(Daytona Beach, FL) – The Daytona Blues Festival returns to Jackie Robinson Ball Park, downtown Daytona Beach, October 7th, 8th and 9th. From Friday’s all women fronted bands to Marcia Ball’s headline performance through Sunday’s traditional Victor Wainwright’s close, it promises to be an event to remember.
For the first time, the Friday lineup is a true showcase of women in blues. Vanessa Collier opens the festival with her powerful voice and amazing saxophone. She is followed by the unique Long Tall Deb featuring Colin John. Katy Guillen and The Girls then add their fiery, energetic Kansas City influenced blues to the main stage. As the sun goes down, the crowd will be treated to Carolyn Wonderland’s rough and raw Janis Joplin-esque howl and impeccable riffs. Finally, the night closes with the incomparable Shakura S’Aida.
Saturday kicks off with Florida blues legend Willie Green. Next up is the 2016 IBC first place band with the Albert King Best Guitarist, The Delgado Brothers. The powerful and passionate Tas Cru follows with his Tortured Souls. Alvin ‘Youngblood’ Hart’s Muscle Theory keeps the party going with their explosion of blues. 2016 BMA winner Joe Louis Walker carries the crowd into the night, and legendary Marcia Ball closes an amazing day of blues.
Sunday begins with a pair of 2016 IBC award winners. First up are Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, winners in the solo/duo category. They are followed by the 2016 IBC band runner up The Paul Deslauriers Band all the way from Montreal. Tinsley Ellis then brings his magical guitar to the stage. He is followed by the showmanship and joy of The Sugaray Rayford Band. The festival ends as it has from the beginning, with the 2016 B.B. King Entertainer of the year, Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots.