Our 2019 Festival has no shortage of talent or energy with the following performers set to play throughout the day. For performance times, noted with each artist. Also, feel free to visit their website and support their music as it is a privilege to have them join us this year.
Cari Ray and The Shaky Legs
On Stage: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Cari Ray is a storyteller who who tells her tales through song; songs that manifest themselves in one’s mind in a way that transports you to somewhere in the early 20th Century.
Her influences as a writer and performer are front and center in her original material, spanning a wide range of early american music… a helping of acoustic blues, a little folk, a rasher of ragtime, and a slight flavor of old-time country. Her live show serves it up handily with quick wit, tasty fingerstyle guitar, and a huge, evocative voice.
She continues to draw accolades for songwriting, most recently with her track “It’s About Me” winning the blues songwriting competition at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival and selection to the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival. Solo or with her band, playing for 20 or 2000, Cari finds a way to strike a perfect balance between energy and intimacy. With a unique blend of heart and grit, this powerhouse entertainer just doesn’t miss.
Reggie Wayne Morris Band
On Stage: 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
Raised on his grandparent's farm in Charlottesville, Va. Reggie now based in Baltimore, MD. was reared on Gospel and Blues learning the guitar at an early age from musical family members.
As a contemporary guitarist his Uptempo Rock-Edged Style developed from listening to Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King and fusing their influences with his own unique approach to create his "Boogie Woogie Rhythm & Rockin' Blues" that allowed him to tour Italy, France, Hawaii and the U.S. with an appearance at Carnegie Hall as a "Career Milestone". He has the distinction of being the only artist to perform at the Baltimore Blues Society Festival nine consecutive years having the unique opportunity to be both the Opening and Closing act on one, particularly memorable occasion.
In 2018 Reggie will be releasing a New CD and continuing to spread his "Boogie Woogie Rhythm & Rockin'Blues" with live performances throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.
Lower Case Blues
On Stage: 4:30pm to 6pm
Lower Case Blues is a power trio originating from Newark, Delaware. The band features Jake Banaszak (lead guitar), B.J. Muntz (bass and vocals), and Paul Weik (drums). Since the Band started in '03, They have established themselves as some of the best in the area.. Taking blues to a whole new level and earning respect as being some of the best up and coming musicians.
LCB focuses on playing original music with a reasonable amount of covers thrown into the mix to pay tribute to there inspirations. The band always plays with feeling and improvisation… you’ll never hear a song played the same way twice.
Some of LCB’s accomplishments include…
-Inducted to "The Blues Hall of Fame" 2012
-Played "Firefly Festival in Dover DE" 2012
-Was selected "Best Band in Delaware in 2009" ... Delaware Today Magazine
-Opened for acts such as Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Blues Traveler, Grand Funk Railroad, .38 Special, Michael Burks, The Junco Pardners, Los Lonely Boys, Jakob Dylan, and Robert Randolph..
-Backed up funk guitar great - Leo Nocentelli (The Meters) @ Dogfish Head Brewery in 2010
-Competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
-Was voted Best Blues Band in Delaware by Out ‘n’ About Magazine.
-Won award for Best Americana Band in April 2007 at the Delaware Music Festival.
-Won “Battle of the Blues” for local radio station 98.5 Big Classic Rock.
-Recorded and performed with producer and keyboardist Johnny Neel (formerly of the Allman Bros.)
Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos
On Stage: 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos blend old school blues with a modern rock sound. Formed in 2012, the band has been recording and performing all over the southeast and beyond. Formed by guitarist and vocalist Anthony Rosano, the band features Paul Warren on bass, Scott Smith on drums, and Jeremy "J.B." Bustillos on harmonica and sax. The band has received numerous accolades including "Best Blues" for 3 years (2015/2016/2017), along with "Best Live Performer" (2017) and an "Album of the Year" nomination for "Get ROO'D" (2016) in the VEER Music Awards. The two time "International Blues Challenge" Semi Finalists released a LIVE record "ROO'D Awakening" in the spring of 2016 which along with their previous effort "Get ROO'd", received international radio airplay as well as spins on Sirius XMBluesville.
In October of 2016 Anthony and The Conqueroos made the trip to New Orleans and NOLA Studios. With producer Mike Zito , Grammy winning engineer David Farrell, and the help of Anders Osbourne and Johnny Sansone, they recorded their newest album which was released in April 2017. The record has quickly gained international radio airplay and debuted at #1 on the ITunes chart and #9 on the Billboard Blues chart. Reviewers of the album have drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin as well as being anchored in the traditional blues genre. The band has played Numerous Festival dates and opened for artists as diverse as G.Love, Mike Zito, Tab Benoit, TRAIN, Eric Lindell, and The Gin Blossoms.
If your taste in contemporary blues is filled with funky rhythms and explosive guitar work anchored by old school harp and lively vocals, this is your new favorite band.