2014 Line UP of the Santa Cruz Blues Festival
This awesome festival in Santa Cruz showcases amazing blues performers along a wide array of other musical genres. This year they are including soul, roots, and rock n' roll artists as well. This will be the festivals twenty second production on May 24th through the 25th in Aptos Village Park. Greg Allman will be the rock n' roll headliner for Saturday, while Chris Isaak will headline Sunday.
Santa Cruz Blues will also feature a lot of new talent this year. Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin who began in the band the Blasters will join in the festival show casing their newest album Common Ground. This will be their first show together in almost thirty years. They will debut on Saturday. The Santa Cruz platform is know for kickstarting new acts careers and this year will be no exception. The goal is to bring the community acts like Greg Allman which the public is familiar with and mix in some fresh bands as well.
The line up on Sunday will be show casing Chris Isaak along with Ana Popovic, and Rich Robinson of The Black Crows. Both artists are in the blues genre with some sort of twist. Ana leans toward the Serbian blues, while Rich brings some blues rock. Rich Robinson has been a solo artist for ten years. He is a highly talented guitarist. Lastly, Vintage Trouble will preform just before Chris. They bring a blues/rock/soul feel and have been touring since 2010.
The line up on Sunday includes Greg Allman along with many new and old faces. The Alvin brothers will join him along with Nikki Hill whom is of the rock gospel genre. The Santa Cruz Blues Festival usually likes to open up with a new act and with Nikki Hill taking off nation wide they chose her. Tab Benoit a cajun blues guitarist will make his first debut as well at the this years festival, so make sure to give him a warm welcome.
Trombone Shorty is a fresh face who is a big fan of Greg Allman. He will be opening for Greg Allman, who was in Shortys exact position a short seven years ago. Shorty is of the funky jazz genre and plays the horn. This just shows if you put your mind to it you this festival can kick start a newbies career. Come out on May 24th to hear all of these blues tunes!