March 14th, 2017 | Sarah Mason, HarvestMoon
It’s the blues in Bluesapalooza that’s kept our mountain resort festival so fun for 22 years and counting. And one thing you can depend on at our four-day festival in the pines is that we’ve never strayed from our blues roots. We’re committed to presenting an amazing variety of artists from around the world—a tasty mix of legendary blues performers alongside new, hot, up-and-coming acts. It just goes to show how the blues flow from one generation to the next.
And if you haven’t checked out this year’s lineup, you’re in for a flavorful smorgasbord! Opening the festival is the incredible pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph and the Family Band. On Friday, we’re so honored to welcome the iconic Ms. Mavis Staples. And, yep, it’s true, the incomparable Sonny Landreth is coming to town, along with returning guitar warrior Walter Trout. And Sunday doesn’t get more exciting than with the electrifying spirit of Vintage Trouble.
What else are we serving up on the blues buffet? The incredible (and unpredictable) harp master Jason Ricci; the resonating rockin’ blues of Eric Sardinas and Big Motor; blazing bluesman Anthony Gomes; the soul inspired groove of Dirty Revival; commanding blues guitarist Samantha Fish; the intoxicating Malina Moye; award-winning blueswoman Janiva Magness; and the intensely-charged Mississippi-bred Cedric Burnside Project.
And that’s just part of the assortment. There’re many more bands to be announced soon for our festival’s two music stages. But one thing’s for sure. We’re keeping our roots alive. Everybody’s playin’ those blues!