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

Downtown Canal Winchester      July 27th & 28th, 2018       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:

Since the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, contemporary blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter (and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver) Toronzo Cannon has burst onto the international stage as one of Chicago's – and the world’s – most acclaimed next-generation bluesmen. He’s earned his fame through the overwhelming response to his album, the sheer force of his music, his original songs, and his live charisma. Since the CD’s release, he’s played major cities all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivering one hard-rocking performance after another!

8:00-9:15   ~ Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers

In a recent review, Guitar Player Magazine stated, "...Sounds like Elmore James and Houndog Taylor tempered with the rowdiness of George Thorogood." Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest could not agree more, and very proudly welcomes back RAY FULLER AND THE BLUESROCKERS!
  Having completed several tours of Europe, RAY FULLER AND THE BLUESROCKERS played packed venues, leaving fans screaming, chanting, stomping for more and demanding as many as five encores!
Known for his "Rockin' Slide Guitar Blues," RAY FULLER has headlined blues festivals and major blues venues throughout The USA, Canada, Europe and South Africa by putting on high energy, dynamic performances full of fire and energy.
  FULLER'S talent and strength as a singer and guitarist has allowed him to share the stage with many blues legends including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. As an eager student of the blues, these opportunities to hang out and learn at the feet of the masters were not wasted on young Ray; he paid close attention to every pearl of wisdom and every nasty riff and blues lick generously shown to him. Since then, RAY FULLER AND THE BLUESROCKERS have been performing their brand of low down, gutsy blues and red hot rock 'n’ roll for many years, leaving a trail of scorched stages and satisfied fans!  It is no secret that Ray and his wife Sherri put in countless hours, working hard behind the scenes since year one, volunteering their time to our great festival.  Please welcome back Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers.

6:30-7:30   ~ Omar Coleman

No one will ever claim that Delmark Recording Artist Omar Coleman was an overnight success.  While he grew up hearing blues on Chicago's West Side, he did not take up harmonica until much later in life.  From that point on, Coleman worked hard honing his instrument and developing his strong vocals.
Since signing with Delmark, Omar Coleman tours worldwide, making his mark in the global music scene.  Rooted in the blues with deep-soul passion, the music of Omar Coleman both moves the heart and galvanizes the feet.   His debut album "Born & Raised" was nominated for Best Album of the Year 2015 by Living Blues Magazine. 

5:00-6:00 ~ Mitchell Project
The Mitchell Project, comprised on talented, local, seasoned musicians, brothers Steve and Mark Mitchell, Gene "Big Daddy" Richards on vocals.
Front man Gene aka  "Big Daddy"  has powerful vocals and has been a staple in the local music scene since the 1960's!
The Mitchel Project band has opened for us in the past, we are excited to welcome them back to kick off our 2018 Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest!

5:00-6:00 ~ Tom Carroll & Mike McGannon

6:30-8:30 ~ Lews Brothers

9:00-10:30 ~ Steve Riggs

9:30-11:00   ~ Sean Chambers

"Guitarist Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock sound that the Stones used to aspire to long ago." – Jerry Shriver, USA TODAY

“The thing about Sean Chambers is that he’s the real deal!   He’ll give you the shirt off his back and he’ll give you a show that will leave you emotionally exhausted, wanting more!”
-Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene
Britain's Guitarist Magazine named Chambers as "One of the top 50 Blues guitarist of the last century!"
Voted Best Live Album 2011 Canada Blues Underground Network, one of Top 3 Live CD's in Germany's Wasser Prawda Magazine, nominated for the Jimmy award for Best Live Blues Album 2011,
nominated Blues Blast Music Awards for Best Blues Rock Album of the Year in 2013 and 2017! 

7:30-9:00   ~ Joe Moss

2013 Inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame! A guitarist since the age of 10, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa's Blues Lounge in Chicago. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy's Rib Tip band. Moss' guitar skills quickly became notorious on the local scene and made him an in-demand sideman. In 1996 Joe started his own band and has recorded and toured constantly to date. Some of the people he had the pleasure of playing with include: Buddy Guy, Little Milton,Willy "Big Eyes" Smith, Lurrie Bell, Zora Young, Charles Wilson, Lil' Smokey Smothers, Syl Johnson, Big Time Sarah, Barkin' Bill Smith, Lefty Dizz, Magic Slim, A.C. Reed, Billy Branch,Walter Scott, Hollywood Scott, Mike Wheeler, James Wheeler and Little Mack Simmons. Joe has backed these artists all over the world. Joe has recorded 5 Albums with his own band The Joe Moss band.  
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.

3:30-5:00  ~ Laurie Jane & the 45's

Hailing from Louisville Kentucky, Laurie Jane and The 45s promise a set you wont soon forget!     Laurie Jane's sultry, yet powerful vocals are tempered with a sincerity and restraint seldom heard in modern music.   Their latest release "Midnight Jubilee" latest release on Down in The Alley Records, channels the diverse spirit of their hometown across a broad soundscape of country-soul, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly.  This truly might be the band you have never heard of that
completely knocks your socks off!  Get to downtown early to not miss this band.  

1:30-3:00   ~ Guitar Company

Guitar Company is comprised of some of the finest blues talent Columbus has to offer--including FOUR guitarist, and multi vocalist!  
This band is  comprised of Columbus Guitar Greats Patrick McLaughlin, Rick Collura, Michael McGannon all on guitar/vocals, John Boerstler guitar, Aaron Scott on drums, Phil Maneri on bass/vocals and Phil Clark on keys/vocals!

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!  Get to downtown EARLY on Saturday...word has it this band will be calling to stage Local Blues Legend FRANK HARRISON to do 2-3 songs!
12:00-1:30 ~ Ben Bachert & Friends

2:00-3:30 ~ Alex Poteet

4:00-6:00 ~ Chris Yakopcic

6:30-8:30 ~ Will Freed

9:00-10:30 ~ Molly Winters

9:30-11:00 ~ TORONZO CANNON
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.