Bands

20th Annual Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza
July 30–August 2, 2015

Mammoth's Bluesapalooza has a well-deserved reputation for booking a unique variety of blues artists from all over the country. It's a mix of styles and genres. Past performers have included Vintage Trouble, Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Robert Cray, Edgar Winter, Los Lonely Boys, Blues Traveler, Bettye LaVette, Ana Popovic, Dave Mason, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robben Ford, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Duke Robillard, Rick Derringer, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, John Lee Hooker Jr, Shemekia Copeland, John Nemeth, Janiva Magness, Buckwheat Zydeco, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Savoy Brown, Ruthie Foster, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, Joe Louis Walker, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Michael Hill Blues Mob, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Chris Duarte, John Hammond, Joan Osborne, JJ Grey & Mofro, and more.


“You nailed it with the band selection this year. End to end all the bands rocked!
Oh yeah, there were a lot of great brewers there too!”
—Bob, Attendee

2014 Performers
Tab Benoit
Saturday, August 2 - 4:35 pm
Taj Mahal Trio
Friday, August 1 - 6:35 pm
Buddy Guy
Sunday, August 3 - 1:40 pm
John Hiatt and The Combo
Friday, August 1 - 8:25 pm
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Saturday, August 2 - 7:45 pm
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Saturday, August 2 - 3:00 pm
Ana Popović
Sunday, August 3 - 10:30 am
Cash Box Kings
Saturday, August 2 - 11:45 pm
Nikki Hill
Saturday, August 2 - 6:10 pm
Trampled Under Foot
Saturday, August 2 - 1:20 pm
The Steepwater Band
Friday, August 1 - 3:30 pm
Volker Strifler
Thursday, July 31 - 7:30 pm
Randy McAllister
Thursday, July 31 - 6:00 pm
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Friday, August 1 - 5:00 pm
Quinn Sullivan
Sunday, August 3 - 12:00 pm
Dennis Jones
Sunday, August 3 - 9:15 am
Matthew Curry
Sunday, August 3 - 7:00 pm

Tab Benoit
Saturday, August 2 - 4:35 pm

Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s number one roots blues export—a Cajun man with the blues. He is 100% pure musical snake oil, a melodic potion that has been energizing and electrifying audiences everywhere. Benoit’s medicine is a guaranteed cure for whatever ails you.


Benoit has been named a four times Blues Music Awards “Entertainer of the Year”; three times Grammy™ nominated; B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and five times Contemporary Male Blues Music Award winner.


But Benoit is more than just an acclaimed bluesman; he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. He is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. Benoit has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade and serves as president of the environmental organization he co-founded in 2003.


Benoit’s blazing guitar will shake the Mammoth High Sierra on Saturday. We are proud to have this legendary bluesman part of this year’s Bluesapalooza!

 

Taj Mahal Trio
Friday, August 1 - 6:35 pm

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. His career began more than four decades ago with American blues, and has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world—west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today.


Henry St. Claire Fredericks was born in Harlem on May 17, 1942, and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was born into a musical family, and learned to play the piano, clarinet, trombone and harmonica, and he loved to sing. He discovered his stepfather’s guitar when a guitarist from North Carolina moved in next door and taught him the various styles of Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed and other titans of Delta and Chicago blues.


Taj studied agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the early 1960s. Inspired by a dream, he adopted the musical alias of Taj Mahal and formed the popular U. Mass party band, the Elektras. After graduating, he headed west in 1964 to Los Angeles, where he formed the Rising Sons, a six-piece outfit that included guitarist Ry Cooder. The band opened for numerous high-profile touring artists of the ‘60s, including Otis Redding, the Temptations and Martha and the Vandellas. Around this same time, Taj also mingled with various blues legends, including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Sleepy John Estes.


This diversity of musical experience has served as the bedrock for Taj’s career which continues in earnest today.


“The one thing I've always demanded of the records I've made is that they be danceable,” he says. “Lots of different rhythms, it’s accessible, it’s all right in front of you, it’s a lot of fun, and it represents where I am at this particular moment in my life … Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is just getting started.”


Having the legendary Taj Mahal performing on our stage in Mammoth is a great honor and will certainly be a helluva’ good time!


Buddy Guy
Sunday, August 3 - 1:40 pm

In a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums released, the incomparable Buddy Guy recently added the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors and NARM Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement to his long list of achievements. Guy is the recipient of 30 awards and accolades, including six Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W. C. Handy Awards), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, the first annual Great Performer of Illinois Award, a Billboard Music Awards’ Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, in addition to being listed as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone.


