The 2019 Lineup





Stage Map

This information pertains to the 2019 festival. Check back for updates.


Wednesday, October 9th

Mighty Souls Brass Band - 11:15 procession begins at Courtyard Square

11:15am to TBD

A collective of professional, multi-talented composers and players with funk, marching and swing band influences. They promise tight, polished work of Motown’s session horns; the gritty, dirty inflections of New Orleans’ funky Meters; and the slippery R&B of Booker T. and the M.G.’s. The invention of Tuba player and composer Sean Murphy, this Memphis band together for two decades provides a uniquely Memphis spin on a tradition that’s as global in its scope as it is root-deep in American popular music.

Diamond Jack Blues Band

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Jontavious Willis

2:00pm to 2:45pm

Finger-picker, flat-picker, slide player, and plays harmonica, banjo and cigar box? Soon into his career, Quon was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage. Currently he is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most week-ends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.

Blind Boy Paxton

3:00pm to 3:45pm

[caption id="attachment_867" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton performs at the 2013 Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans, LA.[/caption]

Still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He’s a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character that has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—play-ing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

Delta Legends

3:00pm to 3:50pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

4:00pm to 4:45pm

Jesse Cotton Stone weaves together the stylistic threads of definitive regional styles of the Blues ranging from Pre-War Acoustic Delta Blues, Electric Juke Joint Boogie, North Mississippi Hill Country, and Cotton Patch Soul Blues to the Urban Chicago Blues Roots of Soul-Funk and Psychedelic Rock, bringing his listeners through the doors of a Heart-Wrenching Boutique of Vintage-Toned American Blues Music with relentless showmanship  of a True Entertainer.

Jesse Cotton Stone creates a comprehensive scope of the Original American Music, not only by playing his role in keeping the traditions of Blues music alive, but also by contributing to the evolution of this Storytelling Tradition with his own Original Flavor of what he calls “HELLCOUNTRY” and “Electric-Cotton Soul” Blues.

Phillip Stackhouse Band

4:00pm to 4:45pm

His soulful sax backed by his tight band have been perennial favorites at the Biscuit. He is the grandson of Houston Stackhouse who was one of the King Biscuit Boys on King Biscuit Time radio show from 1946 into the ’60s. The third generation of Stackhouses to call Helena home, Phillip carries on a family tradition of blues artists who’ve played with Delta royalty from Sonny Boy Williamson and Pinetop Perkins to Robert Nighthawk.

Excelleauxs Blues Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

Formed this year to perform music from the Excello catalog (Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, Lonesome Sundown), the group is made up of veteran New Orleans musicians. Wavelength Magazine describes vocalist and harmonica player Ben Maygarden’s music as “blues for crying and blues for dancing… (His) good-humored vocals tell you his lover may have trashed him, but he’s not going to let it keep him from having a good time…” Guitarist and drummer Sam Hogan is the son of swamp boogie man Silas Hogan, one of the last Louisiana artists signed to Excello in 1965. Johnny J and Jack Kolb also play guitar.

Linsey Alexander Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

This Chicago South Side veteran songwriter, vocalist and guitarist nicknamed “Hoochie Man” is a regular at the Windy City’s Kingston Mines. He won Big City Blues’ “Best Fan Interaction Award” in 2012 and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. Respected Chicago blues journalist David Whiteis credits Alexander with “lively improvisational imagination,” “good taste” and “in command of a lyric vividness.”

Mary Lane Band

6:00pm to 6:45pm

At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. A longtime staple of Chicago’s West Side Blues circuit, singer Mary Lane was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, virtually unknown outside of the Chicago Blues faithful.

Tyrannosaurus Chicken

6:00pm to 6:45pm

Smilin’ Bob Lewis & Rachel Ammons call their music Arkansas hill stomp. One journalist called the duo also been described asmadcap sonic alchemists, fusing Delta blues, psychedelia and trance music with reckless enthusiasm.” Officially, their Facebook entry describes the music as delta blues trance freestyle. They’re multi-instrumentalists whose bag of tricks includes guitars in a handful of alternate tunings, harmonicas, cello, and a Theremin. Rachel is a classically trained violinist. Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and repurposed folk songs well suited to their slide-guitar work.

