Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic celebrating 20 years as a touring musician. The award-winning guitar player, singer, songwriter, and high-energy concerts showcase not only Ana’s mesmerizing guitar skills but also her fabulous band, successfully merging musical styles. Ana’s passion on stage is so evident that the title of her CD ‘Live for LIVE’ sums it up, this IS what she lives for. Her dedication to work a little harder and travel a little further to hone her craft, has resulted in twelve albums, two DVDs and six nationwide Experience Hendrix tours. She’s been nominated for seven Blues Music Awards nominations. Her albums ‘Can You Stand the Heat’ and ‘Unconditional’ were USA Today Picks-Of-The-Week and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, who praised her “Fiery technique on the Stratocaster”. Nearly all of Ana’s albums reached the top of the Billboard Blues Charts. She and her six-piece band have toured tirelessly, sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and many others.

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Blood Brothers featuring Albert Castiglia & Mike Zito

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia come together to create a musical journey unlike anything seen before in the Blues and Roots genre. Armed with a history of the Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll, they bring both bands together to create the tour of 2022, “Blood Brothers.” Mike Zito is a 5 time Blues Music Award Winner and Albert Castiglia is the 2020 BMA award winner for Blues Rock Album of the Year, “Masterpiece.” With both artists on the exciting Gulf Coast Records label, it only made sense to join forces and give the fans what they wanted. For over 45 years combined in the music business, Zito and Castiglia have toured the world spreading joy and bringing the music to the people. Blood Brothers will showcase each band for a set and then will end with both bands together onstage creating a sound of classic southern rock and blues. This is a high-energy show of epic proportions! Daring and full of excitement, Albert and Mike come together in 2022 to bring you the most awaited tour in years, Blood Brothers.

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Mike Zito

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia come together to create a musical journey unlike anything seen before in the Blues and Roots genre. Armed with a history of the Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll, they bring both bands together to create the tour of 2022, “Blood Brothers.” Mike Zito is a 5 time Blues Music Award Winner and Albert Castiglia is the 2020 BMA award winner for Blues Rock Album of the Year, “Masterpiece.” With both artists on the exciting Gulf Coast Records label, it only made sense to join forces and give the fans what they wanted. For over 45 years combined in the music business, Zito and Castiglia have toured the world spreading joy and bringing the music to the people. Blood Brothers will showcase each band for a set and then will end with both bands together onstage creating a sound of classic southern rock and blues. This is a high-energy show of epic proportions! Daring and full of excitement, Albert and Mike come together in 2022 to bring you the most awaited tour in years, Blood Brothers.

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Albert Castiglia

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia come together to create a musical journey unlike anything seen before in the Blues and Roots genre. Armed with a history of the Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll, they bring both bands together to create the tour of 2022, “Blood Brothers.” Mike Zito is a 5 time Blues Music Award Winner and Albert Castiglia is the 2020 BMA award winner for Blues Rock Album of the Year, “Masterpiece.” With both artists on the exciting Gulf Coast Records label, it only made sense to join forces and give the fans what they wanted. For over 45 years combined in the music business, Zito and Castiglia have toured the world spreading joy and bringing the music to the people. Blood Brothers will showcase each band for a set and then will end with both bands together onstage creating a sound of classic southern rock and blues. This is a high-energy show of epic proportions! Daring and full of excitement, Albert and Mike come together in 2022 to bring you the most awaited tour in years, Blood Brothers.

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Nora Jean Wallace

Nora Jean Wallace (formerly Nora Jean Bruso) is a Chicago Blues singer with deep Delta roots. Nora Jean Bruso was born in 1956 and grew up in Greenwood, a town in the heart of a blues-rich region. Nora was born into the world of music, as both her father and uncle were professional blues musicians and the mother gospel singer, the grandmother had a Juke Joint. Nora’s singing career began in 1976. She released a single, ‘Untrue Lover’ in 1982. Her first solo release came in 2002. Her 2004 album, ‘Going Back to Mississippi’ was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Nora has been away from music since 2004, where she has cared for her now deceased mother. But in the midst of the world’s madness 2020, Nora returned to the absolute top of blues music with just as much power as when she left it. It proves the latest album “Blues Woman” where she sings with a power that tilts the soul out and leaves no doubt, especially when she sings the title song, “I’m A Blueswoman”. Nora was recently asked to open for, the living legend & 8x Grammy Award winner, Buddy Guy in Chicago at the renowned Buddy Guy’s Legends for his Residency Show in January 2022.

