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The Thunder Bay Blues Festival is excited to announce the lineup for the 2008 Festival at Marina Park. To follow, is a listing of performers appearing at the Festival. Click "More" to learn more about each artist. The full 2009 line-up will announced in March 2009.

Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic

The only continental European ever nominated for Best New Artist at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee (2003), she was also nominated for Best Blues... More

Bernard Allison

Bernard Allison

Allison is part of a new, risk-taking generation who are revitalising the blues genre for a younger audience by embellishing it with old-school funk, modern R&B and edgy rock... More

 
Big Walter Smith

Big Walter Smith

Big Walter Smith & the Groove Merchants are the only band to have performed at all 7 Thunder Bay Blues Festivals and all 19 Bayfront Blues Festivals in Duluth, Minnesota is only one small.... More

Coco Montoya

Coco Montoya

Coco Montoya is unique among today’s blues musicians because he brings together the surging flow of contemporary blues music’s two principal streams, American and British,... More

 
Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain

Chrissy Ewacha Klaas has been entertaining Thunder Bay audiences for more than 20 years. She is now embarking on a musical venture with Daisy Chain. This exciting... More

David Rotundo

David Rotundo

Blues Revue magazine paid Rotundo a fitting compliment: “It has been ages since a youthful spitfire set the harp ablaze. David Rotundo is exactly what the blues needs now.” .... More

 
Dirty Down Blues Band

Dirty Down Blues Band

This quintent's seamless fusion of sultry, swaying vocals, hip jazzy sax and guitar that rocks with enough heat to sear a steak made them the audience favourite at the fifth annual .... More

Dr. Buck & The Bluesbangers

Dr. Buck & The Bluesbangers

Dr. Buck & the Bluesbangers have emerged as one of Thunder Bay’s best blues ensembles. Bluesbangers’ shows are consistently filled with the dash and spirit of a group.... More

 
Guitar Shorty

Guitar Shorty

 

One of blues music’s most distinctive personalities, David William Kearney established his reputation through wild live shows that featured him turning somersaults... More

Jason Ricci

Jason Ricci

Jason Ricci is a gay, flamboyant, articulate genius who has achieved a level of accomplishment on the harmonica that is virtually without peer in today’s harmonica kingdom... More

 
Jimmy Bowskill

Jimmy Bowskill

Virtuosity is never so revered and respected as it is when displayed by the young. If Canadian music ever had a true blues prodigy, his name is Jimmy Bowskill... More

Jon Amor

Jon Amor

After leaving The Hoax, Jon Amor, who has been called “one of the last true English guitar heroes,” rose to the challenge of re-inventing himself as a front man and performer... More

 
Kelly Richey

The Kelly Richey Band

A reviewer once extolled guitarist/vocalist Kelly Richey as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” Whether slam dunking incendiary blues... More

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

A young man totally committed to the genre who has achieved widespread fame and commercial fortune, Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a rarity in blues music... More

 
Papa Duke

Papa Duke

Filled with fire and fury, Popadiuk does with 4 strings what most players can only hope to accomplish with 6 setting a pace that challenges the limits of performance as well as... More

Roomful of Blues

Roomful of Blues

Legendary in contemporary blues music, the Roomful of Blues’ horn section has reigned as the gold standard in brass for the past forty years. When it comes to staying power and fan popularity... More

 
Slidin Clyde Roulette Band

Slidin' Clyde Roulette Band

Roulette's appropriately titled cd "Let’s Take a Ride" features the “Aboriginal combination of Muddy Waters and Chet Atkins” strumming haunting Delta blues, getting funky on Memphis grooves,... More

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Fabulous Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds had the coolest name around, street savvy to burn and talent aplenty in the form of Vaughan’s spare but tough fret work and Wilson’s penetrating harmonica... More

 
Tommy Castro

Tommy Castro

There’s something honest and elemental about the music of Tommy Castro. His mix of blues-inflected rock, slow-burning soul and dance-floor-friendly shuffles ... More  

Tracy K

Tracy K

Like a beguiling blues bandit, Tracy K has stolen the musical heart of Thunder Bay. After her gritty and bewitching performances at the first two Thunder Bay Blues... More

 
Walter Trout

Walter Trout

Hands faster than a New York City subway pick pocket, more moves on the fret board than Don Juan in the boudoir, Walter Trout is well known for playing notes in exhilarating torrents... More

 


Contact

Bob Halvorsen

General Manager

Community Auditorium

(807) 343-2309

bobh@tbca.com