Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival

The Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival descends on the Rivloli Theatre stage every Fall. Bringing nationally-recognized, award-winning blues musicians to Monmouth, this day-long festival draws friends and fans from around the country.

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What You Need to Know for the 2013 Festival

The 2013 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival is on Saturday, October 26th at the historic Rivoli Theatre in Monmouth, Illinois.

To see a map of the Rivoli's location, click here.

Tickets are $15 before the show and are available online (see the link above) and are on sale at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, Daw Violins, the Bijou and Market Alley Wines in Monmouth. In the region, you can buy them in Galesburg (Cherry Street Guitar, Music Makers, Fat Fish Pub), Macomb (Capitol Music) and Burlington (Weird Harolds). 

You can also get tickets for $20 at the door on the day of the event.

The Rivoli is connected to the Bijou, which offers a full bar. There will also be a limited bar in the Rivoli with servers.

Eddie B. will be smoking his famous ribs outside all day, and the Bijou Grill will also offer their full menu.

T-shirts for the event will be available for $15.

We'll see you at the show!!!

2013 Event Schedule

2:00pm: doors open

2:30pm: Hayes and Fleming perform

4:00pm: Glenn's Blues Band performs

5:15pm: Alvin Youngblood Hart performs

7:00pm : Nikki Hill performs

8:45pm : The Cassie Taylor Band performs

2013 Performer: The Cassie Taylor Band

At age 26, Cassie Taylor is already a veteran musician. She’s spent a decade playing bass and singing on stage and in the studio with her father, modern-day blues innovator Otis Taylor. And now, with the May 7, 2013 release of her new album Out of My Mind on Yellow Dog Records, Cassie stakes her own claim as an artist of intelligence, power and soul.

The album finds Taylor defining her own creative identity within a dozen songs that balance passion, grace and humor with a broad embrace of sounds and musical styles consistently steeped in the blues. From Delta bedrock to the fringes of electronica to the driving spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, Taylor draws on all of her influences — which span centuries, continents and cultures — to create indelible stories like the edgy and compelling two-part drama “Ol’ Mama Dean” and the celebration of life and love “Forgiveness,” which struts over a blithe Crescent City beat. Organ, trumpet, tuba and even Theremin make cameo appearances in the mix alongside the core bass, drums and guitar sound of her trio, all supporting a voice that’s angelic, haunting, raw and full-blooded.

“The blues is the basis of all American music and of everything that I do," says Taylor "It’s a tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Some people say I’m not blues enough, but I’m a 26-year-old woman with very light skin living in the 21st century. Had Muddy Waters grown up when I did perhaps his music would sound a lot like mine. When Memphis Minnie was coming up they didn’t have electronic music or rock ‘n’ roll, and it was impossible to buy West African psychedelic rock records. I listen to everything from old blues to punk to drum ‘n’ bass to my father’s music, and it’s all become part of me.”

“In concert I’ll play Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer’ and segue into Muddy Waters’ ‘I Just Want To Make’ Love To You’ to make a point — they’re equally grounded in blues; they both have the same message and the same changes, and prove that this musical tradition is relevant today.”

For more information on the Cassie Taylor Band, visit their website here.

2013 Performer: Nikki Hill

Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her.

Hill and her band are climbing to the top of the roots music scene step by step and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. With a no-filter energy, they take all the flavors of American roots music and deliver a sound that reminds us all why we love rock and roll. Nikki’s gritty and raw voice with dynamics that hint of a long-standing career, driving rhythm guitar, and a tight rhythm section take what we music lovers admire about our roots legends, and then push them to the next level that the world of rock and roll has been waiting for.

Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical roots began while singing in gospel choirs at church as a child. A stint living in nearby college town Chapel Hill introduced her to many different styles of music and the awareness of music (and more importantly, unique and non-mainstream music) as a possible career. After pairing up with her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill, they promptly relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, where they have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses!

