Friday, May 24 - 6:30 pm
Southwest Rock and Blues innovators The Rudy Boy Experiment hail from the land of enchantment of Albuquerque New Mexico. The act has become very popular in the western U.S. This 3-piece group features the multi-talented Rudy “Boy” Jaramillo on vocals, as well as lead and rhythm guitar. The Rudy Boy Experiment has released close to 10 albums over the past decade, with a growing national fan base anticipating each debut.
Saturday, May 25 - 12:15 pm
Silver City’s own, Amos Torres - Dedicated to all those who came before me but, especially, to Julio J. Torres, Byron A. Sharpe, Armando Torres, Justine"Gussy" Halliday, Robert Bell, Omar Prashad, Aaron R. Wilkinson and, Jon Anthony. I like singing and playing and pie.
Saturday, May 25 - 1:45 pm
Chris Dracup is a life long New Mexico musician who began his performing career at the age of fifteen in his hometown of Taos. He has been a singer, songwriter and lead guitarist with some of the states most popular musical acts including The Muttz, The Rattle Cats, The Chris Dracup Trio, Tommy Elskes and Soul Kitchen. His most recent project :Funk of The West - is an energetic six piece dance band that combines authentic American blues and funk music with African polyrhythms.
Known for his soulful electric and acoustic blues guitar, Chris’ music draws on being comfortable in a wide range of musical styles. His acoustic slide guitar playing heavily reflects the southern delta blues tradition. His original songwriting and regular performance schedule have garnered him critical and popular acclaim and won him an enduring Southwestern fan base.
Saturday, May 25 - 3:15 pm
The Laurie Morvan Band is a 5 piece high energy, rockin’ blues band lead by a fiery female lead guitarist/vocalist. A pumpin’, thumpin’, tight-as-nails machine from Long Beach, CA, the LMB has fired up over 700 festivals and club dates throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.
So much more than just a wailin’ guitar slinger, Laurie is a charismatic performer whose stage presence is both powerful and inviting. Her songwriting has a fresh perspective, and her in-between-song banter alternates between inspirational and flat out hilarious. Audiences feel a genuine connection with her and she enjoys spending time with them after shows signing autographs, talking, and posing for photos.
Laurie Morvan Band concerts feature the beautiful harmonies of Laurie and backup singer Lisa Morvan, as well as dueling solos between Laurie, keyboardist Tom Salyers and bassist Pat Morvan. Drummer Lonnie Jones drives this high-octane train. They are a tight-knit unit who love performing together. Their fun-loving enthusiasm leaps right off the stage…and it’s contagious!
Saturday, May 25 - 3:15 pm
Legendary guitarist/vocalist Guitar Shorty is a giant in the blues world. Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings. Like a bare knuckled boxer, Shorty strikes with his blistering, physical guitar playing and his fierce vocals, connecting directly with body and soul. What really sets Shorty apart is his absolutely unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. He reaches for sounds, riffs and licks that other blues players wouldn't even think of.
Amazon.com says his guitar work "sounds like a caged tiger before feeding time. His molten guitar pours his psychedelicized solos like lava over anything in his path." The Chicago Reader declares, "Guitar Shorty is a battle-scarred hard-ass. He slices off his phrases and notes with homicidal fury. He is among the highest-energy blues entertainers on the scene."
Saturday, May 25 - 7:00 pm
Mississippi-based, Grammy Award winning songwriter, entertainer/musician, Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for more than two decades. The singer/harp player/guitarist/songwriter/producer signed to Malaco Records, headquartered in nearby Jackson, MS, in 2013; his first full-length release with the legendary blues label was released the following year. His album, Bootleg Whiskey, named for the George Jackson song, that is one of the album highlights, establishes Champion as a torch carrier for authentic Mississippi blues.
Grady Champion was born Oct. 10, 1969 and grew up on a farm in Canton, MS within a religious household. The youngest of his father's 28 children, he joined his church choir at the age of eight and realized his passion for music. When he was 15, he and his family moved to Miami, FL, but he only attended high school there for a year before moving back to Mississippi to graduate.
Champion enjoyed performing at blues clubs all over Florida, and was quickly scooped up by Shanachie Records, with whom he released Payin’ for My Sins (1999) and 2 Days Short of a Week (2001). In 2003, Champion’s song, co-written with Kevin Bowe, entitled “Trust Yourself” was included on Etta James’ Let’s Roll album (2003), won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album and a Blues Music Award as the Soul/Blues Album of the Year from the Blues Foundation in 2004. Back in Mississippi: Live at the 930 Blues Cafe followed in 2008, released on Grady’s own GSM Music Group imprint. In 2010, he won the International Blues Challenge, enabling him to expand his regular tour itinerary to include most of the U.S., Canada, and Europe. He has since played the Chicago Blues Festival, the Legendary Blues Cruise, and the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival.
