In this three-part feature, we will preview the 21st anniversary line-up for Bluesfest Windsor to be held 10-12 July on Windsor’s waterfront.
(WINDSOR, ON) – The fresh rendition of Bluesfest Windsor, which launched in its twentieth year, is hell-bent on shaping a new era of blues for Windsor and Essex County. Under the leadership of Rob and Carol Petroni, and guided by an advisory board of long-time music enthusiasts, Bluesfest Windsor is now a not-for-profit corporation with a mandate to support local charities.
Bluesfest Windsor will focus on being the pre-eminent live music festival in Windsor by bringing to town the high-energy and legendary acts from the blues genre. The organizers have also made it a goal to attract the established and emerging blues/rock artists, from across Canada, to Windsor.
With the date fast approaching, it’s time to delve into who you can expect to see at the 21st Bluesfest Windsor this July, starting with the Friday line-up.
Leading off the program at 7:15 pm will be the Detroit-based mainstay The Look, featuring front-man Dave Edwards. The group has recorded four studio albums and has dominated the local airwaves since the 1980s. Edwards is fresh from releasing a new solo album entitled Heart’s Desire, that is a homecoming for rock, country, and blues, and was nominated for a 2015 Detroit Music Award for Rock Recording of the Year.
Having toured with the likes of Cheap Trick, The Kinks, and John Mellencamp, among others, The Look is known for their straight-up rock licks like We’re Gonna Rock, and You Can’t Sit Down.
Following The Look will be another Detroit native who honed his musical identity at Rochdale College in the Toronto of the late 60s. Morgan Davis has been writing, touring, and recording for the past 45 years in the US, Canada, and across Europe.
Though he now calls Nova Scotia home, Davis was obviously influenced by the Detroit sound. Since his Toronto days, he has immersed himself in the Delta Blues and has opened for such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and Dr John. Davis, however, has developed a loyal following in his own right, playing to packed houses waiting to listen to hits like Reefer Smokin Man and Stagger Lee.
Shortly before 10:00 pm, the faithful will be hanging for the revival word of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Elmore Magazine describes the Reverend as “… the reincarnated Mississippi moan of guys like Son House… a burly soul punishing the senses with a Deltapunk attack and a heavy helping of rural realism. You can’t ignore his Big Damn Band’s gospel.”
The country-blues band from Indiana melds high-energy riffs with dusty country roads. The Rev’s musical style will lay a healing hand on your parched sensibilities. It’ll be delicious.
Closing out the night will be Lowrider Band. Currently on their Peace In The Streets 2015 tour, the stop in Windsor will mark the band’s 53rd year in existence. Originally known as Eric Burdon and War, Lowrider emerged after the split, no worse for wear.
From the monster namesake Lowrider to the psychedelic Spill The Wine, from the Latin infused Cisco Kid to the ever hopeful and funky Why Can’t We Be Friends, Lowrider has sold over 50 million records. The group’s music continues to influence today’s musicians from Korn to Smash Mouth.
Check back for the second instalment which will feature the Saturday line-up for Bluesfest Windsor 2015.