Cool Mountains....Hot Blues!
Come dance in a mountain meadow by a sparkling river to world-class blues!
Internationally Acclaimed Artists in Paradise!
THE NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL!
Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine).
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
Many of you have requested info: High Country accommodations for the festival...
Our fest venue, River House Inn, is a bed & breakfast with wonderful rooms, but usually booked a year in advance!
Nations Inn in West Jefferson is serving as our "official" hotel and is a good choice with great rates.
The High County Host will also be a good source of info. There is also fabulous camping near-by. Visit NEW RIVER STATE PARK for information.
Get all info re: dining, accomodations, camping, and activities in our area from our good friends at the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce.
THE 2016 NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL
PRESENTS THESE LEGENDARY ARTISTS
||BEVERLY "GUITAR" WATKINS|
Beverly "GUITAR" Watkins—the Georgia Music Legend Award Winner. started her amazing career as a youngster when she was discovered by the legendary Piano Red. Her incendiary guitar playing and gritty, well-seasoned vocals have taken her all around the globe to international adulation. Beverly Guitar Watkins has shared the stage with James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles and many other musical giants.This blues lady who plays guitar behind her head, belts out powerful songs, and lays down James Brown steps, has been featured by CNN. The Oxford American, and The Wall Street Journal. Be prepared to have your heart stolen and your mind blown!
Jontavious Willis—The Future Of Blues! This 20 year old deep-blues phenomenon has been mentored by none-other than blues legend Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal raves: “Jontavious Willis, that's my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. He's a great new voice of the 21st Century in acoustic blues.. ..a real voice for the music because he was raised in the tradition and the culture. ..We are all lucky to be at this point, when this man is starting to launch an incredible and long career.”
Living Blues Magazine: "..a rising star.. ..deserves to be celebrated as one of the brilliant new voices.. ..carries the heart and soul of the forlorn cadence of the blues.."
The first North Carolina appearance of Jontavious Willis, who exemplifies that blues is still a living tradition! Not to be missed!
||IKE & VAL WOODS|
Grammy nominated artists, Ike and Val Woods, have brought their joyously soulful show throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Veterans of the deep-South music scene, their roots are profoundly planted in the bedrock of gospel and blues. Ike's smoldering guitar, Val's passionate vocals, and their sparkling showmanship all combine to raise blues to new levels of exuberance. Living Blues Magazine: "..uplifting..refreshing and genuine.. ..a remarkable guitarist.. ..top notch..".
||DONALD "BLUEZ EMPEROR" CEASAR|
DONALD "BLUEZ EMPEROR" CEASAR is an artist of exceptional versatility, performing on drums, harmonica, and keyboards while singing lead vocals and laying down high-spirited dance steps. Ceasar hales from the bayous of Louisiana, in the heart of Creole and Cajun country where his grandfather, Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin and other family members were pioneers and founding fathers of Cajun Zydeco music. Ceasar has been entertaining audiences since childhood with his Cajun family band and opening for and sharing the stage with legendary artists such as Rocking Sidney, Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Nevilles, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, and James Brown. Ceasar delivers a sizzling musical-gumbo full of the succulent flavors of Louisiana. "..possibly the hippest entertainer in the Carolinas.”
Jim Otis, The State, Columbia, SC.
||THE KING BEES|
Three decades ago THE KING BEES-Hound Dog Baskerville and Queen Bee Zamagni- quit learning only from records and went to the deep-South to apprentice to the real-deal Blues folk who created this wonderful American music. Many blues greats took them under their wing and nurtured and guided The King Bees toward "the sound". By the late '80's they were touring and recording with their heroes. Over the years Bo Diddley, Nappy Brown, Carey Bell and many other blues lions gave them the call to tour and record. The King Bees were featured on the B.B.King Birthday Tour, have performed at Lincoln Center multiple times, and have played countless festivals in the capitals of Europe.
"Queen Bee Zamagni belts it out with the best, backed by a superb band highlighted by the burning riffs of Hound Dog Baskerville." The Charlotte Observer. "Legendary Blues stylists..." The Knoxville Journal. "Excellent...Queen Bee Zamagni has a strong, swinging, slinky voice used to good effect on every number. Fine straight blues all the way..Tasty!" Blues & Rhythm, England.
Together with Donovan Murray, they produce New River Blues Festival, The North Carolina Mountains Blues Festival.
MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW TO ATTEND!!!