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M.S.G. The Acoustic Blues Trio

 12:00 P M – 1:00 PM

M.S.G. The Acoustic Blues Trio

M.S.G. is a sought-after blues act comprised of Jackie Merritt (harmonica, guitar and bones), Miles Spicer (guitar) and Resa Gibbs (lead vocals and percussion). They are the only Piedmont style acoustic blues group in the Hampton Roads area. They have worked closely with their mentors Phil Wiggins and the legendary (late) John Cephas. M.S.G. can raise the roof with some old-fashioned house party tunes, make you laugh with their witty originals and then make you weep with blues ballads! They have performed at numerous well-known festivals, just a few include: Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN/VA (four straight years); Bull Durham Blues Festival, Durham, NC; HarborFest, Norfolk, VA; Artscape, Baltimore, MD; Picker’s Supply Singer/Songwriters’ Showcase, Fredericksburg, VA; Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC; and Bayou Boogalou, Norfolk, VA. M.S.G. have also had the honor of performing twice at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. “Done Spoke My Mind”, was featured as “CD of the Week” on Paul Shugrue’s “Out of the Box,” WHRV Public Radio. It is presently being featured along with their debut CD “Meet Me in the Middle” on Sirius Satellite Radio “B.B. Kings Bluesville” with Bill Wax. 2011New Release “Be Careful What You Ask For...”  

Andrew Alli  and Last Night’s Blues Band

 1 :30 PM – 2:30 PM

Andrew Alli
and Last Night’s Blues Band

Drummer Chaz Hibbler founded Last Night’s Blues Band in May 2011, bringing over a decade of experience playing with famous blues musicians in Mississippi to create an authentic traditional blues sound with four other talented musicians: Andrew Alli (Blues Harp), Michael Burgess (Guitar), Geoff O’Brien (Guitar), and Ken Kellner (Bass). Their first show was at the 17th Street Farmer’s Market in July 2011. As of late the band just recently won first place in the River City Blues competition held at Capital Ale House downtown Richmond. Audiences can’t help but move to the beat; the band brings a rollicking good time wherever they play. Last Night’s Blues Band plays songs by vaunted artists such as Little Walter Jacobs, Guitar Slim, Albert King, and Sonny Boy Williamson. The band continues to add songs to their repertoire and look forward to playing their down home blues anytime.

The J.D. Silvia Band  featuring Anthony Rosano

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The J.D. Silvia Band
featuring Anthony Rosano

The J.D. Silvia Band was born out of the now defunct Black Rose Blues Band which played throughout Hampton Roads from 2002 through 2011. The band lineup includes seasoned veterans Adam Nixon on guitar/vocals, Dale Butcher on bass, Russell Scarborough on drums, and J.D. Silvia on guitar/vocals. The band covers a wide variety of music that is all firmly rooted in the blues.  For the 2012 Blues N’ Brews event, The J.D. Silvia Band will be joined by guitar slinger and vocalist Anthony Rosano. As the recent winner of the Natchel  Blues Network Blues Competition, Anthony will be representing the Natchel Blues Network at the International Blues Competition, which will be in Memphis, TN in February of 2013.    

Lisa Lim

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Lisa Lim

Lisa Lim Band has a fresh new lineup! LLB is taking the live East Coast Music scene by storm kickin out blues rock funk jam band originals and covers with their own fresh unique spin! This powerhouse combination is sure to leave you wanting more! WAMA nominated Lisa Lim is a singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist based out of Central Va., whose blazing lead, slide and rhythmic guitar chops will leave you breathless! This female blues rockin', funkadelic versatile axe slinger has been touring, performing solo, in duos and with her various bands throughout the past two decades performing all styles of music.  Currently, Lisa is performing 150+ shows a year! You can catch her performing with her bands, "Lisa Lim Band", "Lisa Lim & Over The Limit", "Hot Rods & Old Gas", her acoustic duo project & in addition to freelancing with many national artists and bands. Lisa is also a well respected premier music educator. She is a faculty member at National Guitar Workshop and also works from her studio "Lim's Music", staying in high demand throughout the mid-atlantic region offering private and group lessons, plus offering seminars, teaching all styles and levels. Lisa gives back to her community, hosting jam nights regionally the 1st four Thursdays each month, giving fellow musicians a platform to be seen and heard & also an outlet for excellent networking opportunities. She is Coordinator for Virginia Go Girls Music Elite Chapter.

Planet Full Of Blues  

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Planet Full Of Blues   

Gloucester’s own, Planet Full Of Blues, is a modern electric blues band that is often described as a collision between Stevie Ray Vaughan and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. In 2008, founding members Johnny Ray Light (Guitars, Vocals, Songwriter-shown left) and Brock Howe (Drums, Vocals, Songwriting-shown right) travelled to Kansas City to record their first full length album. Little did they know that a cut from the band’s self-titled debut album would remain on the National Roots Blues Charts as one of the Top 50 Blues songs played in the country for over 30+ weeks! Making the National Charts resulted in multiple offers to perform overseas and to co-headlining an international blues festival in Belgrade, Serbia in 2009. In addition to performing at festivals, clubs, and special events, Planet Full Of Blues has performed live on radio and TV.  The band’s high energy habanera-fueled original music is truly meeting the appetite of blues fans world-wide, while serving it up –“Virginia Style.”

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