10th annual Animas River
Blues & Brews Fest
Saturday July 18, 2015
Riverside Park - 500 S. Light Plant Rd. - Aztec, New Mexico MAP to the Blues Festival
The 2015 Blues & Brews Fest Lineup is...
at 8:30 pm
From Huntington Beach California, Harlis Sweetwater, as a
singer /guitarist/ songwriter and frontman, has shared the stage
with everyone from Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top, Los Lobos
Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Everlast, and Brian Setzer to
R&B/Blues legends Etta James, James Cotton, and Wilson Pickett to
name a few.
He has been called "the best singer in any genre" by music critic Robert Kinsler of the OC Register, While SugarBuzz Magazine had this to say: "From the heart, Harlis Sweetwater,you know instantly the real deal is upon you. This man knows the blues." Recently CBS online named Harlis one of Orange County's best singer songwriters
RED HOT BLUES AND MONSTER GROOVES! Kelly Richey and her band play heavy, riff-soaked blues driven headfirst into monster funk bass lines and rock/hip-hop infused backbeats. Freekbass and Big Bamn join master blues guitarist Kelly Richey for a powerful blues-rock/funk power trio that rocks the house. Kelly Richey’s distinctive, burn-up-the-fretboard guitar work and husky vocals meet up with the legendary Freekbass, one of the best funk bassists in the music world today, and drummer Big Bamn, a powerhouse who lays down solid, in-the-pocket grooves that forge the backbone for Freekbass and Richey to fly on. These expert players bring unparalleled energy and brilliant musicianship to the stage, deftly melding blues, rock, and funk for a potent wall of sound.
Michael Lee Blues Band
at 4:30 pm
Born in Bedford Texas Michae's love of the Blues started early with the music of his parents. "I recall being pulled out of Pre-School to go see BB King in concert. There was some headliner that at the time I didn't know but knew BB King was the man and I was so thrilled to see the king." Michael picked up the guitar and saxophone at the same time when he was 12 years old. He learned to play by ear with the guitar and read the charts with the saxophone. Getting a large dose of music everywhere he turned from the local music scene. Michael decided he had to learn to sing and start his own solo band.
In April of 2014 Michael released his debut self titled album "Michael Lee". This album is a "Record" as he likes to put it. "It's a record and it's exactly that! A record in time of everything I have ever done up until this point. It sums me up in 11 songs."
This album is all original music written by Michael, and it is a peek into the man's soul.
Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry
at 2:45 pm
Born in 1947, Abbeville, Mississippi's Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry has been playing blues, soul and gospel for over 3 decades. Through the years, his path has crossed with many musical legends, including Willie Dixon, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Johnny Taylor, Little Milton, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy and more. As a young man, he received informal blues training from legends like Sonny Thompson (who wrote many Freddy King hits) and Cash McCall, and his musical career since then has taken him all over the U.S. and overseas. He's been featured on both TV and radio, and he currently hosts the "Blues Trekkers" weekly blues TV show in Oxford, MS. Howl-N-Madd and his bandmates Matt and Kade are regulars at Ground Zero Blues Club and Cat Head in Clarksdale. He and the band won Indianola, Mississippi's blues challenge contest recently and will participate in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis this January. "I've been doing this for a long time. Hopefully, it shows. I'm just playing the blues I love. When the audience starts smiling and dancing, then I know I've got 'em!" — Bill "Howl-N-Madd" Perry, Mississippi blues guitarist/singer
Austin Young Band
at 1:00 pm
Austin Lee Young, a Colorado native, picked up his first guitar at age 12 and hasn’t put it down since. Self taught, he displays his music in each and every performance with electrifying passion! He engages his audience on a level that can match any seasoned performer who currently draws large crowds and leaves everything on the stage!
His inspirations run the gauntlet of the Blues from historical giants such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf to contemporary masters like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and applauding modern day guitarists, Dereck Trucks and Joe Bonamassa.
Austin has self produced two albums to date and performs much of his original material at live shows. His repertoire of musical composition is varied but he always keeps the blues basics entrenched within every song.
Austin Young and his band perform locally and nationally in established music clubs, numerous festivals, private functions and special events. He incorporates the sheer honesty of the blues and performs it with a modern, high energy sound that remains faithful to its traditional roots. He is excited to be a part of “keeping the blues alive”!
Where: Riverside Park in Aztec, New Mexico
500 S. Light Plant Rd.
Doors open at 12 noon - live blues music from 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
No pets, coolers, cooking devices or outside alcohol allowed at the Festival...sorry. Tent camping IS available for FREE at Riverside Park for the event weekend and there are 10 spaces for RVs with electricity but no direct water and no waste disposal area.
If you want to reserve an RV spot please prepay online HERE
Make sure to bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on AND protection from the sun! (it's hot in July and we usually get a little rain also).
People who bring tent type coverings will be seated in a designated area.