Welcome to the home of the first-ever York County Blues Fest which is scheduled for Sat., July 28, 2018, from 12:00-6:30PM at Friendship Park on Old Alfred Road in Waterboro, Maine. This event is rain or shine!
HEADLINER: Paul Nelson Band
Paul Nelson is a Grammy Award Winning American musician recognized as one of today’s top guitarists! Nelson not only has the distinction of being the hand- picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter, but has toured the world over performing and recording alongside an endless “who’s who” list of top artists. Paul has played with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Walsh, and more… Nelson received the Grammy Award for his work performing on and producing Winter’s “Step Back” release on Megaforce/Sony winning “Best Blues Album of the Year”. This highlighted his already long list of Grammy Nominations as well as the BMA “Blues Music Award” for “Best Blues/Rock Album” reaching #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts for weeks. He is also a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s KBA “Keeping The Blues Alive Award”.
Nathan Michaud will kick off this fine event at 12-noon. Nathan is an instrumental guitarist and composer on a quest to bring heartfelt music with substance back to the masses. Inspired by many of the great blues players, his music connects with listeners on an emotional level almost borderlining on spiritual. Over the years Nathan has developed his own unique style of playing, derived from many different genres of music, from Blues & Rock to Classical and Jazz, you just never know what direction his next note may go and that is what will keep you coming back for more!
Deej SG & Bluzology Deej will create a unique musical experience based around his original Blues-infused style with hints of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Billy Gibbons and others. What is particularly unique about this act is that Deej is an “older learner” who began studying lead guitar in 2010 at the age of 50 and has developed his own original and emotional style absent the influences that may have occurred if he’d instead focused on learning other people’s material first. Deej will share his time the band Bluzology who play Chicago to West Coast to Delta Blues, from upbeat danceable Jump Blues to soulful rhythm and blues to ripping funk jams. The band features Bruce Emery on harp and vocals, internationally-known guitarist Peter Michelini, guitarist Andre “Sleepy Fingers” Couture & holding down the back-beat is local bass master Marty Lynch and Russ Oakes on drums. A great addition is local favorite Chris Velletri on Sax.
Andrew Schoenfeld will be joining us for the 1st Annual York County Blues Fest on July 28 in Waterboro Maine. Andrew is well known to the New York and CT. blues and jazz music scene as an organist and pianist. Andrew has played with artists such as Benny Wallace, Mike Longo, and Chris Morrison. As a longtime associate of Mike Longo, (Dizzy Gillespie’s lifetime keyboardist) Andrew has now produced, directed and instructed on Mike’s heralded video instructional series “The Rhythmic Nature of Jazz”. Andrew has been instrumental in integrating the sounds of Be-Bop and Blues and has found a way to bring fresh interpretations to the blues classics. Playing a Hammond Organ out of a classic Leslie speaker along with a vintage Fender Rhodes piano, Andrew has the prototypical blues sound combined with a master’s technique.
Mike Hayward’s Blue Lions Mike has a long history as a long time sideman to Bo Diddley and other luminary blues artists including Roy Buchanan and Cub Coda. Mike is the founder and director of some Maine’s finest blues and R&B groups including the Red Light Revue and currently the Blue Lions that play hard-hitting Texas electric blues delivered with a brass knuckle guitar approach. The bands play blues by Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Bobby Bland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Guitar Slim.