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The Big Muddy Blues Festival

The festival known as 'The Big Muddy' took place down at historic Laclede's Landing over the Labor Day weekend, bring over 30 great blues acts to 3 stages. With a spectacular blues 'weather window', fans turned out in droves for this 10th Annual Big Muddy blues festival.

With Ike Turner recently dropping out of the lineup, his slot was aptly filled with British blues legend John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. Along with many of St. Louis finest Blues bands, the overall consensus was 'great festival'. This year saw 1 less stage than last year, as fest producer Dawn Massey felt the pinch of reduced sponsorship - a shame in this legendary Blues town. John May of the St. Louis Blues Society expressed extreme satisfaction in how smooth the event went, a testimony to his years of booking this prestigious musical showcase!

Highlights included the return of the Melissa Neels band, the crowd pleasing set of Billy Peek and his flying V guitar, the vocal styling's of Skeet Rogers and the Inner City Blues Band, the national steel acoustic set of Tom Hall, the unique sounds of the Los Carnales Blues Band, the vocal powerhouse known as Ms. Kim Massie, and of course the high energy blues of Alvin Jett and the Phat noiZ Blues Band. We apologize in advance for any bands omitted.

John Mayall
From an art college training, to three years with the British Army in Korea, to a successful career in graphic design, his blues singing and playing took a back seat until he reached the age of 30. From 1956 until 1962, John was performing publicly on a part-time basis fronting The Powerhouse Four and, later on, The Blues Syndicate. It was then that Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated pioneered what was to become known as The British Blues Boom of the Late 60's. Alexis was quick to encourage and help John make his move to London where he soon secured enough club work to be able to turn professional under the name John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. After a couple of years and a constant turnover of musicians, he met his soulmate in Eric Clapton, who had quit the Yardbirds in favor of playing the blues. This historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers and resulted in worldwide legendary status.
Here's a complete list of performers
Big George Brock & The Houserockers
Joanna Connor
Alvin Jett & Phat Noiz Blues Band
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Brain Curran
Dogtown Allstars
Ground Floor Band
Cryin' Shame Band
Marsha Evans Coalition w/ Stacy Johnson
Soulard Blues Band
Bottoms Up Blues Gang
David Dee & Hot Tracks Band
Marquise Knox & Rough Grooves Band
Marcell Strong & The Apostles
Terry “Big T” Williams & Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson,
Kim Massie Band
Devon Allman's Honeytribe
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Tom Hall
Bone Daddy & The Blues Shakers
Leroy Pierson
Los Carnales Blues Band
Uncle Albert
Ron Edwards & Silvercloud
Melissa Neels Band
Billy Peek
Inner City Blues Band
Boo Boo Davis Blues Band

Make plans now to attend the 11th Annual Big Muddy Blues Festival, and tell them STLBlues sent you!
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