The 2018 Old Capitol Blues & BBQ will be Friday and Saturday, August 24th & 25th! Check back for Updates and the Band Lineup!
Here’s the bands:
Friday, August 24:
Mary Jo Curry,
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers,
Saturday, August 25:
ICBC ‘Blues Challenge’ Bands,
Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat,
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Wow, last year the 2017 Old Capitol Blues & BBQ was incredible. Everything came together; a terrific line-up, good weather, a hard-working team of volunteers, great vendors and competitors, and fans that wanted to have fun and listen to great music.
Myself, and the ICBC want to thank the Old Capitol Blues & BBQ owners, Barry Friedman, Bernie Segatto, Kevan Stapleton, and Matt Farrell for allowing us to hold our blues challenge during this great festival and for putting your trust in us to put together your line-up.
We’d like to thank the incredible artists that all put on amazing shows. Kenny Neal, Eric Gales, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Albert Castiglia, James Armstrong, and The Mary Jo Curry Band represent a broad pallet of blues styles, but they all possess the ability to connect with the crowd and put on outstanding performances. And what about Kilborn Alley playing the Alamo after-fest party with special guest Eugene Hideaway Bridges. And then Kenny Neal put on a killer performance with the band. Simply incredible.
We’d like to thank Mark Tate owner of the Luthier Shoppe, for doing an outstanding job managing the stage and providing technical support both nights. On Friday night, he worked with David Lumsden to work out a plan to keep the operation moving efficiently, and it worked well. Thanks to the backstage crew, Bill Davison, Bill Castor, Greg Hackett, Rusty Gentry, Dennis McGrath for doing what was needed to make the transitions between acts move like clockwork. These guys handled everything from unloading and loading equipment, making stage transitions, keeping parking areas clear for artists vehicles, being gate keepers, and any number of small details that were needed.
Many thanks to Doug Antonacci and The Music Shoppe on Stevenson for providing the drums and bass rig used by the main stage acts throughout the festival. This certainly helped make for a smooth operating stage.
Thank you to Cindi Goza, Lori Ann McCabe, and Gale for taking care of the artists lounge. It takes effort to keep things clean, stocked and readily available, while allowing the artists their space and privacy. Great job.
Thanks to Kathy Dauksza, Kathy Cooke, Janet Kennedy, John and Maryann Cartwright for handling merchandise for the Club and artist, and to Don Hudson for doing a great job with the 50/50.
We had a great solo/duo Blues Challenge. Michael Goza coordinated the event and MC’d the Challenge. He put together a team of 4 top notch judges: Charlie Bower from Jazz and Blues Florida, David Lumsden, Billinda Devillez, Alex Borisov, with scorekeeper, Bill Castor. Our competitors were all terrific this year: Susan Williams and Daryl Wright, King Neptune, Carl Long and Frank Trompeter, Tony Young and J Cole, Robert Sampson, and Marty Morris. They did a great job.
Lastly, we must thank Mary Jo Curry. Mary Jo performed on Friday night, sang the National Anthem both nights, and MC’d the entire event.
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