RS Financial Stage

1:00   Electrick Nobody

2:30    Mojo Medicine Machine

3:30    Rickie Lee & The Muttz

4:30    Fevertree

5:30 Amy LaVere & Will Sexton

6:30    Hammer Down Hard

7:30    Awards Ceremony

Music Line-UP

Featuring Celebrity Guest Al Kapone as Emcee, announcing acts & Earl The Pearl Banks Winner of The Blues Society’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award  

Special guests starring throughout the day

With numerous bands and 18 albums under his belt, LONNIE HAMMER’s drive, determination, and undeniable talent have earned him a notable cachet within the music industry. During his illustrious career the popular drummer/singer/songwriter has been a member and recording artist with the legendary rock band BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, in addition to EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE, and playing for JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE. Never one to rest on his laurels and always with a few surprises up his sleeve, in 2017 HAMMER followed his desire and created HAMMER DOWN HARD with assistance from his manager and business partner KIM ALLEGREZZA (THE ALLEGREZZA AGENCY).

Recording at CROSSTRAX STUDIO in Memphis, TN, LONNIE HAMMER along with Producer and co-writer JUSTIN RIMER (SAVING ABEL, 12 STONES, FULL DEVIL JACKET) pushed deep into creative realms and branched out into new territory both musically and lyrically. Seizing on tangible emotions and the gnawing hypocrisy of everyday life HAMMER DOWN HARD brings forth honest songs, powerful vocals and fury you can feel. With a formidable explosion of energy and enthusiasm HAMMER surprised the hard rock/metal music world when he stepped out from behind the drum kit to front of the stage as lead vocalist for the band. HAMMER plays drums on all his recordings.

There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking your heart.

She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she “specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits. Her latest album Painting Blue comes out August 16th on Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany, Greyhounds).

Amy’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be a natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery are constants. Her voice is at once the bully and the victim. She’s performed in venues as wide-ranging as St. Andrew’s Hall in London and Memphis’ famed dive bar Earnestine and Hazel’s. There’s no room she can’t find an audience in and charm it to pieces. 

Al is an Oscar-winning hip hop artist from Memphis who has gained mainstream success from many years of hard work beginning in the Memphis music community. Al Kapone wrote “COVID Blues” and “Hustle Up” shortly after the quarantine began a few months ago. But as time progressed, Kapone, 48, wasn’t sure the songs would fit his new album, Hip Hop Blues, which he will release June 24th.
He’s using “AK Bailey” as his name on the album. “With the blues project, I’m trying to carve out a different brand.” Kapone, whose real name is “Al Bailey,” is going back to his roots, in a way.

Raised on the road by the legendary rock band Black Oak Arkansas, learning the art of Rock from the purest source. Christopher Lee Crowther set out to put together a group who’s music embodies soul, funk, and blues with a hard rock edge and a message of empowerment through struggle, a true reflection of our Memphis roots. A chance encounter with an old friend and funkster, bass player Vino Thomas, sparked the flame and the addition of heavy hitting drummer Hype Jones Jr. laid the foundation for The Electrick Nobody to be born. Now in their second decade The Electrick Nobody have rounded out their sound with the addition of soulful lead vocalist Rico Rodrique and the smokin’ hot lead guitar stylings of Josh Jennings. The five are hitting the studio and the road in 2021.

FeverTree is a Memphis-based rock band that pulls heavily from their Southern roots. They put forth a powerful and soulful mix of Southern Rock, Blues, Funk and nitty-gritty rock-and-roll. The band was formed in 2014 by Tim Dills, John Patterson, Mike Bertoldo, and Kyle Reed. With over 50 years of combined experience in the Memphis music industry scene among its members, FeverTree has evolved into a band that describes its music as “uniquely blended, finely crafted, Southern rock and roll.”

Following four years playing cover tunes, the band, realized that its true calling was to create original music. Pulling from influences such as Van Halen, Journey, Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Arc Angels, and Skynyrd, the band began composing their tunes. One year later and after countless hours of laughing, fighting, severe A.D.D., and good bourbon, the debut album was finally complete. Aptly titled Lessons Learned, the band proudly released the album in January of 2019. The album is composed of soulful, blues-influenced Southern rock; a true reflection of the band’s combined influences.

Late 2019 brought changes. The band found itself in need of a new bass player. Semi-local bassist Rocko Walls was first introduced to the band via another local band, The Shotgunbillys. Rocko had travelled to Memphis from Kennett, Missouri to fill in for the band’s regular bassist on a number of occasions. The FeverTree guys took notice of his playing and invited him to come down to Memphis and jam. One time is all it took for the guys to realize what a perfect fit he was both musically and personally and so, FeverTree, Chapter 2 had begun.

The band began rehearsing immediately for live shows but 2020 took its toll, as it did for everyone. So it was decided that instead of waiting on life to return to normal and resume live gigs, a new record would be written. FeverTree was back in the studio in June of 2021 with 11 new kick ass, Southern Rock, Blues-Nitty-Gritty, Rock and Roll songs, with a few new twists!! The new, yet untitled album is scheduled to be released later in 2021 for everyone to hear!!

