Doors 6 PM, Show 7 PM
Aaron Griffin Band
with Boo Davis and Eric McSpadden
Rich McDonough & Rhythm Renegades
with Vince Martin and Marquise Knox
Aaron Griffin, son of St. Louis blues artist Larry Griffin, partners with local blues players Boo Davis and Eric McSpadden to perform traditional blues with a twist.
Born St. Louis, Mo, Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He learned how to play guitar from his grandmother Lillie. He also played with his uncle Clifford, who was a major influence in Marquise's life. For Marquise, Blues is his heritage and way of life. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. (National Endowment of the Arts) Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award winner Henry James Townsend.
Marquise's talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards (the latter two also N.E.A. Heritage Fellows). He has also performed at dozens of festivals, and has toured all throughout Europe.
Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor
with Marsha Evans and special guest Robbie Montgomery
Roland Johnson as described by the Riverfront Times, The man drips charisma — all the way through his white leisure suit and down to his polished shoes. He can do the James Brown, the Sam & Dave, the Bobby "Blue" Bland, the Otis Redding, and he does them all, no matter how familiar, no matter how many times he's sung them, like the joint is on fire and his lungs are filled with kerosene.
Johnson and Soul Endeavor will be joined by Marsha Evans, a lifelong blues singer, with special guest Robbie Montgomery, restaurateur of Sweetie Pie’s and a former background singer for Ike & Tina Turner.