In 2011, Champion released his album Dreamin’, his song “Make That Monkey Jump” won a Blues Critic Award in the Best Down Home Blues Song category. and Tough Times Don’t Last (2013) on his own Grady Shady Music imprint, the former of which was nominated for two 2012 Blues Music Awards: Best Soul Blues Album and Song of the Year for “Thank You for Giving Me the Blues.” “I play what I feel,” says Grady Champion, whose socially conscious lyrics and inspiring live performances have earned him a 2014 cover story in Living Blues magazine.
His appeal has crossed over between predominantly white fans of traditional blues and predominantly black soul-blues fans. “I think blues has a bright future . . . you just gotta be able to hang in the game.”
Sunday, May 26 - 12:15 pm
Fifteen-year-old Roman Barten-Sherman has been playing Delta Blues guitar since the age of four. His repertoire draws from the deep vernacular of artists such as Charley Patton, Mississippi Fred MacDowell, Blind Blake and Skip James. His performance history includes opening support for David Bromberg Quintet, Bobby Rush, John Mayall, and the Blind Boys of Alabama at the Rialto Theater and frequent bookings at The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Hotel Congress.
Roman’s most recent 2018 release is Searching the Desert for the Blues, a collaboration with his longtime mentor the Tucson bluesman Tom Walbank. Roman and Tom recorded one original and cover ten classic blues songs by Blind Willie McTell, ‘Mississippi’ Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis, Bukka White and others. His earlier 2018 self-titled release Roman Barten-Sherman is a 13 song album of solo acoustic guitar compositions, invoking the likes of John Fahey, Rev Gary Davis and Sir Richard Bishop.
Sunday, May 26 - 1:45 pm
When Brody Buster was 7 years old, he picked up one of his mother's old harmonicas and began to teach himself how to play this wonderful instrument. Yet, did he know in a short time he would be jamming on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Being this child prodigy had its perks along with being featured on countless TV shows during this whirlwind time of his life. Highlights include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dateline, Crook & Chase, Jon Stewart Show even a feature on Baywatch Nights and Full House. He shared the stage with the who's who of the blues world and musical legends during the 8-year stretch. Playing worldwide as well being a featured performer at BB King's Blues Club on a regular basis. He took the blues world by storm and played with Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Keb Mo, Lee Oskar and many other greats. Blues Legend BB King took high interest in Brody's talent in doing so let this young blues prodigy join him several times over a few years. BB King was quoted saying that, " Despite his young age, Brody Buster is one of the greatest harmonica players of our time."
Sunday, May 26 - 3:15 pm
Formed in 2004, Felix Y Los Gatos is a National touring act with their roots planted firmly in the desert Southwest. With 13+ years of stage experience, the Gato’s have an improvisational style that is uniquely their own. Their sound is crafted through the cultural influences of Zydeco, Tex-Mex, Blues, and Gypsy/Jazz (Think Django Reinhardt), Swing, a dash of Outlaw country, and the sometimes mystical, spiritual realm of Santana style Latino soul style playing.
Their undying passion to play music has allowed them the privilege of sharing the stage with acts such as Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, Tab Benoit, BeauSoleil, Ozomatli, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, FishBone, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, as well as featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler on the track “Hot Damn” from their Album, “OCHO”.
Founding members Felix Peralta(aka: Gato Malo) & D.B. Gomez came together by way of the open mics in the Albuquerque University area where they began playing music together. Gato (vocals, guitar) as he’s come to be known spent his childhood watching his family play traditional (rancheras) New Mexico music in Albuquerque’s, South Valley. Today you can hear Malo channel the sounds of his ancestors through his music and songwriting. D.B. (button accordion) originally a piano player who grew up in Santa Fe, was also exposed to the traditional sound of the NM Southwest music sound and was drawn into the accordion as a way to be more mobile and versatile in his playing style with Gato. Through their musical styles, Felix y los Gatos was born. Long time Drummer Melvin “The Honey” Crisp brings a Cajun/Zydeco rhythm like none other and Bassist Norteno Tim seal the style with rich tone and razor precision sealing the style and sound of Felix y los Gatos, one of the most musically diverse and entertaining acts of the desert Southwest.