If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’—you have been warned.

For more information on Nikki Hill, visit her website here.

2013 Performer: Alvin Youngblood Hart

The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a "musician's musician," Alvin Youngblood Hart's praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA'S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world.

A devout follower of the "no barriers" approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.

When not touring solo or plugged in with his revered rock trio "Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory", Hart enjoys researching, collecting, repairing and modifying obscure musical equipment. 

For detailed info on Alvin Youngblood Hart, checkout his website here.

2013 Performer: Glenn's Blues Band

Glenn's Blues Band is a project of local musician Glenn Brooks. Glenn is a music man for all seasons. His musical background includes church solos and choirs, school bands, chorus and orchestras. He was a member of his undergrad college (Monmouth College) bagpipers' band playing the bagpipes. He sang with an R&B group in the Air Force touring with stars like the O'Jays, the Duke of Earl and Rufus Thomas. He also sang backup for a young Linda Ronstadt. 

Moving to Southern California, Glenn served in accompanying bands playing bass for Etta James, The Fifth Dimension, O.C. Smith, Billy Preston, The Marvelettes and Latin legend Willie Bobo, to name a few.

Glenn's Blues Band also features the talented Joe Metzka on guitar and vocals. At an early age Joe began listening to blues and jazz records and reading about legends like B.B. King and Nat Cole. He learned from older musicians how to play and sing blues, jazz, funk, modern rock and even Western swing and country.

“Over the years," says Joe, "I’ve been lucky to play with some incredible, eclectic musicians: Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Matt Wilson, Tim Hagans, The Ohio Players, Three Dog Night, The Shirelles and many others.”

2013 Performer: Hayes and Fleming

Charlie Hayes and Joel Fleming have been fixtures on the local music scene for decades. Together, they make a powerful blues duet, sensing each other’s musical energy and crafting brilliant blues improvisations.

Charlie’s acoustic blues range from the classic sounds of Robert Johnson to the contemporary picking of Keb Mo. Charlie is known for his rock-solid back beat (both mono and alternating bass) and multi-string leads, coupled with searing vocals and the ability to either play dead-on “in the pocket” or mix it up with some rough and savage playing. Charlie has also been working on blues banjo and the pedal bass, which provides him with even more musical territory to explore.

Joel performed in the mid-1980s with the Air Force Tops in Blue, a musical showcase, touring overseas. In the 1985 Hohner Harmonica contest he placed second in the nation. He is an accomplished harmonica player on both diatonic and chromatic. Joel plays with a unique, jazzy style, employing subtle tones, phrasing and echo effects to create a compelling, mesmerizing counterpoint to Charlie’s guitar.

Joel has been playing harp for over 40 years and Charlie has been playing professionally for over 30 years. On October 26th, they’ll take those 70+ years of combined experience to deliver an amazing opening act for this year’s Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival.

Maximize Your Music with the Honey Dewdrops

If you want to maximize your October 26th music mojo, you are in luck! Tri-States Radio (our local NPR) is bringing their Celebration Concert series to the Buchanan Center for the Arts on the same day as the blues festival. 

Awesome folk duo the Honey Dewdrops will be performing at 7pm. If you have a blues festival ticket, you can also check out the Dewdrops for just $5. Also, if you've got a Dewdrops ticket, you can enjoy the blues festival for just $5. A full day of music awaits! For full info:

2013 Festival Line Up

We’re pleased to announce the line up for the 2013 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival, which will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Rivoli Theatre in Monmouth, Illinois. This year, we'll be bringing in some world-class, grammy and award--winning artists who all have deep blue souls and deeply innovative approaches to the blues. We'll see you at the show!

2013 Festival Date Set!

The 2013 Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival date is locked down: Saturday, October 26th! Of course, it will be at the awesome Rivoli Theatre here in beautiful Monmouth, Illinois. Check back soon to see the line-up announcement - it'll be a good one!