Grand County Blues Society Presents…. 20th Anniversary of Blues From The Top Music Festival
June 24-26, 2022 #ElevateYourBlues @bluesfromthetop
A musically diverse and adventurous lineup featuring Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Gov’t Mule, Larkin Poe, Tab Benoit, Charlie Musslewhite, Sue Foley, Southern Hospitality, Eddie 9V, Bette Smith, Southern Avenue, and the Emma Marie Band, will all be performing at the 20th Anniversary Blues From The Top Music Festival presented by the Grand County Blues Society, taking place at Rendezvous Event Center, 78821 US Hwy 40, Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, 2022. VIP and General Admission Festival tickets priced from $55 (per day) to $295.00 (3-Day Festival VIP Access) now on sale, buy early for best price. Children 12 and under, Free.
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One wouldn’t think that in a career spanning more than 25 years and some 20 live and studio albums, there could possibly be anything left for a band to accomplish that could be considered a first. And when that band is Gov’t Mule, a group known for pushing the parameters while melding a variety of genres — rock, R&B, jam, funk, jazz, and practically everything in-between — it’s even more astonishing to think there’s anything that hasn’t already been attempted. Indeed, Gov’t Mule have never been known to rest on their laurels or shy away from a new challenge. Theirs is a sound that feeds off spontaneity and improvisation, a signature style that pays little heed to expectation, predictability, or needless repetition. Consequently, it’s not so much surprising that they’ve opted to record an album focused solely on the blues, but rather the fact that they haven’t dared to do it before. That said, the band’s new album, Heavy Load Blues (released November 12, 2021 on Fantasy Records) marks yet another milestone in Gov’t Mule’s remarkable trajectory. Yet, it’s also been a project that guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and consistent helmsman Warren Haynes has set his sights on undertaking for quite some time.
Tab Benoit – rrespected guitarist, vocalist and storyteller supreme – is renown throughout his thirty-plus-year career for his passionate environmental activism. To that end, he performed two nights in his hometown of Houma, Louisiana at the 16th Annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival. He also appears prominently in the IMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to protect and restore the Wetlands, and produced a CD to help restore that state’s Coastal Wetlands. Benoit was inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists in 2020.
Festival Details: Blues From The Top has earned the reputation for showcasing some of the best national talent in the business. Rendezvous Event Center at Hideaway Park, the home of Blues From The Top, is centrally located in downtown Winter Park, Colorado, making BFTT a truly one-of-a-kind event with amazing views of the Continental Divide. Blues From The Top has grown since it’s conception in 2003 and has evolved into a true blues and roots music event, providing a welcoming atmosphere for all people, young & old. The event’s producers, along with our volunteers and amazing ski-town community, create a utopia of great music and a great vibe for festival attendees. #ElevateYourBlues #BFTT. Please visit the official website at BluesfromtheTop.org.
Make it a Staycation… Come up Thursday, June 23 by 6pm for a special FREE concert at the Rendezvous Event Center in downtown Winter Park. Music continues nightly throughout town over the weekend.
Memphis-based, GRAMMY-nominated Southern Avenue inked their first record deal with legendary Stax Records in 2016. The first Memphis band signed to Stax in over forty years, their self-titled album was an immediate hit, reaching #1 on iTunes “Top Blues Albums” chart before being honored with the 2018 Blues Music Award for “Best Emerging Artist Album.” 2019’s Keep On proved an ever greater success, debuting among the Top 5 on Billboard’s “Top Blues Album” chart amidst worldwide critical acclaim, ultimately earning Southern Avenue their first GRAMMY award nomination, for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.”
About the Grand County Blues Society: The Grand County Blues Society (GCBS) non-profit (501c3) was created in 2002 to enhance the cultural existence of Grand County residents and to be a beacon for our friends and visitors that love escaping to the shadow of the Continental Divide. For well over a decade, the GCBS has produced eighteen Blues Festivals, over two-hundred and sixty five individual blues concerts, and has continued it’s support of our primary programs.
Check Out The Music: The Grand County Blues Society has been a pioneer in the realm of blues music education. School-age kids across Grand County are lucky to have been immersed in the blues. Not only have they been entertained by all the programs that have come their way; they have also been on the stage, creating their own “bluesical” and giving performances on the festival stages over the years.
The South has long been known for hospitality and down home music. Recently the region has seen the emergence of a musical group of young musicians who are masters of their craft and embody the soul and spirit of Dixie. The band creating all the buzz, known as Southern Hospitality, is comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire J.P. Soars, keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright, bassist Terrance Grayson, and drummer/percussionist, Chris Peet. Together, their mutual chemistry, high energy and skill sets create a cohesive vision, with echoes of Muscle Shoals and Macon, that organically flows together into an entirely original and dynamic form of Americana, Southern soul roots music with a modern sensibility.
lue Star Connection (BSC) is our most notable program and in it’s seventeenth year, has supplied over sixty-five Children’s Hospitals with valuable and plentiful collections of musical instruments for their music therapy departments. BSC has also gifted over eight-hundred individual children personal instruments. We continue to support the music therapy industry with an all-out effort and constant fund-raising to continue the mission. Music Therapy needs an advocate, and we are proud to be considered a front-runner. We have done all of this with an all-volunteer board, and a very loyal and generous membership. Visit GrandBlues.org, and BlueStarConnection.org for more information.
Mad As A Hatter” is from Larkin Poe and @Nu Deco Ensemble’s new album “Paint The Roses – Live In Concert” out now. Watch/listen to the video here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn0kknnsmV4.
Big Head Todd and The Monsters are a rock band formed in 1984 in Colorado, with Todd Mohr on guitar and vocals, Brian Nevin on drums and Brad Christerson on bass. The trio toured Europe in 1985, where their first demo track and music videos were produced in London. The band has released a number of albums since 1989 with their 1993 album Sister Sweetly going platinum in the United States. The band has developed a sizable live following especially in the Mountain States of the United States.
About Winter Park, CO: Conveniently located 67 miles west of Denver in the Rocky Mountains. The Winter Park Area is trademarked as “Winter Park, Colorado Unfiltered.” Visit playwinterpark.com.
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