Five band, two stage non-stop Blues Festival in the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s Convention Center Saturday, April 1st from 4:30 PM - 11:30 PM. A full bar and loads of delicious food will be available. With a stage on each end, there is no down time. Two stages of continuous Blues entertainment make for a seamless transition from one band to the next.
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s “The Voice.” Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world. Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
“Laith is one of the most diverse talents we have,” said Maroon 5 frontman and ‘The Voice’ coach Adam Levine. “Incredible guitar player, incredible singer.”
Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.”
Audiences have agreed, propelling Al-Saadi’s most recent release, “REAL” to the top of the blues chart for five weeks and the top 20 album chart for two weeks. Laith also had four singles in the top ten iTunes singles charts, and his albums “In The Round” and “Long Time Coming” spent time at the top of the rock and album charts.
Guitar World Magazine has called Laith Al-Saadi a cross between "Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best,” and Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.
We have seldom had a national act of this stature. We are proud that he has agreed to join our headliners at this year’s festival. He and his band will be appearing in the Big Room at 8:30PM.
Stacy Jones Band
Stacy Jones was the winner of the 2015 IMEA (International Music and Entertainment Association) award for Best Blues Song "Can't Do Nothin' Right" off her newest album Whiskey, Wine, & Water. She is a power house performer and an amazing songwriter.
Nominated for six Washington Blues Society for 2016 "Best of the Blues," awards, Stacy won for Best Blues Song Writer. Stacy is continually nominated for "Best of the Blues" awards in songwriting, performance, harmonica, guitar and was Winner of the 2010 and 2014 Best Female Vocalist award. She has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, SXSW, juke joints in Mississippi, river boats in California, just finished her first European tour, headlined festivals, and shared stages with Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Oskar, and many other legends.Her music has been described as "A Whiskey & Water Baptism that lace Blues and Rock edges."
“With her feet firmly planted in roots based music, Stacey Jones pays homage to the blues but experiments by mixing in some mild-Americana and subtle country licks. Dynamic vocals fueled by powerful lyrics." "the rolling thunder blues of Howlin’ Wolf mixed with the honesty of Lucinda Williams."
This is a true blues artist, a do not miss entertainer.
Ty Curtis Band
“Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band’s lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he’s a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player.” - BLUES ROCK REVIEW. Backed by his longtime drummer, Jerry Jacques, and bassist Jeff Gray, “Ty and his fellow musicians bring us tight sounds as if they have been playing together for decades on many podiums with their combination of power blues & funk!” says Belgian Blues magazine ROOTS TIME.
Ty’s energy-packed live shows draw from the rich blues tradition, but he has taken blues in new directions. Fresh out of the studio in Austin Texas, Ty released his sixth CD, BLAME ME July 1st 2016 at Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. Ty is a two-time winner of the Cascade Blues Association (CBA) Curtis Salgado Male Vocalist award and just recently opened for Robert Cray at Revolution Hall in Portland.
"Watch out for Ty Curtis. He is a strong up-and-coming artist with a lot to say,” says Robert Cray Tour Manager Tim Aller.
Ty has been featured on festival stages and in larger capacity clubs, where exuberant response is not limited to just the audience. World-renowned artists have come away impressed, and Ty has shared the stage and opened for Robert Cray, Eric Gales, Chris Cain, Walter Trout, Roy Rogers, Coco Montoya, The Doobie Bros, George Thorogood, Tommy Castro and more. Delay said it best about Ty Curtis: "He plays it like a young man should—straight ahead and from the heart"
Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings
Since 2006, Coyote Kings have been recording and performing, winning awards, collecting rave reviews, and playing to enthusiastic audiences & devoted fans. With five albums, “That little old band from Walla Walla” has established themselves as a presence in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
2014 was eventful, after a year of playing some great fests and events, Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings were honored to receive the 2014 Empire Awards for "Best Blues Band" and "Best Blues Guitarist" (Robin)! And last year,“Howl,” their 2015 album release, won the 2015 I.E.B.S. Award for Best Blues Album. AND THIS YEAR, singer Tiphony Dames won for the 2016 Best Female Blues Performer.
Robin also hosts the popular and much fun Walla Walla Guitar Festival each Spring following the Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival. Blues fans love him! Plays every major festival every year, and we are so happy that this exciting performance band will be kicking off our Main Room at 4:30PM!
Sara Brown Band
Drawing from their influences of blues, rock, soul, and funk, Festival favorite Sara Brown Band will capture your heart and take it out dancing! A regular on the big stage, from Wallace Blues Festival to this one, she is another I.E.B.S. winner. She has won in the recent past for Best Female Blues Performer. Also acclaimed by Hollywood, Sara Brown won a trophy from Universal Studios in 2002, being named Singer of The Year. She has been a recent opener for Ana Popovic as well as Beth Hart. Known for her fabulous shoes, fabulous voice and fabulous stage presence, Sara brings a fun filled sassiness to her shows and a smile to all who see her.
This year we have asked her to again be the first music to greet our arriving guests by performing solo acoustic in the Resort Lobby on Friday afternoon. Then Sara and her band will close the show in the Big Room, keeping the party going on Saturday, taking the stage at 10:00PM.
