The following have been invited to perform - more to be announced soon !

"One of the Great Players" - BB King

"Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality." the New York Times

"One of God's guitarists." The Houston Post

"everything Duke Robillard has done as a guitarist during the past four-plus decades . . . bears witness to his musical intelligence and his dedication to his craft".  Downbeat

 

Since starting his musical career in 1967 by founding and fronting Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard has been at the forefront of Blues, Swing and classic R&B/Jump blues for over 40 years earning him his legendary status while influencing and inspiring countless legions of musicians and fans worldwide.

He has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for traditional blues album of the Year in 2007/2010 and named Blues Music Awards Traditional male Blues Artist of the Year in 2010.  He has won the Blues Music Award for guitarist of the year 5 times, being the second most honored for that award and has garnered no less than 21 BMA nominations in various categories since 1989.   Duke’s new CD for Stony Plain Records in 2015, titled “The Acoustic Blues and Roots of Duke Robillard”, won a 2016 Blues Award for “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year”.

Leading his own group Duke has toured non-stop for the past 30 some years recording more than 20 critically acclaimed CDs under his own name. He has toured as guitarist with Tom Waits and the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon, Maria Muldaur and many, more.

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2017 Featured Headliners

Duke Robillard Band

 

Two time Grammy Award winner (1998, 2009)

11 time Grammy Award Nominee

 

Michael Doucet, fiddler, composer, and bandleader, is perhaps the single most important figure in the revitalization of Cajun music in the United States.

 

Louisiana native Michael Doucet is widely regarded as the world’s best Cajun fiddler and leads the globetrotting band BeauSoleil, featured in documentary films and movies such as “Belizaire the Cajun” and “The Big Easy.”

 

Doucet is one of the most frequent guests on “A Prairie Home Companion” and has racked up two Grammy awards and a dozen nominations, along with recordings and performances with everyone from the Grateful Dead, Richard Thompson, and Keith Richards to Mary-Chapin Carpenter’s pop hit “Down at the Twist and Shout.”

 

Saturday Blues Night  - April 1, 2017. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.

Music starts at 4:30 p.m. with 4 bands playing until 11:30pm

 

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Michael Doucet

Friday March 31, 2017 - Blues Legends Night

Multiple Grammy nominated, triple threat swamp boogie master Kenny Neal from Baton Rouge takes the Redwood Coast Music Festival Muni Stage on Saturday, April 1 from 8:30pm to 10:00pm. The 2015 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Blues Entertainer Award winner comes to the Redwood Coast on the wings of his 16th CD Bloodlines produced by Tom Hambridge who produced two Grammy-winning Buddy Guy albums, Skin Deep and Living Proof. Bloodlines features “Thank You B. B. King.” The title cut is swamp blues at its best, a funky Dr. John meets Ray Wyllie Hubbard tour de force featuring Kenny’s patented raw harp and lyrics about his large family: “Down in Louisiana where the blood lines run deep/Daddy sings the blues and the blood lines run deep.Mama told me the story how she planted the seed.”

The eldest of 10 children and the son of Louisiana blues man Raful Neal, Kenny Neal was handed his first harmonica by Slim “Scratch My Back” Harpo as a baby to stop him from crying. He toured with his dad at 13 and left home in Baton Rouge to be Buddy Guy’s bass player in 1979 at 18.

In 1991 Kenny played a lead role on Broadway in Mule Bone, a play by Harlem Renaissance’s brightest writers Langston Hughes and Zora Hurston, with music by blues legend Taj Mahal. For his portrayal Kenny won a Theatre World Award, the oldest award given for a debut theatre performance on or off Broadway. Previous award winners include Whoopie Goldberg, Julie Andrews, and Robert Redford.

Kenny Neal is known for his incendiary stage performances and his improvisational skills.

 

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Kenny Neal

Saturday April 1, 2017

Grammy nominated legendary Blues man James Harman was born and raised in Anniston, Alabama and quickly picked up on the black blues and soul music being played on juke boxes and radio. He sang in the church choir until age 16 when his family moved to Panama City Florida, where he found himself surrounded by like-minded blues lovers. Wearing a fake moustache, young James slipped into a still segregated black nightclub to see Little Junior Parker’s show. He was totally overtaken by the blues and soon became a regular, known as “That boy who sings like a man” by patrons.

 

James Harman has had 33 releases, on many different labels; he currently tours every spring, summer and fall, working in as many as 29 countries. Through his long career starting in the early 60’s James Harman has built up an enormous song catalog and had 20 of his original songs used in movies and television. He has been nominated for 20 pestiferous W. C. Handy (Blues Foundation) awards. He was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and he is the harmonica player of choice on many ZZ Top releases, as well as live with them on many international TV shows.  Harman was nominated for a Grammy Award, and won two Blues Music Awards for his contribution to the Blind Pig release, "Remembering Little Walter" in 2014. He is a one of a kind song writer, producer, musician, showman, vocalist and internationally known bluesman.

 

in 2015 Electro-Fi release "BONETIME" was nominated for an unprecedented five BMA awards: Song of the Year, Album  of the Year, Traditional album of the Year, Harmonica Player and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year.

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James Harman Band

Every night that award-winning harmonica player, singer and songwriter Rick Estrin and his cohorts The Nightcats perform live— wherever in the world that may be—a crowd of dancing, shouting, laughing and cheering people will be enjoying some of the best live music they’ve ever heard.

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica, is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his unforgettable original songs.  Blues Revue says, “Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck.”

 

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats— jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen,  singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and Moog synthesizer)—serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock n’ roll and Estrin’s trademark philosophical wiseguy humor. Since the 2009 the band has toured non-stop, sharpening their musical telepathy to a razor’s edge

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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats