The free festival is planned for Friday, October 8, from 6:30-11 pm, and Saturday, October 9, 3-11 pm, at the Gate on Garvin Place and Oak Street in Old Louisville.
The event is presented by the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association, with sponsorship by Louisville Metro Government District 6 Councilman Deonte Hollowell and the Franklin Law Group.
Additional sponsors include South Fourth Street Association, St. James Court Association, Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Dismas House, Don Keeling (Edward J Miller Insurance), Chris Keeling (Bowman Field Wine and Spirits), Sandy Richardson (Spruce Hill Nursery), Bruce Cohen (BC Plumbing), Lee Jones (Oak Street Hardware), Doug Keller, A L Ball Moving and Storage, Michael Mawood (RE/MAX Connections), Don Driskell (Catalyst Realty), â€œThe Gallery at 133â€, Bob Bajandas, Tom Isbel, 91.9 WFPK, Kentuckian Blues Society, johnpaul / design, Tom Kent Sound, Budweiser, Amici CafÃ©, Checkâ€™s CafÃ©, Harleyâ€™s Main Street Tavern, J&J Old Louisville Music Shop, Jimmyâ€™s Music Center, Lisaâ€™s Oak Street Lounge, Riverbend Winery, The Rudyard Kipling, The Vernon Club, and Zeppelin CafÃ©. Proceeds from sponsorships and vendor sales benefit The Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association. A celebration of the blues, The Garvin Gate Blues Festival attracts a multi-racial, intergenerational audience to the cozy Old Louisville neighborhood of Garvin Place.
â€œA big thanks goes out to Mike Suttles for helping secure our internationally acclaimed music line-up,â€ said Howard Rosenberg, Chairperson. â€œThis could very well be the finest Garvin Gate Blues Festival ever!â€
Fridayâ€™s headliner is legendary Mississippi delta bluesman, James â€œSuper Chikanâ€ Johnson. The nephew of fellow blues musician Big Jack Johnson, Super Chikan began his recording career in 1997 with Blues Come Home to Roost, followed by additional albums What You See, Shoot That Thang, Chikan Supe, Sum Mo Chikan, and Chikadelic which won the Traditional Blues Album of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards. Super Chikan was also honored as a nominee for the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Traditional Blues Artist of the Year.
The Saturday theme is Blues Dames and Divas Night with Cheryl Renee and Them Bones from Cincinnati, followed by headliner Deitra Farr, former singer for Mississippi Heat from Chicago. The Garvin Gate Blues Festival will be her first USA performance in three years. Her band will feature legendary Chicago Blues guitarist Billy Flynn.
2010 Garvin Gate Blues Festival Schedule
Friday, October 8, 2010
6:30-7:30 pm The Stella-Vees
8:00-9:00 pm Moreland & Arbuckle
9:30-11:00 pm Super Chikan
Saturday, October 9, 2010
3:00-3:45 pm Bryant-Stevens Band
4:15-5:00 pm Robbie Bartlett
5:30-6:15 pm Walnut Street Blues Band
6:45-7:30 pm Susan Oâ€™Neil and Blue Seville
8:00-9:00 pm Cheryl Renee with Them Bones
9:15-9:30 pm Special Tribute to George Unseld
9:30-11:00 pm Deitra Farr
The Garvin Gate Blues Festival started out as a 1988 Rudyard Kipling parking lot blues jam in Old Louisville that outgrew the parking lot.