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Winthrop R&B presents:

LADY A & the Baby Blues Funk Band!

Sunday, March 7, 6 pm on Facebo0k and Youtube
Join us for our next  “Winthrop R&B presents” in partnership with Can’t Stop The Blues and sponsored by Winthrop’s THE WINE SHED featuring Winthrop favorite LADY A & her BABY BLUES FUNK BAND Sunday, March 7, 2021 6 pm PT, 9 pm ET.
Lady A is a Pacific NW Vocalist with Louisiana roots. As Producer, Entertainer, Story-teller, Band Leader, Radio DJ, Community Activist, Seattle Rhapsody Project mentor/instructor and Touring Musician, she has truly earned her name as the “Hardest Workin’ Woman” in Blues, Soul, Funk and Gospel.. . backed by one of the most ferocious bands out of Seattle, The Baby Blues Funk Band.
Her love of music along with lyrics that inspire, encourage and sometimes make you laugh, dance or cry is like a perfect pot of Gumbo. Unique and HOT! Voted Best Blues Performer of the Year 2020 and is nominated in 2021 for Blues Performer, Best Vocalist, Best Songwriter and Keeping the Blues Alive by the Washington Blues Society and recently written up in ‘She Explores Life’s: as one Phenomenal Women.’
Lady A stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, mentors those who require teaching and produces music that will encourage your heart and she hopes ultimately brings people together, even in controversy.
Her motto: Be Blessed and be a Blessing

Winthrop R&B presents:


What a show! If you missed it you can view it on our Youtube channel HERE
When a guy who has been grinding up the road for three decades tells you that life is a tough battle but still, and always, worth fighting with everything you’ve got, you best believe him. If the vocals aren’t enough to convince you then the unstoppable rhythm section will give you something to hold on to until you’re rested and ready for your next battle.” -Rock and Blues Muse

No band is a bigger part of the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival than Too Slim and the Taildraggers. This band has played every festival but one, and only gets better as the years go on. In more than 30 years of relentless touring and songwriting, Too Slim and the Taildraggers have put out an impressive 14 studio albums, 2 solo albums and several live CDs. One of Too Slim’s recent albums, High Desert Heat charted 11 times in the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart in 2018 and was nominated for Best Blues/Rock album at the 2019 Blues Music awards. His latest release The Remedy is receiving rave reviews.  Too Slim has received many, many awards and recognitions over the years, including BMA nominations, a Blues Blast Award Nomination, and a Jimi Award for Blues Rock Album of the Year, and Blues Matters Writers Poll Album of the Year. But most of all, they’ve won the hearts of fans the world over.  We are excited to present them straight from Nashville!

Top photo: Sarah Clarke of Dirty Revival, July 2018 by Bruce Lindeke

Bottom photo: Bruce Lindeke and friend enjoying the festival


Excited to share with you our new series, “Faces in the Crowd”, highlighting Winthrop R&B fans in their own words. This week we hear from super-fan,
Bruce Lindeke:
“The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival was always on my list. In 2012 my dear friends Gary Mueller and Vicki Rova invited me to join them at their Twisp River house so we could attend the festival. Instant fan of their house and the festival. Except for an unavoidable conflict in 2014, I’ve made it every year if you don’t count 2020 (can we not count all of 2020?).
“Always great acts, from fairly unknown to some pretty big names in the blues world. The festival is big enough to get these big name acts but small enough that you can work your way right up front for almost any show.
“It would be hard to pick a best show, but Ruthie Foster in 2012 is right up there. She couldn’t perform on the big stage because of an impending storm so they moved her to a small stage in the beer garden. She mesmerized the crowd, and had people crying by the end of her show it was so moving.
“One of my favorite personal photos is Sarah Clarke of ‘Dirty Revival’ shot July 21, 2018. A soulful group from Portland OR, she is an amazing and charismatic talent. You get a real sense of her energy in this photo, and the reflection of the audience in her sunglasses brings me back to the energy she generated in the crowd.”
If you have story you’d like to share please send to FACES along with a photo of you at the festival!

A special message from Winthrop Music Association Board of Directors

Winthrop fans!
Hope you are keeping body and soul together during this challenging time. We’d normally now be launching our ‘holiday pre-sale’ on tickets and camping for next year’s festival. But for all the obvious reasons we are holding off on that for the time being. Rest assured, though, we DO plan to present some version of Winthrop R&B Festival at the Blues Ranch in 2021, though what that looks like will largely depend on how the pandemic plays out, how vaccines roll out, and how the infection curve is moving in coming months. We are intently investigating various scenarios that would enable us to bring the blues back safely to the Methow Valley, and hope to gather with you next summer at the Blues Ranch. When we are ready to roll we will offer an ‘early bird’ special for a limited time as we have in the past. We’ll keep you posted!

