Originally Published: March 28, 2014 6 a.m.
COTTONWOOD - Some of the finest blues musicians in Arizona come together for the fourth annual Old Town Blues Fest Saturday, March 29, at Old Town Center for the Arts. Six bands will perform throughout the day, beginning at 2 p.m. and culminating with the blues fest jam session from 9-10 p.m.
This year's event features performers from all over Arizona, including Arizona Blues Hall of Famer Tommy Dukes, and a return headlining performance by California's Fran Banish.
Opening the nonstop festival will be local and Arizona guitar legend Llory McDonald. Llory's been entertaining folks, both as a solo performer and with her legendary band Combo Deluxe, for over 20 years. The rest of the afternoon will feature the Outback Blues Band - a four-piece rocking blues band from Phoenix; the Bresnan Blues Band, from Sedona, with a great mix of originals and covers; and the Hoodoo Casters - a five-piece band from Phoenix with musical roots from Chicago to Louisiana.
Early evening will have Tommy Dukes take the stage. Tommy is the real blues deal, originally from Mississippi and raised in Winslow, and is an inductee to the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. He covers everything from traditional blues to soul and R&B, including some of his own original songs.
Blues master Fran Banish will cap off the day with his virtuoso blues guitar playing and singing. And, as in previous years, at the end of the night, the festival musicians will all get back together on stage for a jam session, hosted by event producer and local bluesman, Joe Neri, and his band, Blues Dawg.
Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door; they are available in Cottonwood at Desert Dancer and Mt Hope Foods.