The Backroads Blues Festival! This festival of blues tunes includes music from Buddy Guy (The legendary blues artist’s eighteenth solo LP and follow-up to 2015’s Born to Play Guitar showcases his raw and unadulterated sound, its fifteen tracks a true pleasure for aficionados and genre newcomers alike), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (The Louisiana born axe-man and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens), and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (with both eyes on the future and the blues in his blood, 20-year-old guitarist, and vocalist and songwriter is set to take the music world by storm with the May 2019 release of his debut album, KINGFISH. “I do think I have an old soul, that I’ve been here before,” he says. “I’m moving forward with one foot in the past.”). Additionally, parking areas for busses and oversized vehicles are located in Lots F & G, which are the furthest distance from the ADA Shuttle and Main Entry. Please consider this when choosing to arrive in a bus or oversized vehicle, as it will entail a significant amount of walking. Presented by OTR Cocktails. Lawn chairs are not permitted in the venue. For your safety & convenience, Bethel Woods offers specially-designed chairs appropriate for the slope of the lawn, which are available for rental & can be purchased in advance.
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Buddy Guy added, “I’m excited to be part of the first annual Backroads Blues Festival and back out with Kenny Wayne and looking forward to jamming with Kenny and Kingfish.” Shepherd noted that while this year’s festival lineup consists of electric bands, “It’s possible we could do an all-acoustic show; we want to be as inclusive as possible. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram remarked, ““To be back touring again is really great and the opportunity to join Mr. Guy and Mr. Shepherd on stage will be electric. These tour dates will be lots of fun.”
Presented by Healey Brothers. While there is no charge for general admission parking, Premium Parking in the Healey Brothers lots allows you access to parking in Lot D, close to the Hurd Road crosswalk & the main gates.Blues rock great and five-time GRAMMY® nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd has announced the talent and line-up of the inaugural run of his Backroads Blues Festival which he serves as both curator and featured performer. He’ll be joined by blues legend Buddy Guy and young blues sensation and recent GRAMMY® winner Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.In the best interest of fans and staff, the Event Organizer is monitoring local COVID-19 trends and will meet or exceed protocols mandated by local governments. By purchasing tickets to this event, you agree to abide by the health and safety measures in effect at the time of the event, which may include, but not be limited to, wearing masks, providing proof of vaccination status and/or providing proof of negative COVID-19 test. Check back often for updates to your event venue website as guidelines are subject to change.
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He continued, “We’re featuring three successive generations of blues artists, underscoring the resonance of the genre.” He explained that the overall concept for Backroads Blues Festival is an extension of his award winning earlier 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads film and album project that saw him bring his band and a portable studio on the road to join forces with both notable and unheralded blues artists documenting those collaborations along the way including Etta Baker, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Hubert Sumlin and B.B. King, among others. That project was also certified as a Platinum seller by the RIAA. He expressed hope of producing a sequel to the 2007 release in the future.
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Taking a few moments off from the Trouble Is.. 25th Anniversary Tour that celebrates the silver anniversary of the release of his RIAA certified Platinum selling breakthrough album, Shepherd discussed his vision for the Backroads Blues Festival. “These days nobody mounts a traditional touring blues festival. I conceptualized one that will give people a chance to see the best of the best all in one place. We are extremely excited that Buddy Guy will be with us for each show. He is, after all, the living king of the blues these days. Also worthy of great respect is Christone “Kingfish” Ingram who is revitalizing the blues in a potent and powerful way.”
“In the past, I really looked forward to those blues packages both as a fan and as an artist, so I decided to bring the concept back with the Backroads Blues Festival tour.” He recalled his transitioning from ticket holder to the B.B. King Blues Festival, where B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Etta James, Joe Cocker and the Neville Brothers performed, to starring as featured performer on several editions of the festival. “Those were very special shows and once that ended there was a void. Our Backroads Blues Festival Tour is firmly rooted in that same tradition.”Resorts World Catskills, located 10 short minutes away, is the featured lodging partner of Bethel Woods. Nestled among the beauty of the Catskill Mountains, Resorts World Catskills offers an unmatched experience in excitement, entertainment, and luxury.
Remembering the B.B King Blues Festival Tour, Shepherd recalled, “In the past, I really looked forward to those blues packages both as a fan and as an artist, so I decided to bring the concept back with the Backroads Blues Festival. Those were very special shows, and once that ended, there was a void. Our Backwoods Blues Festival Tour is firmly rooted in that same tradition.”
A limited pre-sale is currently underway using the code KWS for the first two dates at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, OR on Saturday, May 27th and the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA on Sunday, May 28th. General public on sale for the Bend, OR performance begins today, February 3rd at 10am PT. General public on sale for the Woodinville, WA performance is this Monday, February 6th at 10am PT. For more information and to purchase tickets visit HERE“I wanted to offer a traditional touring blues festival,” Shepherd commented. “One that will give people a chance to see the best of the best all in one place.” The announcement follows a hugely successful inaugural run of the Backroads Blues Festival in 2022, which featured Buddy Guy and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. “I’m really happy Joe and I were able to work out our schedules to do these shows together,” Shepherd continued. “And King Solomon Hicks is such a great talent, I’m thrilled he’s able to join us.”
“Really thrilled to be a part of these Backroads Blues Festivals,” commented Bonamassa. “Anytime I can make music with my friends and it all be on one bill is a real treat, not only for the fans but for me personally, as well.”
The announcement of the second annual Backroads Blues Festival comes on the heels of Shepherd’s latest project ‘Trouble Is…25,’ a top-to-bottom reinterpretation of his seminal album ‘Trouble Is…,’ which struck the match that reignited modern blues upon its release 25 years ago. The release is accompanied by a live DVD filmed at The Strand Theatre in Shepherd’s hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, shot at the launch of his year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of ‘Trouble Is…,’ which found the band performing the album, in its entirety, across the US. Shepherd’s ‘Trouble Is…25’ tour continues this spring. For more information and to purchase tickets visit HEREThe Backroads Blues Festival is an extension of Shepherd’s award-winning, Platinum-selling 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads film and album project, which saw him travel the country with his band and a portable studio alongside the world’s most renowned blues players, as well as some of the genre’s lesser known, but rare and towering talents. Featured artists included Etta Baker, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards, Lazy Lester, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Hubert Sumlin, and B.B. King, among others.
Blues rock icon and five-time GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has announced the second annual KWS Backroads Blues Festival, which will make stops across the US this spring and summer. Beginning with two performances in the Pacific Northwest featuring 25x Billboard chart-topper Joe Bonamassa, NYC-based blues star King Solomon Hicks, and the GRAMMY-Award-winning blues artist Bobby Rush, the tour will then make its way across the US, with additional stops and guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
Blues rock great and five-time GRAMMY® nominee Kenny Wayne Shepherd has announced the talent line up and dates of the inaugural run of his Backroads Blues Festival Tour, for which he serves as both curator and featured performer. He’ll be joined at Artpark by blues legend Buddy Guy and young blues sensation and recent Grammy® winner Christone “Kingfish” Ingram.Twenty five years into his recording career Kenny Wayne Shepherd continues to create genre-defining blues-infused rock n’ roll. Shepherd has built an enviable resume as an accomplished recording artist, a riveting live performer and one of the most talented and distinctive guitarists of his generation. Shepherd has sold millions of albums worldwide, received five GRAMMY® nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, as well as a pair of Orville H. Gibson awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive award and two Blues Music awards. He’s had seven #1 blues albums and a string of #1 mainstream rock singles.
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