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Event Date: July 24 to 25

 

15th Annual Big Bend Blues Bash Festival on the Ohio River, Pomeroy, OH, July 24 to 25

 

 

 

Pomeroy, Ohio, June 29, 2015 - The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society, Coors Light and Don Tate Motors presents the 15th Annual Big Bend Blues Bash at the Riverside Amphitheater (101 Main St.) in historic, downtown Pomeroy, Ohio.  Enjoy two days of Blues, Brews and BBQ on the banks of the mighty Ohio. 
 
Headlining this years festival is Blues Rock guitar master, Eric Gales, on Saturday, July 25th.  Supporting acts on Saturday include Blues greats, the Kinsey Report; Soul Blues King, Johnny Rawls; 2015 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist, Noah Wotherspoon; and a host of local and regional artists.
 
Friday's show will be a Blues Rock guitar fans dream as headlining artists include the powerhouse Chris Duarte Group and psychedelic trio, SIMO, featuring JD Simo on guitar.  Supporting acts include the Red Stone Souls, Blitzkrieg and the Dirt Poor Troubadours.

 

Admission: Friday, $15 per person; Saturday, $20 per person; $25 for weekend pass; 12 and under are free.

Eric Gales: Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers.  Eric released his first record at age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991.


Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy.


As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.

 

Eric Gales View Larger Image

 
Kinsey Report: The Kinsey brothers, vocalist/guitarist Donald, drummer/vocalist Ralph, and bassist/vocalist Kenneth, enjoyed enormous success throughout the 80s and 90s recording, and touring first with their late father, Lester “Big Daddy” Kinsey, with Blues great Albert King, with Reggae giants Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and then on their own. The Kinseys arrived on the blues scene with a winning formula. A signature sound that mixed the traditional with the contemporary, Mississippi Delta roots with reggae, rock, gospel and soul.  Driven by Donald’s soulful vocals and impassioned guitar playing, and the tight, in-sync rhythm section of Ralph and Kenneth, the Kinsey Report created a singular sound that caught the attention of blues fans worldwide.

 

 

Kinsey Report

 

 

 

Johnny Rawls: Singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi Blues award winner Johnny Rawls draws on the 1950s' and '60s' deep soul-blues tradition with his guitar playing while his vocal styling reflect modern themes.  Rawls got his early musical education from his grandfather and by the mid-1970's joined O.V. Wright's band, working with Wright until his death in 1980. After Wright's death, the band continued to perform his music for 13 years as the O.V. Wright Band, opening shows for people like B.B. King, Little Milton Campbell and Bobby Bland.  Today, Johnny Rawls carries on the Soul Blues tradition passed to him by the greats like Z.Z. Hill, Ottis Redding and O.V. Wright.

 

 

Johnny Rawls  

 

Chris Duarte Group: Austin-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer Chris Duarte has often been compared with the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. It's heady stuff for the musician, who plays a rhythmic style of Texas blues-rock that is at times reminiscent of Vaughan's sound, and at other times reminiscent of Johnny Winter. The truth is, Duarte has his own sound that draws on elements of jazz, blues, and rock & roll. Although he is humbled by the comparisons with the late Vaughan, the San Antonio-raised musician began playing out in clubs there when he was 15 years old. After Duarte moved to Austin when he was 16, he began taking his guitar playing much more seriously, and at that time, Vaughan was still around playing in Austin-area clubs. Duarte was one of those lucky few thousand who got to see Vaughan at the Continental Club before the late guitarist got his first break with David Bowie. After a short stint in an Austin jazz band, Duarte joined Bobby Mack & Night Train and began getting heavily into blues at that point. He traveled all over Texas with that band before a big break came his way in 1994, when New York-based Silvertone Records released his critically praised debut album, Texas Sugar/Strat Magik. Tailspin Headwhack followed in 1997 and Love Is Greater Than Me appeared three years later. Romp from 2003 featured a cover version of Bob Dylan's One More Cup and was followed by the 2007 album Blue Velocity, 2008's Vantage Point, 2009's 396, and 2010's Infinite Energy. My Soul Alone showed up early in 2013, with Lucky 13 arriving in 2014.

