Cedar Ridge and LCBS present the first annual Bourbon and Blues Festival to be held Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the McGrath Amphitheatre.
Formerly known as Czech Village Blues, Linn County Blues Society began hosting the event in 2018 to celebrate the blues in our area and raise funds for the organization’s several benefactors, including Eastern Iowa Arts Academy and the Community Health Free Clinic. Cedar Ridge began hosting Bourbon and Blues at its winery and distillery in Swisher in 2010 to celebrate the brand’s release of its first bourbon whiskey.
With the intent of growing to a multi-day event attracting blues enthusiasts throughout the midwest, this year’s line-up has grown to four acts. The female, award-winning blues artists include headliner Shemekia Copeland, Caroyln Wonderland, Danielle Nicole, and Molly Nova and the Hawk featuring Bryce Janey.
Charon Shemekia Copeland is an American electric blues vocalist. To date, she has released ten albums and been presented with seven Blues Music Awards.
A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the slinging guitar skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland has been on the top of the Blues, Americana, and Alt Country charts, gathering critical acclaim for her Dave Alvin produced “Tempting Fate” album, released October 2021.
Danielle Nicole is a Blues, Roots, Soul singer and bassist from Kansas City, MO. She became the first woman ever to be nominated in the category of “Instrumentalist – Bass” by The Blues Foundation’s 2021 Blues Music Awards and the first woman to receive the honor.
Molly Nova and Bryce Janey are established talents well known for their live performances and recordings having toured in upper Midwest and beyond for over 30 years. This is a 5-piece band playing original music, bringing together 3 members of Iowa’s popular “Blue Band” – Violinist Molly Nova, Guitarist Bryce Janey and Drummer Turk E. Krause, along with Corey Baker (Guitar, Bass & Vocals) and Russ Moore (Keyboards).
For more information, visit www.bourbonandbluesfest.com