John Lindell is a singer songwriter from Champaign, Illinois whose material ranges from folk songs about central Illinois to blues songs about his beloved New Orleans. His songs tell stories about such diverse subjects as loss of manufacturing jobs, the Great American Dream, homelessness, and tales of Cajun werewolves — Rougarou.
Matt Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist from Champaign who plays all styles of music from folk and jazz to rock and blues, and is one of the finest slide guitarists around. Matt has played in nationally and internationally acclaimed bands such as Starcastle and Head East.
Dewclaw is a new musical project featuring Liz Faermark on vocals and washboard, and Cody Jensen on piano. They play blues, rags, and swings. Expect jokes and improvised songs inspired by audience-suggested topics. (Bring your weird ones, folks!)
Reverend Robert is a master of prewar blues. He has delved deep into the styles of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and other delta blues giants. In the past two decades he has become accomplished at many other early twentieth century styles including ragtime and early jazz, Hawaiian, African and Caribbean. He combines these styles seamlessly in a combination of infectious rhythm and an authentic acoustic sound.
Vinny Santanelli is originally from the East coast, but now makes his home in the Midwest where he receives a lot of his musical inspiration living in an old, 1896 farmhouse out in the country. Vinny’s style is folk ‘n blues. He plays originals and also cover songs. Check out his YouTube channel!
Come see some of Central Illinois’ great local blues artists! This session will be hosted by Susan Williams, blues guitarist and singer extraordinaire.
The Hobnob String Band is an acoustic musical group steeped in the traditions of American music from old time to bluegrass to blues, while traveling down the unpaved uncharted road of the ever evolving world of music in the 21st century. Hobnob String Band features Samuel Payne on guitar and mandolin, Cody Jensen on guitar and mandolin, Charlie Harris on bass, Dan Andree on fiddle, and everyone on vocals!
Calling all musicians! Jams are open to musicians of all skill levels and experience, and each jam will be facilitated by jam-seasoned musicians. This daytime blues jam will be led by Susan Williams. Spectators welcome.
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based out of Johnson City, TN. She draws heavily on old time music and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and Country music from the ’50s-’70s. She also draws heavily from contemporary artists that have similar powerful vocal integrity.
The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville-based string band. Anchored in a bed of old-time blues and bluegrass, their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle.
Hubby Jenkins is a talented multi-instrumentalist who endeavors to share his love and knowledge of old-time American music. Born and raised in Brooklyn he delved into his Southern roots, following the thread of African American history that wove itself through country blues, ragtime, fiddle and banjo, and traditional jazz. Since 2010 he has been an integral part of the Grammy award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and continues to make solo performances.