August 26th 2017 is the date for our 8th Annual Crossroads Blues Festival at Lyran Park. We've begun the process of vetting and hiring bands and have three of the five already hired. One of the hottest acts in the blues world right now is Corey Dennison. He's got his new debut CD on Delmark Records that is flying off shelves. Nominated for a Blues Blast Music Award, it is one of the best CDs of 2016! Corey is a rising star in the blues world and he has a fantastic band featuring Gerry Hundt on guitar, Nik Skilnik on bass and Joel Baer on drums, they are fantastic!
You can check Corey's website for more information: http://www.coreydennison.com/
Also featured will be the hottest and swinging-est blue band from Wisconsin, The Jimmys! With band leader Jimmy Voegeli on Hammond Organ/ keys/ vocals, Perry Weber on guitar/ vocals, John Wartenweiler on electric and upright bass, Mauro Magellan on drums, Darren Sterud on Trombone/Vocals, Pete Ross on Saxaphones and Mike Boman on Trumpet, you can't find a hotter band than these guys. Well, you can if you add another drummer- none!other than Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos!
For more on the Jimmys go to their website: http://www.thejimmys.net/
Our headliner and other bands will be announced soon!
Also performing with be the winners of our 2016 Crossroads Blues Challenge who will be representing us in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge. Dan Phelps will be our Solo/Duo entry and yBblu is our Youth Showcase entry.
yBblu is 16 year old Nicholas Dicklin on guitar and vocals, his 14 year old brother Joseph Dicklin on bass and 14 year old Sam Petri on drums.
Stay tuned for more updates!