Paoli Blues Fest 2014 Music Begins 11:15 – Warming Up the Sound Board
Music by: Beam’s Music and The Music Workshop
Concert: Noon to 6:00pm
12 Noon The Big Band Theory
Brass overload of the finest sounds is the big kick-off of the blues festival. The Paoli Blues Fest welcomes a 15 piece band – mostly horns, The Big Band Theory, to get you movin’ and groovin’. With musicians that know how to make trumpets, saxophones, and trombones buzz out blues, this band would even impress Muddy Waters. You’ll want to come early so you don’t miss a note.
1:00 Blue Jay Slim & The Tone Blasters
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013, the Paoli Blues Fest has the pleasure of Blue Jay Slim & The Tone Blasters performing at this year’s 2014 Fest! Blue Jay Slim & the Tone Blasters include singer/guitarist Jay Pinkus, drummer Bob Ridge and bassist Kenny Githens. They are influenced by a variety of artists both past and present, which have made them a band you shouldn’t miss. The band has opened and played with some of the biggest and hottest names in the industry – like Patti La Belle, Georgie Bonds, Dave Mason, and it goes on and on.
New CD “Leaving the Cold Cold Behind” is available at gigs and can be downloaded at itunes – www.cdbaby.com/cd/bluejayslimthetoneblaste/
2:00 Russ Lambert
Paoli’s own hometown Blues guru will be on our stage this year. So all you Russ Lambert fans join in and welcome him back. Harp player supreme, Russ is an entertainerplus who has a following that ranges far beyond the local area. He is a Blues institution – playing songs like “I Need My Baby” and “Lollipop Mama”. He gets bodies swaying either in their seats or on their feets. Dancing and swinging is always the result of Russ’ performance.
3:00 Blue Bizness
A blues foursome who met and started jamming, they still have a great time making music together – years later! Blues Bizness has been immersed in the Philly area blues scene and been regulars for years at the staple “open-mics” at the Nail as well as Warmdaddy’s. They have a widely varied setlist of particularly high energy blues rock flavored with a dash of slide guitar, blues harmonica, and screamin’ Fenders served up on a bed of rock-solid rhythm – This AIN”T yo’ mama’s blues! WE’RE GOING TO MOVE YOU!
4:00 Deb Callahan Band
Philadelphia’s blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter, Deb has been a fixture on the mid-Atlantic music scene since the late 90’s. During this time she has gained a reputation for writing creative blues and for using her powerful, emotionally expressive voice and engaging stage presence to deliver a unique, high energy live show. Blues Revue referred to her as the next Bonnie Raitt and raved “Philly’s Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level”.
5:00 Blue Plate Specials
These Lanark Records recording artists are a 5-piece band that can Jump, Swing, Boogie and rock with the best of them. Their music is reminiscent not only of the big Blues bands with horns and keys (BB King, T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan), but they can rip through hot rockers that sound like George Thorogood or Bo Diddley one minute, and slip into a Big Band-style Swing that will remind you of Count Basie or Woody Herman the next. The Blue Plate Specials know how to entertain a crowd, and the crowd responds by dancing and having a party.