15th Annual
New River
Blues Festival
2017

About Us

SUN. SEPT. 3 LABOR DAY WEEKEND.. ..Our 15th Annual & the 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KING BEES STINGIN' & SWINGIN'

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A MOUNTAIN MEADOW.. A SPARKLING RIVER.. WORLD-CLASS BLUES.. We bring the best in internationally acclaimed blues to a magnificently scenic spot.

OUR STATE MAGAZINE

"One of the Top Ten Ways 

To Spend Labor Day"

>>>>>>>>>>>>>WHERE?<<<<<<<<<<<<<< RIVER HOUSE INN, GRASSY CREEK, NC ASHE COUNTY, NEAR WEST JEFFERSON

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River House Inn 1896 Old Field Creek Road, Grassy Creek, NC 28631 

NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL INFO

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SUNDAY SEPT. 3, LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 Gates Open at Noon

Music Starts at 1:00 PM 


 At River House Inn, Grassy Creek, NC 

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River House Inn

Dance in a mountain meadow by a sparkling river to World-Class music! ~Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine). Kids under 12 free.
No coolers or pets on lawn please!  

~MO'S BBQ-a High Country favorite- will be with us serving  Pork BBQ,Brisket, Ribs, and Chicken. Sides will include baked beans, peaches, home made cole slaw, and potato salad.  A vegetarian option will also be available.

ACCOMODATIONS

 ACCOMMODATIONS: 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.  

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW AT A SAVINGS! ADVANCE SALE ENDS SEPT 1 MIDNIGHT. PURCHASE AT GATE SUN. SEPT. 3

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KICK-OFF PARTY WITH THE KING BEES (CELEBRATING 30 YRS) & FRIENDS. SAT. SEPT. 2 SCROLL DOWN FOR INFO.

***We thank WETS FM Johnson City Tennessee for Media sponsorship!***

ARTISTS ROSTER

LAKOTA JOHN

Lakota John..young man..old soul. Musical magic steeped in blues and imbued with  Native American tradition. From Robeson County, North Carolina and born in 1997,  John Lakota Locklear is of Lumbee/Oglala Lakota heritage. As a very young child  he bagan playing harmonica and guitar; by age 10 he was becoming a prodigious slide player.He is a 2015 NAMA Nominee (Native American Music  Awards) and has opened up for or shared the stage with numerous Native American  and Blues Artists, including performances with Taj  Mahal.

*"His guitar playing places easy strumming  alongside demanding but tasteful slide work,..deeply soulful singing..  This  impressive debut establishes Lakota John as a young musician to  watch!"--Stephen D. Winick, Folklorist, Music Critic,  Editor, HUFFINGTON POST

*"Impressive.. Lakota John  demonstrates his prowess in the Piedmont blues style, as well as his seasoned  voice.."  --Writer, Jeff Hamburg, KEEPING THE BLUES  ALIVE-2015

*"His vocals have  a gritty edge that belies his youth and, together with his slide playing, enable  him to bring off a magnificent cover of Robert Johnson's Crossroads Blues...  this is a strong debut that marks Lakota John as a talent worth watching." Jim  DeKoster, LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

DONALD CEASAR BLUZ EMPEROR

Donald Ceasar, The Blues  Emperor  Here comes the Zydeco train back by popular demand! 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.

JOHNNY RAWLS

  From Mississippi to the world stage.  Multiple-award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger and producer, JOHNNY  RAWLS draws on the 1950s' and '60s' soul-blues tradition in his guitar  playing, yet his lyrics and singing are timeless. Rawls got his early musical  education from his grandfather, John Paul Newson, a blind guitarist who played  all over the Hattiesburg, MS area.    Johnny has been the leader of some of the most eminent musical  groups, directing the bands of  legends Joe Tex, Z.Z. Hill and  Little Johnny Taylor.   Fronting his own phenomenal groups, he has traveled the world headlining major  festivals and thrilling audiences in the U.S and abroad. He has been featured  multiple times at the Chicago Blues Festival, The King Biscuit  Festival and festivals all over Europe, as well as in Russia.  

IKE & VAL WOODS

Ike and Val Woods..Grammy nominated, soulful and joyous.  Ike and Val have brought their musical celebration throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.  Their scheduled performance at last year's fest was sadly not to be.when a major hurricane hit  their home state, Florida. We're so happy they agreed to be with us this year.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..".  

THE KING BEES

THE KING BEES~CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF STINGIN' & SWINGIN'

The King Bees, Rob "Hound Dog" Baskerville and  Penny "Queen Bee" Zamagni call Ashe County home, but travel the world with their  Blues and American Roots music. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the band  and also the 15th year of New River Blues Festival which they created and produce. 

In the mid-1980's Baskerville and Zamagni began  traveling the deep-South looking for and mentoring under Blues artists of  historical, cultural, and musical significance. Many blues greats took them  under their wing and nurtured and guided The King Bees toward the sound of  authenticity. With Baskerville on guitar and keys and Zamagni on vocals, bass,  and as song smith, The King Bees honed their art with many Blues masters.  By  1990 they had been touring and recording with some of the most culturally  important of Blues artists. In the early 1990's they were signed to a European  label and began touring internationally.

The King Bees have performed on festival stages in  Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, and London as well as taking their show across numerous  countries. Their love of American Roots music has taken them from Mississippi  jukes joints to several performances at Lincoln Center. They collaborated with  Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were featured on The B.B. King  Birthday Tour. Baskerville and Zamagni are also recognized as Blues historians,  represent and book Blues artists of note, and produce Blues festivals across the  South. They will be joined by long time musical co-conspirators: Saxophone man extraordinaire, Mike Kincaid, and multi-instrumentalists and High Country impresario, David Brewer.

*"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

SANDRA HALL

Sandra Hall Empress Of The  Blues.  As a teenager Sandra led The  Exotics. People thought they were the Supremes, they were that  good! They opened for Otis Redding, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, B.B.  King, Jerry Butler, the Temptations, and the O’Jays at the legendary Royal Peacock on Auburn Avenue in  Atlanta.  She soon went solo and immersed herself in the Blues. . Sandra has performed all over the world. This dazzling  singer has been the featured artist at the world's most prestigious venues  including the MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL. She has  performed in the capitals of Europe --London, Paris, Rome--and taken her soul  stirring show from country juke joints to Russia, always to wild acclaim. Ms.  Hall takes the Blues from rightious to raunchy, soulful to sassy....she makes  damn sure her audience has a grand time.