Paoli Blues Fest


Paoli Blues Fest 2016 Bands – 6 Bands from Noon to 6:00pm!

What a Band Line up for 2016!

Starting Right Off – BIG! Come Early – don’t miss Vanessa Collier

NOON: Vanessa Collier – heart soul & saxophone


Vanessa Collier “A young woman named Vanessa Collier has issued her first album called HEART SOUL AND SAXOPHONE. She wrote all but two of the songs, sings ‘em, and plays some magnificent sax as well. Coming out of the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, Vanessa spent some time on the road with bluesman Joe Louis Walker, among others, and is now poised to unleash herself on the world. Old school blues, jump and jive, and some sunny new school R&B”

— The BluesMobile (Elwood’s Blues Breaker – House of Blues Radio)

Vanessa Collier is a captivating and multitalented blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where she earned dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering.  Prior to releasing her debut album in August 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring in the U.S. and internationally with Grammy Award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker.  Vanessa has also played alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson, and other notable artists.

Most recently, Vanessa was honored on Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio Show (Elwood’s BluesMobile) as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker Featured Artist. She was also selected as a top three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and, in March 2015, earned a coveted spot to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2016 by winning the Billtown Blues Challenge.


1:00 pm: Roger Girke Band

Roger Girke is a singer, writer and road tested guitarist.  With a career including over 3,900 live shows, concerts and festivals and numerous recording sessions and releases, Roger’s artistry has been validated by fans, writers, broadcast and a number of industry awards. The Roger Girke Band was a top 10 finalist in the 2009 International Blues Challenge AND two time top tier CD finalists* in 2005 and 2008.  Additionally Roger was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012. 

Originally Inspired by 60’s rock and blues, Roger started out performing in local bands in the eastern PA/NJ area. Upon joining the legendary Philadelphia area roots rock band Pickins, Roger received a real deal education in music and life with a hard driving band. This was followed a long span of success with The Sharks, Robert Hazard, The Limits, Pegasus, Richard Bush and many others.

In 1991 Roger refocused exclusively on performing, recording and writing contemporary blues. Since then he has fronted his own band at regional blues festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic. In that time he has also recorded and performed with Gary Allegretto, Sam Cockrell,  Dr. Harmonica and Rockett 88 and Jimmy Pritchard.




2:00 pm: Blow the House Down

Blow the house downfacebook_1468254809922(1)Blow The House Down, featuring Paoli Blues Fest founder, Ken Klaus on harp and lead vocals — is honored to be back on the main stage with this year’s phenomenal Blues Fest lineup!

Just emerging from the studio after compiling a new EP, this recent incarnation of the band will simply blow the house down! The band will be on the Main Stage at 2:00 PM as well as other dates throughout the Delaware Valley this fall.

Get ready for a great show of good old rockin’ blues, featuring some great players who’ve been practicing the art of blues for over 5 decades. We promise you the best show we’ve ever done!







3:00 pm: Little Buddy

Mark Kormanik, GuitaristLittle Buddy, 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.

 As a trio, Little Buddy is the complete package. Headlining such shows as “American Music Fest” and the “Kipona Festival” in Harrisburg, PA. As well as shows at the “Margate Blues Festival” and the “Margate performing Arts Center”.
Little Buddy is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with.





4:00 pm: Dukes of Destiny

In 1985, five young, local musicians got together and began playing old blues songs in a rambling three-story house in Philadelphia. They decided to take the act on the road as The Dukes of Destiny, a name they got from a matchbook cover urging the reader to “Be the Captain of Your Own Destiny.” At first, The Dukes of Destiny played house parties in Germantown, generating interest by word of mouth. A gig at the now-defunct Taker’s Café in Germantown launched their public career, and 30 years later, they are still playing some of the hottest, most danceable blues and old school soul in the Philadelphia area. Today The Dukes of Destiny reign as Philadelphia’s longest-lived and best loved blues act.

There have been changes in the act: guitarists left and came back, bass and sax players moved and or left the band, and sadly, singer and founder Steve Brown died in March of 2000. But the approach and commitment of the band has remained constant for 30 years, resulting in a band with a unique tightness and an original approach to the music.  With a mix of powerful original songs and unique arrangements of blues standards, The Dukes of Destiny continue to grow and develop as they share their music through countless live performances and recordings.



5:00 pm: Russ Lambert

russ lambertRuss Lambert & The Shakedancer Band is our hometown, home grown blues artists. This Grand Finale is hot blues that brings everyone on their feet to dance until the last note.

Russ ignites audiences. He is known throughout the area and has regular gigs at 30 Main, Ron’s Original Bar & Grill and throughout Philadelphia. Playing music is not just a passion for Russ, it’s a way of life.  He is inspired by blues artist from history – Billie Holiday, Sonny Boy Williams, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, T-Bone Walker and other greats that lead the way to great blues music.

Guaranteed you’ll want to stay to the last note played and then you’ll leave wanting for more!  Russ’s act features mostly blues rock performing with acoustic and electric guitars, harmonicas, drums, bass and horns.  Dance among the bands followers and we’ll let you know if he has a gig later that evening.


























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