Category Archives: Live Updates

Coming Up at the Balloon & Blues Festival

TONIGHT 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

  • Balloon Demonstrations
  • Set Up of Balloons for Balloon Glow on the Infield
  • Balloon Glow on the In-Field of the Fairgrounds Track (Weather Permitting)

Coming Up – Brandon Santini Band

COMING UP AT THE MONROE BALLOON & BLUES FESTIVAL

Brandon Santini Band
Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from 8:30-10:00pm.

BRANDON SANTINI BIO

There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Brandon purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him.

Live & Extended! is Brandon’s third album released in January 2015 by VizzTone Label Group. The scene is Quebec’s upscale concert venue, le Petit Impérial, on a Sunday night in July, in the middle of the exuberant Festival D’été de Quebec. The packed house responds quickly as Brandon Santini and his tight touring band hit the stage with all the raw blues power and impact of the 1970s-era Paul Butterfield or James Cotton Blues Band. The band feels the energy and responds with over an hour of the hard-hitting harmonica-driven blues that’s been causing fans and critics alike to tap Santini as one of the most quickly-rising blues stars of his generation.

For Brandon Santini, “It’s all about the vibe of your surroundings.  With a great live audience fueling you it’s a lot more inspiring and allows you to give more to the audience.” He has steadily built his fan base with two previous albums, and tours regularly. His A-Team road band includes Timo Arthur on guitar and backing vocals, Nick Hern on bass and backing vocals, and Chad Wirl on drums.

Check him out at: https://www.brandonsantini.com/

Coming Up – Dave Fields

COMING UP AT THE MONROE BALLOON & BLUES FESTIVAL

Dave Fields
Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm.

DAVE FIELDS BIO

Ferocious Blues Rock & Beyond.

BLUES HALL OF FAMER / Hubert Sumlin
“When I first heard him I knew he had something special. When Dave plays he plays with such passion.”

GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
“…an enjoyable listen for both blues acolytes and casual club jumpers … an exhilarating concert experience if you ever get a chance to see Fields live.”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE Frank-John Hadley
“Fields stand apart as a flamboyant entertainer.”

New York Boss Guitarand Fodera Guitars Artist Man Dave Fields is a blues rock master and beyond. His worldwide appeal ranges from performances in The US, Canada and Europe. He was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dave grew up in New York City the son of a noted gifted composer arranger producer Sammy “Forever” Fields. From the time Dave was young he grew up in his father’s recording studio being exposed to the best NYC studio musicians of the time and artists such as the likes of Sammy Kahn, Rupert Holmes and Stevie Wonder. Growing up in NYC exposed Dave to a “melting pot” of different music and instruments, piano being Dave’s first instrument and blues being the core of everything that he was passionate about.

Dave’s list of recording session and record dates are an impressive list including works with Ahmed Ertegen, Aretha Franklin and The Family Stand. He has done shows with Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker and Hubert Sumlin as well as jazz names as Dave Valentin, Alex Foster and Delmar Brown to name just a few. British blues legend John Mayall recorded Dave’s song “Train To My Heart” on his CD TOUGH.

Dave’s awards include Big City Blues Magazines 2012 “All You Need Is Love” HAPPY TO HAVE THE BLUES Lifetime Achievement award, the 2006 IBC Best Self Produced CD (Roxy Perry BACK IN BLUESVILLE), The Legendary Blues Cruise Mojo Boogie Award 2009-2010 and his latest CD “UNLEASHED” is enjoying much success debuting the Blues Rock Charts at #9.

Check him out at: http://www.davefields.com/