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Contact info: Pam Bricker
The 9th Annual Greeley Blues Jam festival, to be held June 7th and 8th will once again bring the nation’s top performing blues artists to the Island Grove Arena and Downtown Greeley. This popular festival embraces all of the qualities of a great summer music event--- sitting on the fresh sod in the arena, dancing under the stars on the downtown plaza, and continuous music from three stages to provide listening enjoyment for everyone.
Even better, you can bring your camper or tent to Island Grove Park and camp just steps away from the party on Saturday, and pick up a free shuttle to the music Downtown on Friday.
Headlining this year’s festival is John Mayall, the British blues legend who formed the legendary Blues Breakers Band in the late 60’s and launched the careers of such notable guitar players as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and Coco Montoya. His classic hit “Room to Move” is well known by every blues lover and garnered Mayall a gold record album. JJ Grey & Mofro will co-headline the festival with a sound of where blues has evolved in this decade. A mixture of down-home roots and rock “n” roll has led Grey and his band to the Austin City Limits Festival and Bonnaroo and his songs have been used in television and film productions, including his hit radio single “The Sweetest Thing”. Grey has just released his latest album “This River”.
Carolyn Wonderland will bring her Texas blues roots to Greeley with her soulful vocals, reminiscent of Janis Joplin, coupled with her guitar slinging skills in the Stevie Ray Vaughan tradition. In addition, Carolyn brings skills in playing trumpet, lap steel, accordion and piano. In 2008 she won the Austin Music Awards for Best Female Vocals and Best Blues Band. A recent addition to the lineup is New Orlean’s trombone powerhouse Bonerama—with a front line of 3 trombones who can cover any music from the Allman Brothers to the Beatles, but they also have great original songs and have recently released a new album, “Shake it Baby”.
Lil’ Brian & the Zydeco Travelers will open on the main stage with a set that will have everyone on their feet and dancing to the Louisiana original sound.
If the music on the main stage isn’t enough, the Back Stage will feature some of Colorado’s best blues talent, including Dan Treanor’s Afrosippi Band featuring Erica Brown who took 3rd place at the International Blues Competition in Memphis this year. The Kris Lager Band, from Eastern Nebraska, has received rave reviews from Blues Blast Magazine for their CD “Swagadocious”, which features a guest appearance from the late Magic Slim. They will be playing on the Downtown Plaza on Friday night as well as closing the Back Stage on Saturday at the arena.
The third stage on Saturday, Blues 101, is hosted by the Colorado Blues Society and features performances and workshops on playing the blues, including free harmonicas and lessons and a youth showcase that will show you the true future of the blues. The festival also provides the finest food, merchandise and beverage vendors in Colorado.
Friday night, June 7th, the Blues Jam kicks off in Historic Downtown Greeley at 5 pm, with live music outside from 5 to 9, followed by 12 venues hosting great blues until 12 am and it’s all FREE. Experience Greeley’s own “Beale Street” with Go-Cup service available from 5 to 10 pm.
Tickets for Saturday’s festival are only $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Camping tickets are available in advance at UCStars.com or at the UCCC box office. For more information go to greeleybluesjam.com or call 800-449-3866. The festival is presented by the City of Greeley and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce with the support of many area businesses including The Greeley Tribune, High Country Beverage/Coors Light, KUNC, 107.9 The Bear, Banner Health, Ehrlich Toyota, Security Service Credit Union and Five Star Turf.