This is a blues festival, so we get the best blues-inspired artists. Oh, and admission is free.
Three-time Grammy-nominated Shemekia Copeland will headline the 2019 event, capping a lineup of exciting live blues and blues-inspired music on the UICCU stage in Centennial Park.
Southern Culture on the Skids, Gloria Hardiman & The Monday Night All-Stars, Kevin Burt, Joe & Vicki Price and Brian Johannesen will also rock the stage.
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Brian Johannesen makes music perfect for the open road. Maybe that’s because he’s traveled it so much. From Iowa City by way of Nashville by way of Iowa City by way of Chicago, Johannesen takes inspiration from the people and places he’s encountered along his journey. The result is gritty, hopeful Americana that swings and stammers and celebrates. Johannesen’s latest release Northern Town explores his favorite subjects—whiskey, women and wanderlust—over a rich foundation provided by a talented band of veteran…Find out more »
Armed with a joyous, disarming demeanor and the ability to play the doors off most anyone else in the room, Joe Price has opened for the likes of Iris Dement and John Lee Hooker, while Iowa's own Greg Brown calls Price “the Buddha.” Brown isn't alone in his praise, as a litany of Iowa musicians list Price as one of their influences. Price's reputation was cemented in the 1970's, when he spent the latter half of the decade as part of…Find out more »
For more than 25 years Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King. Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed…Find out more »
Miss Gloria Hardiman, an Alligator Records legend and long-time Iowa City resident, will share the stage with Johnny Kilowatt's Monday Night All-Stars. Blues and gospel singer Gloria Hardiman was a preacher’s daughter born in Yazoo City, Mississippi. When she was six years old, her family moved to Chicago, where she developed her music within the church. Hardiman took her talent into the blues clubs and stages of Chicago, Atlanta, Kansas City, the Carolinas, Canada, and Europe. She played for years in Professor’s…Find out more »
Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It’s a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.” The band has been prolific and…Find out more »
"Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar…she can do no wrong." –Rolling Stone "Shemekia Copeland is one of the great blues voices of our time. No one comes close to the sheer firepower that Copeland conjures at will." –Chicago Tribune Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. She has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared…Find out more »