|Animas River Blues & Brews Coming in July|
|Special to the Post | 6/29/12|
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|The 7th Annual Animas River Blues & Brews Fest, which is held in Aztec, New Mexico along the beautiful Animas River in Riverside Park, features 6 national blues bands for one low price of just $20.00. Mark your calendars for Saturday July 14, 2012.
This year's performers:
The Lionel Youth Band won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo catagory, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.
Peter Karp & Sue Foley released their CD in March 2010 on Blind Pig Records and hit #1 on the Blues Chart for 6 weeks. Also Top 10 on Billboard! Their music goes beyond Blues, and incorporates elements of Jazz, Rock, Folk, Flamenco, and more.
Rockin' Jake from New Orleans, LA is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat New Orleans Music Awards for best harmonica player, Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco
The Avey Brothers - from Davenport, IA
Voted back-to-back champions of the 2008 and 2009 Iowa Blues Challenge, Chris Avey, former lead guitarist and backing vocalist for blues icon, Big Pete Pearson, fuels the band with his stinging guitar attack and fiery vocals. The group blends elements of Cajun swamp with blues-rock and Chicago sounds.
Chava & Paid My Dues Rhythms and Blues hails from from Albuquerque, NM. Chava has an amazing voice and her voice has a unique presence. She can belt out clear, unembellished tones as well as the guttural Jazz/Blues voice most associated with New Orleans and New York City. Performing selections from the Tap Roots of the early Blues Era to the present day.
Native Reign comes from reservations within the Four Corners area. Their "theme song" was calibrated from an old traditional Apache song. Keeping tradition in mind this version of the song has not disrupted any of its traditional concepts. Fusing Apache flute music and traditional drumming into their music this band is truly a treat to experience and a unique new sound to the blues scene.
There will be two guest appearances by Dakota Niswonger and Jessica Socie. Both of these 18 year olds were discovered at an open mic night at the Hiway Grill. Dakota’s soulful original songs and Jessica’s strong vocal showmanship are exactly the kind of talent that Animas River Arts & Entertainment, (the folks who bring you the Blues & Brews Fest), want to reward next year with their scholarship fund for kids who excel in the fields of performing arts and fine arts.
This outdoor festival goes from 11am - 10pm.
Riverside Park is located at 500 S. Lightplant Rd. in Aztec, NM. Kids 12 and under are FREE — a kids play area is at the Park. Free tent camping; RV spaces are $10.00. Plenty of Food, Brews, Wine and colorful vendors on site to complete your day.
Complete information is on our website.
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