‘They’re all predominant acts’ 2019 Helpful Pageant artist lineup introduced – The Gleaner


Ruthie Foster will likely be one of many efficiency highlights at this yr’s W.C. Helpful Blues Pageant, which is ready for June 12-15. (Picture: Picture by Riccardo Piccirillo)

HENDERSON, Ky. – The music lineup for the 29th annual W.C. Helpful Blues and Barbecue Pageant was introduced on Monday, and it presents 4 consecutive days of stellar leisure at completely no value.

“They’re all predominant acts when it comes right down to it,” mentioned longtime Helpful Fest music booker (and native legal professional) Dorin Luck.

“One of many options of our competition is that the individuals who play at 2 o’clock within the afternoon on Saturday are well-known musicians with a following” similar to the acts at 7 p.m. on Friday or Saturday.


Luck mentioned it is arduous to single out prime acts since they’re all of such excessive caliber. However when pressed, he did word a number of acts on this yr’s schedule.

One in every of them was Chicago Performs The Stones. It is made up of top-notch Chicago blues musicians like Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Department — they usually play a number of Rolling Stones music with their very own twist on it.

“They’re going to do a bunch of Stones songs after which they will do Chicago blues songs. So it is each,” Luck mentioned.

“I am fairly pleased with that one. It is going to be a whole lot of enjoyable … I do not see them on anyone else’s lineup, so it will be a cool one.”

Luck mentioned it is perhaps tempting for some to mark this down as a little bit of a novelty act, however he mentioned that will be a mistake.

“It is all nice Chicago blues musicians, so it will be a very nice present.”

Acoustic acts

Taking a step again towards the standard, there will likely be acoustic blues performers at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and three p.m. on Saturday, with Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Jontavious Willis, respectively.

“Each of these gents are younger guys, and they’re each enormous within the conventional blues sound. “Blind Boy” Paxton, he’ll do some piano and another issues and I feel Jontavious will most likely simply play the guitar,” mentioned Luck. “However I feel it is wholesome to see this custom of acoustic blues musicians be carried ahead and I am excited to be placing that earlier than the Helpful crowd.”

Zydeco Night time early kick off

“We doing one thing slightly completely different this yr. We will put no less than an hour of music forward of Zydeco Night time. We’re bringing in a gentleman referred to as Ben Prestage. He is a one-man band, actually, I imply he is bought the total set-up there.”

Luck mentioned you possibly can name Prestage’s sound nation blues. “That will most likely match. I feel the excellence between nation and blues would possibly simply be in the way you wail. However it is going to be nation blues.”

Zydeco evening on Thursday at all times attracts an enormous, enthusiastic crowd, Luck famous, and “I feel it is wholesome to develop that evening.”

Prestage will likely be adopted Thursday night by Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers and longtime Helpful Fest favourite Chubby Provider & The Bayou Swamp Band.

‘Voice of an angel’

Ruthie Foster is a Texas-born artist with an extended checklist of awards, together with the 2018 Koko Taylor Award for Conventional Blues Feminine Artist of the Yr.

She sings and performs a large mixture of music, together with gospel, blues, jazz, folks and soul and has been in comparison with each Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin.

Brian Bishop, this yr’s Helpful Pageant chairman, pulled up a YouTube video of her singing a canopy of Johnny Money’s “Ring of Fireplace” and mentioned it “completely give me chills … she’s bought the voice of an angel.”

He mentioned they’ve requested Foster sing that tune this yr throughout her Helpful Pageant efficiency.

Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality will shut out the 2019 competition Saturday evening. “That is actually a trio of individuals,” mentioned Luck, all achieved musicians on their very own: Victor Wainwright, JP Soars and Damon Fowler

“The mix of those three is nice, they play all types of various stuff,” he mentioned, and will likely be bringing a horn part with them for this present.

“So you may be getting a bunch of gamers up there all who play collectively but in addition play on their very own, and then you definitely’ve bought a horn part, in order that’ll be wonderful.”

To take a look at the opposite acts — there’s too many to cowl right here — see the schedule working with this story.

Making it potential

Pageant Chairman Bishop mentioned the competition’s total finances is about $190,00zero —  and virtually all of that’s spent reserving the finest musical acts potential.

“That is why our sponsors and all of our volunteers are so essential,” he mentioned. “We simply could not do that and preserve it free with out them.”

Henderson Vacationer Fee Govt Director Abby Dixon mentioned she particularly needs to thank presenting sponsor Area & Predominant Financial institution for his or her help over time.

As normal, this yr’s artists will carry out on stage in Audubon Mill Park on the Henderson riverfront.

The 2019 competition runs from Wednesday, June 12, via Saturday, June 15. (The Helpful Blissful Hours and Helpful Lunch Breaks will begin Monday, June 10. Actual instances and areas for these occasions will likely be introduced later.)

The always-popular Zydeco Night time purple beans and rice dinner will happen on Thursday, June 13.

W.C. Helpful Blues & Barbecue Pageant was awarded a Prime 20 Occasions of the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2017 and 2018. The competition additionally received Kentucky Residing Journal’s “Finest Music Pageant in Kentucky” for the previous three years.

The competition is likely one of the longest working free blues music festivals within the nation.

A extra detailed schedule of all of the week’s occasions will likely be printed in Might, and will likely be made accessible to obtain totally free on-line at www.HendersonKy.org.

The competition’s new web site is beneath development. Extra data will likely be made accessible quickly at go to www.handyblues.org.

The 2019 Helpful Fest music lineup consists of:


three p.m. – To be introduced

5 p.m. – Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton

7 p.m. – Jonathon Lengthy

9 p.m. – Vanessa Collier


four p.m. –  Ben Prestage

5:30 p.m. – Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers

eight p.m.  – Chubby Provider & The Bayou Swamp Band


Midday –  Blues 4U

three p.m.  –   Gough-Martin Blues Band & Tramp

5 p.m.  –  Keeshea Pratt Band

7 p.m.  –  Coco Montoya

9 p.m.  –  Chicago Performs The Stones


Midday  –  Harris James

2 p.m.  –  Ben Prestage

three p.m.  –  Jontavious Willis

5 p.m.  –  Altered 5 Blues Band

7 p.m.  –  Ruthie Foster

9 p.m.  –  Southern Hospitality

Extra: Tri-Fest is three weeks away; this is the schedule


Sights and sounds of the 2017 W.C. Helpful Blues and Barbecue competition in Downtown Henderson, Kentucky.
MaCabe Brown – Digital Content material Producer


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