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Blue Ribbon Blues Fest Saturday on fairgrounds

Aug 09, 2017

The fourth annual Blue Ribbon Blues Fest, presented by the Southeast Iowa Blues Society and the Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, is set for Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and the music begins at 5 p.m. with 2016 Iowa Blues Hall of Fame inductee Tony Blew. He will perform between the acts throughout the evening.

Music continues from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with Rob Lumbard.

Lumbard received his musical education in the barrooms on Forest Avenue in his hometown of Des Moines, sitting in with the likes of Rose Marie Webster, Luther Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. During the 1980s, he barnstormed the Midwest in The Wapsie River Band. Then in 1990, went back to playing solo. His music is blues/folk based. He can cover jazz or blues standards and do a set of his own tunes. His fingerpicking guitar style can be traced back to Blind Blake, Doc Watson and Piedmont Blues. His slide playing is influenced by Johnny Winter, Lowell George and Ry Cooder.

Danielle Nicole Band plays from 7-8:30 p.m.

A 2014 Blue Music Award winner, Danielle Nicole Schnebelen has always been performer. She began singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events when she was 14 and with her parents at clubs that would allow minors. At 16, she began singing lead in her father’s band, Little Eva and the Works. In March 1999, she started her own band, Fresh Brew, then she and her brothers Nick and Kris started a family band, Trampled Under Foot. After about 13 years, the family band wound down, and Danielle formed her own band, and now has made a solo debut album, “Wolf Den.”

The headliner band, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, plays from 9-10:30 p.m.

In Chicago, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for almost 30 years. The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets.

Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials — bassist (and Ed’s half-brother) James “Pookie” Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton — have remained together for nearly 30 years, the band fueling Lil’ Ed’s songs with their rock-solid, road-tested, telepathic musicianship.

Food will be available at the event from an Iowa Beer Bus, Sweet ’n’ Saucy BBQ and Golden Kettle Corn. No food or drinks can be brought onto the grounds, but attendees should bring a lawn chair, and are reminded that camping is available.

Tickets are $25 at the door, but $20 in advance from Josie Hannes Design and Classic 96 radio station, both in Fairfield, Morgan’s Bar & Grill in Ottumwa, The Guitar Farm in New London and Weird Harold’s Records in Burlington. Will-call tickets are available by calling 641-919-7477 or 641-233-7438.

Tickets for Southeast Iowa Blues Society members are $20.

For more information, call 641-233-7438 or 641-919-7477 or visit the website http://southeastiowabluessociety.org.

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