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GALACTIC featuring Jelly Joseph

History doesn’t stand still. It impacts, influences, and inspires the ebb and flow of the future by informing the present. Galactic draw on 25 years together in order to progress with each performance and subsequent record. After 10 albums, over 2,000 gigs, and tens of millions of streams, the proud New Orleans, LA quintet—Ben Ellman [saxophone, harmonica], Robert Mercurio [bass], Stanton Moore [drums, percussion], Jeffrey Raines [guitar], and Richard Vogal [keyboards]—have kept the torch burning through five U.S. presidential regimes, the turn-of-the-century, Hurricane Katrina, a Global Pandemic, and a much-anticipated recovery. They’re the rare collective who can support Juvenile on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, contribute music to a blockbuster soundtrack such as Now You See Me, and light up the stages of Coachella, Bonnaroo, and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (a staggering 22 times).

Joined by vocal powerhouse Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, they continue to forge ahead with touring and more new music.

ERIC GALES

“The best guitarist in blues-rock right now!” – Joe Bonamassa

Eric Gales is a blues firebrand. Over 30 years and 18 albums, his passion for the music and his boundless desire to keep it vital has never waned, even when his own light dimmed due to his substance struggles. Throughout it all, he continued to reinvigorate the art form with personal revelation in his lyrics and bold stylistic twists in his guitar playing and songwriting.

Since 1991, the Memphis-born guitarist has blazed a path reinvigorating the blues with a virtuosity and rock swagger that have him being heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix. He was a child prodigy with bottomless talent and fierce determination, and at just 16 years-old released his debut, The Eric Gales Band, on Elektra Records. He has held his own with some of the greatest guitarists in the world, including Carlos Santana at Woodstock 1994, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, and a posse of others as a featured guest touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour.

THE RECORD COMPANY

When The Record Company pick up their instruments, the members—Chris Vos [guitar, lead vocals,harmonica], Alex Stiff [bass, backing vocals], and Marc Cazorla [drums, backing vocals]—participate in a musical back-and-forth akin to a formative and supportive conversation among siblings. The nuances oftheir personalities seep through loose, bluesy guitar leads, airtight drum grooves, thick bass, and vividl yevocative lyrics. With such fluidity, the musicians respond to one another so instinctually you’d swear they were telepathically linked. However, there’s no such superpower necessary when you’ve got the closest thing to a brotherhood that three musicians unrelated by blood can share…

COLIN JAMES

Over the years Colin James has worked with some of the world’s most revered artists including, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Pops Staples, Robert Cray, Albert King, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, ZZ Top, Mavis Staples, Luther Allison, Roomful of Blues, Bobby King and Terry Evans, John Hammond Jr., The Chieftains, Carlos Santana, Little Feat, Johnny Hallyday, Jeff Healey, and Buddy Guy. In addition to his own recording and touring Colin is a prolific songwriter, his music has been recorded by the likes of Maria Muldaur, Johnny Hallyday and Lucinda Williams. Upon his 2019 release Miles To Go, Colin earned the Juno Award for Blues Album of the Year, as well as 6 Maple Blues Awards in several blues categories.
Colin has set the bar for consistency and talent in Canadian music and even after 20 acclaimed albums remains at the top of his game, always challenging himself musically. A consummate professional and a superb guitarist, Colin is a musician’s, musician. The confidence that comes with maturity can be heard in his voice and seen in his electrifying stage performance. He does what comes naturally – he always has – he knows no other way and no other life.

DIGGIN DIRT

This seven-piece band emerging from behind the redwood curtain in Humboldt County, California is skyrocketing through the west coast music scene. Shoveling out their own path, and consistently wowing audiences and filling concert venues, Diggin Dirt is no ordinary funk and soul band. Their sounds explode off the stage with a pure authentic energy, and once they have you in their clutches, the relentless dance party does not let up. Their intoxicating and infectious sound is fueled by a blazing horn section, pulsating rhythms, and searing guitars, that when combined into one, have been known to entice even the shyest of wallflowers to start movin and groovin. Tying it all together, is the band’s frontman, who is in possession of the pipes, charisma, moves, and natural-born-soul, and launches this ensemble into rarefied air. Behold, as they layer humble influences of psychedelic rock, Motown soul, Afrobeat, and even reggae, atop a sturdy foundation of late 60’s inspired funk music. You might have flashes of James Brown or Sly and the Family Stone, Otis Redding or Tower of Power, but make no mistake that you are in the presence of spine-tingling originality.

