Smokin' Blues, Sizzlin' Hot Ribs, & More!

Downtown Canal Winchester      July 28th & 29th, 2017       FREE ADMISSION
As Ohio's only Blues & Rib festival, this year's entertainment lineup is sure to please! ...From solid rockin' electric blues to traditional accoustic performances, there's something sure to satisfy even the most discriminating blues fan continuously flowing from two stages throughout the two-day event:

5:00-6:00   ~ Long Tall Deb Featuring Colin John

Long Tall Deb and Colin John combine a genre-bending and refreshingly original new sound that incorporates world influence with a sultry soulful-blues base picked up on their travels throughout India, Nepal,  Hawaii and the American South.  Their profound chemistry translates into live performances that are simultaneously engaging and incendiary as they connect with each other and audiences around the world in a positive, uplifting and inspiring way. Clearly, they love what they do and love the audiences for whom they entertain.

The pair have opened theater shows for BB King and Robert Cray, and played to standing ovations for enthusiastic club and festival audiences in India, Nepal, and across the United States, Canada and Europe.  What Long Tall Deb brings to the studio and the stage is nothing short of one-of-a-kind. She goes beyond the “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to paint a stunning picture that is deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is, as evidenced on her well-received VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands”. VIDEO:
6:30-7:30   ~ Jimmy Nick and Don't Tell Mamma

Jimmy Nick and Don't Tell Mamma Friday 6:30-7:30
Jimmy Nick is an old fashion guitar slinging blues prodigy, who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa's Lounge and B.L.U.E.S.on Halsted. Today Jimmy's mission is to expose the next generation to the blues.  Driven by his Motown-tight band 'Don't Tell Mama,' featuring saxophone, bass and drums.   Jimmy excites crowds with his electrifying guitar work, fresh harp,clever lyrics and animated stage theatrics.  His high energy blues and rock-n-roll captivate audiences and forge instant fans.
"Jimmy Nick is an old school rocker with great energy and enjoyably aggressive guitar playing.  A fun band!"  -Bruce Iglauer, President Alligator Records
8:00-9:15   ~ Willie Phoenix

Willie's career has spanned decades and so has his passion; never stopping, never failing to deliver jaw-dropping performances with an undeniable edge.
Born in Camden Alabama, Willie grew up listening to the greats; they were all there on 78/45 rpm records played on his family’s Magnavox record player: Muddy Waters, Lightning Hopkins, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker and country greats Hank Williams, Buck Owens and Jerry Reed.  Willie remembers thinking that the guitars, harmonicas and voices possessed the same echoing, lonely sound as the midnight train that rumbled past his family’s Marion Ohio home.

It was there, in Marion, where Willie grew up, went to school, and cut his teeth on early British invasion blues and rock n' roll.Willie has never looked back. He says, “I had a certain knack for writing songs. I started playing guitar, grabbed a few of my mates, formed a band and made a lot of wonderful noise.”   Willie has worked clubs and concert halls from Toronto Canada straight to the west coast neon lights of Hollywood.  He's shared the stage with many big name artists, including Muddy Waters, BB King, rock n' roll’s Ramones and The Talking Heads -- to name just a few.
9:30-11:00 ~ Albert Castiglia
3X BMA nominee Albert Castiglia was born in New York August 12, 1969.  Albert was a product of that city’s great melting-pot community, the son of a Cuban mother and Italian father. At five, the family moved to Miami, Florida, and when the twelve-year-old Albert took his first guitar lesson, a spark was lit that couldn’t be snuffed out. Even so, bills needed paying, and although he made his professional debut in 1990 with Miami Blues Authority (and was later named ‘Best Blues Guitarist’ by that city’s alt-music magazine, New Times), Albert juggled early gigging with his day job as a social services investigator.
Albert truly arrived on the international radar after Buddy Guy’s iconic harp-blower, Junior Wells, heard the young bluesman sing and invited him into the solo band for several world tours. The gig was a shop-window, and though Wells sadly died in 1998, Albert stayed busy, joining the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall for national tours in the late-’90s, and holding his own in onstage jams with everyone from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer.
For a lesser talent with lesser momentum, that role as sideman and gun-for-hire might have been enough. Right from the start, though, Albert had a creative itch that only a solo career and a songwriting carte blanche could scratch. So it began, with 2002’s Burn opening his account, followed by 2006’s 'A Stone’s Throw', 2010’s 'Keepin On' and 2012’s 'Living The Dream'.
Each new release was a step up, hammering home Albert’s reputation and ensuring there was plenty of classy material to fuel his increasingly well-attended live shows. In 2014, came 'Solid Ground'. Surfing on the buzz from press and public, supported by a major touring campaign and bolstered by Ruf’s marketing muscle, this album is a giant leap. In 2016, Albert's 'Big Dog' release upped the ante, dominated and burnt up the Blues Charts!  
The Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest is thrilled to bring back ALBERT CASTIGLIA to our 2017 Blues and Ribfest!