Alice Hasen & The Blaze

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Alice Hasen is a professional violinist/fiddler specializing in rock, folk, roots, jazz and classical music. Born in Vermont but residing in Memphis, TN, Alice is the leader of Alice Hasen and the Blaze, a fiddle-powered groove band that primarily plays Alice’s original compositions. Alice’s solo project, Alice Hasen & the Blaze, showcases the versatility of her songwriting and playing.  Her “fiddle-powered groove band” is rooted in the Memphis heritage of funk, rock and jazz but can stray into pop, hip-hop and even reggae territory. Alice plans to explore all of these and more in her debut EP, “Violintro,” which will be recorded in Memphis.

Rev. John Wilkins Band

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Known as the biker preacher in his role as chaplin of the King Riders Motorcycle Club, Wilkins walks the line between the sacred and profane in the tradition of his father the famed bluesman Robert Wilkins, who was himself a bluesman turned preacher and whose song Prodigal Son was covered by the Rolling Stones. Wilkins is preacher for the Hunter’s Chapel in Como, Mississippi, where Hill Country bluesman Fred McDowell and his wife Annie Mae were once members, as well as the late Otha Turner. He fingerpicks in a rural blues style. You Can’t Hurry God is his debut album.

Jimmy Burns Band (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

He sings “Beast of Burden” on the Chicago Plays The Stones album, but Jimmy Burns is best known for his Chicago blues albums for Delmark Records including his Delmark debut Leaving Here Walking in 1996 which was awarded the ‘Best Blues Record of the Year’ title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. His unique and velvety voice, unusual in Chicago blues, may have been influenced by his work in the folk scene in the early 60s. He sang and played guitar at The Fickle Pickle, (booked at that time by Mike Bloomfield), the Gate of Horn, and coffeehouses around town. His band includes Anthony Palmer (guitar), E.G. McDaniel (bass), and James Carter (drums).

Oxford Allstars (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

The Oxford All-Stars Band from Oxford, MS, play a variety of music-Motown, blues, old school, R&B, and country. They collectively bring years of training and live performances to the table with a variety of styles and genres blended together to form the unique sound the Oxford All-Stars.

Thursday, October 10th

Mighty Souls Brass Band - 11:15 procession begins at Courtyard Square

11:15am to TBD

A collective of professional, multi-talented composers and players with funk, marching and swing band influences. They promise tight, polished work of Motown’s session horns; the gritty, dirty inflections of New Orleans’ funky Meters; and the slippery R&B of Booker T. and the M.G.’s. The invention of Tuba player and composer Sean Murphy, this Memphis band together for two decades provides a uniquely Memphis spin on a tradition that’s as global in its scope as it is root-deep in American popular music.

Diamond Jack Blues Band

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Jontavious Willis

2:00pm to 2:45pm

Finger-picker, flat-picker, slide player, and plays harmonica, banjo and cigar box? Soon into his career, Quon was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage. Currently he is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most week-ends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.

Blind Boy Paxton

3:00pm to 3:45pm

[caption id="attachment_867" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton performs at the 2013 Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans, LA.[/caption]

Still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He’s a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character that has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—play-ing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

Delta Legends

3:00pm to 3:50pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

4:00pm to 4:45pm

Jesse Cotton Stone weaves together the stylistic threads of definitive regional styles of the Blues ranging from Pre-War Acoustic Delta Blues, Electric Juke Joint Boogie, North Mississippi Hill Country, and Cotton Patch Soul Blues to the Urban Chicago Blues Roots of Soul-Funk and Psychedelic Rock, bringing his listeners through the doors of a Heart-Wrenching Boutique of Vintage-Toned American Blues Music with relentless showmanship  of a True Entertainer.

Jesse Cotton Stone creates a comprehensive scope of the Original American Music, not only by playing his role in keeping the traditions of Blues music alive, but also by contributing to the evolution of this Storytelling Tradition with his own Original Flavor of what he calls “HELLCOUNTRY” and “Electric-Cotton Soul” Blues.

Phillip Stackhouse Band

4:00pm to 4:45pm

His soulful sax backed by his tight band have been perennial favorites at the Biscuit. He is the grandson of Houston Stackhouse who was one of the King Biscuit Boys on King Biscuit Time radio show from 1946 into the ’60s. The third generation of Stackhouses to call Helena home, Phillip carries on a family tradition of blues artists who’ve played with Delta royalty from Sonny Boy Williamson and Pinetop Perkins to Robert Nighthawk.

