2017 East Stage Entertainment
Stormy Monday Blues Band-9:00am
Stormy Monday is a down home Blues band based out of Starkville, MS. Along with their original tunes, they pay tribute to all the greats from Albert King and SRV to Muddy Waters, and everyone in between. Based in Starkville, they're all from the great state of Mississippi where the Blues was born, and love to get out and share that music anywhere they can. As they like to say, Have Blues Will Travel! The guys released their debut album, "Have Blues Will Travel" on 7/23/16.
You can find out more about the band at their website or on Facebook.
Equally known for their eclectic American roots rock playlist, blistering musical chops and stage antics, The Dips formed in 1980. After countless local and regional shows, the band called it quits in 1983, when guitarist Buzz Walley moved on to New Orleans. The remaining members (Earl Six, Les Rock and the Rev. Jimmy Baltimore) went on to form The BarBQ Boys and continued performing for 20+ years.
Fast forward to 2010; Buzz Walley returns for a limited engagement Dips reunion. Since then, Buzz has returned to StarkVegas full time to rejoin the guys for occasional public performances. Such is the case at this year’s CDAF.
Expect a rousing set of rock and roll from these veteran performers – with a heavy nod toward authentic rockabilly.
Hardluck Chuck started playing music in Northeast Mississippi in the early 1990's. After starting as a solo artist, he became the founding member of several bands that played throughout the Southeast Region ranging from jam-band to traditional country and from rock-a billy to bluegrass. Still a member of several groups that perform locally, he has been able to combine all his genre experience to compile an eclectic mix of songs and sounds that can keep the crowd guessing 'what's next?'.
Blue Matter explores the boundaries of jazz, blues, and beyond. These entertaining and
accomplished musicians can perform any style of music. Doug Thomas (saxophone),
Clifton Taylor (trombone), David Reese (keyboard), Rick Montalto (bass), and Bob Damm
(drums) have individually worked with artists as diverse as Harry Connick Jr., Neil Sedaka,
Delfeayo Marsailis, Willie King, Big Joe Shelton, The 5th Dimension, Vinyl, Class of ’65, the
New Orleans Pops, and the Starkville Symphony.
Old Memphis Kings-1:00pm
"It's a feeling....that you can feel, when you feel it."-Willie King
The Old Memphis Kings, a Mississippi blues band, was formed about 10 years ago by the chance meeting of Drew Blackwell, Caleb Childs, and a blues legend named Willie King. King opened his mind and his heart to the two boys, teaching them about life, love, and the blues. He would also take them to small gigs and let them play as his band. Not caring how it might have sounded, King was very patient, knowing that his blues babies would soon grow.
And grow they did, playing on their own, and even playing original songs, written by Blackwell. The two decided to call themselves, "Old Memphis" after the small town in Pickens County, Alabama that Willie King lived in. But, one night Willie introduced them as "The Old Memphis Kings" and the name stuck.Just trying to spread the music and Willie King's message of love and blues healing while not starving in the process, the band currently has one self released album, Haven't You Heard, available at here. The Kings play regularly at Dave's Darkhorse Tavern in Starkville, MS and Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, MS. More information available on their Facebook page.
Complimentary musicianship and a unique sound brought four individuals together as the self-described Southern Psychedelic quartet, Tesheva. Drawing influence from funk, rock, blues, and progressive instrumental music, the Starkville local favorites create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere which lends itself to groovy vibes and spacey jams while not skimping on the rock-n-roll.
Originally a trio, drummer Vaughan Brenner, bassist Matt Dunaway, and guitarist Caleb Hutson laid the foundation for the band in 2013. With the induction of Michael McCoy in the spring of 2015, the four piece group began to identify and refine its “Southerndelic” sound.
Tesheva has seen success in Mississippi and Alabama after releasing their EP, and playing with local and regional acts. The band aims to play many more shows and release a full length album in the coming year. For everything Tesheva, check out their website. If you are interested in helping the cause, Tesheva is currently raising funds for their projects at here.
Flat Head Ford-3:00pm
Raucous guitar-based Mississippi blues that refuses to stay between the lines, Flathead Ford is made up of Starkville, MS all-stars Jerry Carnathan (guitar, vox) John Staggers (drums) and Lee Graham (bass).
The band was formed in Columbus, MS in 2005 as a somewhat rocking takeoff on Mississippi Hill-Country Blues. While those roots are still clearly evident, Flathead has developed a high-intensity show that wanders through blues as well as bluesy rock and even unique heavy electric jazz at times, showing off the ability of the bands experienced and accomplished members.
A Starkville-area underground favorite, the group is never afraid to tackle any song or genre - it always comes out sounding like Flathead Ford. Hearing is believing.
The Cedric Burnside Project-4:00pm
Born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, has been playing music all his life. He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and has begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist, as well.
Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13 playing drums for “Big Daddy” on stages around the globe. “I write about my life, my kids, and everyday things. I try to stick to the truth,” Cedric says. He recalls growing up without a radio or a TV. “My granddad used to play out on the porch, and we’d have house parties every weekend. Johnny Woods would come over and blow harmonica, and he’d drink two or three gallons of corn liquor. We just stomped up dirt.”
In addition to “Big Daddy,” Cedric has also played and recorded with countless musicians, including, Junior Kimbrough, Kenny Brown, North Mississippi Allstars, Burnside Exploration, Widespread Panic, Jimmy Buffett, T Model Ford, Bobby Rush, Honey Boy Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Galactic, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, among many others. In 2006, he was featured in Craig Brewer’s critically acclaimed feature film Black Snake Moan, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson. (The film is a loose tribute to R.L. Burnside, and gives many nods to the late bluesman.)
In 2010, Cedric collaborated with his younger brother, Cody Burnside, and his uncle, Garry Burnside, to create The Cedric Burnside Project. They endeavored to keep the love and admiration for Mississippi Hill Country Blues alive by honoring the past while blazing a path towards the future. The Cedric Burnside Project has brought new life and energy to the blues and it’s no wonder why it’s loved by fans around the world.
Following the untimely and tragic death of his brother Cody, Cedric has kept the flame burning, recording and touring the world with guitarist and lifelong friend Trenton Ayers.
Cedric Burnside Project’s latest album, Descendants of Hill Country, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year.
Cedric is a member of The Recording Academy, Americana Music Association, Blues Music Association, and Mississippi Arts Commission.