7th Annual Blues Festival

May 20th, 2017
Springfield MO

The Bands - 2013

 

Mr. John Lee Hooker, Jr

John Lee Hooker Jr. is a living testimony of the fact that your past is just that - your past. Ironically, the same prison that held Hooker was his venue for two separate gigs; one, the place you go as a consequence of bad decisions, the other, a platform to share his musical talents. From San Quentin to Hollywood's red carpet has been an experience few will ever be able to experience. John Lee Hooker Jr. was able to introduce "Blues With A Vengeance" while maintaining a "Cold As Ice" appearance with "All Odds Against" him and sing about it live in Istanbul, Turkey - and ultimately, sharing it with the world.

 

The Queen of The Stomp Ms. Cassie Taylor and The Soul Cavalry

Cassie Taylor hails from Colorado, where she was born and raised. Combining a compelling mix of music, theater, fashion and modeling into her repertoire, Cassie is an ambassador of blending the arts. Cassie is the daughter of renowned bluesman Otis Taylor and toured in his band for seven years as bassist and backup vocalist. She takes her passion for the blues seriously by serving on the board of directors of The Blues Foundation. Staking a claim as a musician in her own right, her songwriting is a new kind of blues which explores the trials and tribulations of a twenty-something woman. Using pop vocals and deeply-rooted blues bass lines, Cassie is leading the new generation of blues artists.

 

Shane Dwight

Over the past 10 years, Shane Dwight has performed over 2,000 live shows, released seven CDs with over 60,000 units sold, been a repeat performer on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise (West Coast and East Coast), headlined and performed at some of the biggest music festivals around the world, including Beale Street Music Festival, Bayfront Blues Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, Ottawa Bluesfest and Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. He has performed with and/or shared the stage with a wide variety of some of the biggest names in music: B.B. King, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Night Ranger, The Marshall Tucker Band, Johnny Winter, Etta James, The Doobie Brothers and Jimmie Vaughan, to name a few. His music has been heard on hundreds of radio stations in over 30 different countries.

 

Blue Plate Special

Blue Plate Special has been playing music together for over ten years now. Carl is the new comer, blowing his trumpet to add to the flavor of this rockin' blues, classic rock, a bit country, and some originals band that will keep you jumpin'. We cover such artists as, Tommy Castro, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Santana, Jonny Lang, and a whole lot more. We love playing to an enthusiastic crowd, so get out to a live show soon. See ya there! Watch out for those Armadillos in the middle of the road!!!