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Dustin Arbuckle and the Damnations

Dustin Arbuckle and The Damnations are not a band you can easily associate with one specific genre, and that’s how they planned it. Arbuckle, a veteran of the progressive roots music scene whose singing and harmonica playing first came into prominence in Moreland & Arbuckle, has been kicking up fresh dust with The Damnations since 2017. A musician of vast appetites, he’s long held an appreciation for traditional American music in the vein of Charley Patton as well as the cross-pollinated sounds of The Band or Stax-style soul. The diverse musical sensibilities of The Damnations (Brandon Hudspeth on guitar, Caleb Drummond or Mark Foley on bass, and Kendall Newby on Drums) allow for all of that along with occasional forays into deep country and even jazz. “When we started playing together we all wanted the band to be a space where we could play anything we wanted to,” Arbuckle notes, “and that’s created this cross-genre electric Americana vibe.”

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Lady A

This songstress began singing at age 5. She began her performance career as a back-up singer in a Motown Revue band during the 90’s. Her love of music, gospel background, Louisiana roots, and musical family always led her back to the Blues and Gospel music, mixed with flavors of soul and funk. Known as “The Hardest Workin Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel”, she produced The Big Blues Blowout with mentor and friend, 2017 Grammy Winner, Bobby Rush, Chicago’s Nellie Tiger Travis, and Producer, Dexter Allen, proving she is a producer as well as an artist. She is on the Board of Directors of the Rhapsody Music Project in Seattle, WA, also a mentor and vocal coach and newly named Director of Washington Blues Society Blues in the Schools program for 2022. Continuing to be a National and International sensation, whether during a Festival, in a nightclub, or private party setting or simply by helping others in order to educate in music and positive lifestyle, this Pacific NW Diva is always backed by one of the best and ferocious bands out of Washington, Oregon or across the pond. 

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Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe

The Carrier family is as synonymous with Zydeco music as beads are with Mardi Gras. Dikki Du Carrier marks the third generation of the Carriers to keep the musical tradition alive. Zydeco is a family thing. If one plays, everyone plays! He picked up the washboard at nine years old, the drums at 13, and traveled the world professionally at 19. But Dikki’s life changed when he decided he wanted a band of his own. Dikki taught himself how to play accordion, he says, “I just stayed in a room and played the accordion for a whole year.” Zydeco continues to grow as a music genre, including a short-lived category in the Grammys from 2008-2011 that Dikki’s brother Chubby Carrier won in 2011.

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Harper and Midwest Kind

Award winning Australian singer/ songwriter/ virtuoso harmonica player “Peter D. Harper”, now based in Detroit, Michigan, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Known in the music world as “Harper”, brings forth his latest release “RISE UP” (Access Records), featuring 10 original tunes that reach deep within. “RISE UP”, which had its debut at #3 on the Billboard Blues Charts. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Blues/Roots Music awards (including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada and achieved 4 x Top Ten Billboard Blues Charting albums. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Vocalist”. “RISE UP” is without a doubt Harper’s best work to date and was listed in the Top 20 Albums of the Year by Blues Blast Magazine. Harper and Midwest Kind were nominated for the 2021 Independent Blues Awards for *Best Modern Roots Band and *Best Modern Roots Album – “RISE UP”. Harper is backed by his talented Midwest based touring band called “Midwest Kind” which features: Austin Johnson on guitar, Lee Lewis on Bass Guitar, Jeremy Canonico on Drums and Bobbi Llewellyn on backing vocals/percussion.

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Gabe Stillman Band

The Gabe Stillman Band is a three-piece machine that runs at full tilt for every performance. While their sound is unmistakably rooted in the blues, the band draws from the deep well of all-American roots music. Since landing in the final 8 of the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and being further honored as the recipient of the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award, Gabe and his band have been focused on expanding their footprint on a national and international level. Based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Gabe formed the band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Gabe’s first self-produced release “The Grind” received wide acclaim. Gabe’s 2nd release, “Flying’ High” features him backed by legendary band, The Nighthawks.

