Wortham Blues Festival Is Saturday
The Wortham Blues Festival is coming back to the historic streets of beautiful Downtown Saturday, September 8th. This year?s festival will feature a line-up of sizzlin? Texas Blues beginning at 6:00 p.m. and lasting until midnight. The gates will open at 4:00 p.m., so festival-goers should come early in order to get a good spot to enjoy the music. There will be plenty of good food and drinks at the event; however, personal coolers will be permitted (no glass containers). Fans are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6 - 12. Kids ages 5 and under are free and parking is also free.
Kicking off this year?s event will be East Texas native Wes Jeans. Ranked by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the ?Top Young Gun Guitar Players,? Jeans delivers a soul-drenched mix of high voltage, rockin? Texas Blues. His stinging leads and grinding rhythms are sure to charge the atmosphere and set the right tone for the rest of the night.
Next in the line-up, you won?t want to miss The Peterson Brothers. Back for an encore performance in 2012, The Peterson Brothers were voted as one of the top 10 bands in the Austin Music Awards in 2010-2011 in the blues, soul and funk category. Alex, 13, on bass, violin, and vocals; and Glenn Jr., 15, guitar and lead vocals are two brothers - two hearts and one sound. Their music combines the classic blues sounds of legends with their own unique blend of soul-infused inspiration. The Peterson Brothers were brought up among the Lost Pines of Bastrop, Texas, and are on a mission to help ?Keep the Blues Alive.?
Rounding off this year?s line-up will be Dallas-based blues great Bobby Patterson. Recording since the early 1960?s, Patterson is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who continued the soul-blues tradition of people like Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett. Patterson's songs have been recorded by Albert King ('That's What The Blues Is All About') and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who recorded and had success with his 'How Do You Spell Love?'
The Wortham Blues Festival is sponsored by the Wortham Area Chamber of Commerce (with the help of sponsors and individuals) and has become a much-anticipated annual showcase of sizzling Texas Blues while at the same time honoring the musical legacy of local blues legend ?Blind? Lemon Jefferson. The festival is dedicated to preserving ?Blind? Lemon?s place in music history and providing a venue for those who want to keep history alive through the celebration of blues music. For more information and directions to Wortham, please visit www.worthambluesfest.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.