KEXP Presents: The 2nd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival 8/15-17

You’ll be happy to have the blues this weekend! KEXP is proud to team up with The Royal Room, The Columbia City Theater, and American Standard Time to present the 2nd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival in Seattle this Friday, August 15th through Sunday, August 17th. Together, we’re bringing together some of Seattle’s finest bands with strong roots in Blues and R&B.

This year, the event pays tribute to some greats of the genre. Throughout the festival, musicians will focus on the legacy of the great Muddy Waters, as well as Junior Wells, Mississippi John Hurt, Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Jimmie Rogers, and more. On Sunday evening, a collection of Seattle guitarists will present “The Blues According to Jimi Hendrix.” And, earlier in the day on Sunday, The Royal Room will host a family-friendly show, because it’s never too early to introduce your young’uns to the blues.

Tickets are available online (here and here), and will be sold at the doors. And several of the events are hosted with no cover, but a suggested donation.

Friday, August 15th

The Royal Room
8:00pm, No Cover (Suggested Donation)
• A Tribute to Son House (Reggie Garret)
• Down on Old Stovall’s Plantation (Muddy Waters in the Deep South) (Ben Hunter and Joe Seamans),
• Swinging the Blues (From W.C Handy to Earl Bostic to Jimmie Rushing) (Jimmie Herrod, Jacob Zimmerman and friends)
• Snatch It Back and Hold It (The Paul Green Band plays Junior Wells)

Saturday, August 16th

The Royal Room
9:00pm, Tickets, $8 advance/ $10 at the door
• Drinking Muddy Waters – Roots of Muddy (Orville Johnson)
• Nashville Blues (Tayla Lynn and more sings Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Jimmie Rogers and more).
• Long Distance Call: The Jelly Rollers play the music of Muddy Waters (with special guests TBA)

The Columbia City Theater
9:00pm, Tickets, $8 advance/ $10 at the door
• Gravel Road
• Betsy Olson
• Fat Yap Harwood & the Thesaurusauruses

Bourbon Bar at Columbia City Theater
8:00pm, Free
• Michael Wohl (Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and harmonica player and front man of Seattle rock band Mystery Ship)

Sunday, August 17th

The Royal Room
(Early Show) 6:30pm, No Cover (Suggested Donation)
• It’s a Family Affair (Blues for All Ages) featuring Freight Train- (Classic acoustic blues from Elizabeth Cotton to the Mississippi Sheiks Moe Provencher and Aimee Zoe)
• Make Me a Pallet- The Music of Mississippi John Hurt (Reggie Garrett)

The Royal Room
(Late Show) 9:00pm, Tickets, $8 advance/ $10 at the door
• The Blues According to Jimi Hendrix with Crack Sunday (Skerik, Mike Stone, Keith Lowe and Joe Doria)
Special guests: Jeff Fielder, Kathy Moore, Thaddeus Turner, RL Heyer and more

The Columbia City Theater
8:00pm, Tickets, $8 advance/ $10 at the door
• The Foghorns
• Bigfoot Wallace and his Wicked Sons
• The Scotch Tops

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