This year’s 5th Annual Silver Spring Blues Festival features a star-studded roster of great blues musicians. Come to the Festival and enjoy some of the finest blues performers in metropolitan Washington.
- Bushmaster featuring Gary Brown
Funky cool blues rock music
Gary Brown grew up in the DC suburbs of Palmer Park, MD, and along with the record collections of his parents, Brown was surrounded by the sounds of such local artists as Chuck Brown, Danny Gatton, and Bobby Parker. Gary was named “Best Up and Coming Blues Rock Artist” for The Rock Over America Magazine Music Awards in 2012. Bushmaster’s new CD, “Revolution Rhapsody aka: Uprising Music”, debuted at #21 on the Living Blues Magazine Radio Chart, and has received reviews and radio airplay nationally and in Croatia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Canada, and Australia.
More Bushmaster at: http://www.reverbnation.com/garybrownbushmaster
2012 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee – Hard Driving, House Rocking Blues You Can Use!
A regional favorite, from nearby Chambersburg, PA, Skyla Burrell takes her traditional Chicago-style blues on the road, from the Daytona Blues Festival to here in Silver Spring!
Videos: Daytona Blues Festival, October 8, 2011
Blues-infused dance music
The award-winning Bad Influence Band has been playing their style of blues-infused, high energy music for crowds of blues lovers in clubs and festivals since 1988.
2012 International Blues Challenge finalist for Best Self-Produced Recording for their 2012 CD Under The Influence
Nominated in 2013 by the Washington Area Music Association for:
o Best Blues Recording of 2012
o Best Blues/Traditional Group
o Best Blues/Traditional Instrumentalist – guitarist Michael Tash
o Best Blues/Traditional Vocalist – bassist Bob Mallardi
Featuring Bob Mallardi on bass and vocals, Hohner-endorsed artist Roger Edsall on harp and vocals, Epiphone-endorsed artist Michael “Jr” Tash on guitar and vocals, and Sonor-endorsed artist David Thaler on the drums.
Videos: Playing the blues at The Kennedy Center | Some swinging blues at The Kennedy Center |
Soul, Funk & the Blues
Ursula Ricks has been compared to such greats as Etta James, Koko Taylor, and Aretha Franklin. Ursula has been playing along the East Coast from New York to Florida for over 20 years. Known by her Fans as “The Real Deal”, Ursula Ricks Project will help you get your Blues Groove on.
Ursula’s new CD, a Severn Records release due out this fall, features her bluesy, soulful vocals backed by great artists, such as Kim Wilson, from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, adding his harmonica talents on the original track, “Tobacco Road.” Connect Ursula with her band and you’ll be grooving! Featuring Ursula Ricks – vocals; Gary Gilpin – keyboards; John Bell – guitar; Rod Dunton – drums; Roy Brooks – bass.
- Guitar Blues Legend Bobby Parker
Rocking the blues – a veteran bluesman and true legend!
Bobby Parker performs internationally, performed with Bo Diddley, and was a guitar inspiration for John Lennon and The Beatles, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton, and more. Bobby appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show with Bo Diddley. Dance with a legend!
“He’s one of the few remaining guitarists who can pierce your heart and soothe your soul. He inspired me to learn and play guitar”
Interview: Bobby Parker on MSNBC
*Schedule and Artists Subject to Change