The 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival, the longest-running blues festival in the Southeast U.S., will host international, national, regional, and local blues acts for a weekend of full of blues, rain or shine on May 18-20, 2018, in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, at LeBauer Park, organizers say.
We are partnering this year with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and Second Harvest Food Bank to shed light on literacy and Hunger in our Communities. The literary festival is also set for May 18-20 in downtown venues, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Central Library and Greensboro History Museum that surround LeBauer Park. Second Harvest will set up food donation sites in the PBPS Blues and Foods Marketplace, which will be on Davie Street and is free and open to the public.
Saturday’s lineup includes:
Nikki Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release “Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’”and debut album “Here’s Nikki Hill,” released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Hill’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.
Gary Hoey has just been on tour with Eric Gales and Lance Lopez in Europe. In addition to touring as a headline act, Hoey has toured and traded licks with Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple, and Lita Ford. Hoey supported Jeff Beck on the US leg of his Spring 2010 tour. Hoey played on and co-wrote a few songs on Lita Ford’s album in 2012, as well as toured with her in support of that album.
Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. “Pembroke’s Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage–Indy Week.” From Robeson County, North Carolina, and born in 1997, John Lakota Locklear is no stranger to music. This Native American bottleneck slide player (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota) grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 7 years old, he picked up one of his Dad’s old harmonicas and at age 9, his first guitar. This lefty learned to play guitar in standard tuning and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger and he has been sliding over the frets ever since. Lakota John started performing in 2009 and has repeated performances at the North Carolina Museum of History; The PineCone Music Series; Shakori Hills Music Festival; the North Carolina Indian Heritage Celebration; River People Culture and Music Festival and Southern Pines Blues Crawl.
North Carolina-based Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band are a regional favorite, playing over 250 dates a year throughout the Southeast. Their brand of high energy brings a charismatic mix of blues, funk, and beach music, guarantees a foot tapping, crowd pleasing good time.
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
From our love of music and our belief that music is best shared in a community, came the founding of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society in 1985, the group’s website states. Our non-profit organization works to cultivate and preserve the tradition of blues music. Our mission is to help the youth of our community discover the wonder and joy of music by raising awareness and providing music education to our community and schools. We strive to bring quality blues events, including our Annual Carolina Blues Festival, (now in it’s 30th year!) concerts, competitions, workshops, and educational programs to the Triad. We collaborate with other non-profits in support of health-related issues, educational initiatives, and societal concerns. Our focus is to promote local businesses, the arts, education, tourism and to make Guilford County a great place to live.