Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest Schedule Lowertown Blues Festival

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Friday, July 20th
River Rose Main Stage
Mick Sterling - Master of Ceremonies

4:30 pm  Free and Easy 
Free & Easy cut their teeth on Tower of Power, Earth Wind and Fire and all things funky, and you’ll love their takes on Cee Lo Green, Bruno Mars, Black-Eyed Peas, Mayer Hawthorne, John Legend and Justin Timberlake. If you want to take a walk on the retro side you’ll love their Jersey Boys Medley and might see a little Michael Jackson break out right after a Prince groove. A perfect band to open our FUNK night!

6:00 pm  High & Mighty
High & Mighty is a high energy show band playing the best dance music from the 70's through todays top hits. Their renowned horn section and top notch vocalists make them one of the most unique and powerful live music experiences around.

8:00 pm  Ohio Players
American funk and R & B band The Ohio Players are considered one of the most legendary funk bands ever after scoring huge hit singles during the golden years of their career such as their #1 hit 'Fire', and 'Love Rollercoaster', 'Funky Worm', and 'Skin Tight'. Closing out our Funk Night in style!

Friday Juke Joint Stage

5:30 pm & 7:30 pm  Bitter Roots

Saturday, July 21st
River Rose Main Stage
Mick Sterling - Master of Ceremonies

12:00 pm  Mae Simpson Band (Famous Dave's 2018 Battle of The Blues Bands Winner)
Mae Simpson is a singer/songwriter who was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. From a very early age, she would find herself singing songs that she had never heard, because they were hers! Throughout the years, she has found love in the music that she writes - with passion, soul, and a rawness reflected in each lyric. Today she works with talented hand-picked musicians in the Twin Cities, hoping to bring soul and female power back to the music scene.

1:30 pm  Scottie Miller Band
Scottie has always offered a wide palette of styles on his recordings, including New Orleans piano styles, Chicago Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Americana, Gospel, Rock and even classically tinged singer/songwriter material. Recently he was named Minnesota Blues Society 2017 Blues Performer of the Year.

“An outstanding singer and songwriter...intense and incendiary all-original blues rock.”
- Marty Gunther. Blues Blast Magazine

“Sounds like Dr. John meets The Band at Bruce Springsteen’s house.”
- Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine

3:00 pm  Crow
CROW formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in August, 1967. Originally known as the "South 40", they were former members of the Rave-Ons and the Jokers Wild, and are currently on their 50th Anniversary Tour.
In 1969, the Blues/Rock band Crow recorded a song titled "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Game With Me)". That song made it into the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Crow went on to record several more Top Fourty Hits, and has shared the stage with the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Steve Miller Band, Eric Burdon And War, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night and Janis Joplin. In 2005, Crow was inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame, in 2009 The Iowa Rock And Roll Music Hall Of Fame, and in 2016 The South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

4:45 pm  Toronzo Cannon
Since the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut, The Chicago Way, contemporary blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter (and Chicago Transit Authority bus driver) Toronzo Cannon has burst onto the international stage as one of Chicago's – and the world’s – most acclaimed next-generation bluesmen. He’s earned his fame through the overwhelming response to his album, the sheer force of his music, his original songs, and his live charisma. Since the CD’s release, he’s played major cities all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivering one hard-rocking performance after another. He was recently nominated for a Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Male Artist Of The Year.

6:30 pm  Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Chubby Carrier is undeniably "The World's Premier Zydeco Showman." Born on July 1, 1967 in Churchpoint, Louisiana, Chubby is the third generation of zydeco artists with such famous relatives as Roy Carrier (father), Warren Carrier (grandfather), and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier who are presently considered legends in zydeco history.
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby's professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest, Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to "continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places."

8:30 pm  Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time. Her originals sound like timeless classics and southern soul masterpieces that no one else can imitate.

Alligator Records LinkShine Bright, Ball's new, aggressively hopeful songs are energized by Steve Berlin's inventive and exciting production, creating electrifying music that is daring, inspired, poignant and timely. The Boston Globe calls Ball "a compelling storyteller" who plays "an irresistible, celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues." 

Marcia Ball’s rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B, her barrelhouse playing and her feel-good party tunes are iconic.
--USA Today

A joyful musical tour of the territory between New Orleans and Austin. Ball’s voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker.
--Boston Herald

Saturday Juke Joint Stage

2:30 pm  Big George Jackson
4:15 pm  Big George Jackson
6:00 pm  Everett Smithson Band
8:00 pm  Everett Smithson Band

Lowertown Area Stages & Events

July 19th - 22nd
Pop-Up Exhibition: Black & White Blues
Marc Norberg's Photos of Iconic Blues Musicians
Free - The Show Gallery

July 19th 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Music in Mears
Tom, Dick and Harry
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders

July 19th 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Erik Christenson
Free - The Show Gallery

July 20th 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ken Valdez
Free - The Show Gallery

July 20th & 21st 9:00 pm - 12:30 am
Lisa Wenger and Her Mean Mean Men
Intercontinental Hotel

July 20th 9:00 pm - Midnight
Very Trio
World of Beer

July 20th
6:00 pm - Steve ‘Guitar’ Luedtke
9:30 pm - Wilbur & Johnny
The Black Dog

July 21st 9:30 pm - 12:30 am
Inside Straight Blues Band
Hat Trick Lounge

July 21st 9:00 pm - Midnight
World of Beer

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