April 19th, 2016 | Sarah Mason, HarvestMoon
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If you’ve never been to the Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza, or even if you have, just know this is the year to attend because it’s one of the more exciting musical lineups we’ve put together. Honestly. The lineup just keeps getting better. But what makes a stellar musical lineup you ask? Musical discovery! In years past, I know I’ve found my next favorite band at Bluesapalooza (last year I couldn’t get enough of The Suffers.) And this year? The lineup definitely gives diehard blue fans their love of the blues with Queen of the blues Shemekia Copeland; BMA winner Curtis Salgado; slide guitar master Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings; old school Mississippi bluesman Zac Harmon; British blues hall of famer Matt Schofield; Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughn gifted collaborator Doyle Bramhall II; Chicago blues guitarist Toronzo Cannon; and New Orleans-based New Breed Brass Band, to name a few. It’s an incredible mix of formidable blues performers. But what’s also exciting is the new up-and-coming talent like San Francisco’s rock ’n’ rollers The Stone Foxes; Canada’s biggest rock act The Sheepdogs; and dusky-voiced singer/songwriter Zella Day. What more can we say about this year’s impressive headliners? Yes, it’s true that the powerful energy and musical force of Michael Franti & Spearhead kicks off the Beyond Blues Thursday night. What a way to open the festival! Pinch me. Saturday night always lights it up, and this year will be on fire with the New Orleans-bred, multi-faceted and magnetic Jon Batiste & Stay Human, the crowd-pleasing band from Stephen Colbert’s Late Night Show. If you saw Beth Hart’s Kennedy Center Honors performance with guitar great Jeff Beck, you’ll know we’re in for jaw-dropping sizzle. We are absolutely spellbound by her performance. With musical authenticity at his core, talented free man Allen Stone is truly a musical genius beyond his years with his soulful style. And you know we’ll be in for plenty of dancing and a rousing good time with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. They say “variety is the spice of life” and it sure is in this year’s Bluesapalooza musical lineup. It’s impressive, enticing, creative and full of musical taste. Let the proper tongue-wagging begin!
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