Formed in 2009, Kalamazoo band Big Trouble has been playing to diverse audiences in S.W. Michigan, performing at festivals, clubs, fundraisers and special events. Big Trouble can also include large venue performances at the Kalamazoo State Theatre in their resume and also the Kalamazoo Rib Fest where they won the “Rock the Vote” competition to open the show for Blue Oyster Cult. As host band for several local blues jams, they are paying their dues and keeping the blues alive. This six piece band specializes in “up on your feet”, Rockin’ Blues, Funk and Soul covers. Dana Scott-lead vocals & guitar, Mike Barker-bass guitar, Jay Hunt-sax, Joe Garcia-drums, John Hodgkinson-guitar/vocals, Mike Muszynski-guitar/vocals.
The Kalamazoo Blues Women – Lynny K, Bluesy Suzy, and Lil Mo – will be joining Dana Scott of Big Trouble on the Kalamazoo Blues Festival stage.
“He has no competition in his genre, he’s the Jimmy Hendrix of the accordion.”–Rolling Stone Magazine
“America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne Dopsie plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by family tradition, he has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. Dwayne Dopsie and his Hellraisers have performed in 20 different countries and in hundreds of cities. As a testament to the energy and power of their music, nominations for a Grammy award came in 2007; and Dwayne has received nominations for the last 7 years for best accordion and artist from Off Beat Magazine Awards. As recently as September 2016, he was on the Louisiana Rising Benefit Concert bill with Harry Connick Jr. and Randy Jackson, performing the song Rollercoaster for flood victims; Rollercoaster will be included on the soon-to-be-released new CD. Let the Dopsie Mania ensue!
Hailed as the new Janis Joplin, even before she played the legendary rock icon in an off-Broadway musical, Dana Fuchs is a raspy-voiced blues-rock singer/songwriter whose versatile career has embraced music, theater, and film. Born in New Jersey in 1976, she later moved to the small rural town of Wildwood, Florida with her musically oriented family, where, at age 12, she began singing in the First Baptist Gospel Choir. Inspired by her parents’ Ray Charles and Hank Williams record collection, she moved to New York to sing the blues after leaving high school where she teamed up with Jon Diamond, a seasoned guitarist who had previously performed with Joan Osborne. Together, they formed the Dana Fuchs Band, which built up a reputation as one of the best live acts on the NYC blues circuit. This led to Fuchs landing the lead role in the production of the Janis Joplin-inspired musical, “Love Janis.” In 2003, the band released Lonely for a Lifetime, through Antler King Records, but Fuchs put the band on hold until 2008 in order to concentrate on other commitments. She starred as Sadie in Julie Taymor’s 2007 Beatles-based musical romantic drama Across the Universe, singing two solos (“Helter Skelter” and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road”), made a brief cameo in the 2008 ensemble piece New York, I Love You, and wrote and performed on the soundtrack to the Maggie Gyllenhaal movie Sherrybaby. After the 2008 CD Live in NYC, recorded at B.B. King’s, she toured with Ray Davies and Dickey Betts before releasing her second studio album, Love to Beg, via her own label in 2011. Bliss Avenue followed in 2013, and a compilation of live recordings aptly titled Songs from the Road came out in 2014. Contemporary. Singer. Songwriter. Blues-Rock. Entertainer.
Throughout his lengthy career, JLW is recognized as one of the leading lights on the blues scene, having performed and recorded with artists ranging from the likes of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and countless other well-known and legendary names to include: Branford Marsalis, James Cotton, Tower of Power, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Ike Turner and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
Joe is one of the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is a four-time Blues Music Award winner and 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee. He has appeared on multiple Grammy-winning albums, and he has released 23 solo albums over the last 30 years of his own. Being in the music business since 1964, he is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers—a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. With his deeply expressive lyrics, Walker is an artist that continues to write and sing about themes that are universal. NPR Music has called Walker “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues,” and he is already being referred to within the blues world as a living legend. However, at this stage of his life, Walker profoundly shares, “I’d really like to inspire younger musicians to carry on the legacy of blues/roots music. But play, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. There’s no right, or wrong way. Just the way you wanna express yourself. And above all, ENJOY YOURSELF.”
Supersonic Blues Machine have the form of a supergroup, but only their drummer, Kenny Aronoff, is well known. The other two members — bassist/producer Fabrizio Grossi and guitarist/vocalist Lance Lopez — are behind-the-scenes musicians but they’re all united by a love of classic blues and classic rock. With a wide ranging pedigree from Steve Vai to Tina Arena, Nina Hagen to Alice Cooper as well as Glenn Hughes, Dave Navarro, George Clinton, Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West, Zakk Wylde, Ice T, Slash, Paul Stanley, John Mellencamp, Smashing Pumpkins, Meat Loaf, Brandon Flowers, John Fogerty, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Cocker amongst a host of others, their collaboration is a fusion of strong and diverse musical traditions, that hold on to the central themes of classic blues and rock.
Special guest Robben Ford joins the Blues Machine on this tour. He is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. He was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Charlie Musselwhite, Miles Davis, Sonny Landreth, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.