The 13th. Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival will once again be held outdoors at the German American Social Club located at 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. (Also known as November 17th 2012, with a rain date of Novermber 18th
Gates Open at 11:30 AM
Location: Germain American Social Club
State Route 78, which can be accessed from I-75 and US-41 and then heading west, OR east if coming from the Pine Island and Matlacha area).
For those of you who enjoy staying in Matlacha or on Pine Island for its many unique galleries and Old Florida atmosphere, don't worry, go ahead and make your reservations, as this venue is only about 3 miles east of Matlacha, (Mat-la-shay). The island also hosts taxi and shuttle services for those who don't want to drive.
Wherever you decide to hang your hat that weekend, we hope you'll come out and enjoy some of the Best Blues Musicians in the business. You really don't want to miss this day of exceptional music! Advance ticket donations for adults are only $15.00 each, and just a $20.00 donation at the gate. Kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult. In an effort to minimize gate staffing requirements and confusion during personnel changes, return entries will be restricted to one per attendee.
Please remember this is a Nonprofit event, sunscreen, blankets and "beach chairs" are encouraged, (this is an outdoor event and we do not provide seating), No Coolers, No Carry in Beverages and No Pets are permitted. There will be plenty of Great Food and Ice Cold beverages on hand. We'll also have numerous art and craft vendors for you to peruse during the day.
Your attendance helps support music education, youth groups, scholarships grants, senior citizen support networks and other local charities. Please do your part, by coming out to enjoy a full day of fantastic music, reasonably priced food items and some ice cold beverages. You can also be assured your support helps Keep the Blues Alive
The Matlacha Mariners
Lineup for this years event:
Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues ... Mac Arnold must have known at an early age that his music career would read like a “Who’s who” of Blues/R&B Legends. His high school band “J Floyd & The Shamrocks” were often joined by none other than Macon, Georgia native, James Brown on piano. After deciding to pursue a professional music career, he joined the Charles Miller group until 1965 when he made the move to Chicago to work with recording artist/saxophonist A. C. Reed.
In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Regular guests of the band included Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, and Elvin Bishop. The Muddy Waters Band (as a unit) shared the stage with the likes of Howlin’ Wolfe, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker’s “live “album, Live at the Café Au Go-Go, as well as Otis Spann’s classic recording “The Blues is Where It’s At”.
After more than a year with Muddy Waters, Mac formed the Soul Invaders which backed up many artists, including The Temptations and B. B. King. In the early 70’s, he moved Los Angeles to work at ABC Television and LAFF RECORDS (Redd Foxx). This led to working on the set of Soul Train from 1971 to 1975 and then working with Bill Withers (“Lean On Me”) before moving back to South Carolina in the 80”s.
Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, where at the age of ten he got his first taste of the blues when he learned to play his brother Leroy’s home-made guitar. Going back to his roots. Mac is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues”. The band consists of Danny Keylon on bass and vocals, Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on keyboards, harmonica, guitar, and vocals, Mike Whitt on drums, and Mac Arnold on vocals, bass and Gas Can Guitars.
Mac & Muddy Waters
In 1965, having already established himself back home as a bass player, playing with J Floyd & the Shamrocks including James Brown on keyboard , Mac Arnold decided to take a trip to Chicago to check out the Blues scene. He was obviously impressed because 3 months later 24 year old Mac packed up and moved to the Windy City to expand his music career.
