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Saturday / August 25, 2018
Headliner: Paul Reddick
Hooked on Delta blues before his teen years, Paul Reddick’s songwriting, power vocals, and harp skills over the years have catapulted him into a formidable force in blues music.
Nominated for a Juno award in the category four previous times, Paul Reddick finally scored the Blues Album of the Year in 2017! The Toronto-based singer/songwriter won for his highly-praised album, Ride The One. 2017 also marked Reddick’s 25th year as a recording artist, as his band The Sidemen’s self-titled debut came out in 1992. Their fourth and final album, 2001’s Rattlebag, won three Maple Blues Awards, including Album of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year, and earned a Juno nomination. Ride The One is his fourth solo record.
American Blues Scene calls his latest release, “one hell of a ride.”
Supporting Act: Blackie and the Rodeo Kings…the band otherwise known as B.A.R.K.
No matter what you call their music— folk-rock, blues, roots, alternative country, REAL music – this Juno award-winning Canadian band is truly in a class by itself. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings originally formed in 1996 when members Colin Linden, Stephen Fearing and Tom Wilson came together to record one tribute album to Canadian songwriter Willie P. Bennett.
Each of the members is hugely successful in his own right, with Fearing and Wilson touring and promoting their own music, and Linden, with his work as musical director on the television show Nashville.
Now 22 years, eight albums, and numerous rousing live performances later, “B.A.R.K” thrives on, much to the elation of fans who follow the band Rolling Stone magazine called “the singer-songwriter supergroup.”
Supporting Act: Matt Cox
Midwest regional favorite and roots/blues/country songsmith, Matt Cox is a six-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues.
Following his self-released debut album Folker’s Travels in 2007, he toured the western U.S. and was invited to play the SXSW festival in Austin.
Matt’s ever-growing fanbase appreciates his guitar-strumming, foot-stomping singular style of Americana, folk rock, country and blues and is eagerly awaiting his sixth album, High Places.
BluesEd Opener: Us and Them
BluesEd Youth Artist Development program band: Us and Them.
Us and Them Blues Band was selected to perform at the 2017 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis as a part of the Blues Society of Omaha’s BluesEd program. The 10 members of Us and Them are experienced and award winning musicians ranging in age from 11 to 17.They play an infectious show of Blues Rock emphasizing the traditional Blues values of soul, groove and improvisation.
As the largest BluesEd band, the talented members include Aedan Leahy (Keys), Grace Giebler (Vocal), Harry Tarr (Vocal), JJ Stiles (Guitar), Josie Jennum (Bass), Logan Hawkins (Guitar), Luke Wagner (Drums), Macy Klein (Sax), Quin Sexton (Trumpet), and Tyler Savoie (Sax).