Paoli Blues Fest 2014 Music Begins 11:15 – Warming Up the Sound Board
Concert: Noon to 6:00pm
PREVIEW OF BANDS – COMING SOON!
BANDS FROM 2013
Billy Thompson’s virtuosic guitar work has electrified audiences across the U.S. and throughout Europe. It sets the tone for this veteran blues man’s sizzling performances, combining world class slide guitar and searing licks with soulful vocals and original music—a unique amalgamation of blues styles, with rock, funk and R&B.
Billy has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King, and Art Neville, and opened for Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few. He has performed on Barbara Walter’s “The View,” with the San Diego Symphony, the 2002 Super Bowl celebration.
Other great venues include B.B. Kings in New York, Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago, and Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego, as well as stops at the Western Maryland Blues Festival, the New York State Blues Festival and the Michelob Dayton Blues Festival. We’re glad he’s here at the Paoli Blues Fest.
Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes are guaranteed to get you up on your feet! The Slowpokes playlist is inspired by classic blues material from Chicago to West Coast Swing, Motown to Muscle Shoals, and all the rock n’ roll in between.
The Slowpokes have played venues from Frederick to Solomon’s Island and from Senate Caucus rooms to roadhouses. They have shared the stage with Victor Wainwright the 2012 & 2013 Pinetop Perkins Award Nominee.
The Slowpokes bring varied musical histories to the stage. Larry Younkins (guitar/vocals) joined the band ‘Mama Kin’ in the 70s. Dave Gorozdos (keys/vocals) has shared the stage with local favorites such as Ronnie Dove, Jonny and the Stingrays, The Lady Rose Blues Band and many others. Scott Chadwick (drums) has played with Lady Rose Band, Big Money Band, and the Walker Blues Band to name a few. “Cookie” Cooke (bass) has played with US Military bands, Harmonica Blu Express, and many others. Ed Crowley (harp/vocals) has shared the stage with Al Chesis (Delta Sonics), Bad Influence, and The Nighthawks.
Click to listen to the 2012 Winner of the DC Blues Society Battle of the Bands!
Octavia was destined to be a musician, it is in her genes.
Her two Great Aunts sang for the Czar and Czarina of Russia, cousins Mark Mostovoy was conductor & founder of Philadelphia’s Concerto Soloists, cousins Stephanie Greenberg & Laurie Sonsino are professional classical musicians. Octavia’s mother Sylvia was a concert pianist at the age of twelve.
Octavia was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her first stage experience was at the age of five. She attended Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts majoring in sculpture and painting but her passion for live performance dominated her path.
During an Etta James concert at the Keystone in Berkeley, Etta heard a few notes from Octavia’s harmonica and handed her the mic. Following the show Etta asked Octavia to join her tour. Octavia continued playing harmonica guitar and singing with a wide variety of bands across the U.S. and in Europe. Other notable artists Octavia performed with are The Allman Brothers Band, Freddy King, The Funky Meters, Gil Scott-Heron and The Iguanas.
Over the years Octavia’s allure with pushing the envelope is evidenced in this fun driving blues track many women can relate to called “Naughty Girl”. True story, Octavia sang her way out of a speeding ticket with this song. What a talent! Come welcome her to Paoli!
AKA Mark Kormanik is a celebrated guitarist. His vast repertoire of original music has his own unique sound, blending elements of blues and rock. Beyond sheer musical talent, Little Buddy is a commanding presence onstage, a true performer. He has devoted his life to his instrument, resulting in signature solos and performances. Little Buddy plays in a ecstatic and euphoric state. Songwriter, performer, and energetic guitarist, he always plays from his heart.
Little Buddy takes control of the audience so feet tap, bodies sway and the only blues you have are the ones that you feel in your soul! He is performing once again because of many requests from his fans and Paoli Blues Fest attendees. You won’t want to miss him!
“Little Buddy’s” brand new CD “Bridgeport Train” is here. You can get it at any show, CD Baby, Itunes or e-mail [email protected] for land mail deliveries. (And it will be on sale at the Paoli Blues Fest.)
Looking for a hard-drivin’, rip-roarin’, rock and roll, blues, R n B act to keep you movin’ and groovin’ til the proverbial cows come home? Well then, look no further… Dockta D and the Infirmary is all about gettin’ the people dancin’, prancin’, hoppin’, boppin’ and stompin’ they feets til they feets is hurtin’! The band includes some of the most dynamic and talented rock, rock and roll, blues, jazz, funk, R n B therapists this side of the Susquehanna and they are anxious to apply some musical ointment wherever you may hurt!
Born under a bad sign, Dockta D has been blowin’ harmonica ever since he was ten. His older brother always had plenty of musical instruments and the Dockta messed with them all. But he fell in love with the blues harp one high school night when Paul Butterfield’s sweet and monstrous amplified harp reverberated in the gym. It sounded like the voice of God. And Dockta D knew right then and there that he would be a harp player for the rest of his life.
He started his own band, “Loose Goose” and loved performing and venturing into the audience to play directly to the people. He also mastered the art of jumping from the PA cabinets into the audience to end the show on the last note (and credits himself with stage-diving and crowd surfing). Whatever you got will be forgotten when Dockta D starts playing.
Winner 2010 Baltimore Blues Society IBC Blues Band Competition can be heard right here.
Mikey Jr. burst onto the blues scene less than a dozen years ago and since that time has amassed an impressive catalog of music and praise from both blues fans and industry insiders.
When one of the oldest continuously running blues societies in the world says you’re the “real deal”, that has to mean something. When blues forums toss your name around with the likes of harmonica masters like Little Walter, Jr. Wells & Sonny Boy…that has to mean something. Of course, there will always be skeptics; but to blues fans throughout the country, there is no doubt that at just 32 years old, Mikey Junior is chasing the masters at a pace that’s frightening. Growing up on the tough streets of Trenton, New Jersey, and now residing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Mikey Junior is a self-taught prodigy. With his impressive collection of vintage, records, tapes, CD’s and videos, Mikey spent the better part of his youth immersing himself in the world of blues music. By the time he was twenty-one he was already a road-tested player making even ardent blues purists take notice.
Mikey Junior never set out to re-write the pages of blues history, but through his true love of the music and his undying dedication to the masters that came before him, it seems all but certain that Mikey Junior will scribe his name in the annals of blues history – right alongside the very masters that influence his every performance.
We’re thrilled to have him right here in Paoli! Enjoy him now and at our Blues Fest on October 5, 2013!