DWAYNE DOPSIE & THE ZYDECO HELLRAISERS

“He has no competition in his genres, he’s the Jimmy Hendrix of the accordion.” -Rolling Stone
2023 AND 2018 Grammy award nominee and “America’s Hottest Accordion” winner Dwayne Dopsie plays a high-energy zydeco that keeps you wanting more. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, he has developed his own style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century zydeco music.

CHRIS O’LEARY

“Gritty blues and soulful ballads [performed with] absolute authority…Chris O’Leary rocks relentlessly with assurance and a clear sense of passion and purpose. He is a potent, raging tourde-force.” —Living Blues

Devastatingly soulful vocalist, dynamic harmonica master and superlative songwriter Chris O’Leary is among the blues and roots world’s most talented unsung heroes. The award-winning O’Leary–disciple and friend of both The Band’s legendary drummer/vocalist/songwriter Levon Helm and iconic blues harmonica giant James Cotton–has been playing professionally since the 1990s, with five previous solo albums to his credit. The Marine veteran, ex-Federal police officer, former lead singer of The Barn Burners (featuring Levon Helm on drums) and loving father has walked a hard line from his upstate New York home to stages all over the world. No Depression magazine says, “O’Leary’s voice contains startling emotion…reaching an intensity and emotional rawness [that’s] primal. The performances practically vibrate with an authenticity that stays with you.”

LARHONDA & THE STEELE FAMILY

has been dubbed “The First Lady of Portland Blues”. She currently fronts the LaRhonda Steele band, is music director of the Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and was recently inducted into both the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame.

For very special occasions (like this trip to Winthrop’s main stage!) LaRhonda assembles The Steele Family band, which includes husband/keyboardist Mark Steele, a veteran of the Northwest blues/funk/soul scene; and their daughter Lauren—a rising star in her own right as both a singer and actor, Lauren just released a new album, completed a tour of Brazil, and performed in the recent Porland Center Stage production of Hair.

When the Steele Family comes together onstage, it’s a phenomenon of harmony, soul and blues not to be missed.

LEON TIMBO

“Timbo brings this message to life with a strong beat, intricate guitar work, and soothing tenor vocals. His music incorporates soul, gospel, folk, R&B, and modern blues for a unique sound, and his vulnerable lyrics hook listeners.”

American Songwriter 

Some write music as a creative release. Others feel compelled to perform. For country-soul singer-songwriter Leon Timbo, music is used as a form of growth and healing. Growing up the son of two pastors in Jacksonville, FL, music was integrated into his life from the very start, as a way to communicate spiritual experience. At sixteen, Timbo began singing and by age twenty, he began playing the guitar and performing in a serious way, inspired by artists Bill Withers, James Taylor and Tim Miner. Timbo’s country sound incorporates equal measures of vintage soul, gospel, folk, R&B and even modern blues making for a unique experience that some have described as ‘transparent soul.’ Timbo is currently on the road supporting his new music and has just finished touring with 2x-Grammy Award-winning bassist, Marcus Miller, during his residency with Blue Note New York, which included two sold-out shows. Timbo will continue touring with Miller along with The Black Opry as well as playing festivals, including American Roots Festival and Newport Folk Festival, throughout the summer.

METHOW JUKE JOINT ALLSTARS

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.

TOO SLIM & THE TAILDRAGGERS

“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

DUFFY BISHOP

Duffy Bishop is a force of nature. Her music is steeped in the blues, and her decades-long career has proved her to be a passionate performer who defies labels.

She has garnered multiple awards and is in the Halls of Fame for the Washington Blues Society, The Cascade Blues Association and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Duffy has opened for, or played with, such greats as Etta James, Ruth Brown, Bonnie Raitt and many more. Like the artists who inspired her,Duffy’s charisma, authentic voice, and ferocious presence will send chills down your spine and put a smile on your face.

With long-time collaborator, guitarist and husband Chris Carlson, Duffy has performed across the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Though the couple relocated several years ago to Florida, and tour heavily in the Southeast, the Northwest exerts a strong pull on them. Winthrop is thrilled to welcome them back to our main stage!

Lineup and artists subject to change.

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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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2022 Grand Summit Award
Washington Festival & Events Association

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Proud Member
Washington Festival & Events Association

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