Shoestring Blues Jam

shoestringFormed in early 2015, the Shoestring Blues Jam is a lively southwest Michigan  group influenced by the many shades of blues that have flavored the area.


Hunt & Gator

huntgatorDave Hunt and Dave ‘Gator” Allemang are two veteran musicians who have teamed up to create a versatile and entertaining acoustic duo.  Winners of the 2014 Kalamazoo Blues Competition, they represented the KVBA at the 2015 International Blues Challenge in the Solo-Duo Category.


Barrelhouse Catts

cattsWith the powerful yet soulful voice of Ms. Donna, we can do a wide range of great old & new funk, r&b, and blues music. The band behind Ms. Donna is made up of top-notch musicians that are second to none!


Stan Budzynski & The Third Degree

budzInfluenced by Muddy, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Robben Ford, and Sonny Landreth, this band plays Chicago blues, motown, classic rock, and all good music!


Big Boss Blues Band

bigbossAward-winning powerhouse blues, soul and R&B. With nearly a century of blues performance history, these musicians pay tribute to the smokin’ hot sound made famous by the blues greats: Albert Collins, Freddie King, Albert King, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter.


Jim Shaneberger Band

shanebergerThe Jim Shaneberger Band brings together adept musicians with backgrounds in blues, rock, gospel and funk for a lively stage performance.  Their breathtaking performance at the 2014 Kalamazoo Blues Competition sent them to the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis as the KVBA’s representative in the band category.


Crystal Shawanda

crystalCelebrating a new era in her career, JUNO Award winning Canadian songstress Crystal Shawanda released her first modern blues album “The Whole World’s Got The Blues” via New Sun Records/Fontana North in September 2014.  Available at digital retail partners now and released everywhere physically on October 7th, “The Whole World’s Got The Blues” sees Shawanda evolve beyond her country roots, and deliver an album that is both impassioned and soulful, while staying true to her distinctive raw and alluring vocals. The album is a mark of brilliant storytelling that plumbs the depths of roots, blues and Americana music and brings to mind the sounds of Etta James, Janis Joplin and Lucinda Williams. She is no stranger to the stange performing at the 2013 US Presidential Inauguration, CCMA “Female Artist of the Year”, we can’t wait for this exciting performer take the Kalamazoo Blues Festival stage!

Larry McCray

mccrayNo stranger to Kalamazoo, if contemporary blues has a long-term future in the 21st century, it’s very likely that guitarist Larry McCray will continue to play a recurring role in its ongoing development. Beginning with his 1990 debut album, Ambition, and continuing into the new millennium, McCray has signaled both a strong commitment to the tradition and the vision to usher the genre in exciting new directions. Welcome back Larry…can’t wait to see your Soul Shine!


Dawn Tyler Watson w/ Ben Racine

dtwWatson’s fiery stage presence has earned her national and international recognition. Her artistic style is an eclectic influence of Jazz, Soul, Folk and Rock that pushes the boundaries of traditional Blues into a whole new dimension. Playing festivals and concert halls across four continents, recording three albums, and appearing on numerous compilations, she has shared the stage with an array of premiere artists, including Oliver Jones, Jeff Healy, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedheschi, and Cyndi Lauper.


Southern Hospitality

sohoIt happened three years ago at a post-festival party jam session hosted by a club that sponsored the festival. That was the first time Damon Fowler, J.P. Soars and Victor Wainwright played together. They are now known collectively as blues supergroup Southern Hospitality. Several years back JP Soars closed out the Thursday night edition of the Kalamazoo Blues Festival and a couple nights later Victor Wainwright with his band made the audience swoon. Damon Fowler had folks shaking the money makers in Grand Rapids (and Muskegon), and now they will appear together in Kalamazoo – don’t miss it.


JR Clark & The All Star Blues Mob

jrclarkJR Clark, a protege’ of Lil’ Ed Williams, brings all his influences — Lil’ Ed, Luther Allison, Michael Burks, Magic Slim, Larry McCray, to name only a few — and stirs it up in a pot to create a hot dish of his own rockin’ blues!