DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Sunday, October 11, the sixth annual Daytona Blues Festival will wrap up their three day event at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, downtown Daytona Beach, Florida, with a tremendous day of blues. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, Paul Thorn, Alexis P Suter Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, and IBC runner-up Brian Keith Wallen will make certain every blues fan enjoys the festival until the very end.
As has become tradition, the Daytona Blues Festival will once again end with a blistering performance by two time Pine Top Perkins Piano Player of the year award winner Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots. While Victor grew up in Savanah and lives in Memphis, the WildRoots trace their beginning to the Daytona Beach area. And the group always puts on spectacular show for their many fans, local and from around the world.
Victor is a raucous, high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. Add the WildRoots, who don’t normally tour with Victor, and the energy just increases. Then consider their May 30th, 2015, release of the chart topping Boom Town, and this Sunday evening performance can’t be missed. Expect a blend of old favorites and new hits, delivered with a sharp sense of humor, a knack for storytelling, and a large dose of honky-tonk and boogie. Watch the group debut the title cut “Boom Town” at the 2014 Daytona Blues Festival.
Playing before Victor is Paul Thorn and his faithful band of more than 20 years. During their two decades in the club, theater and festival trenches, the four-piece and their frontman have garnered a reputation for shows that ricochet from humor to poignancy to knock-out rock and roll. Paul is a distinctly Southern personality who infuses his songs with down-home perspective, vivid-yet-plainspoken language and colorful characters.
On his latest album, Too Blessed to be Stressed, Paul’s objective is to make people feel good through songs that express universal truths. The album can be heard as a running conversation about life between Paul and listeners – a conversation leavened with gentle insights, small inspirations, and plenty of cheer. Paul charms live audiences right from the start, not only with his music, but also with the stories he tells from stage. He strives to make each person listening feel like he is talking directly to them. “Everything’s Gonna be Alright” captures Paul’s positive spirit, the spirit that will be on display as the sun sets Sunday evening.
The Alexis P Suter Band returns to the Daytona Blues Festival Sunday afternoon before Paul Thorn. A true vocal phenomenon, bass/baritone powerhouse Alexis and her band began wowing audiences in the northeast as regular performers at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY. Alexis is a two-time Blues Music Award nominee with 6 releases to her credit. The latest, Love the Way You Roll, topped the blues and roots charts for weeks.
Along with Alexis’s extraordinary bass/baritone voice and powerful stage presence, her real secret weapon is the band. At every show, audiences show their whistling, clapping and cheering appreciation. The firepower of this exciting band has captured the attention of some of the best players around, and they are considered by their peers as one of the best live bands on the scene today. Listen to this unique talent sing “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” at the Daytona Blues Festival in 2013.
Moreland & Arbuckle is another act that was so good we had to ask them back. Guitarist Aaron Moreland and harpist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle have spent over a decade exploring the edges of American roots music. In the process, they have forged a relentless and haunting sound that merges Delta blues, folk, rock, traditional country, soul and numerous other echoes and murmurs from an infinitely layered musical narrative that spans more than a century. They should have a new album ready for their merchandise table at the festival.
Brian Keith Wallen, the 2015 International Blues Challenge second place solo/duo winner, will open on Sunday. From one coast to another, Brian is spreading his brand of blues across the country. His lightening licks on guitar will never let you forget his name. Brian incorporates elements of rock, bluegrass, folk, and alt-country into his foot-stomping, one-man band show. His energy and soul will be a perfect start to an unforgettable final day of blues. Get your tickets here.