JUNE 18, 2016 – SALT LAKE CITY
ABOUT THE UTAH BLUES FESTIVAL
Salt Lake City's Largest Gathering of Blues Fans!
The 2nd Annual Utah Blues Festival (UBF) is the signature fundraising event for the 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Utah Blues Society. It will be held on Saturday June 18th at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. This is the only Festival in Utah solely dedicated to increasing awareness of a uniquely American musical/cultural art form – Blues music. This festival connects Utahns to a musical genre that has used the American experience as its voice – the Blues! By showcasing national and local Blues artists, as well as a Youth Showcase and Workshops, the UBF will provide a unique experience for Utahns to meet and connect around this culturally important musical art form, the foundation of all other American music to follow.
Main & SuperShuttle Stage Schedule
Utah Blues Festival Schedule
Jordan Young grew up in small towns all over northern Utah where he worked as a laborer running heavy equipment and building custom log homes. Around the age of 18 he traveled to Nashville TN to visit a family member, fell in love with the south and moved there a couple of years later. This time is where Jordan attributes most of his creative style and musical personality came from. Throughout the late 2000’s Jordan spent most of his time touring and living in the southern US learning more and more about southern roots music and adapting to a life on the road. Now residing in Salt Lake City UT, he can be seen at many of the top venues and festivals in the state playing with nationally touring acts solo as Jordan Young or with his trio Candy’s River House. He will be releasing a solo album in Spring of 2016.
Winner of ‘Best in State’ Blues Artist 2016 by CWMA awards, Tony Holiday and the Velvetones, a 4 piece Funk/Jump Blues Band also known as DirtBag Blues. Tony is making his mark in the national ”Harmonica Scene”. Touring the US 6-8 months a year Tony was recently listed by Blues Harmonica Player ™ (Rick Estrin, Charlie Musslewhite and others) as one of top 12 up and coming harmonica players in the U.S.!
The Sister Wives band is a rockin’ assortment of blues musicians, each with a diverse musical background. The Wives’ started in January 2003 playing numerous regional festivals, clubs, live television, and private shows in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. The band was named one of the Best New Bands of the Year in the SLAMMy’s (Salt Lake Music Awards) voted by the readers of Salt Lake City Weekly Magazine.
“Deep, contemporary Chicago blues…razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing” – The Chicago Tribune “One of Chicago’s new greats” –The Chicago Sun-Times “Progressive as he is rootsy…Slow, simmering riffs and smoldering licks” –Chicago Reader “Among the cream of the next generation of Chicago blues musicians” –Blues & Rhythm Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans. Of the performance, The Chicago Tribune said, “Cannon made the most of his opportunity as a festival headliner to win over a new audience.”
Bernard Allison totes the same smokin’ six string shooter that his late father Luther Allison assaulted the blues with. And he is blessed with his father’s soulful voice, spiritual devotion, and a musical freedom which experiments with the blues. Born in Chicago on November 26th, 1965, the youngest of nine children Bernard was first introduced to the roots of black music and the art of the electric guitar by his father, the late great Luther Allison. As a true “son of the blues,” Bernard possesses the requisite guitar feel and vocal intonations necessary to push his blues into the next century. He knows the energy level necessary to hold audiences and combines a enough showmanship and spontaneity to push the performance in fresh, innovative directions each night. “In order for anything to expand, you have to take a risk,” says Bernard. “Blues is about experimenting and getting your feelings across to someone else. And if you want to keep it going, people are going to have to give it all a chance because we’re losing all our creators. Because I’ve been taking risks on every album I’ve recorded, this record is just a logical progression from everything else I’ve done. Instead of playing rippin’ 12 bar blues guitar over and over, there are bluesy songs, soul, funk, R&B songs and a couple of rock things which shows the overall musicianship of Bernard Allison.”
In the Olympic tradition, when the torch is passed, the flame transfers from one sure hand to the next – keeping it burning, while at the same time moving forward. It’s a fitting image for the career of Ronnie Baker Brooks, the exciting Chicago musician whose fiery guitar playing and soulful singing make him today’s premier torchbearer of the urban blues tradition. As the son of blues great Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie came of age as a witness to the Chicago blues scene in all its glory and struggle. “I grew up among the best of the best,” he recalls.
UBS Youth ShowcaseGallivan Stage12:10 pm - 12:55 pm
JORDAN YOUNGMain Stage1:00 pm - 1:55 pm
TONY HOLIDAY & THE VELVETONESMain Stage2:15 pm - 3:10 pm
SISTER WIVESMain Stage3:30 pm - 4:25 pm
TORONZO CANNONMain Stage4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
BERNARD ALLISONMain Stage6:40 pm - 8:10 pm
RONNIE BAKER BROOKSMain Stage8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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