Artists

The 2015 lineup is set and it is hot!  We have:

  • Popa Chubby
  • Bernard Allison
  • Anthony Gomes
  • Chris Beard Band
  • Ghost Town Blues Band
  • Big James and the Chicago Playboys
  • Jim McCarty and the Mystery Train
  • The Alligators
  • Jeff Hoagland Blues Band
  • Thirsty Perch Blues Band
  • Front Street Blues Band
  • Big Smooth and the Hellraisers
  • The Harmonica Hounds

Check out the details below.  The lineup continues to grow and our next announcement will be out shortly.  Stay tuned for some exciting additions.  You can follow us on Facebook for up to the minute additions.

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Popa Chubby

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Popa Chubby

http://popachubby.wix.com/popachubby Listen Here!

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Bernard Allison

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Bernard Allison

Bernard Allison
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. Like Ken Griffey Jr. hanging out in baseball locker rooms as a youth, Luther’s son was the kid running on-stage throughout the band’s set. Experiences like that profoundly effect one’s aspirations. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be up there like him. I think I was seven.
Bernard made his first appearance on record at age 13, when he played on a live LP his father recorded in Peoria, IL. “When we moved to Peoria, Dad came home preparing to do his live album in Peoria, I hooked up the amplifier and guitar in the basement and started playing his first record, Love Me Mama, note for note. He freaked out and said tonight you’re gonna record with me. That was my first recording. I played “You Don’t Love Me Know More” and “Sweet Home Chicago.”
One year later, Bernard released his first solo album in 1990 with the significant title The Next Generation. Allison followed that in 1993 with Hang On, then Funkifino, No Mercy. Bernard’s other titles during the 1990’s included Born with the Blues, Keepin’ the Blues Alive, and Times Are Changing. In the new millennium, Bernard’s recordings include Across the Water, Storms of Life, Kentucky Fried Blues, the highly personal Higher Power, and Energized, a live recording and DVD from a 2005 show.
“I’m gonna try my best to pick up where he left off, but I can’t be Luther Allison, I can only be myself. In the beginning everyone expects me to be exactly like him, but we are two different musicians.”
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.”
That musicianship is no clearer than on his current record, Chills and Thrills. After 17 years of recording experience, Bernard has perfected his sound. Instead of just using his guitar, Bernard has become mature the artist who uses the full palate of musical colors in his band to paint his stories.
If there ever was a CD for all occasions, this is it. It’s got the chill songs to curl up with on a rainy day, or the thrill music you’ll blast when you’re driving late at night. By adding the rhythm guitar of Bernard’s guitar soul mate Eric Gales, every song explodes into a guitar player’s head trip. The title cut opens the record with Bernard’s trademark funk meets blues sound. That signature sound permeates other tunes like “Compromising for Your Need,” “Heart of St. Paul,” and “Groove with Me,” Bernard’s treatise on the modernesque blues he’ll continue to play around the world. But Bernard’s got so much more. On “So Devine” Bruce McCabe’s piano and Jose James’ alto sax steals the show. On “Just Me and My Guitar,” Bernard shows off the frantic slide techniques he learned in the 1980’s from Johnny Winter. For slow blues, Bernard and pianist Rusty Hall turn in a first rate guitar and piano performance on “That’s Why I’m Crying.” But any fan of Bernard Allison knows that every show or record comes with one of his father’s songs. Here, Bernard reprises Luther’s 1980’s tune “Serious,” played with Bernard’s eerie, Luther-like vocal attack. In addition, Bernard strips “Serious” down to just piano and guitar in his after hours styled closer.
Amid all the daily pop culture pressures to be the next American Idol why does Bernard stay rooted in the blues? “The blues is my roots. Regardless of how far outside of the blues I reach for tones, I can’t ever leave the blues. Whenever I play, all those guitar parts are Luther Allison coming through me. My dad was the same way, he wasn’t all blues. He loved Otis Redding or Chuck Berry. I’m just showing where my influences come from. And respecting the people who got me to this point.”

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Anthony Gomes

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Anthony Gomes

www.anthonygomes.com/ Listen here!

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Chris Beard Band

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Chris Beard Band

https://www.chrisbeard1.com/ Listen Here!

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Ghost Town Blues Band

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Ghost Town Blues Band

http://www.ghosttownbluesband.com/ Listen Here!

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Big James and the Chicago Playboys

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Big James and the Chicago Playboys

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Jim McCarty and Mystery Train

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Jim McCarty and Mystery Train

Jim McCarty and Mystery Train have been a blues mainstay on the Detroit scene for over twenty years. Guitarist Jim McCarty is regarded as a Rock ‘N Roll legend. Jim continues to play a hot bluesy guitar. He’s played with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, the Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, The Rockets, Detroit Blues Band and Mystery Train. Jim’s band, Mystery Train, includes his son Dylan McCarty on drums, Emmanuel X Garza on guitar, Marvin Conrad on bass and Kenny Welk on harp. The band’s music is a combination of high...

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The Alligators

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The Alligators

http://www.thealligators.com/ Listen Here!

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Jeff Hoagland Blues Band

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Jeff Hoagland Blues Band

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Thirsty Perch Blues Band

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Thirsty Perch Blues Band

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Front Street Blues Band

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Front Street Blues Band

The Front Street Blues Band has been on the Detroit Blues scene since 2006. Playing Venues in and around the Metro Detroit area, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Indiana as well as Memphis Tennessee. They won the Detroit Blues Society Battle of the Blues Band competition in 2007 and were sent to Memphis Tennessee to play at the International Blues competition, where they held their own by placing 2nd in their Venue, which was Alfreds on Beale Street. They have four members that together have countless years of experience. They have a long list of...

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Big Smooth and the Hellraisers

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Big Smooth and the Hellraisers

A dedication to old school, in your face, foot stompin’, hand clappin’, rump shakin’ rockin’ blues has made Big Smooth one of Michigan’s premier festival bands Like the name implies, we ain’t here for no tea party, when the Smooth hits the stage, that’s when the party really starts. http://bigsmoothblues.com/ Listen...

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The Harmonica Hounds

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The Harmonica Hounds

The harmonica Hounds is a family friendly event created just for the kids. During the Jackson Michigan Blues Festival, The 1st 100 kids to register on Friday June 6th, (gates open at 5pm) will each receive a free T-shirt, sunglasses and a harmonica. Then at 5:45pm,Cindy will give them a brief harmonica lesson and get the kids to jam with blues musicians. It’s lots of fun and a great photo op for parents. Made possible by the many valuable sponsors of the Jackson Blues...

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2015 Sponsors

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Latest Updates

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2014 Updated artist schedule so far.
Tommy Castro
Anthony Gomes
Mac Arnold and Plate Full O Blues
The Alligators
Mojo Phoenix
Howard and The White Boys
Big Boss Blues Band
The Harmonica Hounds
Blue Lunch
Howlin Mercy
Niecie and The Blues Crew
and more !

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The Harmonica Hounds, Family Fun at the Jackson Michigan Bluesfest

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The Harmonica Hounds, Family Fun at the Jackson Michigan Bluesfest

The harmonica Hounds is a family friendly event created just for the kids. During the Jackson Michigan Blues Festival, The 1st 100 kids to register on Friday June 6th, (gates open at 5pm) will each receive a free T-shirt, sunglasses and a harmonica. Then at 5:45pm,Cindy will give them a brief harmonica lesson and get the kids to jam with blues musicians. It’s lots of fun and a great photo op for parents. Made possible by the many sponsors of the Blues...

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