Excelleauxs Blues Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

Formed this year to perform music from the Excello catalog (Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, Lonesome Sundown), the group is made up of veteran New Orleans musicians. Wavelength Magazine describes vocalist and harmonica player Ben Maygarden’s music as “blues for crying and blues for dancing… (His) good-humored vocals tell you his lover may have trashed him, but he’s not going to let it keep him from having a good time…” Guitarist and drummer Sam Hogan is the son of swamp boogie man Silas Hogan, one of the last Louisiana artists signed to Excello in 1965. Johnny J and Jack Kolb also play guitar.

Linsey Alexander Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

This Chicago South Side veteran songwriter, vocalist and guitarist nicknamed “Hoochie Man” is a regular at the Windy City’s Kingston Mines. He won Big City Blues’ “Best Fan Interaction Award” in 2012 and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. Respected Chicago blues journalist David Whiteis credits Alexander with “lively improvisational imagination,” “good taste” and “in command of a lyric vividness.”

Mary Lane Band

6:00pm to 6:45pm

At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. A longtime staple of Chicago’s West Side Blues circuit, singer Mary Lane was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, virtually unknown outside of the Chicago Blues faithful.

Tyrannosaurus Chicken

6:00pm to 6:45pm

Smilin’ Bob Lewis & Rachel Ammons call their music Arkansas hill stomp. One journalist called the duo also been described asmadcap sonic alchemists, fusing Delta blues, psychedelia and trance music with reckless enthusiasm.” Officially, their Facebook entry describes the music as delta blues trance freestyle. They’re multi-instrumentalists whose bag of tricks includes guitars in a handful of alternate tunings, harmonicas, cello, and a Theremin. Rachel is a classically trained violinist. Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and repurposed folk songs well suited to their slide-guitar work.

Alice Hasen & The Blaze

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Alice Hasen is a professional violinist/fiddler specializing in rock, folk, roots, jazz and classical music. Born in Vermont but residing in Memphis, TN, Alice is the leader of Alice Hasen and the Blaze, a fiddle-powered groove band that primarily plays Alice’s original compositions. Alice’s solo project, Alice Hasen & the Blaze, showcases the versatility of her songwriting and playing.  Her “fiddle-powered groove band” is rooted in the Memphis heritage of funk, rock and jazz but can stray into pop, hip-hop and even reggae territory. Alice plans to explore all of these and more in her debut EP, “Violintro,” which will be recorded in Memphis.

Rev. John Wilkins Band

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Known as the biker preacher in his role as chaplin of the King Riders Motorcycle Club, Wilkins walks the line between the sacred and profane in the tradition of his father the famed bluesman Robert Wilkins, who was himself a bluesman turned preacher and whose song Prodigal Son was covered by the Rolling Stones. Wilkins is preacher for the Hunter’s Chapel in Como, Mississippi, where Hill Country bluesman Fred McDowell and his wife Annie Mae were once members, as well as the late Otha Turner. He fingerpicks in a rural blues style. You Can’t Hurry God is his debut album.

Jimmy Burns Band (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

He sings “Beast of Burden” on the Chicago Plays The Stones album, but Jimmy Burns is best known for his Chicago blues albums for Delmark Records including his Delmark debut Leaving Here Walking in 1996 which was awarded the ‘Best Blues Record of the Year’ title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. His unique and velvety voice, unusual in Chicago blues, may have been influenced by his work in the folk scene in the early 60s. He sang and played guitar at The Fickle Pickle, (booked at that time by Mike Bloomfield), the Gate of Horn, and coffeehouses around town. His band includes Anthony Palmer (guitar), E.G. McDaniel (bass), and James Carter (drums).

Oxford Allstars (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

The Oxford All-Stars Band from Oxford, MS, play a variety of music-Motown, blues, old school, R&B, and country. They collectively bring years of training and live performances to the table with a variety of styles and genres blended together to form the unique sound the Oxford All-Stars.

Friday, October 11th

Mighty Souls Brass Band - 11:15 procession begins at Courtyard Square

11:15am to TBD

A collective of professional, multi-talented composers and players with funk, marching and swing band influences. They promise tight, polished work of Motown’s session horns; the gritty, dirty inflections of New Orleans’ funky Meters; and the slippery R&B of Booker T. and the M.G.’s. The invention of Tuba player and composer Sean Murphy, this Memphis band together for two decades provides a uniquely Memphis spin on a tradition that’s as global in its scope as it is root-deep in American popular music.

