10th annual Animas River
Blues & Brews Fest
Saturday July 18, 2015
Riverside Park - 500 S. Light Plant Rd. - Aztec, New Mexico MAP to the Blues Festival
The 2015 Blues & Brews Fest Lineup is...
at 8:30 pm
RED HOT BLUES AND MONSTER GROOVES! Kelly Richey and her band play heavy, riff-soaked blues driven headfirst into monster funk bass lines and rock/hip-hop infused backbeats. Freekbass and Big Bamn join master blues guitarist Kelly Richey for a powerful blues-rock/funk power trio that rocks the house. Kelly Richey’s distinctive, burn-up-the-fretboard guitar work and husky vocals meet up with the legendary Freekbass, one of the best funk bassists in the music world today, and drummer Big Bamn, a powerhouse who lays down solid, in-the-pocket grooves that forge the backbone for Freekbass and Richey to fly on. These expert players bring unparalleled energy and brilliant musicianship to the stage, deftly melding blues, rock, and funk for a potent wall of sound.
From Huntington Beach California, Harlis Sweetwater, as a
singer /guitarist/ songwriter and frontman, has shared the stage
with everyone from Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top, Los Lobos
Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Everlast, and Brian Setzer to
R&B/Blues legends Etta James, James Cotton, and Wilson Pickett to
name a few.
He has been called "the best singer in any genre" by music critic Robert Kinsler of the OC Register, While SugarBuzz Magazine had this to say: "From the heart, Harlis Sweetwater,you know instantly the real deal is upon you. This man knows the blues." Recently CBS online named Harlis one of Orange County's best singer songwriters
Michael Lee Blues Band
at 4:30 pm
Born in Bedford Texas Michae's love of the Blues started early with the music of his parents. "I recall being pulled out of Pre-School to go see BB King in concert. There was some headliner that at the time I didn't know but knew BB King was the man and I was so thrilled to see the king." Michael picked up the guitar and saxophone at the same time when he was 12 years old. He learned to play by ear with the guitar and read the charts with the saxophone. Getting a large dose of music everywhere he turned from the local music scene. Michael decided he had to learn to sing and start his own solo band.
In April of 2014 Michael released his debut self titled album "Michael Lee". This album is a "Record" as he likes to put it. "It's a record and it's exactly that! A record in time of everything I have ever done up until this point. It sums me up in 11 songs."
This album is all original music written by Michael, and it is a peek into the man's soul.
Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
at 2:45 pm
Born in 1947, Abbeville, Mississippi's Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry has been playing blues, soul and gospel for over 3 decades. Through the years, his path has crossed with many musical legends, including Willie Dixon, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy and more. As a young man, he received informal blues training from legends like Sonny Thompson (who wrote many Freddy King hits) and Cash McCall, and his musical career since then has taken him all over the U.S. and overseas. He's been featured on both TV and radio, and he currently hosts the "Blues Trekkers" weekly blues TV show in Oxford, MS. Howl-N-Madd and his bandmates Matt and Kade are regulars at Ground Zero Blues Club and Cat Head in Clarksdale. He and the band won Indianola, Mississippi's blues challenge contest recently and will participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January. "I've been doing this for a long time. Hopefully, it shows. I'm just playing the blues I love. When the audience starts smiling and dancing, then I know I've got 'em!" — Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, Mississippi blues guitarist/singer
One Roof Blues
at 1:00 pm
Steeped in the tradition of classic blues stylists, One Roof Blues has its roots firmly grounded with a Mississippi Delta sound. What initially began as a husband-wife acoustic duo, with Dave and Taylor LaRocco, quickly became popular throughout Durango and the 4 Corners area. The sultry, whiskey-soaked tone of Taylor's vocals blend seamlessly with the low-country bottleneck slide of Dave's 1939 National Resonator guitar.
By the summer of 2013, the popularity of the One Roof Blues duo quickly rose with the demand for their performances at private parties, weddings, and local watering holes throughout Durango. In the effort to expand their sound, Dave and Taylor invited additional band members, Randy Hays (harmonica), Mike Owens (drums), and Evan Fricke (bass). Since then, the One Roof Blues band has been performing regularly in the Durango, Telluride, and Four Corners area playing various shows and festivals including the Durango Blues Train, the San Juan Brewfest, the Animas River Blues & Brews Festival, the Rochester Hotel summer concert series, the Historic Strater Hotel, Durango Brewing Company, the Diamond Belle Saloon, the Balcony Bar and Grill, Siam's Talay, and the Tomboy Tavern. 1RB has also been featured on several radio stations including KDUR, KSUT, and KOTO.
Doors open at 12 noon - live blues music from 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No pets, coolers, cooking devices or outside alcohol allowed at the Festival...sorry. Tent camping IS available for FREE at Riverside Park for the event weekend and there are 10 spaces for RVs with electricity but no direct water and no waste disposal area.
If you want to reserve an RV spot please prepay online HERE
Make sure to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on AND protection from the sun! (it's hot in July and we usually get a little rain also).
People who bring tent type coverings will be seated in a designated area.