 Memphis, Tennessee… home of all things Elvis and rock and roll!  If there is ONE BAND to see in Memphis this summer you must catch MOJO MEDICINE MACHINE!

 

Festival-favorite Mojo Medicine Machine is a stellar rock and roll band has been described as ‘James Brown meets Aerosmith!’  They recorded their debut CD ‘Remedy for the Soul’ at the world renown Royal Studios utilizing legendary Memphis session-giants including members of Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Buddy Guy, Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Chosen, The Hold Steady, Hi Rhythm Section, Bash-n-Pop and Black Oak Arkansas. 

 

The album was produced by Grammy-award winner Lawrence ‘Boo’ Mitchell (Bruno Mars, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Paul Rodgers, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayer, and Ann Peebles). 

 

By design the lineup of Mojo Medicine Machine periodically changes to include a Who’s Who of Memphis players including members of Tora Tora, Roxy Blue, Black Oak Arkansas, Chosen and EMN to name just a few.

 

 

The Muttz was a concept in which many different styles of music I’d written but never recorded could come to life by finding talented people who were exceptional in their certain genre of music, and by combining their different styles… and we end up with a band who can pull off Southern Rock, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Country, Gospel, Hard Rock, Metal, Rhythm and Blues, Folk and just about any other rabbit that we decide to pull outta the hat! Sometimes it’ll be two guys… sometimes a mixture of a dozen, but that’s what a Mutt really is… a little bit of Shepherd, a smidgen of Terrier, a pinch of Poodle and a handful of Pit Bull! No pedigree, no blue ribbons… but creatures of loyalty, endurance
and an amazing variety of skills!
Original tunes and  new arrangements  of old classics… done by… THE MUTTZ!!
Let the party begin!
Rickie Lee 

Turnstyles is a high-energy duo from Memphis, TN, featuring Seth Moody on guitar and Graham Winchester on drums. Members of several other Memphis groups, (Reigning Sound, Jack Oblivian, Devil Train, Sheiks, Faux Killas to name a few), they combine all the influences and experiences into an adrenaline rush of surf rock, garage rock, and psych country. 2020 saw the release of their debut record, “Cut You Off,” on Memphis label Black & Wyatt Records. Look for the follow up effort at the end of 2021! 

 

Ben Spiegelman was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. From a young age, Ben has played all over Memphis developing a truly unique, soulful sound. Ben shares the stage with some of his best friends who are also born and raised Memphis musicians. They maintain that classic “Memphis Feel,” and they are sure to energize the crowd at every show. Ben is, “pumped to play at the 2021 World Championship Hot Wing Contest and Festival. I would like to mention that the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis, so come on out to the 2021 World Championship Hot Wing Contest and Festival to enjoy great wings, music, and the awesome Memphis community.”

 

Delta Joe Sanders grew up on Glover Plantation in Desoto County, Mississippi. His father ran the 10,000 acre plantation where the family lived and at an early age, Joe developed a kinship with the help, who also lived on the plantation.

Midsouth based band “The Players” ,  simply put is a Party Band ,featuring  dance music from many genres and emphasizing strong, memorable vocal performances, one of those bands that people consistently  book for  parties ,festivals, and special events.  This band has been performing , honing,  perfecting, their live shows and song material for over 20 years. With a tight precision sound, high- energy vibe, and a focus on getting the party jumping,  it is no surprise this band has become a regional favorite.  Featuring  “Front and Center”,    Nettie Ciaramitaro on vocals , Dwight Dilley on  Bass guitar / vocals , Haley Bennett drums / vocals , and Rick Lambert on guitar/ synthesizers/ vocals. This band of seasoned  musicians has each firmly established themselves as “go-to” /in-demand players,  playing a wide variety of music styles and always delivering rock solid performances that are both fun and memorable. Performing everything from R&B , Funk ,and Classic Rock,   … , everything designed with the party in mind. The Player’s huge  repertoire and dynamic vocal and instrument performances, have cemented their reputation as a “must have” for  special events.

Chris Johnson and Mike Sweep are singer/songwriters that perform at bars, clubs, private events and weddings as a duo. Both have been fortunate enough to taste a hint of success with Chris making it to Top 24 on American Idol and Michael performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. On February 14th 2021, they released a music video to their new single “Heartless Valentine” from their upcoming album “Run With The Wolves” in mid summer. They both are very skilled in lead vocals, vocal melodies, songwriting and music production including lead/rhythm guitar, piano/synthesizers and drum programming.  Collectively, They Are Named JohnnyMaestro.

i-heart Stage

1:00  Delta Joe Sanders

1:45 The Turnstyles

2:45 9Normal

3:45   Wing Eating Contest

4:30    The Players

5:30 Johnny Maestro

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