Diamond Jack Blues Band

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Jontavious Willis

2:00pm to 2:45pm

Finger-picker, flat-picker, slide player, and plays harmonica, banjo and cigar box? Soon into his career, Quon was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage. Currently he is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most week-ends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.

Blind Boy Paxton

3:00pm to 3:45pm

[caption id="attachment_867" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton performs at the 2013 Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans, LA.[/caption]

Still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He’s a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character that has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—play-ing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

Delta Legends

3:00pm to 3:50pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

4:00pm to 4:45pm

Jesse Cotton Stone weaves together the stylistic threads of definitive regional styles of the Blues ranging from Pre-War Acoustic Delta Blues, Electric Juke Joint Boogie, North Mississippi Hill Country, and Cotton Patch Soul Blues to the Urban Chicago Blues Roots of Soul-Funk and Psychedelic Rock, bringing his listeners through the doors of a Heart-Wrenching Boutique of Vintage-Toned American Blues Music with relentless showmanship  of a True Entertainer.

Jesse Cotton Stone creates a comprehensive scope of the Original American Music, not only by playing his role in keeping the traditions of Blues music alive, but also by contributing to the evolution of this Storytelling Tradition with his own Original Flavor of what he calls “HELLCOUNTRY” and “Electric-Cotton Soul” Blues.

Phillip Stackhouse Band

4:00pm to 4:45pm

His soulful sax backed by his tight band have been perennial favorites at the Biscuit. He is the grandson of Houston Stackhouse who was one of the King Biscuit Boys on King Biscuit Time radio show from 1946 into the ’60s. The third generation of Stackhouses to call Helena home, Phillip carries on a family tradition of blues artists who’ve played with Delta royalty from Sonny Boy Williamson and Pinetop Perkins to Robert Nighthawk.

Excelleauxs Blues Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

Formed this year to perform music from the Excello catalog (Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, Lonesome Sundown), the group is made up of veteran New Orleans musicians. Wavelength Magazine describes vocalist and harmonica player Ben Maygarden’s music as “blues for crying and blues for dancing… (His) good-humored vocals tell you his lover may have trashed him, but he’s not going to let it keep him from having a good time…” Guitarist and drummer Sam Hogan is the son of swamp boogie man Silas Hogan, one of the last Louisiana artists signed to Excello in 1965. Johnny J and Jack Kolb also play guitar.

Linsey Alexander Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

This Chicago South Side veteran songwriter, vocalist and guitarist nicknamed “Hoochie Man” is a regular at the Windy City’s Kingston Mines. He won Big City Blues’ “Best Fan Interaction Award” in 2012 and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. Respected Chicago blues journalist David Whiteis credits Alexander with “lively improvisational imagination,” “good taste” and “in command of a lyric vividness.”

Mary Lane Band

6:00pm to 6:45pm

At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. A longtime staple of Chicago’s West Side Blues circuit, singer Mary Lane was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, virtually unknown outside of the Chicago Blues faithful.

Tyrannosaurus Chicken

6:00pm to 6:45pm

Smilin’ Bob Lewis & Rachel Ammons call their music Arkansas hill stomp. One journalist called the duo also been described asmadcap sonic alchemists, fusing Delta blues, psychedelia and trance music with reckless enthusiasm.” Officially, their Facebook entry describes the music as delta blues trance freestyle. They’re multi-instrumentalists whose bag of tricks includes guitars in a handful of alternate tunings, harmonicas, cello, and a Theremin. Rachel is a classically trained violinist. Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and repurposed folk songs well suited to their slide-guitar work.

Alice Hasen & The Blaze

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Alice Hasen is a professional violinist/fiddler specializing in rock, folk, roots, jazz and classical music. Born in Vermont but residing in Memphis, TN, Alice is the leader of Alice Hasen and the Blaze, a fiddle-powered groove band that primarily plays Alice’s original compositions. Alice’s solo project, Alice Hasen & the Blaze, showcases the versatility of her songwriting and playing.  Her “fiddle-powered groove band” is rooted in the Memphis heritage of funk, rock and jazz but can stray into pop, hip-hop and even reggae territory. Alice plans to explore all of these and more in her debut EP, “Violintro,” which will be recorded in Memphis.