There was a club called the Green Bunny Club on 77 & Halstead St. where Mac first met his sax man A. C. Reed who at the time needed a bass player. Mac was the right man for the job. He played with A. C. for only a short time when he got a chance to play with Muddy Waters. He was asked to come out to Big John’s Grill on the North side to sit in with the band. Muddy asked him where he was from, he replied Greenville, South Carolina. Muddy said, “son, if you’re from the South, then you can play,” and so he did for over a year. His first gig with Muddy was the Mother Blues Club. The band’s line up was Luther Johnson on guitar, Sammy Lawhorn on guitar, Frances Clay on drums, Otis Spann on piano, Mac Arnold on bass, and Muddy on guitar and vocals. The band would play most of the show and Muddy would play the end of the set. On occasions he would play every other set. This gave the guys a chance to show their stuff. Mac had an edge because he’d been working with James Brown in the past. A lot of people had yet to of heard of James Brown, so when Mac would play that funky stuff, it got a lot of people’s attention. Mac is a left handed bass player, and if you listen to some of his early recordings, you will hear he was way ahead of his time.
The band would tour from the East to West Coast and all points in between. Cruisin’ in a 1965 Fleetwood Cadillac, all 7 band members and the driver (Bo) at the wheel. Bo could drive almost non-stop from St. Louis to San Francisco with no sleep. One time they were passing through Mississippi, they stopped in to see some of Muddy’s relatives and wound up doing a show. Mac stayed at Muddy’s cousin’s house, and when L. A. he would stay with George Smith and his family of 6 kids. While touring the West Coast, Mac fell in love with the California weather. When he returned to Chicago he told his wife “we’re moving.”
Mac talked to Muddy and told him he would give him time to find another bass player. Muddy wished him luck and said “he would have him back any time,” and that was it. Mac is one of the last surviving members of the Muddy Water’s era, and so Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues begins.
“This is old-school at its finest”
— Blues Review
“Welcome back a deep Chicago Blues Man from the old school”
— Bob Margolin
“one of the most original voices in blues and has a uniquely distinctive resonance.”
— Jazz Now
“The voice is appropriately seasoned and credible… his group able to match his bursts with formidable answering riffs and licks”
— Nashville City Paper
“Mac Arnold is on his way to a new career as national blues treasure”
— Gritz Magazine
“A plate full of blues? Hell this is the whole dang meal”
— Creative Loafing
“one remaining virtual blues goldmine is Mac Arnold”
— Greg Prato, All Music Guide
Albert Castiglia, (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”) is doing exactly what the title of his new CD suggests "Living The Life". Having opened for ZZ Top, Elvin Bishop, and The Radiators, he’s quickly becoming a favorite high energy performer at festivals across the country.
Castiglia’s history is as colorful as his home town of Miami, Florida, going back to 1990 when he played in a local Miami Band, The Miami Blues Authority, and won awards locally for “Best Blues Guitarist.” He got a big break after meeting the legendary Junior Wells in 1996, and soon became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. Albert toured the U.S. and Europe with Junior and then found himself in Chicago when Junior passed. Soon though, he was touring again with Sandra Hall.
He returned to South Florida after deciding to launch his solo career and went to work on his first CD, Burn (2002), a self-release, collaborating with his long time friend, Graham Wood Drout of Iko-Iko. Drout’s visceral, yet literary songs became the perfect vehicle for Castiglia’s soulful vocals. In 2006, he released A Stone’s Throw, his second album and first release for Blues Leaf Records, which included two of Drout’s insightful songs, “Big Toe” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Castiglia and Drout also released a live CD together, titled The Bittersweet Sessions, in 2005.
His 2008 CD, These are the Days (Blues Leaf Records), contained five original Albert Castiglia songs, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues.” The cover songs from These are the Days paid tribute to a wide range of styles and artists from Bob Dylan, Nappy Brown and Fenton Robinson. These are the Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.” Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and this time walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.”
