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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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"One of America's Best Little Blues Festivals " 
- - Steve Wells                                             
21st Annual
River City Blues Festival
March 16 & 17, 2012
Hotel Lafayette, Marietta OH
Local live music fans and Marietta's restaurants and shops are getting ready for a big weekend coming up as the local Blues, Jazz & Folk Music Society announces their annual "River City Blues Festival" for Friday, March 16th and Saturday, March 17, 2012. The festival features a variety of blues styles performed by national & regional acts.  Known as "One of America's Best Little Blues Festivals," the music event for the 21st time will be held at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta.   

Blues is the roots of all American music and this year's festival lineup will include a variety of blues musicians from around the country. More and more people are getting into the Blues.  That's why we're predicting another successful festival.  We expect our shows to be very well attended, and the restaurants, bars and shops in town to be full all weekend. 

Our festival lineup kicks off on Friday night at 8PM with Mikey Jr. from Philadelphia PA  He's a great harp player, a killer showman, and he's got a real hot band. Crowd's never keep to their seats when Mikey Jr. & The Stone Cold Blues are on the stage.

Headlining Friday night at 9:45 PM will be the Lionel Young Blues Band. Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. The Lionel Young Band, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, have won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to Lionel's victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.

Then, Saturday afternoon at 12:15 PM, alumni from the BJFM
"Blues in The Schools" project at Marietta Middle School, now at Marietta High School will perform as "Schools That Rock" under the direction of Mark Doebrich.  Doebrich has been involved with "Blues in The Schools" since its beginning in Marietta, and has been extremely vital to its local success. 

At 1PM on Saturday, the winners of the 20th Annual "River City Blues Competition" will take the stage for a 1-hour set.   The Tee Dee Young Band from Lexington, Kentucky,  in addition to performing at our festival will be representing BJFM at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis early next year.  "It's everybody's chance to see the very best from the competition," said John Gifford, Competition Director for BJFM. Tee Dee, while playing his own unique style of the blues combined with his dynamic stage presence, exciting harmony, and energy will put you in the mood for dancing!

At 2:15 PM, Saturday afternoon's  traditional acoustic blues slot in the program brings Doug MacLeod. Aside from being one of the finest guitar players in the business, MacLeod really connects with his audience. His sets are more than music. They are "homegrown lessons" in life and love. MacLeod is one of the finest songwriters, storytellers and performers in the blues. In a world intoxicated with electric-everything MacLeod is preserving a lost art.

At 3:45 PM. CeCe Teneal will give her all to the audience. Her shows aren't merely entertainment - they are an experience. The music transcends musical and generational barriers.  Dubbed "The Voice of Neo-Blues," Teneal wins accolades from fans and media.  She channels a full circumspection of the African-American experience with blues roots, contemporary neo melodies and the soul that is reminiscent of the late Mahalia Jackson and Etta James. 

8 PM. Born and raised in Galveston Texas, Hamilton Loomis is an undeniably blues based artist escalating into a mixed bag of modern blues, modern funk, and slick soul. His funky rhythms, booming horns, powerful yet refined harmonica and soulful vocals coupled with his stellar guitar work bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers.

10 PM. A uniquely perfect mix of entertainment, blues and professional musicianship; Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright and J.P. Soars, are "Southern Hospitality." A dramatic leap for three of the blues world's most dynamic performers, Southern Hospitality is a confident yet unforced triumph of family and friends, offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the echoes of so many great traditions reside; Delta blues, Memphis soul, Boogie-Woogie and Funky grooves organically flowing together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.

Tickets will be sold at the door, but advanced tickets and weekend passes are suggested.  For tickets, passes and information, call Peggy Bolen at 740-376-0222 (evenings) or Mary Ann Osborne at 304-422-2944

Weekend passes to all three shows are $50 for members/$70 for non-members.  Tickets for individual shows are:  Friday Night: $15/$25, Saturday Matinee: $15/$25, and Saturday Night: $20/$30.  The ballroom at The Lafayette Hotel will be set up with a large dance floor and a cash bar.  Complete information about the 21st Annual River City Blues Festival is available at  

Special "blues rate" room rates are available at the Marietta Holiday Inn ($46+tax) When you call them at 740-374-9660 mention you are attending the River City Blues Festival.

The festival at a glance:
March 16 & 17, 2012
Hotel Lafayette, 101 Front St., Marietta OH

Fri., March 16
8 PM Mikey Jr. and Stone Cold Blues
4 piece harp driven contemporary blues from Philadelphia
9:45 PM Lionel Young Blues Band
1st place winners of the 2011 IBC
7 piece Traditional & Contemporary Blues

Sat. Matinee, March 17
12:15 PM "Schools that Rock"
local students under the supervision of Mark Doebrich.
1 PM - Tee Dee Young Band
high energy jump band from Lexington KY
winners of our 2012 Competition
2:15 PM Doug MacLeod, veteran solo/acoustic
performer with a wealth of blues & talent,
and also writes a column for Blues Review (Doug's Back Porch)
3:45 PM - CeCe Teneal, 6 piece from Florida,
Gospel inspired Blues singer with a touch of  Soul

Sat. Night, March 17
8 PM Hamilton Loomis, 5 piece contemporary guitar
and sax driven blues from Texas
10 PM Southern Hospitality, 6 piece from Florida,
producing a broad spectrum of traditional & contemporary blues
featuring 3 allstars of Blues, JP Soars, Damon Fowler &
Victor Wainwright

Weekend pass to all events
50/$70 m/nm
Tickets to Individual Shows
Friday Night $15/$25 m/nm
Saturday Matinee $15/$25 m/nm
Saturday Night $20/$30 m/nm

For passes, tickets or info call
Peggy at 740-376-0222 (evenings) or call
Mary Ann Osborne 304-422-2944

VISA/MasterCard/Discover accepted. We will hold your
tickets/passes at the door for you to pick up when you arrive.

For more information about the Festival
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