Hot August Blues

Festival to be held on August 21, 2010 at Oregon Ridge Park - Cockeysville, MD
For almost two decades Hot August Blues & Roots Festival has brought the best in blues, roots and Americana music to Baltimore, making it a Mid-Atlantic favorite among music lovers of all ages. Now celebrating its 18th year, the tradition continues as LYLE LOVETT and his Large Band headline the show scheduled for Saturday, August 21 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD.
date: Saturday - 8/21/2010
venue: Oregon Ridge Park Cockeysville, MD [map]
info: 12:00 PM (doors 11:30 AM) • All Ages
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Lyle Lovett
Four-time Grammy Award-winner, LYLE LOVETT is certain to delight festival goers as he leads his Large Band through a varied repertoire of big band, blues, western swing, folk, jazz, country, and gospel, including tunes found on his latest release, Force of Nature (Curb/Lost Highway). Lovett is a generous performer, giving concert-goers their money’s worth with lengthy sets replete with humorous and engaging banter. It’s these shows that have, in part, endeared him to fans across all genres and raised Lovett to almost cult-like status. The Houston Music Review sums it up best, “If you’re not a Lyleist by now you will be after seeing one of his live shows.”
Keb' Mo' Beloved bluesman KEB’ MO’ will charm audience members with his captivating brand of storytelling through song. His is a compelling cross-genre blend of Delta blues mixed with folk, country and rock, delivered with distinctive and expressive vocals. Most recently you may have noticed Keb’s appearance in the viral video sensation, One Love (Play for a Change) as seen on YouTube. He also has a new CD, Live & Mo’ on his privately owned Yolabelle International label.
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Expect BLACK JOE LEWIS & the Honeybears to wow the crowd with their unique brand of high-intensity, horn-fueled soul. The Austin, TX- based outfit has been busy touring in support of their release, Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! (Lost Highway), which garnered an impressive #3 spot on David Dye’s Top 10 Albums for 2009 (WXPN/The World Café). It’s Lewis’ no-holds-barred delivery that draws comparisons to Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett with the LA Times proclaiming, “Forget neo-soul -- this is "Yeow! soul."
The Bridge Energized from a busy summer tour including appearances at Bonnaroo and All Good festivals, Baltimore’s own THE BRIDGE make their debut appearance at Hot August. The band’s cult-like following is far reaching thanks to their popular release, Blind Man’s Hill (Hyena Records). All About sums them up best when they write, “More soulful and funky than many in its genre, the band writes gutsy yet melodic songs infused with a Southern, red-clay spirit that fills the slot between the grinding, blues-based North Mississippi All Stars, the New Orleans R&B tinge of the Radiators and Little Feat’s gruff, expressive groove.”
Lyle Lovett If you’re thinking of showing up late, think again. You won’t want to miss local blues belter JACKIE SCOTT & the Housewreckers, who made the Baltimore Blues Society proud when they represented the tri-state area at this year’s 26th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

WTMD’s John Mathews will emcee the event, with additional performers scheduled including the ever-popular team of stilt walkers. And you’ll once again find local bluesman Choo Choo Charlie Williams hosting a harmonica workshop at the the Kids Korner. More food and beverage vendors have been added and while parking is provided, car pooling is strongly encouraged.

With last year’s attendance far exceeding expectations, event organizer Brad Selko is gearing up for another stellar turnout. “Every year we strive to improve,” notes Selko, “and this year is no exception. We’re ready for the 18th annual Hot August Blues & Roots Festival and hope you are too.” Funds raised benefit Common Ground On the Hill, the Baltimore Blues Society, and Marcia’s Kids Endowment for the Arts. No food, cans, bottles or coolers are permitted.

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18th Annual Hot August Blues & Roots Festival Specifications

August 21, 2010
Lineup: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Keb’ Mo’ Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears The Bridge Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers

Advance (6/9 until day of show) $40.00 Day of Show $50.00

Restrictions: No video recording, food, cans, bottles or coolers.
No re-entry. No tailgating. No pets.

Gates open at 11:30am

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