James Hunter Band - Tuesday, June 22nd • 7PM
Van Morrison calls James Hunter "the best voice and best-kept secret in British R&B and soul." Hunter's voice carves out graceful melodies and soars into falsetto over his horn-sparked band as he digs through his vast bag of blues 'n' soul licks on electric guitar. His albums are a blast but the vibrant energy of his stage performances are where it really comes together.
Coco Montoya, Eva Cappelli and the Watershops Band- Wednesday, June 23rd • 7PM
Coco learned his chops as a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Albert Collins' Icebreakers. His fiery blues rock has earned him the praise of fans and critics worldwide as well as a W. C. Handy award and numerous nominations. "Blistering contemporary blues...piercing attack, funky, shivery guitar tones and aggressive, soulful vocals" -Blues Revue
Shemekia Copeland, Josh Charles Friday, June 25th • 7PM
Shemekia Copeland opened for the Rolling Stones at 20, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, and scored critics choice awards in The New York Times and The Times of London. She's blues legend Johnny Clyde Copeland's daughter and heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor. Copeland's shot at the title of Queen of the Blues is pretty clear.
Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas- Saturday, June 26th • 7PM
Nathan Williams has been a bright star in the Zydeco firmament for more than 20 years, behind his trademark sunglasses, smiling broadly, while his fingers move smoothly up and down the accordion's keys and buttons producing classic Zydeco that captures every emotion. More than anything, he wants to make people happy. In "My Zydeco," he sings that his music is "like white lightning" that reaches your heart and soul and makes you want to move and groove. We hope you'll oblige.