5:00-6:00 ~ Chris Sutton

6:15-7:15 ~ Micah Kesselring

7:30-8:45 ~ Bart Jenkins

9:00-10:30 ~ Molly Winters

12:00-1:00   ~ Bad Avenue

Bad Avenue Band is favorite on the circuit in the state of Delaware.  The lead singer/rhythm guitar player, Craig Coffield, founded the Central Delaware Blues Society, and established a regular Thursday evening jam session in Magnolia, Delaware, for local musicians to hone their craft. The Bad Avenue Band came to be after four local guys met at the jam and decided to get together to play for fun. Just a few years later, they now spend most weekends entertaining the US Northeast Coastal Region. Band influences include Albert Castiglia, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Sean Costello and more!

1:30-3:00   ~ Red Oakley

Red Oalkey is comprised of some of the finest blues talent Columbus has to offer!   Lead singer, guitarist Patrick McLaughlin's unique musicianship and soulful vocals will leave you wanting more! 
Duel Lead Guitarist Rick Collura captivates his audiences with his extraordinary talent on the guitar.  Red Oakley's powerhouse horn section "The Soul Satyr Horns" consist of former members of the Mark May Band.
3:30-5:00   ~ Tommy Z

Tommy Z is a Top 10 Billboard Blues charting artist and radio host from Buffalo, NY.    A guitar-driven electric-blues based stylist, he's been been recognized with numerous awards over the years, including being voted Top Blues Vocalist in Western New York 2003/2004/2006, Top Blues Guitarist 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006 and his band has won the Top Blues/Crossover Blues Band categories 1994, 2005, 2006, and was honored with the Muddy Waters Award for "Artist of the Year" by the Blues Society of WNY in 2004. In 2007 Tommy was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, recognizing him alongside some of the best talent to ever come out of WNY (and also making him ineligible for any more music awards!).

He has had the opportunity to perform with/or co-bill with some of the worlds' top artists in the blues/rock genre including: B.B. King (and daughter Shirley), Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey, Colin James, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Peter Frampton, Carey Bell, John Mayall, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more including a tour backing up Grammy-winning blues legend Pinetop Perkins (Muddy Waters Band).  Having dedicated his life to music, he's come a long way from playing the top bars and music venues in Buffalo as a teenager to being an international and US festival headliner.

The son of a Vietnam-era veteran, he has been bringing a taste of home to US troops overseas since 2003 with blues-based concert tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Djibouti, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Turkey, Guam, Alaska and other distant locales on behalf of USO/AFE. Rolling Stone Magazine called some of these locations, "The most dangerous gigs on Earth." Tommy contributed guitar tracks to Deep Purple vocalist/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian Gillan's CD on Immergent called Gillan's Inn, on the track "When A Blind Man Cries," which also featured blues-rock legend Jeff Healey and of course Deep Purple's Jon Lord.   In addition to his performance schedule and weekly radio show, Tommy is a Canisius College graduate, guitar teacher, and between CD's as an artist he's spent much of his creative time as composer/producer for Film, TV, Sports, etc. His credits include writing the victory song for the St. Louis Blues (NHL), Red Hot Chili Peppers Biography, Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure (iTunes #1 indie film), Last Comic Standing (NBC), TLC's Stager Invasion, Animal Planet's Swamp Wars (main title), Bravo's Chef Roble and Co., Discovery Channel's Biker Live, America's Top Model and others.

