3rd Annual Blues at the Blueseum
The show opens with Alex Maryol, who grew up in Santa Fe and was raised on the music of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. He has built a prominent career that propelled him from smoky bars and coffee shops in downtown Santa Fe to sharing stages with James Brown, Jonny Lang, John Mayer, Otis Taylor and Buddy Miles, and opening for the iconic Etta James, Ani DiFranco, Leon Russell and more.
At 4:15 p.m. one of Albuquerque's most popular groups, The Chris Dracup Band, brings their brand of soulful electric blues guitar to thrill fans of all ages. Dracup's acoustic guitar playing draws heavily from the blues tradition, an eclectic mix of Delta slide, country blues and jazz influences. From his original songs to blues, reggae and funk classics, Dracup never fails to engage audiences and gain new fans.
Joe Louis Walker comes from a different blues vibe, the streets of San Francisco's Fillmore District. The award-winning guitar slinger, vocalist and songwriter has been releasing groundbreaking music since the mid-1980s. With two dozen albums, more awards than he can count, and a following that has been with him for years, Walker was defined by Blues Review as "one of contemporary blues' most dynamic and innovative musicians, releasing consistently exciting music." His performance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to bring smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow burners to thrill crowds everywhere. Chicago-born Lil' Ed Williams grew up surrounded by music and was playing guitar by the time he turned 12. From playing in local bars around Chicago, the band gained recognition that took them to major blues festivals and concert stages in the U.S. and Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan. Their authentic "Chicago Sound" wins them fans all over the world.