Most of Albert's past CD release, Keepin On, was recorded live with very few overdubs. He enlisted five session musicians to help on the project, including harmonica master Sandy Mack, who played on “I Could Not Ask for More,” a Peter Green song. Mack had played on “Ghosts of Mississippi,” a track from Albert’s A Stones Throw album in 2006. According to Castiglia, “He kicked butt then and he picked up where left off on this session. ”Keepin On features five new original tunes, plus other covers of songs by John Lee Hooker, Mack Rice, T-Bone Walker, Robert Nighthawk and Bob Dylan
“I did two acoustic songs and enlisted dobro genius Toby Walker for them,’ says Castiglia about the new CD. “Toby is world renowned and has even taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Pomeroy, Ohio, a number of times. Toby came in originally to play on a song I wrote called ‘Sweet Southern Angel.’ That went so well and quickly, that we wound up doing another number for the hell of it, Robert Nighthawk's ‘Murderin' Blues.’ I can honestly sum up those two tunes with one word, ‘Magic.’ He did a great job and I hope we get to work together again.” The result is a fascinating journey into what Albert feels was one of his best works to date.
Strong vocals and scorching, masterful slide work. - Illinois Phil, stlblues.net
I've never seen him turn in a less than stellar performance. He's always electrifying, always bringing his "A" game. There are only a few artists I can say that about. - Bob "Bluesbobby" Weinberg Founder & president , South Florida Blues Society.
"Keepin On" gets my Highest Recommendation 5*****, and is a must have Album, not only for fans of Albert Castiglia, but for all fans of great Guitar Driven Blues... Review By John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
In my estimation, one of the best blues performers today. Albert Castiglia continues the blues tradition as a great representative of the next generation of blues artists. Rick Davis - Crossroads Blues Society
"Living the Dream", How can you not love a white boy guitar shredder with the blues, that was the band leader for Junior Wells when he should have been chasing cheerleaders? Castiglia shreds like the pro that he is, easily peeling off riffs that just don't quit. He must have been born in the back seat of a car behind road house to have such high octane blues blasting threaded into his DNA. Killer stuff that genre fans will eat up barehanded. Check it out, he's the real deal. - Chris Spector, MidwestRecord.com
Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys Featuring Madison Slim... You know I hate these cookie cutter bios. I know they are necessary but you are only as good as last night's gig. I really haven't done anything special except open and meet B.B. King and have the honor of backing up Madison Slim for 10yrs, playing with great guys like R.J. Mischo, Cadillac Pete Rahn, Benny Rickun, PT Pedersen SC, Bobby Lee Sellers Jr, Big Al Groth, Bryan Lee, Billy Flynn, Pat Hayes and all the guys in my band present and past. Guys like Rick Holmes, Chico Johnson, Devil Roberts, Diesel, Evil Evans, Craig Panosh, Kern, Barefoot Jimmy, Frankie Panosh, Capt ,an Chuck Might, Mickey Larson, Benny Rickund many more. I get to go to festivals and see my heros, friends like Perry Weber, Jim Liban, Billy Flynn and get paid for it. That is cool. I've been blessed with great love, good friends and family and the ability to earn a living playing guitar and standing on chairs and tables. If I can put a smile on your face and get you to shake your rear end I've done a good job.
Now here is the standard one: Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy's Legends. Locally he has performed with Billy Flynn, Perry Weber, Piano Willie, Stokes, Jon Paris, Clyde Stubblefied, Bryan Lee and the Lamont Cranston band. The Reverend was the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and again in 2010. They also received the People's Choice Award in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010.
"They are very, very good. That's why I keep having them back." - Buddy Guy
"The Reverend's ability to keep a crowd going all night long is a matter of haunted locallegend." - Brian Barney, Shepherd Express
"These guys are really good...This is head and shoulders one of the best homegrown CDs I've heard in a long time" - Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records
“I've been a big fan of Reverend Raven for many years. Give his band one listen and you’ll become a convert as well. Strong vocals and incredible guitar playing, along with swaggering sax or hot harp, and a rhythm section that locks it all together into mighty grooves, this is how today's Chicago-style blues should sound!” - Don "T-Bone" Erikson, Founding Editor, Blues Wax Magazine
"Standing ovation at Buddy Guy's Legends" - Joanna Gray
"One of the best acts I've ever seen at the Bayfront Blues Festival" - Blue Monday Magazine
"Highly recommended" - Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue Magazine