be at the historic Rivoli Theatre on October 24th, 2009. Tickets are available now online, and will be available locally in late August. Doors will open at 2pm with the first act starting around 2:30pm. Of course, we’ll also tempt your taste buds with rib dinners from the famous Eddie B!

We’ll also be doing something special this year: blues master Bernie Pearl will be hosting a free blues guitar workshop on the morning of the festival, at the Buchanan Center for the Arts. We’ll have more information on this exciting opportunity soon!

Check back here often–over the coming weeks, we’ll run features on each of these amazing musicians. Mark your calendar and we’ll see you at the show!

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