- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Chesapeake Bay Events Inc. announced recently that the lineup has been finalized for the 2014 Southern Maryland Blues Festival.
The festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Calvert County Fairgrounds. It will feature 10 acts over the two days, local food vendors, wine, beer, a crafter village, kids’ activities and more.
Although most of the bands in the lineup have blues as their core genre, the lineup is a mixture of blues, soul, zydeco, southern rock and classic rock, according to a press release.
“Our hope is that those who come for other forms of music will fall in love with the Blues,” Don Hooker, promoter, said in the release.
The Saturday lineup includes Royal Southern Brotherhood, which is comprised of Devon Allman, son of Gregg Allman, Cyril Neville of the legendary Neville Brothers and guitar virtuoso, Mike Zito. Also on Saturday is Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans, whose career spans 50 years and has been covered by many artists, including The Rolling Stones and Otis Redding, according to the release.
Closing Saturday is The Spin Doctors. Although well known for its 1991 album, “Kryptonite” that sold 10 million copies, it has recently released a blues album, “If The River Was Whiskey,” which has met with rave reviews.
Other Saturday performers are Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Jonathan Boogie Long and Southern Maryland Sisterhood of Soul with Patty Reese, Lisa Lim, Little Margie Clark and Julia Nixon.
Sunday bands include Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes. Rich Robinson, songwriter and cofounder of The Black Crowes along with his brother, Chris, wrote “She Talks to Angels” at age 15, and released his solo album, “The Ceaseless Sight,” on June 3.
Closing the festival is Leon Russell. This Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer has written songs like “Delta Lady,” “Tightrope,” “A Song For You,” “Lady Blue” and “Wild Horses.” He has been covered by countless artists, such as The Rolling Stones, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Joe Cocker and Whitney Houston. Since the early 1960s, he has played and recorded with a wide variety of performers, including Frank Sinatra, Jan and Dean, Gary Lewis, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Doris Day, Eric Clapton, The Byrds, Beach Boys, Ventures, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, BB King, Dave Mason, Glen Campbell, Tijuana Brass, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker and more.
Other performers on Sunday are Guitar Shorty, The Samantha Fish Band, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues and Bobby Messano.
As with all CBE festivals, all net proceeds will be donated to local charities. The organization is currently in the selection process for choosing those charities, the release states.
Tickets will go on sale June 15. General admission is $45 in advance up until Aug. 21 for one day, $60 at the gate for one day, $85 in advance up until Aug. 21 for two days and $110 at the gate for two days. VIP tickets are not sold at the gate and cost $105 for one day and $200 for two days.
For all details and tickets, go to www.somdblues.org.