9th Annual Libby, Montana Riverfront Blues Festival:

August 11th-12th, 2017 Advanced Tickets Available Here!

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Meet the Riverfront Blues Festival 2016 Bands!

Two big days of top-notch entertainment! World class musicians representing a range of blues styles will be strutting their stuff in one of the most beautiful waterfront settings in the country!

Libby Riverfront Blues Festival Bands

Friday, August 12th:

Saturday, August 13th:


6:00-8:00PM: Black Mountain Moan

Black Mountain Moan

Black Mountain Moan is a Hill Country Blues band based in Missoula, Montana. Like the juke joints of Mississippi Black Mountain Moan plays funky grooves with deep blues feeling that keeps your feet moving. the 4 piece combines the Mississippi hill country sounds of RL Burnside and Jr. Kimbrough and other hill country musicians with the funk, soul and west African music. A strong Mississippi back beat drives the hypnotic sounds of the North Mississippi hills that now ring out in the mountains of Montana.
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8:00-10:00PM: Chris O'Leary Band

Chris O'Leary Band The critically acclaimed, award winning Chris O'Leary Band is a rising star on today's blues scene. Chris cut his teeth playing with the legendary rock and roll Hall of Famer Levon Helm for six years. During this time Chris toured internationally and took up residency in New Orleans for the better part of a year. It's here where he absorbed the various styles that form the eclectic roots sound of the band. The COB is a six piece high energy horn driven roots band that combines the styles of Chicago,Memphis, and New Orleans. They've released three CDs on the Vizztone label garnering a Blues Music Award nomination for best new artist and winning a Blues Blast Award in the same category as well as the King Biscuit Rising Star award an additional Blues Blast Award for their critically acclaimed Live at Blues Now release. The latest cd is on the American Showplace Label with Grammy Award winning producer Ben Elliott Ben is drawing upon his years engineering for Keith Richards, as he says, " to really get the most out the band " The result Gonna Die Tryin is far and away the best release of Chris's career .Thru the years Chris has shared the stage with The Tbirds, Steely Dan, James Cotton, Phoebe Snow,and legendary Stones sideman Bobby Keys to name just a few. He has also recorded with James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Richie Havens , and his friend and mentor Levon Helm.
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10:00PM-12:00AM: Harlis Sweetwater Band

Harlis Sweetwater Band

From Huntington Beach California, Harlis Sweetwater, as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and frontman, has shared the stage with everyone from Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top, Los Lobos Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Everlast, and Brian Setzer to R&B/Blues legends Etta James, James Cotton, and Wilson Pickett to name a few. He has been called "the best singer in any genre" by music critic Robert Kinsler of the OC Register, While SugarBuzz Magazine had this to say: "From the heart, Harlis Sweetwater,you know instantly the real deal is upon you. This man knows the blues." Recently CBS online named Harlis one of Orange County's best singer songwriters.

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12:00PM-1:30PM: Back in Five

Back in Five

Bio by Sabra Hancock (Saxophone):
All five of us have been in band for years and in November of last year we formed the group to play for some Christmas fundraisers. After experiencing how rewarding it was to play together, we decided to keep it going, this time, for us as a band. We went through many ideas, and settled on the name "Back in Five". Like many high school bands we set up shop in a garage. In this case, it was our trombonist, Colton's. Our library of music grew with various jazz and blues pieces, music that we enjoyed and were familiar with. Not your typical "garage band" huh? Over the months, we have played in various venues around the community, improving every time we went on stage, and always enjoying the time we had together.
We came together as musicians who barely knew each other; playing as a band has caused us to grow not only as musicians with experience from playing our instruments, but as friends, and as people, together.

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1:30-3:30PM: Hot Flash Blues Band

Hot Flash Blues BandHailing from the four corners of the Mission Valley and beyond, the ladies of Hot Flash Blues deliver a plethora of blues ranging from tangy classic blues rock to memorable "outside the box"blues originals. Tapping into their wealth of musical experience resulted in a sweet blend of vocal harmonies, resonating bass lines, memorizing keys, driving guitar and totally thumping traps!
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3:30-5:30PM: Cee Cee James

Cee Cee JamesCee Cee James & THE MISSION OF S.O.U.L. is an AWARD WINNING, POWERFUL and ENERGETIC Duo with THE VOCAL VOLCANO known as Cee Cee James on vocals and Rob "Slideboy" Andrews on rhythm & slide guitar. "Powerful big guitar tones and expertise from Rob Andrews integral to the vocals, much like Hubert Sumlin's contribution to Howlin' Wolf's discography. ~ TALKIN’ BLUES-MICROWAVE DAVE"
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5:30-7:30PM: Phil Berkowitz & The Lucky Losers

Lucky Losers

Phil Berkowitz is a master of the blues harmonica and an accomplished vocalist who has been energizing the San Francisco Bay Area blues scene for more than a decade.
Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz crossed paths in 2012 at The Saloon in San Francisco where Cathy was performing with guitarist Dave Workman. Phil, taken with Cathy’s talent and stage persona, asked her to be a paid guest on one of his shows at Club Fox in Redwood City, California. While rehearsing for the show, Cathy and Phil shared their love for the blues with a flavor of country, rhythm and soul music giving birth to the formation of the Lucky Losers.
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7:30-9:30PM: Jimmy D. Lane

Jimmy D. Lane The son of legendary blues man Jimmy Rogers, Jimmy D. Lane is a versatile guitarist who knows all of the traditional Chicago chops but prefers some muscle with his Blues. Lane’s guitar is scorching and his lyrics pointed. If you like your Blues high-voltage, you will really dig Jimmy D. Lane! If this is the first time you’re hearing the name Jimmy D. Lane, it certainly won’t be the last.
Eric Clapton and Living Blues Magazine have predicted big things for Lane, praising his first two APO releases, “Long Gone” and “Legacy”.
Jimmy D. Lane’s album “It’s Time” features Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section Double Trouble with Tommy Shannon on bass and Chris Layton on drums and was engineered and produced by the legendary Eddie Kramer. (The same man who engineered most Hendrix albums as well as several Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton and Joe Cocker albums.)
”Jimmy D. Lane is an incredible guitarist” …Eric Clapton
“Superhuman! Only the most masterful guitar players can command their instruments this way, and all the practice in the world can’t develop it. Jimmy D. Lane is a natural-born guitar monster” …Bob Margolin (Guitarist in the Muddy Waters Band for seven years)
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9:30-11:30PM: Austin Young

Austin Young Austin Lee Young, a Colorado native, picked up his first guitar at age 12 and hasn't put it down since. Self taught, he churns out the blues and displays his music with electrifying passion that defies his young age. He engages his audience and can match any seasoned performer that currently draws large crowds. His inspirations run the gauntlet of the Blues from historical giants such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to contemporary masters like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Currently Austin and his band perform locally and nationally in established music clubs, numerous music festivals, private functions, and special events. He incorporates the sheer honesty of the blues and performs it with a modern, high energy sound that remains faithful to its traditional roots.
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11:30PM-1:00AM: ALL-STAR JAM

All Star JamSaturday will come to a smashing close you won't want to miss from 11:30 pm to 1 am! To finish off an amazing weekend of blues and brews, members of bands from throughout the weekend will be participating in a mind-blowing All-Star Jam!

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