5:30-7:00  ~ Joanna Connor

No doubt you’ve seen it by now: That viral video of a woman onstage in a bright purple dress, playing one absolute scorcher of a slide guitar solo. That’s Joanna Connor in her home turf of Chicago, with the firepower she delivers to local crowds on a nightly basis.

That video has gone around the world a few times, getting millions of views and being re-posted in Japan, Russia and all over Europe. The viral phenomenon ironically happened while Connor herself has been off the road and out of the studio, devoting herself to being a mom and playing club residencies—not exactly laying low, since she does around 200 shows a year.

Connor’s original hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts is seldom named as a blues hotbed, but she was never one of those rock & roll kids who came to the blues secondhand. “My mom was actually the big influence in my musical life; she listened to blues, folk and rock as much as she could. So I heard Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal when I was a kid, and got into the more obscure artists as I went on.
And I saw all the Chicago bands who came through town.” By her mid-teens she was playing the Worcester and Boston clubs with her own band, then moved to Chicago in 1984. Once in town she learned from the best, sitting in with the likes of James Cotton, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. After a spell in Dion Payton’s band, she launched her own group which debuted with 1989’s Believe It. A string of acclaimed albums followed, and in 2002 she made her MC label debut with The Joanna Connor Band— perhaps the first album to display the full scope of her music. She is touring in support of her latest release, Six String Stories.

7:30-9:00   ~ ERIC STECKEL

In an era where pedalboards, laptops and samples have become commonplace, Eric Steckel goes against the grain and harkens his listeners back to the days when great guitars were played loudly through great amps. Hailed by many as the top rising star of Blues/Rock, Eric delivers a powerhouse performance that has left audiences in 22 countries (and counting) mesmerized. He brings an energy and passion to the stage and never disappoints his audience!

Eric has opened for Johnny Winter at The Paradiso in Amsterdam, thrilled audiences at the Tegelen Bluesrock Festival and shared the prime-time bill with Gregg Allman at the legendary Pistoia Blues Festival.

  Eric left a lasting impression on British Blues/Rock legend, John Mayall and in 2004 Mayall invited Eric to appear in Sweden, Norway and Denmark during The Bluesbreakers’ Scandinavian Tour.

Road-tested and seasoned from 19 years on stage and in the studio, yet young enough to deliver the passion and feeling of the Blues to a wider audience, Eric is a skilled player with a powerful voice and a winning personality.  VIDEO:
9:30-11:00   ~ Jane Lee Hooker
Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues.

With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals, JLH honors the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats. Few bands today deliver the goods with as much raw soul as JLH.

Since forming in 2013, JLH has graced many notable stages including NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club, Irving Plaza and the Highline Ballroom, Mountain Jam 2016, El Cid (L.A.), Pappy & Harriet’s (Pioneertown, CA), the Continental Club (Houston), and Antone’s Record Shop (Austin). They’ve shared bills with Wilco, Beck, Courtney Barnett, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), the Wailers, Davey Knowles, and the Death Valley Girls, among others.

These women are by no means new to the game. Between them, they have decades of experience in the studio and on the road. Individually, the members of JLH have played for thousands of fans while sharing bills with bands like Motörhead, MC5, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, and Deep Purple.

So how’d this gang of pros find each other? Guitarists Hightop and T-Bone honed their love of blazing dual leads in Helldorado in the ’90s. From there, Hightop joined Nashville Pussy, T-Bone joined Bad Wizard, and both women toured the world. But when their time with those bands ended, they realized they really missed the rush of trading guitar solos with one another, leaving audiences howling with joy.

But first they needed a band. They quickly recruited Hail Mary, who played bass with Hightop in the punk band the Wives. Cool Whip sat behind the drum kit and got the nod before she even finished slamming out the first song of her audition. And no singer can bring a crowd to its knees harder or faster than Dana "Danger" Athens.

12:00-1:30 ~ Alex Poteet

1:45-3:00 ~ Gregg Clark & James Higgens

3:15-5:00 ~ Innervision

5:15-6:45 ~ Ben Bachert

7:00-8:30 ~ Luther Trammell

9:00-10:30 ~ Steve Riggs