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35th Anniversary Festival Lineup

A JJ Grey & Mofro concert is like medicine for your soulGrey is introspective and — like Buddha onstage with a microphone — always emphasizes being in the moment.Tahoe On Stage

“Harmonica virtuoso Musselwhite raises the level of emotional expression on his instrument beyond even the masters he learned from…the grizzled veteran richly decorates his music with telling nuance and chiseled detail.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Like P-Funk stamped with a Meters imprint infused with the J.B.’s bombast and a Sly and the Family Stone vibe with a whiff of Jimmy McGriff, New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk roars along, infused with the blood of funk royalty. – No Depression

“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery” –Dave Navarro

 “And I remember on this last tour me and Myles were on the bus looking up clips and we ran into some Eric Gales clips and we were just like, ‘This guy could be the best player on Earth.”Mark Tremonti

She stands out as a vocalist, sax player, and with a sneak attack guitar ability that brings the “old blues” right into the modern day. Belting out the blues her voice truly transcends the moment and takes you with her on a ride through the emotion and story of each song. There is no moment where you are left just listening, you are truly traveling.”New England Blues Review

A diva, songwriter, entertainer, storyteller, artist, activist and radio DJ, Lady A  is the Queen of groove who calls Seattle home and Satisfyin’ is funk, soul and gospel fueled blues that will leave an impression on all who hear it. –Hot Wax Album Review, John Kareiff

“With so much going on in this world, much of it troubling, it is reassuring to know that music means no harm. Curley Taylor and his band, Zydeco Trouble, bring to the world what zydeco music intends – to feel good, to have fun, and to bring out the best in people on the dance floor. Coincidentally, that is the reason why the accordion was invented – to find the fun and be there.” — Accordion Americana

“GA-20 absolutely glory in the rough-edged, unvarnished Chicago blues of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers. GA-20 are among the very few artists who have captured the band’s raw essence. Hound Dog would be proud that they are delivering his music so well. They rock the house!” Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records

“Zach Person needs to be taken very seriously.”- Lyric Magazine

Zach is a House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Alumnus known for his contemporary, pop-rock approach to blues and American roots music.

Most musicians in Portland will tell you that their favorite players are all in Outer Orbit. No exaggeration, this band is made up of the highest caliber musicians, all at the top of their game. – Beltane Music Festival

“A band to fall in love with!” – Keenan Dodge, Ragtag Magazine

Things just keep looking up for Hector Anchondo. Although recent years have been difficult for entertainers everywhere, Anchondo won the International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category in 2020 and this year he celebrates his first BMA nomination for Best Acoustic Blues Album for his recent release “Let Loose Those Chains.”

“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

METHOW JUKE JOINT ALLSTARS

“Standing on the shoulders of giants, Lady A delivers a thunderously powerful new single,” American Blues Scene

Polly O’Keary is a powerhouse blues/rock singer whose voice has the resonance and attitude that permeates her impressive bass playing” Blues in Britain

The Methow Juke Joint Allstars is a collaboration of two artists and their bands who are well-known to Winthrop blues fans as hosts of the late-night beer garden blues jams that follow the main stage performances each day of the festival.

“Great songs, great singing, great grooves and a sense of humor – it don’t get much better than this.” – Marc Bristol, Blue Suede News

Sunday morning it’s time to go to church! Long-time Methow Valley All Stars singer Lady A brings back her spiritual Sunday festival opener of a heaping helping of gospel, with the assistance of special guest Jospehine Howell.

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2020 Best Festival
Washington Blues Society

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2015 Keeping The Blues Alive Recipient
The Blues Foundation

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2020 Grand Summit Award
Washington Festival & Events Association

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Washington Festival & Events Association

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