(TRINIDAD, CO) – Headlining Trinidaddio Blues Fest 2019 Aug 24 ~ The Sugaray Rayford Band: The MAN and the band! 2018 and 2019 BB King Blues Entertainer of the Year Nominee Sugaray Rayford graces Trinidaddio’s stage with his world class pedigree. Six Blues Music Award nominations in just the past two years to go with Blues Music Award wins and nominations going back to 2013, makes Trinidaddio truly fortunate to have Sugaray headline this year’s Trinidaddio Blues Fest.
Sugaray has starred in Tony
Award nominated stage plays, fronted the highly acclaimed west coast blues band
The Mannish Boys and has seen his solo career skyrocket as one of the premier
soul/blues vocalists and performers in the world today.
Of course, with a front man
like Sugaray Rayford, great bands are always part of the equation! The Sugaray
Rayford Band is no exception. With a core group that
includes The Amy Winehouse Horns and standout performers from across the blues
world, The Sugaray Rayford Bandis poised to deliver one of the best
sets in Trinidaddio history!
Wildly fun, musically
fearless and bursting with bravado, 2018’s Blues Music Award winning Band Of
The Year Rick Estrin & the Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most
instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the
world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin,
guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and
dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats serve up sharp
and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.
Returning to Trinidaddio, singer,
songwriter, and guitar virtuoso Jimmy
Thackeryhas carved an enviable niche for himself in the
world of electric blues. Known for his gritty, blue-collar approach and
marathon live show, Thackery was
for many years part of the legendary Washington, DC band The
Nighthawks. Jimmy’s long-time position at top of any list of blues guitar
greats makes welcoming him back to Trinidaddio a special treat for us… and for
Thackery headlines a festival in South Dakota or jams for hours
in one of numerous blues bars that dot the musical landscape, he’ll always
unleash an intense volley of rockin’ blues guitar guaranteed to leave crowds
emotionally spent. His double-edged guitar dynamics allow him to fire off
tracer missiles, bend a note so it will fit under a limbo bar, run off dive
bomber riffs, and find space within the trembling of one stinging note. “I put
all my senses on hold and find the zone and follow what’s inside. There’s an
electricity from your mind to your heart to your fingers. You just try and
remember to breathe.”
Earlier we’ll enjoy new Delmark
recording artist, the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band! 2018 brought us the inaugural effort of the
newly formed band – Back To Chicago.
The group is composed of
five longtime friends who are all familiar names when it comes to delivering
real-deal Chicago blues. Three are band
leaders themselves, and all have spent a good part of their 200 or so years in
the business working together in the ever-changing lineup of The Fabulous Fish
Heads, a Chicagoland favorite since the mid-‘80s. As a result, this CD is more
of a long-awaited family reunion than anything else.
Leading up to Rockwell,
you’ll have the distinct pleasure of the 2018 IBC winner for Best Band – the Keeshea
Pratt Band! The 8-piece musical
collective, lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary
blues and offers a preview to the future of blues.
Keeshea Pratt is the siren
featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired
vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and
musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas,
Mississippi) and Japan.
Nothin’ But the Blues!” – That’s the farewell tag on “Mexican Jerry” Muniz’s
voice mail. Mexican Jerry is the bearded and tattooed leader and
singer/harp player for Los Albuquerque Blues Connection – “The ABC” – one of
New Mexico’s longest running blues outfits. With Dave Silva, his guitar and slide playing
compadre of 25 years at his side, Jerry calls the crowd out – “Get Up!
Levantase! Time to Boogie!” – and they respond with a roar.
Mexican Jerry, a song is a framework to be filled in anew every night, never
sung the same way twice. But it’s always the Blues. Nuthin’ but the
ABC will follow Trinidad’s own
guitar virtuoso and opening act, Jaquie Gipson! “Jaquie Gipson is one of those guitarists
you’re glad you discovered before anyone else did… I was recently hanging out with Jaquie and
another colleague who asked her how she spent her free time. “Practicing
my guitar,” she said. Jaquie then sat down to play a Northwood Mini-Jumbo
I had just purchased, and his only response was, “I guess you’ve been
practicing A LOT.” – John Fowler, Shoreline Music
In 2017 we
began a new tradition and the Friday night PreFest Party became a FREE Event! This
year we will carry on that tradition Aug 23 by bringing the Blues to the
historic streets of Downtown Trinidad.
PreFest Party Lineup:
will get started as always with the winner of the Colorado Blues Challenge in
graciously provided by the Colorado Blues Society. And the winner is… From Denver Colorado, The
Movers & Shakers Band!
TeleDonna brings a blend of music influenced by at least 4 generations and
interpreted in the context of the Blues
only band to have played at every Trinidaddio Blues Fest and PreFest Party and
will continue that tradition in 2019 Los Albuquerque Blues Connection.
ABC will be Trinidad native and guitar phenomenon Zakk DeBono & the Broken
from Houston, TX 2018 International Blues Challenge Winner! The Keeshea Pratt
Band!Get a taste of Keeshea before she performs on Saturday at the Fest.