What more needs to be said—Buddy Guy is coming to Mammoth!



John Hiatt and The Combo
Friday, August 1 - 8:25 pm

Excerpted from the Huffington Post, Joanna Colangelo, Music Journalist


Somewhere on a two lane state road where speed limits are a suggestion, about 150 miles from Phoenix and 300 miles from Albuquerque, "We're Alright Now," the leadoff track to John Hiatt's 23rd album, Mystic Pinball, is blasting through my car. Each time I try to let the album play through onto the second song, I can't help but hit the repeat button—over and over again. The volume has now well overpowered my own voice, and weaving between the rolling meadows and red rock mountains, I sing the chorus—a hypnotic, energizing and inspirational anthem of rebirth and reassurance, reminding us to once again, have a little faith in ourselves, each other and times to come.


The song is ultimately a simple one: the drums drive its roaring heartbeat tempo, and the Nashville-twanged garage guitars hold it together with a looping pulse. But, it's up to the audience to round out the sound—to clap our hands, stomp our feet and sing along.


After almost 40 years of recording music, John Hiatt has done it again. He has written a hit song, so relevant, so melodic, so universal, so human that it hooks deep within the listener's soul and takes you on a musical journey into the beautiful world of John Hiatt—a world of love, heartbreak, hope and rebirth that we have come to understand, embrace and even anticipate, with each new record.


As one of the most prolific contemporary songwriters recording today, John Hiatt continues to astound the creative process by releasing albums, almost on an annual basis, that stand distinctly on their own.


In concert, John Hiatt plays with the enthusiasm, excitement and honor of what seems like his first paying gig—like playing music was a gift not to ever be taken for granted. He can write these songs because less than writing about the everyday folks, John Hiatt, himself, is the everyday folk, and in him, we, as the audience, find an approachable, humble, traveling companion—an old friend—with whom we can roll down the car windows, sing songs off key and celebrate the simple joys of life.


On Friday night in Mammoth the great John Hiatt and his band will take us all for a ride down that rock 'n' roll highway—stompin’ our feet, clappin’ our hands and singin’ along the whole way!


“... one of rock’s most astute singer songwriters of the last 40 years.”
—Los Angeles Times




Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Saturday, August 2 - 7:45 pm

Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base. Randolph has been ranked in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list, and also attracted the attention of Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio.

 

"My thing is really upbeat, up tempo, with great guitar riffs," says Randolph, summarizing his musical ambitions, "but also catchy choruses and lyrics that someday will make this music into classic tunes."

 

Randolph’s live shows are legendary and their performance on the big stage at Mammoth will be nothing short of amazing!

 

“Robert Randolph is an American Original; he has mastered what is, arguably, the most complex instrument in the world and developed a unique voice that is equal parts street corner church and Bonnaroo—a distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues. —Don Was, President, Blue Note Records

 

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Saturday, August 2 - 3:00 pm

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone—Delta blues and hillbilly fervor combined with musical acuity sharp as razor wire. With a reputation for incendiary live shows, this trio is a force to be reckoned with. With fierce passion, Reverend Peyton has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music giving them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill. Locked in with the audience, the band creates their own community and welcomes the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries. The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home.


“His playing style melded the delicate elements of Mississippi John Hurt’s music, the vocal anguish and slash-and-burn acoustic slide styles of Charley Patton and Son House, the rebelliousness and everyman storytelling of folk icon Woody Guthrie, and a hint of Americana rock of the kind performed by Scarecrow era John Mellencamp, also a Southern Indiana native.”
—Will Romano, Blues Revue Magazine


“… the reincarnated Mississippi moan of guys like Son House … a burly soul punishing the senses with a Deltapunk attack and a heavy helping of rural realism. You can’t ignore his Big Damn Band’s gospel.”
—Elmore Magazine






Ana Popović
Sunday, August 3 - 10:30 am

The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. With her incredible stage presence, Ana is an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.


During 2013 Ana has appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player's Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album Can You Stand The Heat was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana's albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.


Ana Popović was born in Belgrade (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a musical family. She quickly learned from her father’s blues and soul record collection and his nightly jam sessions. At fifteen she grabbed his guitar and started playing. Since then, Ana has developed into a phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.


Ana and her phenomenal band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. She will once again be sharing the stage at Mammoth on Sunday with the great Buddy Guy!



