I Chews the Blues Aug. 3-4
RICHFIELD TWP. — It is a little over one week before the expanded I Chews the Blues Blues festival takes place at the Davison Eagles Club and organizers are getting ready for the first two day music event.
Organizer Marguerite Goodall said the annual festival will expand to be a Friday-Saturday event when some 13 bands take to the stage Aug. 3-4.
The benefit concert for Davison Care & Share will begin Friday night, from 5-11 p.m. and resume Saturday noon-11 p.m.
Goodall said free rustic camping will be available on site at the Davison Eagles Club, 3270 N. State Rd., weather permitting, Friday night will feature four bands andtickets for the Friday night event will be $10, $20 for Saturday and $25 for a package of both nights.
Taking to the stage Friday will be Davison’s own Rusty Wright Band, along with the Mark May Band, Lester Blues and the Nonsmoking Band.
On Saturday the line-up includes the Argentucky Blues Band, Dr. Jabs featuring Bea Bahr, The Groove Council, The Shovelbyrds, Knucklehead Blues Band, Jones’n, David Gerald, Silverboots and Prof. Wright & Friends.
About some of the bands:
• “The Rusty Wright Band brings to the stage an electrifying, blues-infused tour de force of rollicking musical interplay that is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to,” according to the band’s website at rustywrightblues.com.
This band has made the leap from regional favorite to performing at some of North America's top blues festivals and the Pacific region of Asia. They have shared billing with an array of blues, roots and rock acts including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Etta James, Charlie Musselwhite, Leslie West & Mountain, Janiva Magness, Zach Harmon, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Slaughter and Johnny Winter.
• David Gerald, the son of Mississippi born and raised parents, grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B music in his hometown, Detroit, according to his website. He started playing guitar at the age of 16, influenced by Prince and 80s rock guitarists. He rediscovered the blues and listened to the music of Albert King, ZZ Hill, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name just a few.
• Guitarist Carl Glover will head up The Silver Boots Band when it performs at I Chews the Blues. He is joined by bass guitarist Joe Williams, Matt Vanraemdonck on drums, Rick Hess on harmonica, lead vocalist Lucy Garvin and lead rhythm guitarist Eric Pattee.
• The Shovelbyrds are a four-piece rock band with a two guitar attack that drives a unique mix of original music and classic rock-n-blues. The current lineup has been performing since 2006 and includes Pat Mahoney (guitar & vocals), Dave Richards (guitar & vocals), Jim Brannon (bass & vocals) and Mike Hilgendorf (drums). Their major influences include Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Warren Haynes and Dickey Betts.
• Heather Jones & Jones’n is a four-piece group specializing in Soul, Rock, Blues and Funk. Jones'n performs around the surrounding areas, including five Blues festivals this Summer. They also donate their time for benefits and fundraisers. Members are: Heather Jones-Lead Vocals/Percussion, Donny Jones-Lead Guitar/Vocals, Randy Dunckley-Bass Player Of America/Backup Vocals, L. Harris- Drums
One of the raffles this year is with all items donated from Larson’s Ace Hardware, which will include a hardwood rocker, a 35-inch fire pit and an outdoor tabletop bird bath.
The second raffle is a metal sculpture/ blues band donated by Renee’ Verbeke.
I Chews the Blues is looking for donations to help fund Davison Care & Share. The organization, started more than 30 years ago by Jim and Linda Sherman, former owners of The Davison Index, provides food and gifts to needy Davison area families at Christmas every year.
All tickets are available now, at the Eagles or contact Goodall at 810-252- 3768.
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