Rev. John Wilkins Band

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Known as the biker preacher in his role as chaplin of the King Riders Motorcycle Club, Wilkins walks the line between the sacred and profane in the tradition of his father the famed bluesman Robert Wilkins, who was himself a bluesman turned preacher and whose song Prodigal Son was covered by the Rolling Stones. Wilkins is preacher for the Hunter’s Chapel in Como, Mississippi, where Hill Country bluesman Fred McDowell and his wife Annie Mae were once members, as well as the late Otha Turner. He fingerpicks in a rural blues style. You Can’t Hurry God is his debut album.

Jimmy Burns Band (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

He sings “Beast of Burden” on the Chicago Plays The Stones album, but Jimmy Burns is best known for his Chicago blues albums for Delmark Records including his Delmark debut Leaving Here Walking in 1996 which was awarded the ‘Best Blues Record of the Year’ title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. His unique and velvety voice, unusual in Chicago blues, may have been influenced by his work in the folk scene in the early 60s. He sang and played guitar at The Fickle Pickle, (booked at that time by Mike Bloomfield), the Gate of Horn, and coffeehouses around town. His band includes Anthony Palmer (guitar), E.G. McDaniel (bass), and James Carter (drums).

Oxford Allstars (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

The Oxford All-Stars Band from Oxford, MS, play a variety of music-Motown, blues, old school, R&B, and country. They collectively bring years of training and live performances to the table with a variety of styles and genres blended together to form the unique sound the Oxford All-Stars.

Saturday, October 12th

Mighty Souls Brass Band - 11:15 procession begins at Courtyard Square

11:15am to TBD

A collective of professional, multi-talented composers and players with funk, marching and swing band influences. They promise tight, polished work of Motown’s session horns; the gritty, dirty inflections of New Orleans’ funky Meters; and the slippery R&B of Booker T. and the M.G.’s. The invention of Tuba player and composer Sean Murphy, this Memphis band together for two decades provides a uniquely Memphis spin on a tradition that’s as global in its scope as it is root-deep in American popular music.

Diamond Jack Blues Band

1:00pm to 1:45pm

Jontavious Willis

2:00pm to 2:45pm

Finger-picker, flat-picker, slide player, and plays harmonica, banjo and cigar box? Soon into his career, Quon was playing on Taj Mahal’s stage. Currently he is finishing his studies at Columbus State University, majoring in sociology. But on most week-ends you can find him playing a small house show, up on the main stage or posting music videos for his friends and fans around the world.

Blind Boy Paxton

3:00pm to 3:45pm

[caption id="attachment_867" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton performs at the 2013 Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans, LA.[/caption]

Still in his 20s, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton sings and plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones (percussion). Paxton has an eerie ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, and make it real. In addition, he mesmerizes audiences with his humor and storytelling. He’s a world-class talent and a uniquely colorful character that has been on the cover of Living Blues Magazine and the Village Voice, and has been interviewed on FOX News. Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is “virtually the only music-maker of his generation—play-ing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

Delta Legends

3:00pm to 3:50pm

Jesse Cotton Stone

4:00pm to 4:45pm

Jesse Cotton Stone weaves together the stylistic threads of definitive regional styles of the Blues ranging from Pre-War Acoustic Delta Blues, Electric Juke Joint Boogie, North Mississippi Hill Country, and Cotton Patch Soul Blues to the Urban Chicago Blues Roots of Soul-Funk and Psychedelic Rock, bringing his listeners through the doors of a Heart-Wrenching Boutique of Vintage-Toned American Blues Music with relentless showmanship  of a True Entertainer.

Jesse Cotton Stone creates a comprehensive scope of the Original American Music, not only by playing his role in keeping the traditions of Blues music alive, but also by contributing to the evolution of this Storytelling Tradition with his own Original Flavor of what he calls “HELLCOUNTRY” and “Electric-Cotton Soul” Blues.

Phillip Stackhouse Band

4:00pm to 4:45pm

His soulful sax backed by his tight band have been perennial favorites at the Biscuit. He is the grandson of Houston Stackhouse who was one of the King Biscuit Boys on King Biscuit Time radio show from 1946 into the ’60s. The third generation of Stackhouses to call Helena home, Phillip carries on a family tradition of blues artists who’ve played with Delta royalty from Sonny Boy Williamson and Pinetop Perkins to Robert Nighthawk.