Cash Box Kings
Saturday, August 2 - 11:45 pm

"The Cash Box Kings rule the roost! This band has taken old school Chicago blues and brought it jumping and hollering into the 21st century…” says Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd. Hailing from the “Windy City,” Blind Pig recording artists The Cash Box Kings are keeping REAL DEAL, old-school Chicago blues alive. They nail the Chess and Sun records (Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf) blues sounds of the 1940s and 50s and also put on a high-energy jump-blues stage show. Front man Oscar Wilson, standing 6'3" and weighing in at over three hundred lbs., he’s part Muddy Waters and part Cedric the Entertainer. Their 2013 Blind Pig release Black Toppin won the 2013 Blues Blast Music award for “Traditional Blues Album of the Year” and has been nominated for a Blues Music Award in the same category.


“The Cash Box Kings are Chicago royalty.”
—Blues Blast Magazine


“…the music has the liveliness and energy that only roots music genius can provide, … it is easy to see just what the Kings’ growing reputation is based on.”
—Chicago Blues Guide


“Those guys are hot s*#%!”
—Buddy Guy


“The ghosts of Muddy Waters, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Little Walter must be smiling… Black Toppin’ might be the best blues album you’ll hear this year.”
—No Depression Magazine


“The Cash Box Kings play with taste and feel, and it’s faith-restoring to know these guys are out there and still know and appreciate real blues.”
—Charlie Musselwhite


 

Nikki Hill
Saturday, August 2 - 6:10 pm

Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this is a “whiplash” moment. Where did this fireball come from?


Hill is climbing to the top of the roots music scene and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. With electric energy, they take all the flavors of American roots music—Nikki’s gritty, raw voice, combined with Stax soul dynamics and a tight rhythm section—and make a sound that just sounds like the truth.


Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical roots began as a child while singing in gospel church choirs. Living in nearby college town Chapel Hill introduced her to many different musical styles, and after pairing up with her guitarist husband Matt Hill, they have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses!


As Nikki and her band blaze their way across the world, she has been coined “the southern fireball”, “the new soul sensation”, and “an amazing R&B shouter.”


Prepare for a “whiplash moment,” Mammoth! Nikki Hill has arrived!


“The fast-rising, hard-charging, 20-something, North Carolina born-and-bred singer Nikki Hill has more than earned her evocative ‘Southern Fireball’ moniker … Just try to keeping up with her.” —LA Weekly


“Hill is a petite powerhouse, with a booming voice that is as sweet and luscious as it is gritty and raw. Turning heads with her vintage dresses, head scarves, and full-sleeve tattoo, just as Etta James did with her signature bleach blonde hair, the St. Louis transplant brings new life to a classic sound.” —Portland Monthly

 

Trampled Under Foot
Saturday, August 2 - 1:20 pm

Trampled Under Foot up for 3 Blues Award Nominations in 2014!!


Band of the Year—Contemporary Blues Album—Instrumentalist Bass


Siblings Danielle and Nick Schnebelen have a life-long connection with the blues. Growing up in Kansas City, MO, they soaked up the music of their parents, who were active in the thriving blues scene. Trampled Under Foot was originally formed as a family band consisting of Danielle, Nick and Kris Schnebelen. The trio headed to Memphis in 2008 for the IBC and walked away from the competition with First Place honors. Riding the wave of support following the IBC, Trampled Under Foot was ready to take their style of power blues/rock to audiences around the world. After a series of headlining tours and stand out performances at blues festivals across the globe, TUF earned the reputation as one of the hottest bands on the blues circuit.


While watching their fan base grow world-wide, the trio released multiple CDs and DVDs under their own label, TUF Records, including the highly acclaimed 2011 album Wrong Side of the Blues. The success of that album caught the attention of many throughout the music industry and in 2013 the band partnered with Concord Music Group to release their major label debut, Badlands. Hailed by fans and critics alike, Badlands revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band’s years and provided further proof that Trampled Under Foot was the real deal.


In 2014, after brother Kris announced he was leaving the band, Danielle and Nick solicited long-time friend and fellow KC musician Jan Faircloth to join them on drums. Jan brought with him years of experience as a musician in the Kansas City blues scene and provided a fresh take on the band’s trademark sound. The addition of Jan inspired TUF to make other changes in their lineup and the group added keyboardist Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic as an official member, turning the trio into a 4-piece powerhouse blues band and adding a new dimension to their already stellar live performance.


“Their family band tightness and the power of their recordings and performances have already made them one of the most popular and visible bands on today’s Blues scene.”
—Bob Margolin


“At every show, TUF plays its original music with a ferocious energy that captures its audience under its all-out party spell.”
—Art Tipaldi, Sr. Contributing Editor, Blues Review Magazine


“Trampled Under Foot holds the future of Blues music in their hands. Expect to find their music on the horizon of what is to be a new Blues world.”
—Ed Murphy, Notodden Blues Festival, Norway



The Steepwater Band
Friday, August 1 - 3:30 pm

Formed in Chicago in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from psychedelia to Americana, from jazz to 50s rock ’n’ roll music.


