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Chris Beard from 4- 6 on Saturday afternoon and sean chambers from 7-9 on Saturday evening
There will be local blues bands playing From 5-9 on Friday night and throughout the day on Both Saturday and Sunday.
The Great Maine bbq Challenge is proud to introduce the “Prince of the Blues" - Chris Beard
Early on , Chris Beard learned one essential detail about the music he plays: play it live. Since he first stepped on stage, Chris creates musical art unique to that moment in time. True to all artistic creations, Beard's art is powerful enough to share his intense emotion release with audiences or listeners who takes the time to hear what Chris plays. This is the core of pure blues.
The Great Maine bbq Challenge is proud to introduce blues legend, Sean Chambers.
"Guitarist Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock sound that the Stones used to aspire to long ago." ~Jerry Shriver, USA TODAY
“The thing about Sean Chambers is that he’s the real deal! He’ll give you the shirt off his back and he’ll give you a show that will leave you emotionally exhausted, wanting more!” ~Barry Kerzner, American Blues Scene (May 01, 2017)
-Touring Band: Todd Cook – Bass / Scott Phillips – Drums / Sean Chambers - Guitar/Vocals / Rick Curran – Hammond B3/Keyboards
Between Dead Stations
In 2017, Houlton Maine’s very own Jake Irish is the exciting new face of rock and blues. A versatile musician for over 16 years, Jake handles rhythm, lead guitar and lead singing chores for the explosive progressive blues trio, Between Dead Stations. With his gritty vocals, commanding stage presence, infectious hooks and energetic riffing, Jake is best known for his high-voltage live performances. With 15 years of experience playing bass guitar and keyboards, the group is anchored by James Morang. Manning the skins is veteran musician Tim Woitowitz, former drummer for the Juke Rockets Blues Band. Known for laying down a rock-solid beat, Tim is the engine that drives the band. After being voted the #1 blues band on ReverbNation for four consecutive years, this red-hot three-piece blues trio won the right to represent Maine in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Going on to be 1 of 40 semi finalists out of 270+ act from around the world. Between dead stations is currently working on there debut album. release date TBA.
Local & Original. Front man, Paul Waring, the Bad Daddy, remains a Maine-based musician and guardian of the blues. Founding member of The Bad Daddys in 2006, the blues-rock Waring makes is unapologetic and stylish. Blues that’s original and distinctive with ties to roots music. There’s an edge sound that brings voice and groove to the heartbeat of these feel good soul-filled tunes. Backed by a 3 or 4 piece rhythm unit, Bad Daddy can throw down a tight and driving blues machine. Exceptional. Unyielding. A velvety tube driven tone, the music of Bad Daddy underscores Warings tenor...A chemistry for that sharp and gritty production that sizzles and burns.