7th Annual Blues Festival

May 20th, 2017
Springfield MO

The Bands - 2011

 

Mike Onesko & The Blindside Blues Band

Guitarist, Mike Onesko was discovered in the clubs of Martin County, California by Shrapnel records president Mike Varney. Shortly after, Onesko formed the Blindside Blues Band with Scott Johnson on guitar, Gregg Chaisson on bass guitar and, Racer X frontman and Badlands drummer, Jeff Martin on drums.

 

James Armstrong

Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels around the world his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entice a crowd to follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach. Little wonder he's been dubbed: The Ambassador of the Blues

 

Frank Bang and The Secret Stash

Frank Bang & The Secret Stash - Biography “Frank Bang has a blue soul and a rock and roll heart. He plays that guitar like he was born with it in his hand” -Tom Marker 93XRT Chicago Whether it be… Alone and acoustic…. Amped up and rocking with “The Secret Stash” …. Or playing guitar and singing in the All Chicago Blues Band “Cook County Kings”. Frank Bang is devoted to the music of his youth. His heart is pure rock and roll, but his soul screams the blues. Like Mike Bloomfield and many more before him, it was the combination of raw talent, hard work and devotion that earned him respect, and a following, among blues loyalists. Blues guitar master Buddy Guy chose Frank to play blues guitar alongside him on his national and world tours. When you hear him play you will understand why. For Frank, being on the road with Buddy Guy was an advanced education in the blues, especially in the fields of guitar mastery and showmanship.

 

Long Tall Deb & The Drifter Kings

Since releasing her debut recording Diamonds on the Desert Floor in 2010 with the Drifter Kings, Long Tall Deb has firmly established herself as an artist on the rise. Produced by Blues Mob’s Michael Hill, the album features eleven original recordings that blend a heady mix of powerful storytelling with swampy, gutbucket soul.

The album was nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee as a top-5 finalist at the 2011 International Blues Challenge and has been receiving airplay on stations across North America, South America, and Europe as well as being honored as a “pick to click” on Sirius/ XM’s “B.B. King’s Bluesville”. It was also featured as a winner of Blues Revue Magazine’s “Sponsor the Bands Contest” in the May/ June 2011 issue.

 

Cee Cee James

Take a lifetime of heartache and loss starting at birth and gift it with a lyric writing style filled with an honesty so vulnerable that it catches the most hardened heart off guard. Knock that back with a shot of WHISKEY DRENCHED VOCALS and an aching sweat dripping performance and you have one hell of a Blues Woman.

Dubbed the VOCAL VOLCANO by Robert Horn from the WA Blues Society, Cee Cee has been singing and writing songs for 20 years gathering up stellar reviews and awards from all three CD's she has released. "SPIRITUALLY WET," her first pop/funk CD took home the LOS ANGELES INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD and the first cut was honored as one of the TOP 10 in the JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING COMPETITION before she put the project to rest in 2002 after some intense life changes and fell head on and soul up into the Blues.

 

Brenda Meyer & The Full Moon Blues Band

Full Moon Blues Band is an award winning group from Springfield Missouri.They have recently changed their name to The Brenda Meyer Band in order to promote vocalist Brenda Meyer. In 2008 they won the opportunity to compete in Memphis at The International Blues Competition by winning the local Memphis Bound Competition representing Lake of The Ozarks Blues Society. The group has been together four years and focuses it's talent around Brenda Meyer on Lead vocals and Drums and Burl Williams on Guitar and vocals. They travel and play as a duo and also feature a full band for larger engagements. They are dedicated to playing good solid Blues music and also provide a variety of other music as well. Currently they are compelating a CD of original music soon to be released.

 

Jason Elmore HooDoo Witch

Jason Elmore is a Dallas, TX-based guitarist/singer/songwriter who has taken the music scene by storm in just a short period of time. Whether fronting his trio, Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, or performing as a solo acoustic act, Elmore is able to bring together elements of popular blues/rock/soul/Americana in his performances that seem to bridge the gap between blues, rock, country, surf, and jazz. He is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of all genres of music with his devastating guitar licks, soulful old-school vocals, keen sense of humor and imagainative-yet-familiar songwriting. All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists.