The 3rd annual Winter Blues Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, in The Tasting Room, inside Stagecoach Mall in downtown Fairbury. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., festival will start at 4 p.m. and feature several blues acts, a cash bar and BBQ ribs with all the fixin’s. The festival is co-sponsored by Fairbury.com and Totally Smoked BBQ.
This year’s blues festival will feature musicians who regularly play blues shows around the region. Taking the stage at 4 p.m., Howlin’ Steve Howell is a blues and American folk singer/songwriter from Oregon and comes to Fairbury by way of the blues clubs in Kansas City. Howell has shared the stage with greats such as the Kinsey Report, Tommy Castro, and Carl Weathersby. For years Howell traveled with his band “The Soulshakers” and also played with Fat Cat Freddy. Now a solo artist, Howell is returning to Fairbury as singer/songwriter, playing guitar.
The 5 p.m. time slot will feature Enigma, the ultimate acoustic duo, who will be returning to their blues roots for the festival. Enigma’s soulful delivery and broad appeal makes them a crowd favorite.
At 7 p.m., “Lil’ Slim” Shawn Holt will take the stage, joined by Jared Alberico, John “Honeyboy” Turner, Jeff Boehmer, and Ryan Larson, all of Lincoln.
Holt is the son of Blues Legend Magic Slim. He started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with this father and Slim’s brother, Uncle Nick Holt and the award winning band, The Teardrops. Shawn is now following in the footsteps of his father, having toured the globe as Holt and The Teardrops, winning awards including “Best New Artist Debut” for hit song, “Daddy Told Me” on Blind Pig Records.
Alberico aka “Super Blues Party” has been playing the blues, both as a solo artist and in various groups for many years. Jared has shared with stage with great blues musicians such as Magic Slim, Lil’ Slim, and plays in groups including The Blues Teachers.
John “Honeyboy” Turner has been delivering Chicago-style blues to hundreds of clubs and venues in Lincoln, Omaha and throughout the Midwest. In 1995, the Honeyboy Turner Band released their first full-length album, “Preachin’ The Blues” and has been featured on nationally-syndicated radio programs.
Jeff Boehmer and Ryan Larson are former members of Shawn Holt’s first band the Back Alley Blues Band. Boehmer is co-owner of the legendary Zoo Bar in Lincoln and Larson owns Roots Music in Lincoln.
Tickets for the festival are $35 per person, with proceeds benefitting the Bonham Theatre Project, whose mission is to renovate and reopen the historic theatre in downtown Fairbury as a movie house and entertainment venue.
A limited number of tickets are available online at www.Fairbury.com or at the Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Starr-Buckow Insurance and Stagecoach Mall Antiques in Fairbury, and from Bonham Theatre Project board members.
For more information, visit www.Fairbury.com or call 402.613.2064