KRCC Concerts, A Music Company Inc. and Bristol Brewery present the sixth annual Blues Under the Bridge music festival, 218 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, on Saturday, July 21, 2012. Gates will open at 1:30pm and music starts at 2:00pm. Tickets are $25 in advance for KRCC members (available only at the station, 912 N. Weber, Colorado Springs), $30 advance for the general public and $35 for everyone the day of the festival. Children ages 10 and under are free. For the first time in the event’s history there will be a VIP ticket offered for $91.50, (only 100 tickets will be sold) and includes 'Prime Viewing Area" with chairs (you do not need to bring a chair), festival tee shirt, festival beer mug (includes two Bristol Beers), Whole Foods VIP tapas menu (includes three tapas) delivered right to your seat, wait staff to deliver all drinks to you (you don’t have to wait in line) and unlimited bottled water from Whole Foods. The odd ticket price is reflective of KRCC’s location on the radio; 91.5. Tickets are available at the KRCC studios, 912 N. Weber, Colorado Springs; www.ticketweb.com and at all Independent Records and Tapes locations.
Started in 2007 as a small community event, Blues Under the Bridge has grown into one of the major music festivals in Colorado. There are many factors leading to the popularity of the event such as; always providing a top notch musical line up, reasonable ticket prices and great food vendors. But when it comes to location, location, location, Blues Under the Bridge has the other festivals beat! Fans get to set up their lawn chairs in the shade under the Colorado Avenue Bridge. There is no chance of rain spoiling the festivities either!
Blues Under the Bridge still maintains the “community event” feeling by making sure to involve a local band each year. Leading off the festival this year will be Molly Boyles and Lipstick Voodoo. Playing originals by guitarist, singer/writer Molly Boyles and covers with twists, this is a line-up of some of Colorado Springs’ finest musicians. Formed in 2011, they have constantly been favorites on the local club scene. Their popularity locally would garner Lipstick Voodoo the coveted “one and only spot” for a local band on Blues Under the Bridge.
The national recording artists headlining this year’s festival offer a little something for all musical tastes.
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials-Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed and his blistering Blues Imperials - bassist James "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton - deliver the blues, from gloriously riotous and rollicking to intensely emotional and moving. Currently celebrating 24 rip-roaring years together, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge.
Marcia Ball-Singer/pianist Marcia Ball knows how to raise roofs and tear down walls with her infectious, intelligent and deeply emotional brand of southern boogie, rollicking, roadhouse blues and heartfelt ballads. Over the course of her three-decade career, Ball has earned a huge and intensely loyal following all over the world. Her exquisite piano playing and passionate, playful vocals fuse New Orleans and Gulf Coast R&B with Austin's deep songwriting tradition into a sound described as "a little rock, a lot of roll, a pinch of rhythm and a handful of blues."
Phat Cat Swinger-Phat Cat Swinger is a nine-piece contemporary swing band that was formed in 2002. Influenced by the classic sounds of Bobby Darin, Louis Prima, and Frank Sinatra, and mixed with the new swingin’ sounds of such bands as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Brian Setzer, they are one of the hottest live swing bands to hit Southern California’s underground scene.
Zora Young-Zora Young grew up singing not blues, but gospel. When the Mississippi native shook off her roots and switched over to R&B, she evolved into a powerhouse blues vocalist with three decades of experience behind her. She has performed with a long list of artists, including Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Professor Eddie Lusk, Albert King, and B.B. King.
Marquise Knox-Just 21, Marquise has already toured Europe, played major festivals across America and has recorded his third album for APO Records, Here I Am. Already poised, confident, and brandishing an arsenal of powerful, no-nonsense vocal and guitar skills that projected not only way beyond his years, but way back to the spirits of the blues masters of yore, Marquise has proven that a young man CAN play the blues!
Blues Under the Bridge attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair for seating, cash for food and drink and to purchase items available at the Silent Auction. Auction items may be viewed online but you must be present at the festival to bid on items. Returning this year is the popular Blues Balloon Grab which allows patrons to purchase a balloon for $20. The balloon will contain gift certificates ranging in value from (a minimum of) $20 to hundreds of dollars. Dogs are not allowed. Access to and from Blues Under it Bridge is from the stairs off of the Colorado Avenue Bridge or by using the north Conejos Street off ramp from the bridge. Parking is available adjacent to the festival for $10 per car.
For more information contact A Music Company Inc. at 719-576-5945 or KRCC at 719-473-4801 or 1800-748-2727