Friday, July 19th
Spire Credit Union Main Stage
Mick Sterling - Master of Ceremonies

4:30 pm  Sumo Seven 
Sumo Seven plays a variety of funk, blues, soul, R&B, and pop hits from the last 5 decades - including crowd favorites by Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, and Michael Jackson; as well as lesser known gems by Soulive, Liquid Soul, Marc Broussard and Trombone Shorty. This band has big vocals, a blow away horn section, and tight grooves.

6:15 pm  Boogie Wonderland
Boogie Wonderland is the premier disco top 40 dance band hailing from the funkiest side of Minneapolis, packing dance floors since 1997. They are recognized as one of the best dance music show bands in the US, and will deliver the funk and R&B in large doses!

8:00 pm  Thomas McClary - The Commodores Experience

“Brick House”, “Easy”, “Just to Be Close to You”…
The feeling those oldies give you is thanks to Thomas McClary.

A singer, musician, writer, producer, and performer, McClary founded the legendary funk and soul band Commodores in 1968. The Grammy-winning group spent a decade on top of the charts.

For McClary, music has always been about affecting the greater good. Not only has his music been food for the soul, so have his actions. Born October 6, 1949 in Eustis, Florida, McClary was one of the first African-American students to integrate the Florida Public School System prior to the enforcement of Brown vs. Board of Education.

He continued standing up to for justice while attending the historically black college Tuskegee University. It was at Tuskegee that he met the other members of the Commodores and bonded with them through music and social change. His book was published last year, and is a testament to his hard work and his experiences in the music business.

Saturday, July 20th
Spire Credit Union Main Stage
Mick Sterling - Master of Ceremonies

12:00 pm  Craig Clark Band
The Craig Clark Band roots are from Minnesota & they are true “Minnesota Nice”. They deliver a performance & sound that is both emotionally-rich & inviting. Catch them before or after a show or during a set break & you’ll find these accomplished musicians are all around swell guys. From their powerful rhythm section to masterful guitar skills to authoritative, soulful vocals, this band is nothing if not cohesive. CCB is rich in personality delivering a dynamic, righteous entertaining experience. A wonderful way to open our Blues Day at Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest!

1:30 pm  Bridget Kelly Band
Inspired by classic & electric blues, the award winning Bridget Kelly Band from Gainesville, Florida has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The powerful and sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin' blues guitar; held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Tim Mulberry on drums and Mark Armbrecht on bass.

3:00 pm  Joyann Parker
 "A powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals.
- Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Joyann Parker brings a full range of talent to her performances as an accomplished singer, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. She has performed for thousands at major venues and festivals across the country, frequently sells out the most prestigious clubs in the Twin Cities and garnered national and international attention for her newest record, "Hard To Love." Joyann is a 2018 Blues Blast Magazine Music Award nominee and Heritage guitars artist. She has opened for Grammy winner Robert Cray, taken the stage for Grammy nominee Elvin Bishop in a pinch, represented Minnesota at the 2015 International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN and won the award for 2016's Best Self-Produced CD from the Minnesota Blues Society.

4:45 pm  Carolyn Wonderland
“Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She’s an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo. She even played the trumpet! And damn, can she sing.”
– Los Angeles Times

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

6:30 pm  Popa Chubby
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson," Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

8:30 pm  Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Beyond Jon Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint.

In 1989, Cleary had recorded his first album of eight including the new GoGo Juice. His increasingly high-profile performances revealed a level of proficient versatility that led to recording sessions and international touring work – in an appropriately wide stylistic range – in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and, most notably, Bonnie Raitt. As a songwriter, he has written and co-written songs with and for Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal and the decade that he spent working with Raitt inspired her to unabashedly dub Cleary “the ninth wonder of the world.”

Jon Cleary left Bonnie Raitt’s band in 2009 to concentrate on his own music. And now, 35 years since he arrived in New Orleans, Cleary has made an eloquent, definitive and future-classic artistic statement. “Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans,” Cleary says, "and I wanted to infuse GoGo Juice with a sound that was true to the city I love. It's the kind of record that could only be made in New Orleans."

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2:30 pm  The Anklebiter Band
4:15 pm  The C-Notes
6:00 pm  Sarah Smile
8:00 pm  The Shackletons

Lowertown Area Stages & Events

Thursday, July 18th
Mears Park - Lowertown Sounds Presents
Annie Mack / Nikki and the Ruemates 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, July 19th
Hat Trick Lounge, The Eskimo Brothers, 8:30 pm to 12:30 am
The Citizen, John Beach 8:00 pm to Midnight (Inside the Intercontinental Hotel)
Black Dog Cafe, Rock Camp 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm; Big George Jackson 9:00 pm to Midnight

Saturday July 20th
Creators Space, Robert One-Man Johnson, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 218 E 7th St.
Hat Trick Lounge,
Inside Straight Blues Band, 8:30 pm - 12:30 am
The Citizen, Lisa Wenger Band 8:00 pm - Midnight (Inside the Intercontinental Hotel)
Green Lantern, Paul Metsa 9:00 pm - Midnight

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