Friday, Jul 18, 2014 3:00 PM - Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 11:00 PM
Southside Blues Fest '14 brings The Fabulous Thunderbirds! to Northern Michigan to headline this annual two day celebration of the best of the Blues. Traverse City's own Brewz Brotherz host some of the best Michigan and Chicago blues bands in this tribute to an original American art form. Blues Hall of Fame and BMA nominee, Toronzo Cannon anchors the Friday night lineup. Chicago greats Corey Denison and Mike Wheeler also appear with long time Lansing trombone man, bugs Beddow band. Local blues rockers are represented by East Bay Blue, The Knuckleheads and other local favorites.
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Join the "Second Generation Blues Brothers", the Brewz Brotherz for this two
day celebration of a classic American art form. Blues music grew out of
the hard scrabble Missisippi Delta and spread north with the population
migration in the 1930's. Looking for work in the Chicago
slaughterhouses and carrying guitars on their backs and harmonicas in
their pockets, Delta blues players dramatically impacted the music scene
in the Northern industrial cities. From the earthy scratchings of
Robert Johnson to the minstrel bandleader, W.C. Handy, the blues took
root and melded with soul and rock to create a truly unique art form.
The blues also branched out south and west influencing the formation of
bands such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top and, of course, The Fabulous
For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the
quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful
sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself
into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and
“Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still
spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.
“We started as a straight blues band”, vocalist and harmonica player
Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles.
We’re an American music band and we’re much higher energy than we were
The Southside Festival Grounds! mixes this great Southwest blues
sound with Chicago greats Toronzo Cannon, Corey Denison and Mike Wheeler
along with Lansing's bugs Beddow band and local favorite East Bay Blue
in this two day celebration of the Blues.
Mix in the musical antics of the Brewz Brotherz, the best barbeque
and coldest drinks in Northern Michigan and you have the best blues
music festival Northern Michigan has to offer.