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Annika Chambers

Annika grew up singing in the church, but it was during her two tours of duty in the US Army that Chambers realized the gift she had. Chambers became part of a touring band making the rounds through Kosovo and Iraq, providing a welcome lift for the troops’ morale. Returning to Houston in 2011 brought the creation of Annika Chambers and The House Rules Band. By the end of 2014, Chambers’ debut album, “Making My Mark”, was climbing blues charts across the US and Europe. Her meteoric success and rising attention brought Annika Chambers the coveted nomination for 2015 BMA (Blues Music Award) “Best New Artist 2015”. She also won Blues Music Award in 2019 in the ‘Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year’ category. Her sophomore release, “Wild & Free”, did not disappoint, with a debut at #7 on the Billboard Blues chart! Chambers has a deep passion for supporting and inspiring the next generation of musicians, donating time speaking in classrooms about the legacy that is the blues. 

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Damon Fowler & Greg Poulos

Damon Fowler is an American blues and blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Allmusic noted that “his sound is blues based, but there are hints of country, swamp rock, R&B, and swing in his playing and song writing.” Greg Poulos has been a fixture on the Southwest Florida scene for decades. He is currently the man in charge of hot licks with Kettle of Fish, and before that he played in several bands including stints with Freddie King, The Venturas and Rock Bottom.

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Crystal Shawanda Band

Crystal is currently getting ready for the official worldwide release of “Voo Doo Woman”, and will be back on the road this summer/fall, and is already looking ahead and currently in the studio working on another blues album, a children’s album, and an Aboriginal album. Crystal Shawanda is a soulful little powerhouse, and will make you feel every word. With a voice that’s not like anyone you’ve ever heard, it’s pure and precise, yet gritty and gutsy at the same time. Her high energy show will make you dance, sing, laugh, and cry, so do yourself a favor, and see if she’s singing anywhere near you!

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Tullie Brae Band

The soulful blues singer and multi-instrumentalist credits her musical gift to Gospel music like so many great soul singers before her. Tullie’s musical journey began singing in church where her Daddy was a preacher near the cotton fields and wetlands of the Blues. The type of church where you could hear soul-shaking music before you even walked in the door! Early on, she assumed the role of choir director which led to touring professionally with Gospel groups. While touring and performing, Tullie was introduced to the many sounds and forms of different genres of music. Her Gospel roots naturally segued into the Blues where you can still hear and feel the hints of Soul along with her grit of Rock. Tullie is most comfortable on stage performing in her own unique style, sharing her heart & soul to each audience through her love of music.

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The Jimmy’s

The Jimmy’s are an awesome Blues/R&B band from Madison, Wisconsin.  They have been entertaining crowds for 12+ years. From local clubs to major festivals, they have traveled the globe!  The Jimmy’s previous albums have been nominated and/or received, multiple awards including Blues Performer, Contemporary Blues Album and Artist of the Year.  The Jimmy’s have included guest stars on their former releases including Bun E Carlos, Billy Flynn, Jim Liban and the Legendary Clyde Stubblefield. Now with a new album featuring long-time fan Marcia Ball and produced by Grammy award winning producer Tony Braunagel, The Jimmy’s proudly present “Gotta Have It” with 13 gripping tracks that will get the party started, keep everyone dancin’, and leave them wanting more!

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Marquise Knox

Born St. Louis, Mo, 28-year-old Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. (National Endowment of the Arts) Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award winner Henry James Townsend. Marquise’s talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Marquise’s 3’d album, Black and Blue, was released independently on his own record label Knox Entertainment LLC continues to answer the question “Can A Young Man Play the Blues” with a resounding YES with the songs like “One More Reason to Have the Blues” & “Blues Man”.

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Terrie Odabi

Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Terrie performs original stirring blues straight from the soul. Her compelling arrangements create a contemporary sound that support Terrie’s witty lyrics and compelling voice. She takes pride in her urban roots, appealing to a wide, new audience. 2014 & 2015 Winner of Bay Area Regional Finals International Blues Challenge & 2015 Winner of the Black Music Award for Best Female Blues Artist.

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Selwyn Birchwood

With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award.

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Latimore

Benjamin William Lattimore (born September 7, 1939) known professionally as Latimore, is an American blues and R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. Latimore was born in Charleston, Tennessee, and was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the blues. His first professional experience came as a pianist for various Florida-based groups including Steve Alaimo. He first recorded around 1965 for Henry Stone’s Dade record label in Miami, Florida. In the early 1970s, he moved to the Glades label, and had his first major hit in 1973 with a jazzy reworking of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”, which reached No. 27 on the R&B chart. He made an appearance in May 2014 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2017, Latimore was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

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