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, next proceeding with the Saturday line-up.
Big Ray and the Motor City Kings follows up on the Detroit connection to Bluesfest Windsor. Big Ray Haywood will bring his larger than life vocals and sax to the Festival Plaza stage to open the Saturday review, at 6:20 pm. The big sound from Ray and the Kings has been heard around the greater Detroit area offering an energetic repertoire that’s sure to please.
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Following Big Ray at 7:20 pm will be the Groove Council as they bring their funky horn-driven R and B and that old-school Detroit soul sound. The award-winning band features 2015’s Outstanding Blues Vocalist Kathleen Murray fronting hits by Al Green, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Eric Clapton, and Chicago.
The Groove Council is a fan favourite that will have the audience out of their seats and moving with the beats. It is no wonder that legendary Silver Bullet member Alto Reed chose them for his back-up band.
Probably coming to Bluesfest from a house party somewhere will be the all-star fan favourite The Jimmys. Hitting the stage at 8:45 pm, band leader Jimmy Voegeli will demonstrate why this group has won 19 Wisconsin-based music awards.
Voegeli, a successful Wisconsin dairy farmer, has combined blues guitar icon Perry Weber, drumming legend Mauro Magellan from the Georgia Satellites, and solid bass player Johnny Wartenweiler. It’s no wonder that Tinsley Ellis still recalls when he first saw the Jimmys.
“I had the opportunity to see The Jimmys at the Bluesfest Windsor and they knocked me out,” Ellis said. “They had everyone up and dancing and just stole the show.”
You won’t want to miss it as the Jimmys tear up the stage at Bluesfest Windsor again this year.
Coming on at 10:05 pm is Rick Vito and the Lucky Devils. When Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac in 1987 the band turned to Rick Vito to replace him. You may have also heard his riffs as he backed up Bob Seeger on the Like a Rock Chevy ads.
Vito has released 10 solo albums over the years, when he’s not touring, and he’s made numerous guest appearances for other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Roger McGuinn, Hank Williams Jr, and Jackson Browne. Appearing with Vito and the Lucky Devils will be Reese Wynans, the keyboardist from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble.
As the founding member and lead singer of both Santana and Journey, Gregg Rolie is making his second appearance at Bluesfest in three years for good reason. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has been wowing audiences since appearing at Woodstock in 1969 and he’s been instrumental in creating some of the biggest hits of all time.
Rolie is the driving force behind Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Feeling That Way, and To Play Some Music.
Do you want to go to Bluesfest Windsor 2015? You can win tickets exclusively for readers of the Windsor Square.
Email the editor of The Square with the name of your favourite performer at this year’s Bluesfest, the solution to the skill testing question, 1 x3 + 4, along with your preferred evening. Seven lucky winners will receive a pair of tickets to their preferred performance.
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