Steepwater has toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart.


“If Janis Joplin and Ronnie Van Zant were booking a band to play on a serene summer night and the Allman Brothers were unavailable, it would without question be The Steepwater Band.”—Mack Rawden, Cinema Blend Music


“… The Steepwater Band excel at slow burns throughout their set, prowling ’round your back door and howling in a low, sexy way, swinging with the angels dancin’ around their heads and leaving blood on the floorboards. Folks enamored of Mick Taylor-era Stones, early Hendrix and The Black Keys will eat up this up with impolite gusto.”—Dennis Cook, Dirty Impound

 

Volker Strifler
Thursday, July 31 - 7:30 pm

Volker Strifler is a stunningly unique, creative guitarist with an original style of Blues/Roots that are innovative explorations into rock, jazz, and Latin rhythms. With his highly acclaimed latest release Let the Music Rise, Strifler bounces back and forth between them all. His guitar work has the clarity and drive of Duane Allman and Robben Ford, and his singing, songwriting and electrifying arrangements skillfully communicate that Blues is a feeling more than a style. Strifler takes musical risks, and pushes his musicianship in innovative directions, experimenting with the Blues genre. Volker will be sharing the stage with Randy McAllister for the FREE Thursday Night Texas Blues Jam making this year’s Bluesapalooza kick off very special! Don’t miss a minute of the festival—come early and enjoy the wild ride!


“Volker Strifler is a beautiful singer and a powerful guitarist.” —Robben Ford.


“Man that guy can really play his box!” —Lowell Fulson


“What a kick! This guy has it going on!” —Rufus Thomas



Randy McAllister
Thursday, July 31 - 6:00 pm

For the real lover of roots music there is the veteran Texan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Randy McAllister. Heartbreak, humor, high hair and tall Texas tales all play a part in his song writing. His music has been hailed as original and innovative, and while comparison's are not easy, it has been said that his music is a cross between Doug Sahm, John Hiatt and Delbert McClinton, with a blues man's background and sensibilities thrown into the mix. McAllister takes universal feelings and translates them into today's reality, with his own pointed style expressed through his distinctive, soulful voice.


McAllister has released 10 critically praised albums beginning with his debut including his 2002 GRAMMY NOMINEE Givers and Takers. We are not blowin’ smoke here! Randy plays high energy East Texas rootsy-blues at it’s best—it will stir your soul! Randy is co-headlining our Thursday Texas Blues Kickoff—come to the Festival early! Admission is FREE on Thursday Night and Randy is going to light up the night!


“Randy McAllister is one harp-blowin’, blues singin’, songwriting, Texas bona fide blue blood with talent and power to spare.” —Real Blues Magazine


Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds
Friday, August 1 - 5:00 pm

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor are spellbinding. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. The band’s live show is nothing short of explosive.


Last year, this eight piece soul/rock powerhouse played more than 150 shows in 35 states, including scorching sets at festivals as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam’s main stage, the Voodoo Experience, Seven Sisters Fest and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday with The Avett Brothers.


We are excited to have them kicking off this year’s Bluesapalooza on Friday night!


“They may be from Brooklyn, but the fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk emanating from Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds is rooted in Memphis soul. Their rhythmic wheelhouse combines big-city grit and down-home sweetness with a little bit of Americana twang.”
—LA Times


“What do you get when you cross Amy Winehouse and Tina Turner with Mick Jagger? … Sister Sparrow!
—Glamour


“Sister Sparrow, Arleigh Kincheloe’s nom de disque, is a soul queen with a voice strong and raspy enough to compete with riffing horns and clipped funk beats.”
—Washington Post



Quinn Sullivan
Sunday, August 3 - 12:00 pm

Six years ago, legendary multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when eight-year-old Quinn joined him on stage. Guy was so taken with Quinn’s incredible talent and guitar skills that he became a mentor to the young musician, leading to invitations to play on his Grammy™ nominated album “Skin Deep” and tour with him nationally. Quinn’s blistering solo on the record was the aptly titled ”Who’s Gonna Fill Those Shoes?”


Quinn was soon invited to perform at festivals and on national television shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show and was featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. He has been actively building his craft sharing stages nationally with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and BB King at the Hollywood Bowl, the Apollo Theater and the Beacon. Quinn received a major honor being the youngest artist to play Switzerland’s renowned Montreux Jazz Festival and has performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden, along with an all-star lineup.


