On Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, the Spa City Blues Society will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hot Springs Blues Festival as it makes its return to Hill Wheatley Plaza in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas. For $20, listeners will get to enjoy the festivities for both days.
Headlining this year's festivities include California's The Delgado Brothers, Ohio's Noah Wotherspoon Band, and Barbara Blue, Memphis's reigning queen of Beale Street. Winners of the 2016 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee, The Delgado Brothers combine Latin flavor with a blues/R&B vibe which have carried the members to various venues across the globe. With strong guitar similarities to the likes of Santana, many are drawn to the rhythmic styles the brothers have to offer. English blues legend John Mayall recorded some of The Delgado Brothers' songs from their 1999 album "Let's Get Back."
Also making an appearance at the 20th annual Hot Springs Blues Festival is two-time IBC finalists and trio Noah Wotherspoon Band. Named the "Best Guitarist" at the 2015 International Blues Challenge, Noah Wotherspoon and his band would go on to win 2nd place at the competition the same year. Since the tender age of 13, Wotherspoon has opened for Derek Trucks, jammed alongside Bobby Blue Bland, and shared the stage with Joe Bonamassa.
Headlining Saturday night's festivities is singer-songwriter Barbara Blue. With strong comparisons to Etta James and Janis Joplin, many listeners are intrigued with the singer's soulful voice mixed with urban blues. Barbara Blue has toured with the likes of Delbert McClinton, Jeff Healey, Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, along with many others.
This year's music festival also gives back to many of the state's local and well-known heavy hitters within the music industry including Little Rock-based keyboard and drum duo and Stuart Baer and Lance Womack (Spa City Blues Society's 2016 International Blues Challenge representation) and Spa City Blues Society's Hump Night Blues Jam host band The Big Chiller Blues Band (Brent Frazier, Shannon Sabbatini, and Darin Williams).
Little Rock-based duo and 2016 IBC finalists Trey Johnson and Jason Willmon will perform at this year's event as well as vocalist/guitarist Chad Carter's band Unseen Eye. Both acts have gained a massive following due to each act's musical successes over the past several years.
Cedell Davis and Brethren will be another great addition to the Hot Springs Blues Festival as they perform in front of thousands at the festival. After playing a run of shows while opening for Tedeschi Trucks Band, the blues greats will bring it back home to the beautiful state of Arkansas. Known as being one of the last remaining blues men of his day, Grammy nominee Cedell Davis continues to inspire fans with his musical abilities and dedication to the music industry.
Spa City Blues Society will celebrate the future generation of the blues as they present their Blues in the Schools act the Spa City Youngbloods. Led by instructor Sherree Hughes, the band continue to have successful gigs playing throughout various venues across the southeast United States while gaining a following due to their ambition,talent, and dedication to the blues.
Line-up times have not been set to date. For complete details and to purchase tickets while staying up-to-date on information as it becomes available, please visit the Spa City Blues Society at SpaCityBlues.org.
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