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September 17 & 18, 2016

Jamestown Beach Event Park

2205 Jamestown Road

Williamsburg, VA 23185

Based on the success and popularity of the Saturday blues event at the Winter Blues Jazz Festival, we decided to create a weekend-long BLUES music festival! With this year’s long-running ‘Blues at the Beach’ event being canceled, we decided to take the opportunity to highlight the best of Virginia Blues from the Beach to Richmond…with a little extra added in.

The event will feature continuous live music from 11AM - 10:30 PM on Saturday, September 17th and 12 PM - 7 PM on Sunday, September 18th. The awesome lineup will be accompanied by food truck concessions and local craft beer and wine by:
Our lineup of fantastic bands and musicians includes:
  • Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos
  • Roosterfoot
  • Forrest McDonald Band
  • Slam Allen
  • Bobby BlackHat Band feat. Dirty Red
  • Herbie D and the Dangermen
  • The Bush League
  • Billy Joe Trio featuring Billy Joe Daniel
  • The Groove Cats
  • In Layman Terms
  • The Doc Robin Band
  • On The Verge
  • Atiba Taylor
  • Andrew Ballantyne
  • Dikon and Vallet
  • Amy Ferebee
And last, but certainly not least, the weekend will be MC'd by the incomparable Bobby BlackHat Walters :)
See the detailed performance schedule here.

Roosterfoot feat. Seth Stainback

Sunday, September 18th

From East Texas, to Carolina, to coastal Virginia, Seth Stainback has carved out a niche for himself as a not so typical southern songwriter. “Music keeps me sane” he says. “It’s not a choice I make. It's a natural reflex to me."

With those ideals, along with a strong blend of blues, country, folk, old gospel and rock n roll, Stainback has laid the foundation needed to pursue his sound even further with his newly formed group Roosterfoot. What started out as a father/son duo with Keith Stainback has turned into a soulful powerhouse after adding former Wet Willie guitarist Larry Berwald , fellow shipyard worker Steven Yewcic on bass and music promoter Jason Bruner on drums. In their short time together they have already shared the stage with the likes of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., ZZ Top, B.B. King, Anders Osborne, Eric Lindell, Robert Earl Keen, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Rusted Root, Delta Rae, & Kip Moore to name a few. Armed with a tough work ethic, these boys are on a big road with a long haul. 

In Jan 2014, Roosterfoot headed down to Lafayette, LA to record the much anticipated follow up to “Earth & Worm” at the famed Dockside Studios with Anders Osborne (Producer) and Warren Riker (3x Grammy Award winning Producer/Mixer). The album titled “Fire & Steel” was released internationally on July 22, 2014.

Slam Allen

Sunday, September 18th

Recording artist, Slam Allen, is one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today. More than just a singer, writer, and guitar player with seven albums under his belt, Slam Allen connects with his audiences like entertainers from a bygone era. Think Otis Redding and BB King with a blend of Wilson Picket, James Brown, Sly Stone and a little George Benson and Jimi Hendrix thrown in to make a unique musical experience. 
As he developed his own style, Slam went to Chicago to learn the ways of Traditional Chicago Blues. He spent the next 9 years as the lead singer, lead guitarist, and band leader for James Cotton. Slam is also credited with writing and singing on Cotton’s 2011 Grammy nominated comeback album, “Giant.”

Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos

Saturday, September 17th

Two-time International Blues Challenge Finalists, Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos blend old school blues with a modern rock sound. Winner of the 2014 AND 2015 VEER Magazines "Best Blues" award and an "Album of the Year" nomination. 


Featuring Guitar and Vocals by Anthony Rosano, Paul Warren on Bass, J.B. Bustillos on Harp and Sax, and Scott Smith on Drums. Together they blend a unique style of Funk and Rock and Roll that is heavily steeped in the Blues tradition.


The crossover appeal of the Conqueroos has led them to share the stage with a diverse range of blues artists. From modern blues rock pioneers like Tab Benoit, Hamilton Loomis, Trampled under Foot, and Albert Castiglia, to more traditional artists like Big Joe and the Dyna Flows, Biscuit Miller and the Mix, Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, and Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.


If your taste in blues is filled with funky rhythm and explosive guitar work anchored by old school harp and lively vocals, this is your new favorite band.


Bobby Blackhat Band w/ Dirty Red

Saturday, September 17th

Bobby "BlackHat" Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist,  songwriter and actor hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 40 years.  Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism.  


While a member of the Black Rose Blues Band he had the honor of opening for Blues Legends B.B King, Taj Mahal, and Steady Rollin Bob Margolin.  Bobby has shared the stage with Kenny Neal, Lil Ray Neal, Bill Deal and the Rhondels, Jason Ricci, Eddie Shaw, Daryl Davis, Ruthie Foster, Sherman Robertson, Tas Cru,  and Memphis Gold.

In 2016, the Bobby BlackHat Band advanced to the FINALS of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.  Bobby has won two Blewzzy Awards for "Song of the Year"  (I Hear Mama's Voice, 2012 and Please Mr. BlackHat, 2015).  He was also awarded two 2016 VEER Music Awards for "Best Blues" and "Song of the Year" (HRBT Blues).

Bobby BlackHat brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern, as well as original blues tunes that will keep your toes tappin and your hips shakin all night long.


Forrest McDonald Band

Saturday, September 17th

Singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Forrest McDonald is a journeyman in the blues rock music world.  A mainstay on the blues-rock circuit these past 50 years, with Turnaround Blues, Forrest now has 12 solo albums to his credit. He picks a great guitar and sings well crafted upbeat songs about modern life. Forrest and his band are just as comfortable playing a shuffle, or a raw Chicago-style blues, as they are playing a slow heart-wrenching Texas blues or a hard driven, rocking’ down-home boogie. Traditional blues with a contemporary flair, Turnaround Blues has heart and soul.


