New River Blues Festival hits Jefferson Sept. 5
Over the last seven seasons, the New River Blues Festival has presented some classic blues artists to the High Country, resulting in a day of great tunes, food, drink and scenery.
Always set in a beautiful location, the festival has grown into an event that delivers a memorable day of music and draws folks from across the country. This year, the blues will be flowing on Sunday, Sept. 5, from 1 till 6 p.m., and the festival moves to its new home for the eighth anniversary at River House Inn ( http://www.riverhousenc.com) on the banks of the New River, just north of Jefferson in Ashe County.
According to organizers, "This location has been called one of the prettiest on the New River and lends itself as a perfect site for some smokin' blues music. River House Inn has become known for their unique rooms, food and hospitality. When you factor in their experience for hosting all kinds of parties and events, and their lawn that is bordered by the river, you have a great combination for presenting world-class blues in a unique setting."
This year's talent is stacking up to be one of the best lineups to date. With regional favorites, The King Bees (kingbees.home.mindspring.com), hosting the music for the day, they will be joined by some dynamic players that have left their marks on Blues music. Visit
Keyboard player and vocalist Shrimp City Slim ( http://www.shrimpcityslim.com) returns to NRBF, along with a special guest, harmonica player extraordinaire Jukejoint Johnny.
Drink Small ( http://www.myspace.com/drinksmallblues), 77 years young, will be back at NRBF with his gutsy guitar and vocals, proving why he is a southern treasure and a member of the South Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
Newcomers to the festival this year are Ike and Val Woods ( http://www.ikeandval.com) out of Miami, Fla. Recently returning from a highly successful tour of Spain, this duo brings powerful vocals from Val that have been compared to Etta James, and Ike's guitar style brings elements of Jimi Hendrix and B.B. King, with a dash of soul, for an incredible blues sound.
Also, Sammy Blue out of Atlanta will be on the line up this year. Taj Mahal said that Sammy "is one of the best kept secrets of roots music." His musicianship will fit nicely into this year's roster of blues originals.
Gates will open at noon on Sunday, Sept. 5, and tickets are available, in advance, for $12 and $15 at the gate. Children 12 and under are free. Bring chairs or blankets, but no coolers or pets.
To order tickets online, visit http://www.thecelticforce.com/tickets. For more details, check it out on Facebook at New River Blues Festival.
"Come put your feet in the river while you enjoy some good food and drink, and treat your ears to a day of awesome blues music while gazing on the beauty of the surroundings," a festival spokesperson said.