On the Boat - Blues Cruise Bands
Bobby Patterson Band
Bobby Patterson was the moving force behind the popular group “The Fat Tones,” for over 13 years and has been a musical force for over 30 years. An amazing and sometimes blistering guitarist, as well as a singer and songwriter.
Kenny James Miller Band
The Kenny James Miller Band is an all-original Northwest US Regional Rock/Blues band located in Montana. A trio of professional, accomplished musicians that combine funk, blues and rock creating one fun dance happy party. This is just a great band. KJMB received the Inland Empire Blues Society 2011, “Best New Blues Band" Award; also Winners of the Spokane, WA Regional Semi-Final Competition for the 2011 Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. They shared the stage with Robin Trower in 2011 and many other National Bands; “Can’t You Hear Me” was chosen to be aired on Blues Deluxe Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show and KJMB was chosen to perform in a Montana PBS program, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk," the episode aired on April 23, 2015. A perfect and Rocking fun addition to The Blues Cruise. Departs at 7:30PM on Friday.
After Blues Cruise Party at The Resort Plaza Shops
Charlie Butts & The Filter Tips
Charlie won the 2016 & 2015 I.E.B.S. Best Blues Harmonica Award and Joe Brasch won 2015 & 2016 Best Blues Guitarist. The entire band is a who’s who of the Inland North West’s best players. Everyone who has ever gone to a sporting event in the Spokane area has seen Charlie. He’s the guy playing a heartfelt emotional National Anthem on the saxophone.
His band is one of the longest-established R&B dance bands in the Inland Northwest. This five-piece band has been playing in Washington, Idaho and Montana since January of 1995. Their musical influences run the gamut from R&B to soul to funk to blues and jazz. They present a wide variety of styles, with the common thread that it's all danceable. They play with intense passion and obvious fun. This band will play the FREE to the public Plaza Shops After Cruise Party at 9PM Friday.
The Roof Top Blues Party
The High Risk Group
We had great weather and a great party last year on this beautiful roof top setting. This year we invited some great Coeur d’Alene players and their new band. The High Risk Group is high energy and very talented, made up of four seasoned Blues, R&B, Funk players. Formed in 2015 by guitarists Paul Mata and Don Chilcott, for the last five years they have been featured at the Post Falls Festival, and most recently they performed at the IEBS Christmas bash at Bolo's.
Paul and Don have played together off-and-on since the early 70's in the L.A. area. They were both involved in extensive composing and recording projects for MCA Music, publishing division. Eventually, Paul moved up to North Idaho, and became one of the founding members of Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips, while Don moved to Santa Cruz and immersed himself in touring and recording pursuits. Don also attended and graduated from GIT (.Guitar Institute of Technology) where his distinctive style caught the attention of Robben Ford, who's main critique was that Don's chops were well-developed and quite formidable.
The band is comprised of: Paul Mata, guitar and vocals; Don Chilcott, guitar and vocals; Lee Pederson, bass guitar, and Dan Johnson, drums and vocals.
They will perform on the new Roof Top Patio at the Coeur d’Alene Resort at 12:30PM Saturday, Free with Festival wrist band or $5. On The Roof!
In Whispers Lounge
Robb gets things rolling with this Free pre-Cruise performance at 4:30PM in Whispers Lounge, overlooking the lake. Robb and his rampaging band have played the blues boat cruise a few times, including last year. This year, we wanted to have him do something different, play solo and acoustic.
A Festival regular, from Wallace Blues Festival to Pig Out In The Park to Paul Bunyan Days, Robb was Winner of Best Blues Male Vocalist in 2011, but is forever nominated, including this year of 2016, for Best Acoustic Blues Act, Best Male Performer, Best Blues Guitarist & Best Male Vocalist. That’s a lot of nominations and we wanted you to see him in a more relaxed show case than that half crazed party boat. Enjoy a cocktail, the view and Robb.
Performing Saturday from Noon to 3PM , Winners of the 2016 & 2015 I.E.B.S. Best Acoustic Blues Act, The Doghouse Boyz features multiple Best Blues Slide Guitar winner Neil Elwell on acoustic guitar, dobro and vocals.
His compadre Ramiro Vijarro on fretless bass and vocals. This duo has won countless awards for Best Acoustic Blues in the past from The Inland Empire Blues Society. Consummate musicians, they play original blues as well as dynamic renditions of old favorites and obscure tunes from ‘back in the day.’ This duo is an Inland Northwest staple at festivals and watering holes and have opened many concerts for such notable acts as Roy Rogers and the late Norton Buffalo, among others.
This is a free concert for all fans of acoustic blues.
Sunday Gospel Brunch at Dockside RestaurantThe Joyous Praise Gospel Trio - Featuring Elisha J. Mitchell
Northwest singers with southern roots. The Joyous Praise Gospel Trio, featuring Elisha J. Mitchell, will be performing in The Coeur d'Alene Resort's Dockside Restaurant for the Sunday Blues Brunch! Performing from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM..
New for 2017 - Sunday Blues Cruise Brunch
Ty Curtis Band Acoustic
Our first ever Brunch Cruise will go out on the lake at 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 2nd. Great food, a cruise and views on the lake while listening to one of the major new blues voices or our time, along with his band, play an acoustic set of original and favorite blues music.