18th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival Annouces 2013 Line-Up
Fans of the popular genre the blues rejoice because the Big Muddy Blues Festival just announced their headliners for the 18th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival. This year’s event over Labor Day weekend (Saturday, August 31 – Sunday, September 1) showcases the genre’s rich history while celebrating St. Louis’ place in American music.
Once again the Laclede’s Landing will serve as the festival’s main home – with the Big Muddy Blues Festival main state at 700 N. First Street which will host the talented and diverse collection of local acts, national headliners and a Grammy winner from the world of Blues Rock, soul, Rockabilly and Country.
Opening Night Main Stage headliners (Saturday, August 31)
Texas Trio, THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT will electrify the audience with their incredible stage presence and contagious energy. Their sound is a mix of Surf, Country, Big Band, Punk, Swing and Rockabilly with humorous lyrics. The Reverend Horton Heat will take to the BMBF main stage at 9:00 pm. Opening for The Rev. with a 7:00 pm show is Billboard Magazine’s #1 Blues Artist, Canadian (now a St. Louis resident) Blues guitarist, ANTHONY GOMES.
Final Night Main Stage headliners (Sunday, September 1)
The greatest Blues guitarist, WALTER TROUT will perform at 7:00 pm. A former member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers who holds the sixth spot on BBC Radio One’s list of the Top 20 guitarists of all time. On June 11th, Trout will release, Luther’s Blues, a tribute to the late, great Luther Allison. Trout will serve as the lead-in for Grammy winner, DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS who will close out the BMBF main stage with a 9:00 pm show. Clayton-Thomas, most notably known for being the former front-man of Blood, Sweat and Tears will release his first full-length Blues album, A Blues For The New World on May 7th. With a 10-piece band, he will perform his own blend of Rhythm and Blues, Reggae, Big Band, Jazz and Be-Bop, all with a funky undercurrent of down-home Blues (as well as some BS&T classics). In 2013, Clayton-Thomas will perform only five concerts in North America before his European tour.
In an addition, some of the local favorites scheduled include, Billy Peek, Jeremiah Johnson Band & The Sliders, Marquise Knox, Soulard Blues Band, Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers, Bible Belt Sinners, Big Mike Aguirre & the Blues Allstars, Funky Dragons and Inner City Blues Band.