Excelleauxs Blues Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

Formed this year to perform music from the Excello catalog (Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, Lonesome Sundown), the group is made up of veteran New Orleans musicians. Wavelength Magazine describes vocalist and harmonica player Ben Maygarden’s music as “blues for crying and blues for dancing… (His) good-humored vocals tell you his lover may have trashed him, but he’s not going to let it keep him from having a good time…” Guitarist and drummer Sam Hogan is the son of swamp boogie man Silas Hogan, one of the last Louisiana artists signed to Excello in 1965. Johnny J and Jack Kolb also play guitar.

Linsey Alexander Band

5:00pm to 5:45pm

This Chicago South Side veteran songwriter, vocalist and guitarist nicknamed “Hoochie Man” is a regular at the Windy City’s Kingston Mines. He won Big City Blues’ “Best Fan Interaction Award” in 2012 and was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. Respected Chicago blues journalist David Whiteis credits Alexander with “lively improvisational imagination,” “good taste” and “in command of a lyric vividness.”

Mary Lane Band

6:00pm to 6:45pm

At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. A longtime staple of Chicago’s West Side Blues circuit, singer Mary Lane was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, virtually unknown outside of the Chicago Blues faithful.

Tyrannosaurus Chicken

6:00pm to 6:45pm

Smilin’ Bob Lewis & Rachel Ammons call their music Arkansas hill stomp. One journalist called the duo also been described asmadcap sonic alchemists, fusing Delta blues, psychedelia and trance music with reckless enthusiasm.” Officially, their Facebook entry describes the music as delta blues trance freestyle. They’re multi-instrumentalists whose bag of tricks includes guitars in a handful of alternate tunings, harmonicas, cello, and a Theremin. Rachel is a classically trained violinist. Their repertoire is a mixture of original compositions and repurposed folk songs well suited to their slide-guitar work.

Alice Hasen & The Blaze

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Alice Hasen is a professional violinist/fiddler specializing in rock, folk, roots, jazz and classical music. Born in Vermont but residing in Memphis, TN, Alice is the leader of Alice Hasen and the Blaze, a fiddle-powered groove band that primarily plays Alice’s original compositions. Alice’s solo project, Alice Hasen & the Blaze, showcases the versatility of her songwriting and playing.  Her “fiddle-powered groove band” is rooted in the Memphis heritage of funk, rock and jazz but can stray into pop, hip-hop and even reggae territory. Alice plans to explore all of these and more in her debut EP, “Violintro,” which will be recorded in Memphis.

Rev. John Wilkins Band

7:00pm to 7:45pm

Known as the biker preacher in his role as chaplin of the King Riders Motorcycle Club, Wilkins walks the line between the sacred and profane in the tradition of his father the famed bluesman Robert Wilkins, who was himself a bluesman turned preacher and whose song Prodigal Son was covered by the Rolling Stones. Wilkins is preacher for the Hunter’s Chapel in Como, Mississippi, where Hill Country bluesman Fred McDowell and his wife Annie Mae were once members, as well as the late Otha Turner. He fingerpicks in a rural blues style. You Can’t Hurry God is his debut album.

Jimmy Burns Band (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

He sings “Beast of Burden” on the Chicago Plays The Stones album, but Jimmy Burns is best known for his Chicago blues albums for Delmark Records including his Delmark debut Leaving Here Walking in 1996 which was awarded the ‘Best Blues Record of the Year’ title by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and received two W.C. Handy Award nominations. His unique and velvety voice, unusual in Chicago blues, may have been influenced by his work in the folk scene in the early 60s. He sang and played guitar at The Fickle Pickle, (booked at that time by Mike Bloomfield), the Gate of Horn, and coffeehouses around town. His band includes Anthony Palmer (guitar), E.G. McDaniel (bass), and James Carter (drums).

Oxford Allstars (HEADLINER)

8:00pm to 9:00pm

The Oxford All-Stars Band from Oxford, MS, play a variety of music-Motown, blues, old school, R&B, and country. They collectively bring years of training and live performances to the table with a variety of styles and genres blended together to form the unique sound the Oxford All-Stars.