River City Blues Festival to rock Marietta hotel

Vanessa Collier (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — The blues will return to Marietta in March for the 29th annual River City Blues Festival on March 20-21 at the Lafayette Hotel.

The annual weekend of music is sponsored by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta.

For reservations and information, contact Peggy Bolen at 740-376-0222 evenings and weekends after Jan. 19. The cost is $30 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday afternoon, $40 for Saturday night and $85 for a weekend pass.

The event schedule includes:


Studebaker John & The Hawks (Photo Provided)

* 5 p.m.: High Schools That Rock (free and open to the public)

* 7 p.m.: Doors open for festival ticket holders

* 8 p.m.: Peaches Staten with The Mike Wheeler Band

* 9:45 p.m.: (Zydeco act to be determined)


Mr. Sipp (Photo Provided)


* Noon: Doors open for ticket holders

* 1 p.m.: Micah Kesselring

* 2:30 p.m.: Studebaker John & The Hawks

* 4 p.m.: Lil’Ed & The Blues Imperials

Peaches Staten with The Mike Wheeler Band (Photo Provided)



* 7 p.m.: Doors open for ticket holders

* 8 p.m.: Vanessa Collier

* 9:45 p.m.: Mr. Sipp

* Peaches Staten with The Mike Wheeler Band

Peaches Staten is a world class entertainer who is known for jet setting across the continents spreading the joy of blues since 1997 playing many festivals and clubs. Staten offers a mixture of gritty vocals and explosive personality along with deep roots in blues, soul and funk. She is a product of the Mississippi Delta. Though she was born in Doddsville, she grew up in the mix of the thriving Chicago Blues scene and was raised on gospel, blues and soul.

* Micah Kesselring

Micah Kesselring has performed blues music since he was 14 years old. Raised in the Appalachia foothills of southeastern Ohio, Kesselring quickly made his way onto the Columbus blues music scene after playing smaller hometown shows, and became acquainted with the Columbus Blues Alliance. He soon made his way down to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge, representing the Columbus Blues Alliance in the Youth Showcase category.

He has performed at numerous festivals, including the Heritage Music Bluesfest in Wheeling, the Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival in Worthington, Ohio, the Grey Skies Blues Fest in Tacoma, Wash., Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio, and the Big Bend Blues Bash in Pomeroy, Ohio.

* Studebaker John and the Hawks

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the 1970s. As a songwriter and musician, Studebaker John has emerged as a major creative force in the world of the blues today.

* Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials

In Chicago, world-renowned Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials have been standing tall for over 30 years.

The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets.

Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Multiple albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre.

* Vanessa Collier

A master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every performance, combining vocals, saxophone and songwriting skills. She has been playing saxophone since age 9.

Collier has received three Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jammingest Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition and Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile. She is a 2013 graduate of the Berklee College of Music, has toured nationally and internationally and released three albums.

* Mr. Sipp

Castro Coleman, aka Mr. Sipp The Mississippi Blues Child, is a native of McComb. Castro was born in the small town of McComb, Miss. He is a husband and father of four daughters. He has been around music all of his life. His parents and aunt had a quartet group. He was influenced by B.B. King at the age of 6 which is when he started playing the guitar.

In 2014 Castro was the winner of the International Blues Challenge (Band), the Albert King Gibson Guitar award, BMA Best New Artist Album winner 2016, The Spirit of Little Walter Award 2016. In 2016, Castro was the first blues artist to have his handprint inducted into the Wall of Fame in Fredrikshavn Denmark. In 2014, Castro was given the Bobby Rush Entertainer of the Year Award by the Jus’ Blues Foundation. In 2015, he won several Jackson Music Awards including International Male Blues Artist, Blues Artist of the Year, Entertainer of the year.


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