Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival, Sedan, Kansas
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The Festival

"The Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival is a community supported non profit event with an all volunteer staff. A mile north of Sedan, there's 100+ acres - great for camping - all within sight of the stage. Although there are art and food booths, the focus of this event is the natural beauty of the venue and area." More...

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STREET PARTY
Check out Little Joe's release "Facebook Blues"

 

 

 

Lil' Joe McLarren

Checkout Parker's new album - launched February 2014.

 

 

 

Eden Brent
Visit Eden's Website for details and music.

 

 

 

Groves Blues Machine

 

 

 

Samantha Fish Album
Check out Samantha's newest album "Black Wind Howlin"

 

 

 

Rick Estrin
Check out Rick Estrin and the Nightcats Title Album!

 

 

 

Hamilton Loomis
Visit Hamilton Loomis Website for music and videos
We've got a STELLAR LINE-UP planned for the 14th Anniversary of the Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival!  Come early, come late, or better yet - pitch your tent and stay for the whole weekend!  
Headliners
  • Little Joe McLerren Quartet ~ Website
John Fullbright
Little Joe McLerran Quartet
There are few musicians who have managed to breathe life into the older styles... Little Joe McLerran is one of them. Little Joe took 1st Place at the 25th Annual Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge [IBC] held in Memphis. With three stellar sets in his fourth consecutive trip to the IBC, Little Joe walked away with the crown, all by himself. Little Joe has traveled from coast to coast, the Middle East and Europe playing festivals and club dates.

Hadden Sayers

A prolific songwriter, Parker Millsap is known for his bluesy accoustic style of storytelling you won't soon forget. He wrote 11 songs on his recently released CD and has spent time on the road performing with John Fullbright. "Like velvet laid over gravel, Millsap's voice plays gruff, jagged and unexpedtedly smooth at the same time. He captures the essence of Tom Waits' vocals better than a 19-year-old singer ever should."


Eden Brent
Eden Brent is a three-time Blues Music Award Winner and 2010 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. A masterful blues pianist and vocal stylist, Mississippi Delta native Eden Brent took 2010 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player and 2009 Acoustic Album and Acoustic Artist of the Year trophies at the Blues Music Awards. Eden Brent's piano playing and singing style ranges from a melancholic whisper to a full-blown juke joint holler. She's simultaneously confident and confiding, ably blending an earthy meld of jazz, blues, soul, and pop as she huskily invites listeners into her lazy, lush world. Whether booked as a solo artist or bandleader, Brent's performance is fresh and spontaneous, often filled with audience requests and participation. Her unshakable talent and her carefree demeanor have taken her across the country and around the world, with appearances at the Kennedy Center, the 2000 Republican National Convention, the venerable Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and tours of South Africa and Norway under her belt.


  • James Groves Blues Machine ~ Website
Dustin Pittsley
Blues Society of Tulsa Challenge winner! Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma the Blues Machine features James Groves on guitar & vocals, Roger Johnson on bass, Gary Eldridge on harmonica and Chris Matthews on drums. Together they have been captivating audiences with their infectious blend of authentic blues. Rooted in the traditions of the past, they inject their own style and energy into the music which is clearly heard on their debut CD Beale Street Bound. The Blues Machine recently won the Blues Society of Tulsa’s Blues Challenge and competed at the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. With a driving rhythm section, electrifying harmonica and soulful guitar and vocals, this Blues Machine is guaranteed to get you out of your seat and onto your feet!

L'il Ed and the Blues Imperials

Led by the powerful, yet sensual, vocals of Deanna Custard (Lady D), this Midwest-based high energy act features a supporting cast of Spencer Cummings (guitar & vocals), Larry Sanders (drums & vocals) and Val Williams (bass & vocals). Collectively, their sound reflects the influence of varied genres of music, from rock to gospel, and all styles of blues. This group will rock your world. They have the innate ability to cause even the most laid back audience to party like there is no tomorrow. What sets this group apart is that their audience interaction comes natural. This group is in high demand throughout the Midwest region. When you hear them, you will understand why.


Samantha Fish
It hasn’t been that long since a teenaged Samantha Fish first started showing up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, and began soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, then going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.” With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists like Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that would become her own.

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats ~ Website
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

2013 Blues Music Award Winner - Memphis, TN - Now touring in support of their release, ONE WRONG TURN. Packed with wry, irreverent songs brought to life by electrifying performances, as Estrin and The Nightcats shift effortlessly from the jaunty tiki-rock of "D.O.G." to the deranged surf music splendor of "The Legend Of Taco Cobbler," not to mention the uproarious send-up "(I Met Her On The) Blues Cruise." For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, featuring guitarist Little Charlie Baty. With Baty’s recent retirement from touring, Estrin—along with the Nightcats’ longtime rhythm section of J. Hansen and Lorenzo Farrell and a new member, fiery guitarist Kid Andersen—has taken the lead on his own. Rick Estrin won the Best Instrumentalist (Harmonica) Award at the 2013 Blues Music Awards.


Hamilton Loomis ~ Website
Hamilton Loomis

"When I was coming up in the music scene, I was lucky to have musical mentors like Joe ‘Guitar’ Hughes, Johnny ‘Clyde’ Copeland, and of course, rock icon Bo Diddley,” stated Loomis. “These ‘veterans’ took the time to teach and give advice to us youngsters, as if ‘passing the torch.’ Now that they have passed, it’s my duty, not just an obligation, to do the same with this generation’s young musicians. That's giving it back, handing it down, passing it on, like the song says.” Bridging the gap between generations of music-lovers and redefining blues-based American music for a contemporary audience, Loomis created his own path and built a loyal following by blending myriad influences, clever songwriting, and an expressive voice into a sound that defies description. Feeling his current style, layered onto his bluesy foundation, will attract a new generation of fans, Loomis looks forward to the appeal GIVE IT BACK will have on today’s young listeners.

 

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