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9th annual Animas River
Blues & Brews Fest
July 19, 2014
Riverside Park - 500 S. Light Plant Rd. - Aztec, New Mexico

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Blues Fest Kick-Off Concert
Friday July 18, 2014 @ 7:30pm
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The 2014 Blues & Brews Fest Lineup is...

Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
at 8:30 pm
Teresa James & the Rythmn Tramps


"Ive been a fan of Teresa's voice and writing for a long time. Her legions of fans, including me, are so glad to finally have both on this CD (Come on Home)"...BONNIE RAITT

Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.

She has released 8 CDs  - her most recent, COME ON HOME, was released in August, 2012 .
 
Her 2008 release, THE BOTTOM LINE, garnered her a nomination by the Blues Foundation for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and her 2010 CD, YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT, was a finalist for an Independent Music Award (IMA).

She has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Big Al Anderson, Kirk Whalum, and many others. Her voice is featured on albums by Randy Newman, Eric Burdon, Tommy Castro, Bill Medley, and Walter Trout, among others. She has also sung for television and movie soundtracks; She and her band were featured in the Disney movie and soundtrack for "HOLES".

Teresa's band is an eclectic mix of Los Angeles based musicians who have worked with a wide range of artists including: Jimmy Reed, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Was Not Was, Johnny Nash and many, many others.




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Studebaker John & the Hawks
at 6:30 pm
Studebaker John

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”




Bad Brad & the Fat Cats
at 4:30 pm
Bad Brad & the Fat Cats

Bad Brad & The Fat Cats are a team of energetic, raw, and fearless blues musicians that are creating a name for themselves in the music business through their dedication to serving the music. They have been recognized by many as a new force in the blues.

Brad represented the Colorado Blues Society in the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis as their Youth Showcase entrant and has been compared to Jonny Lang and Bernard Allison. Nic has represented the Wyoming Blues & Jazz Society making his way to the finals in Memphis with his previous band, Another Kind Of Magick, in 2012. 

This past year, Brad collaborated with Nic Clark, one of the youngest Hohner Harmonica sponsored players ever, and also one of the nation's most talented harmonica players. Nic started playing out in public only after 6 months of playing, and since then he has played at many great venues such as the Boulder Outlook Hotel, the Fox Theater, and at the Orpheum Theater during the 2012 International Blues Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. He has also opened shows for blues greats such as Chris Cain, John Nemeth, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

In less than a year, Bad Brad & the Fat Cats have played some of Colorado’s hottest music festivals including Bohemian Nights/NewWest Fest, The Greeley Blues Jam, and The Carbon Valley Music Festival. Brad and Nic’s soulful interplay between guitar and harmonica defies their youth.




Todd Tijerina
at 2:45 pm

Todd Terjina Band

For the last fifteen years singer/songwriter/guitarist, Todd Tijerina (Tee-her-ee-na), has steadily made a living playing his unique blend of blues, funk, roots-rock and jazz. In addtion to frequent tours of the central and southwestern United States with his band, Todd has worked as guitarist for Chicago-based artists such as internationally revered bluesman, Byther Smith, the legendary Harmonica Hinds, and BB's daughter, Shirley King. Currently based in Albuquerque, NM, though originally from Chicago, the band is a former winner of Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition (1999). This victory funded recording expenses for the group's 2000 release, The Lowdown. Since then has released three more albums, Welcome Home in 2004, Now in 2006, and Walk This Road in 2009 which have enjoyed radio play in the US, Australia and Europe.

Todd has always striven to be musically unique. Rootstime (Belgium) declares that he "creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and songwriting is refreshing and inspiring." The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine states "[Tijerina's] newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special." Todd's unique sound is a result of his own take on songwriting with an emphasis on maintaining potent hooks, personal identity and grooves that cross genre lines. This approach helps explain his musical contribution's relevancy to blues as an evolving art form.

Providing the backbone and punch in TTB's grooves on bass/harmony vocals and drums/harmony vocals respectively areDave Heidtand Donnie Frank, both of whom have toured internationally and recorded with various blues, funk, latin, rock and jazz ensembles.  Together they are well established as a force to experience first hand. 

The band's unique sound and mastery over its music has enabled bookings at some of the most prestigious venues in the southwest and Chicago.



Shawn Arrington Blues Band
at 1:00 pm
Shawn Arrington Blues Band

Born in Farmington and growing up in Southwest Colorado, Shawn went to Durango High School where he played baseball and jammed in garage bands. After graduating, he move back to Farmington to work in the oil field.
He is among the many local musicians who broke out playing at the Andrea Kristina book store. Starting with open mic night he soon graduated to 2 hour Saturday night gigs. Next he started playing with Marjo Hulsey and Off the Interstate. In 08 he hooked up with drummer Kris Kirkland and Joey Cauthen, Both veterans of the college Company, to form Inside Strait. They practiced hard and started to get better gigs, Dino’s, Wines of the San Juan, and Zebras, even the Banditos private party at the Ignacio bike rally. (no shit).
Tragically, after a long and valiant battle with leukemia, Kris Kirkland passed in 2012.
Shawn still plays in Off the Interstate and with too many local artists to mention. Mike Shields, Rick Hatfield, Larry McCulloch, Mike and Tony Otero, Roger Miller, Steve Sprague, John Kelly and many more.
Always back stage at the Animas River Blues Fest, Shawn has been waiting his chance to get on the stage. Bringing his own style of hard driving blues originals and covers, come watch him burn it down this summer at Aztec's Riverside Park.



Where: Riverside Park in Aztec, New Mexico
500 S. Light Plant Rd.

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When: Saturday July 19, 2014
Why: Because it's the Blues!
Price: $22.00 (for 5 great BLUES bands!)
Kids 12 years and under FREE!


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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.

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