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Brandon Santini

The Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival is proud to announce that Brandon Santini will be playing live Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from 8:30-10:00pm.

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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/

Dave Fields

The Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival is proud to announce that the Dave Fields will be playing live Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from  6:30-8:00pm.

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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/

Ivy Ford Band

The Monroe Balloon & Blues Festival is proud to announce that the Ivy Ford Band will be playing live Saturday, June 15th, 2019 from 4:30-6:00pm.

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“Miss Ivy Ford, wise beyond her years,”

Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, at 25 she is quite the up and coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha based band The Real Deal, managed by Steve Rainey at 13 and since then continues to nurture her niche and calling to the music. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar and guitar which are primarily self taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs and gained fair amounts of popularity.

Fast forward two years and Ivy Ford has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm. In January,2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legend, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers, J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Tom Holland. She fronts her very own band and besides obtaining the title of “Chicago’s Blues Kitten,” performs song selections from not just the blues genres but RnB and soul. Aside from performing every weekend at both private and public event, clubs and venues, she is in the process of recording an unplugged album including originals. Some recent event for Ford include, radio shows on 90.9 WDCB, and In a Nutshell radio show on 98.3 WRLR. She’s been apart of Buddy Guys Legends, Artist series and traveled to Minneapolis, MN to perform at Artspace’s 2013 Celebration at the Cowle Theater. Ivy Ford has been featured in Buddy Guy’s Blues and Music News, Lake County Magazine and Blues Guitar Expert’s online forum. To follow or check into Ford’s shows and happenings go to www.Facebook.com/IvyFord or Twitter at #MissIvyFord.

Ivy Ford, is one of the leading “youngbloods” of blues and brings a refreshing yet classic face to the music. She handles her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with as much confidence as any of the bluesmen today and can belt out notes to fill a room and serenade a phrase sweeter than sugar in ways that make anyone and everyone tune in to what she has to say. Ivy Ford, always respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music, while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way.

Passing The Torch…

When not fronting her own blues party, Ivy is quite respected backing up Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, J.B. Ritchie. Legendary guitarist and frontman as his bass player. Ritchie has played alongside some of the greats himself and has been amongst famous artists such as Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.

J.B. Ritchie as taken Ivy Ford under his wing and not only passes on the traditions of what being a class act entertainer and musician is about also shares a kindred friend and fellowsip from one artist to another.

The audience proclaimed, “Perfect Storm,” frequently share the stage in the Chicago circuit and special events

Check them out at: https://www.ivyfordmusic.com/