Story by Ali­son B. Har­bour Pho­tog­ra­phy by Richard Ras­mussen

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The lo­cal John Calvin Brewer Band is up first, known for rock­ing Hill Wheat­ley Plaza.

Fol­low­ing Brewer will be Lit­tle G Wee­vil, the award-win­ning blues gui­tarist and singer-song­writer “who sings his heart out and tells his real life sto­ries in a way that is re­ally hard to for­get,” ac­cord­ing to his bi­og­ra­phy.

The Sel­wyn Birch­wood Band will play, the first-place band out of more than 230 bands from around the world that re­ceived top hon­ors at the 2013 In­ter­na­tional Blue Chal­lenge. Birch­wood also re­ceived the Al­bert King Award for best gui­tarist.

Shakura S’aida is on the pro­gram, the Cana­dian blues and jazz vo­cal­ist.

Zac Har­mon Band, am­bas­sadors for the blues and Satur­day’s head­liner, makes a re­turn per­for­mance at the fes­ti­val and wraps

things up for the evening. Day two be­gins at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1. Lo­cal duo Salt & Pep­per opens the fes­tiv­i­ties fol­lowed by the lo­cal Gil Franklin Band, both Spa City Blues So­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the 2013 In­ter­na­tional Blues Chal­lenge.

Mem­phis vo­cal­ist and har­mon­ica player Bran­don San­tini is on the lineup, “a player to keep an eye on as the lat­est surge of young blues artists leave their foot­print in blues his­tory,” his bi­og­ra­phy said.

Lo­cal act The Hump Night Blues Band will take the stage fol­lowed by the Bart Walker Band. “Bart has a rep­u­ta­tion for vir­tu­os­ity and show­man­ship built on his scald­ing gui­tar play­ing and com­mand­ing vo­cal style,” his web­site said.

Head­lin­ing the fes­ti­val on Sun­day is blues-rock trio South­ern Hos­pi­tal­ity, “SOHO” for short. “They are a pow­er­house all-star band,” Hughes said. The trio com­bines the elec­tri­cal forces of lap steel player Da­mon Fowler, high-oc­tane boo­gie pi­anist-vo­cal­ist Vic­tor Wain­wright, and eclec­tic blues gui­tar slinger JP Soars.

Ac­cord­ing to their web­site, the three are “top vir­tu­osos on to­day’s roots mu­sic scene who cre­ate soul­ful har­mony that flows be­yond the mu­sic as it en­light­ens the lis­tener and sep­a­rates the band and its mu­sic from any­thing out there to­day.”

Dur­ing the fes­ti­val, vis­ual artists will be on hand to show­case and sell their art­work and jewelry. Work­shops will in­clude Themed Pho­tog­ra­phy with Jenn Ocken. “A cool work­shop will be Bill Jagisch teach­ing peo­ple how to build a cigar box gui­tar,” Hughes said. Regis­tra­tion is due Aug. 26.

“Af­ter-par­ties will be at The Big Chill, Fat Jack’s, The Ohio Club, and 3 B’s Bar and Bil­liards who are host­ing folks for us,” Hughes said.

Fes­ti­val ad­mis­sion is $10 per day or $15 for a week­end pass. Passes may only be pur­chased in ad­vance un­til Aug. 23.

Food and bev­er­age ven­dors will be on site, so no out­side bev­er­ages are al­lowed.

Shakura S’aida

Sel­wyn Birch­wood

Lit­tle G Wee­vil

South­ern Hos­pi­tal­ity

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