Originally from Austin, Texas, Forrest McDonald’s long career has spawned dozens of recordings and international acclaim. As a former Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section member and the former guitarist for Kathi McDonald and Bonnie Bramlett, fans of McDonalds will also recognize his guitar work on Bob Segers’ enduring hit, “Old Time Rock and Roll,” and Bobby Womack’s Roads of Life CD, among many others.

Herbie D and the Dangermen

Sunday, September 18th

Herbie D and the Dangermen's swampy blend of Appalachian acoustic blues and New Orleans-style jump blues has been entertaining thousands of fans from "empty nesters" to swing dance enthusiasts.

Crowds everywhere love the band's special acoustic blues style, which allows them to play any venue ranging from large stages to living rooms.  And they deliver with a unique sound created by the inclusion of an upright bass, swapping out an electric guitar in favor of an acoustic guitar, and by replacing the traditional harmonica with a saxophone.

Doc Robin Band

Saturday, September 17th

Doc Robin, aka Robin van Tine, has been playing keyboards since he was four years old.  Though classically trained in piano, he’s been playing the blues most of his life.  

Doc is excited to be keeping the blues alive with Zack Salsberry on lead guitar and dynamic vocalist, writer and guitarist “Big Dog” Miller, Oscar Roncal on drums, and his old friend, bassist Tom Payne, in the Doc Robin Band.  

The Bush League

Saturday, September 17th

The Bush League was founded on a front porch in 2007, not too far outside Richmond, Virginia by dynamic vocalist JohnJason “JohnJay” Cecil and the heartbeat of the band, self-taught bassist Royce Folks.  They are joined by Michael Burgess and Brad Moss on guitars with Wynton Davis keeping time on drums. 


The Bush League has sported many faces and have played many different styles of music but the unifying force is the collective love of the Blues, particularly the soulful groovin’ Hill Country Blues of North Mississippi.  Taking that Hill Country base and drawing upon individual influences of rock, soul, funk and gospel, The Bush League meshes those genres to create their own sound that pays homage to traditional blues with a modern feel.  


In Layman Terms

Sunday, September 18

Cole and Logan Layman have grown up making music together.  They are both multi-instrumentalists and write original music.  They are young, passionate, and all about the blues.  Their unique and diverse sound ranges from gritty, foot-stomping acoustic work, to an electrified big-band sound.  They perform nationally as a duo, as a trio with their mother on drums and washboard, or as a full band. No matter how they present their music, the core is rooted in the blues, and it is the undeniable connection these siblings have that shines through and makes them special. 

They may be teens, but they are not strangers to accolades.  Logan was named Veer Magazine's Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015.  She was the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter’s Emerging Artist of the year in 2014.   In 2013, she was named "Blues Kid of the Year."  Cole and Logan are both proud inductees into The Brotherhood of the Guitar, an elite group of young guitarists from all over the world.  They appeared in the August, 2014 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.  Their music has been played on radio stations all over the country and internationally.

Dikon & Vallet

Saturday, September 17

Tom Dikon & Jon Vallet are a unique acoustic duo who feature an eclectic mix of original and classic blues, boogie, ragtime, country, and rock, while always delivering entertaining and dynamic shows for their audiences.  Tom is an accomplished harmonica performer and educator, and also a Hohner Harmonica endorsed artist.  He has played across the USA, Europe and South Pacific, and recorded on numerous recording labels across the East Coast.  Jon Vallet hails from Binghamton, NY where he honed his vocal and guitar skills as a performer with bands, solo artist and teacher for many years before relocating to Hampton Roads.  Together, they perform approximately 60 shows in Eastern Virginia, including festivals, concerts, and similar artistic venues.

Billy Joe Trio

Saturday, September 17th

Billy Joe Trio will captivate you with their soothing vocals, electrifying blues guitar licks, funky grooves, and laid back melodies. This power trio from Hampton Roads has everything needed to satisfy your music addiction! 

Andrew Ballantyne

Saturday, September 17th

Producer, Bobby McIntyre, says “Andrew Ballantyne is a rising star with great songs and a real future in music.  You will love Andrew's original sound and creative style.”

Amy Ferebee

Sunday, September 18th

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Amy Ferebee is most well known as a guitarist and vocalist, playing the local and regional club and festival circuits since 1974. She also specializes in Edu-tainment programs and workshops on varying themes for libraries, museums, schools and universities. Over forty years, Ferebee has developed her unique musical skills, delighting audiences from D.C. to Dallas and entertaining widely in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her impressive guitar work and powerful vocals, soulfully transport her listeners with an eclectic mix of traditional Flat-Picked Fiddle tunes and Finger-Style Blues, choice New-grass and Americana songs, Jazz standards and nice Originals thrown in for good measure. She also performs with the Tidewater Classical Guitar Orchestra noted for their Virginia Arts Commission engagements throughout the state!

The Groove Cats

Sunday, September 18th

This band's eclectic sound is based on the blues tradition, but embellished, to establish an innovative and expanded interpretation of that tradition.  Original material reflects a diverse mixture of styles and influences that include a fusion of rock, funk and jazz in addition to the blues.  The members of ‘The Groove Cats’ are seasoned professionals in the music industry, their experience spanning years of music both locally, and coast to coast.

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Our Sponsors

Our sponsors make it possible for us to present our outstanding line-up of events, musicians, artists, and to offer a stellar free community concert. Sponsorship of events like this is a hallmark of community-oriented corporations and business.  We believe this dynamic event presents the perfect opportunity to show a commitment to the greater Williamsburg community.  Please contact us to discuss your sponsorship for the 2016 festival. 
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