 

 

Chris Duarte Group View Larger Image 

 

SIMO: They say that rock is dead. Fans lament the loss of breath-taking musicianship and a sound that explodes with heart and soul. Fortunately, there is a beacon of light that can be found in the burgeoning Nashville rock scene and that is the band SIMO. SIMO is rooted in the blues-rock power trios of the late '60s and their undeniable talent and swagger will lead rock into the next decade and beyond. The three young men of SIMO fuse the improvisational brilliance of jazz, the gritty power of rock, and the soulfulness of blues to create a transcendent live experience. Their set lists, songs, and solos change every night and there is an energy in the air that keeps the audience wondering, "What's going to happen next?"
 
During the past three years, the band has built a name for itself on the touring circuit by performing at music festivals including Mountain Jam, Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, and Bonnaroo. The audiences that have been lucky enough to see SIMO play live have been mesmerized by their technical ability and song crafting prowess that pays tribute to so many of the band's musical influences.
 
SIMO is virtuoso guitarist J.D. Simo, Frank Swart on bass, and Adam Abrashoff on drums. Born in the shadow of Wrigley Field, J.D. took up the guitar at an early age and obsessively studied the recorded works of his musical forefathers. Realizing at age 15 that music would be his life, he dropped out of school, hit the road, and has never looked back. His journey led him to Nashville where, in a desperate attempt to pay rent and eat, he gathered up his guitar and headed down to Lower Broadway. Playing for tips on the street, he eventually caught the eye of Don Kelley of the renowned Don Kelley Band at Robert's Western World. Linking up with Kelley and cranking out country-western classics for the honky tonk crowd, J.D. routinely dropped jaws as he unleashed his blues-soaked take on the country favorites. It didn't take long until his name was on the lips of every discerning music aficionado in town.
 
Shaking off the demise of CDs, SIMO harkens back to the days when bands built followings not online, but night after night, show after show, on stage.

 

 

SIMO

 

Full Event Information: www.pomeroyblues.org/2015/06/09/blues-bash-2015-right-around-the-bend


 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Jackie Welker

Email: jackie@courtstreetgrill.com

Phone: 877-MEIGS-CO

 

Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society

112 Court Street, Pomeroy, Ohio, 45769

Web: www.pomeroyblues.org

 

CONDENSED VERSION:

The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society, Coors Light and Don Tate Motors presents the 15th Annual Big Bend Blues Bash at the Riverside Amphitheater (101 Main St.) in historic, downtown Pomeroy, Ohio.  Enjoy two days of Blues, Brews and BBQ on the banks of the mighty Ohio. Headlining this years festival is Blues Rock guitar master, Eric Gales, on Saturday, July 25th.  Supporting acts on Saturday include Blues greats, the Kinsey Report; Soul Blues King, Johnny Rawls; 2015 International Blues Challenge Best Guitarist, Noah Wotherspoon; and a host of local and regional artists. Friday's show will be a Blues Rock guitar fans dream as headlining artists include the powerhouse Chris Duarte Group and psychedelic trio, SIMO, featuring JD Simo on guitar.  Supporting acts include the Red Stone Souls, Blitzkrieg and the Dirt Poor Troubadours. Admission: Friday, $15 per person; Saturday, $20 per person; $25 for weekend pass; 12 and under are free. Full Event Information: www.pomeroyblues.org/2015/06/09/blues-bash-2015-right-around-the-bend

 

CALENDAR LISTING:
Event Name
: Big Bend Blues Bash
Event Date: July 24 to 25
Event Location: Riverside Amphitheater, 101 Main Street, Pomeroy, OH
Admission: Friday, $15 Per Person. Saturday, $20 Per Person. $25 For Weekend Pass. 12 And Under Are Free.
Full Event Information: www.pomeroyblues.org/2015/06/09/blues-bash-2015-right-around-the-bend
Contact: Jackie Welker, jackie@courtstreetgrill.com,
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The Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society, Coors Light and Don Tate Motors presents the 15th Annual Big Bend Blues Bash at the Riverside Amphitheater (101 Main St.) in historic, downtown Pomeroy, Ohio.  Enjoy two days of Blues, Brews and BBQ on the banks of the mighty Ohio. 

 

 


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