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival receives GRAND SUMMIT AWARD

A bright moment for Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival in these challenging times. At the virtual installment last week of the annual Washington Festivals and Events Association (WFEA) conference, online attendees took a moment out from discussing the challenges of reopening big events in the age of Covid, to present the Winthrop R&B Festival it’s highest honor, the GRAND SUMMIT AWARD. The award, given each year to an event with the most successful and balanced overall marketing effort, is for work on our 2019 Festival. Winthrop won several awards in the large event category:
• Grand Summit Award
• Best Social Media
• Best Social Media Ad Campaign
• Best Event Recap/Fest Overview Document, and
• Best Photo—of The Dusty 45s by Peter Dervin .
Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival 2019

Billy Joe Huels and his Dusty 45s, (July 2019) captured by famed festival photographer Peter Dervin won the Best Photograph Award from Washington Festival & Events Association.

“Winthrop R&B Presents…” music series:

Starting Monday 11/2/20 we introduced our “Winthrop R&B Presents”series, live-streamed performances, by old friends from our main stage as well as great new acts we hope to see there soon, via our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Ida Mae 1/24/21

Our third “Winthrop R&B presents featured the British “retro-futurist” Americana duo Ida Mae,  a “shining example of boundary-stretching songwriting at its challenging best” -Rush On Rock

olling Stone Country dubbed Ida Mae one of “10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need to Know.” Formed by the husband and wife team Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean, Ida Mae has won world-wide attention for their breakout debut Chasing Light, which NPR called “harmonic and hypnotic.” The British duo recently completed a U.S. tour supporting Greta Van Fleet, has played Bonaroo, relocated to Nashville and is currently residing in the UK with family waiting out the pandemic.

Rolling Blackouts

Starting Monday 11/2/20 we introduced a monthly “Winthrop Blue Monday” series, live-streamed performances, by old friends from our main stage as well as great new acts we hope to see there soon, via our FACEBOOK PAGE.

Kicking off the series was the fabled Seattle Americana group, Tom Bennett & The Rolling Blackouts. The band, a group of Seattle musical all-stars, formed as a weekly Monday night collaboration at St. Clouds (then a newly opened Seattle restaurant) and became so beloved they turned it into a 17-year run. Tom Bennett brought in a collection of newly minted original songs and continues to write excellent odes to reality. Bassist Marc Brown was there for the first Monday on bass, Dave Keenan joined the following Monday on mandolin, Nova Karina Devonie signed on a year later on accordion and Kelly Van Camp rounded out the group in year 7 on the drums and harmonica. Each band member takes a turn at the mic, in essence creating a multi-faceted jewel that doesn’t rely on the strengths of just one singer.


Our second “Winthrop Blue Monday” featured the Texas band Greyhounds and sponsored by The Wine Shed, Winthrop, WA

The co-founders of Austin’s Greyhounds, guitarist Andrew Trube and keyboardist Anthony Farrell, have been making music and touring for 15 years, refining and developing a sound Trube calls “Hall & Oates meet ZZ Top.” The band also has long ties to Memphis, home of the soul that inspires them. Trube and Farrell have written songs for Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, among others, toured with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, and for several years worked together as part of JJ Grey & Mofro, from which they drew their band name. The duo—a surprise hit when they debuted at Winthrop in 2017, and when they returned in 2019—has earned kudos from some legendary supporters. Raved Derek Trucks, “Greyhounds make real music, the right way and for the right reasons.” JJ Grey described their songs as landing “somewhere between a heartfelt hymn and the dirtiest jank you’ve ever heard.” And fellow Austinian, Gary Clark Jr., summed up a Los Angeles show, they “crushed it as usual.” Greyhounds have just released their latest album “Primates” produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos.

2020 Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival went VIRTUAL!

Thank you, beautiful people, for helping make our virtual festival the sweetest EVER!


SEE YOU 2021

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival
Located at the Blues Ranch on the Methow River in the resort town of Winthrop, Washington, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is a three-day event packed full of exciting national and regional entertainment for all ages. There is on-site camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers, and a beer garden. The Blues Ranch is the perfect setting for one of Washington’s finest music festivals. We look forward to another great year and hope to see YOU at the 34th Annual Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival!!

Winthrop Music Association (WMA) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization formed in 2005 to ensure the continued success of the annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival. WMA strives to promote arts and cultural activities in the Methow Valley and beyond. WMA is a proud supporter of The Cove Food Bank, Methow Valley School District Music Program, Methow Arts, Methow Valley Theater, Room One, Washington Blues Society Musician Relief Fund, Inland Empire Blues Society, Cascade Blues Association, Methow Valley AAU Basketball Booster, Tommy Zbyszewski Methow Valley Education Foundation scholarship and many others.

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Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival Merchandise

Orders placed thru December 10 are being processed and shipped.

LOOK who’s wearing our beanie hat!! Mr. Jim Belushi! Larkin Poe! Kira Olsen! and our beloved Charlie Musselwhite!

Headwear was a huge hit so we have decided to do another round. Orders will be taken thru January 15, 2021 at which time orders will be processed and shipped.

Beer Garden Shows


This show benefits the Cove Food Bank and other local non profits

Beer Garden pouring Coors, Miller and Big Sky!


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