2017 Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest
Friday & Saturday, July 21st & 22nd

This year's place to be is right in front of the stage!
 Help us keep this event free by donating, or purchasing preferred seating in our exclusive seating area.
High top tables and other seating supplied - beverage, bar service or food not included. Online purchase only. $3 Handling Fee Added.
$60 Friday Only     $60 Saturday Only     $100 Weekend Pass

Thursday, July 20th
Kick Off Party
Watch for many events around the Lowertown area!

Friday, July 21st
Main Stage
Mick Sterling - Master of Ceremonies

4:30 - 5:30 - Mick Sterling and The Stud Brothers
Recently inducted in the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame and multiple Minnesota Music Award winners, Mick Sterling and The Stud Brothers are a10-piece Soul and R&B machine that has thrilled Twin Cities audiences for decades. Mick Sterling and The Stud Brothers set the standard for other horn bands since their inception in 1989. Featuring original songs from their multiple original efforts as well as killer versions of songs from Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Brown, Tower of Power, Joe Cocker, Bill Withers and many others, there is quite simply nothing like this band. Lowertown is pleased to open our festival this year with a perfect addition to our Blues & Funk format!

6:00 - 7:30 - Chase & Ovation A Salute to the Music of Prince

Minneapolis Funk comes to St. Paul - Chase & Ovation - A salute to the music of PRINCE! Chace and Ovation are from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the place where it all began... Frontman Tommy Chase has assembled the Twin Cities best musicians, and for more than 10 years have played all over the country promoting their love of Prince and his music.
In what promises to be one of the best shows you will see this year, Chase & Ovation perform all the hits from one of the most recognized artists in the world, and also performs live memorable hits from The Time, Sheila E, Vanity, Apollonia 6 and many other artists!

8:00 - 9:30 - Average White Band
AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit 'Pick Up the Pieces' the band's strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B; heroes - people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others - and developed their own 'authentic' sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere. While a good number of cuts - 'Cut The Cake' and 'Let's Go Round Again'- became hit singles, many other album tracks, like 'Schoolboy Crush' and 'Stop The Rain' became much sampled grooves. Many more tunes, such as 'Cloudy', and 'A Love Of Your Own'- amongst many others- stand alongside some of the finest soul 'album tracks' ever recorded.

Juke Joint Stage

5:30 - 6:00 pm: Brian Naughton
7:30 - 8:00 pm: Brian Naughton

Saturday, July 22nd
Main Stage
Mick Sterling - Master of Ceremonies

12:00 - 12:45 - Colin Campbell and The Shackletons
The brothers that make up Colin Campbell & the Shackletons grew up playing blues together and listening to local rock. These Twin Cities musicians dish out Minnesota inspired rock & roll, while spitting out the younger generation's version of classic blues.

1:15 - 2:15 - Winner of the Famous Dave's Battle of the Blues Bands

2:45 - 4:00 - Reneé Austin
Raised in Kingsland, Texas, the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter rose to national attention in 2003 with her first international release "Sweet Talk", which included the spine tingling duet "Pretend We Never Met" with 4-time Grammy Winner and fellow Texan - Delbert McClinton.
Austin has released 3 CD’s: Dancin' With Mr. Blue (which garnered 3 MN Music Awards including the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year), Sweet Talk (which garnered a WC Handy Nomination for Best New Artist), and Right About Love. Austin has shared the stage with such artists as Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, The Kentucky Headhunters, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Keb' Mo, Vonda Shepard (Ally McBeal), Robert Cray, Tommy Castro and Sonny Landreth.

4:30 - 6:00 - The Jimmys
The Jimmys are what you get when you combine (A) The seasoned keyboard/Hammond organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, long time member of Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, (B) The drummer from The Georgia Satellites, (C) The four-piece horn section from Clyde Stubblefield's Band, (D) The expertise of southern Wisconsin's finest bass guitar, and (E) The legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals. The Jimmys bring a unique blend of multiple genres to create a true Wisconsin blues sound!

6:30 - 8:00 - Shannon Curfman
Shannon is currently a member of Kid Rock's 'Twisted Brown Truckers' band as a guitarist and vocalist. She first burst upon the blues and roots rock scene in 1999 with quite a stir. After recording her major-label debut for Clive Davis and Arista Records, "Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions" climbed to the top of the Billboard Blues Charts and remained for nearly 5 years. Shannon has shared the stage with legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Mellencamp, John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana. She has also performed on national television programs such as David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and VH1’s Rock & Roll Record Breakers. She has recorded with John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Kid Rock, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa, to name a few.
8:30 - 10:00 - Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each one standing alone. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and leave critics searching for new words of praise. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.”
Juke Joint Stage
12:45 - 1:15 Ken Valdez
2:15 - 2:45  Brother Jon
4:00 - 4:30  Paul Haaland & Moses Oakland
6:00 - 6:30 
Alex "Crankshaft" Larson
8:00 - 8:30  Alex "Crankshaft" Larson

This activity is made possible through grants from legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.




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