Now fourteen, Sullivan’s work is brilliant, appealing to hard-core blues fans and rock aficionados, craving authentic, guitar driven blues. This summer he will be making his Mammoth debut with his mentor, the great Buddy Guy.


“You don’t come across talent like this every day. People called Ray Charles a genius? I think you’ve got another one here.” —Buddy Guy


“Triple threat artists like Quinn are truly rare. He is a prime example of today’s new breed of songwriters, musicians and performers and we have high aspirations for him!” —John Heithaus, managing partner of SuperStar Records


“He’s unbelievable … and he plays just like Jimi [Hendrix]!” —Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin



Dennis Jones
Sunday, August 3 - 9:15 am

Many blues rock music fans are familiar with Dennis Jones Band’s smoking hot live show, but few are aware of Dennis’s acoustic side. He writes, records, and performs, acoustic songs, in addition to his blues rock electric, all of which can be found on his four original CD releases to date.


Dennis Jones started writing songs, and playing guitar in bands, at age 15, in Baltimore County, MD, and has never looked back. His feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. Dennis writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. Two 2013 movies, How We Got Away With It, and Babe’s & Ricky’s Inn, feature Dennis Jones’ original music.


We are excited to showcase Dennis Jones’ acoustic performance in the 2014 Bluesapalooza!



Matthew Curry
Sunday, August 3 - 7:00 pm

Fresh off a six-city tour with the Steve Miller Band, this rising star from Normal, IL has already seen rock star-like standing ovations this year at key festivals both here and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners! Steve Miller took to Matthew right away, inviting him to sit in every night on their tour, calling Matthew a “…wonderful guitar player, great songwriter; in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality. He’s really great.”


Matthew and his rare combination of youth and maturity and has been taking audiences, and the music industry, by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals, and incendiary guitar work. Having just turned 19 years old, Matthew has already been adopted by Fender Guitars and Guitar Center into their exclusive “Brotherhood of The Guitar”. Comprised of all original material, his songs have a classic feel and people are responding immediately to the emotional power of the songs and the excitement of Matthew and his band’s strong delivery.


This summer he will be touring arenas around the country opening for The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Steve Miller Band, and Journey and on other major festivals and headline shows including the SUNDAY BLUESAPALOOZA AFTER PARTY starting at 3:00 pm at Sam’s Wood Site (Free Admission).


The time is now to see this young talent as he starts his march across the national and international stage.


“Kid can shout like Joe Cocker, play guitar like a young Jeff Beck and rock like he’s still inside his first pair of shoes.” —Edmonton Sun


“…an authentic blend of original Southern rock, British blues and Jimi Hendrix...” —Rockwrite


2014 Performance Times

The schedule 2015 will be posted as the event approaches.


Thursday Night Texas Blues Jam
Free Admission • Everyone's Welcome
Thursday, July 31 • 5:45 pm – 9:00 pm • Sam's Woodsite

RANDY McALLISTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
VOLKER STRIFLER. . . . . . . . . . . . 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday Night Rock 'n' Blues Kickoff Party
Friday, August 1 • 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

THE STEEPWATER BAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
SISTER SPARROW & THE DIRTY BIRDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
TAJ MAHAL TRIO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:35 pm – 8:05 pm
JOHN HIATT AND THE COMBO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:25 pm – 9:55 pm

Grand Tasting & Bluesapalooza
Saturday, August 2 • 11:30 am – 9:15 pm

Grand Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bluesapalooza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:00 am – 9:15 pm
CASH BOX KINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:20 pm – 2:35 pm
REVEREND PEYTON'S BIG DAMN BAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
TAB BENOIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:35 pm – 5:50 pm
NIKKI HILL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:10 pm – 7:25 pm
ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND. . . . . . . . . . . 7:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Soulful Sunday Hangover Party
Sunday, August 3 • 9:00 am – 8:30 pm

DENNIS JONES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 am – 10:15 am
ANA POPOVIĆ . . . . . . . . . . 10:30 am – 11:45 am
QUINN SULLIVAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
BUDDY GUY . . . . . . . . . 1:40 pm – 2:55 pm
FREE ADMISSION AFTER 3:00 pm  
Bluesapalooza After-Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Bald Eagles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3:30 pm – 4:25 pm
Whiskey Haulers Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:40 pm – 5:35 pm
Paul David & The Drivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:50 pm – 6:45 pm
MATTHEW CURRY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:05 pm – 8:20 pm

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