Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child"  began playing the guitar at the young age of 6. Castro has over 125 credits to his name and has played on over 50 national recordings including several Grammy nominated projects. Mr. Sipp is the 2015 JMA Entertainer of the Year, Blues Artist of the Year, National Male Artist of the Year. In he won the title of  2014 IBC Winner, 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Recipient and the 2014 Jus' Blues Music Foundation Bobby Rush Entertainer's Award & is a 2016 nominee for Best New Artist

Igor Prado has toured with the likes of Mud Morganfield,  Curtis Salgado, Sugaray Rayford and more. This Brazilian artist was nominated by the Canadian magazine “Real Blues” and the British “Blues Matters” as the only South American on the list of best albums of 2007. The Igor Prado Band is  a 2016 BMA nominee for "Best New Artist Album"

GAYE ADEGBALOLA, Blues Music Award winner (formerly called the W. C. Handy Award) and a founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, plays guitar, harmonica and is a composer. She has recorded 10 CDs on Alligator Records and has toured widely throughout the U.S. and internationally.  2016 nominee for "Acoustic Artist"

Sugaray Rayford - when he belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. He's nominated for 4 2016 BMAs!

This is the 3rd year Vince Johnson has been our musical director.  A killer on harp, he makes it easy to understand why people call the harmonica the "Mississippi Sax." His rich, entrancing harp playing and smooth voice, saturated with unfeigned feeling, reflect the true meaning of the Blues. He and his Plantation Allstars have enthralled audiences across the country and internationally and are a mainstay on Beale St. - 

HOSTS - BIG LLOU & BILL WAX - Bill Wax was the original Program Director for BB Kings Bluesville on Sirius XM until his departure in 2013.  Bill was often heard hanging out in Low-Fi's Bar and Pool Hall as well as conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in blues.  Bill's knowledge of the blues is legendary and encyclopedic.  When XM and Sirius merged, it was BIll that made sure Big LLou was the voice of the resulting station.  He even had Big LLou's name appear on the radio when his segments ran in addition encouraging him to record his first blues album They Call Me Big LLou which won a BMA for Best New Artist in 2013.  The duo were also hosts of the 2010 and 2011 Blues Music Awards.  

Despite the prominent presence of celebrated blues artist Howlin' Wolf in her family tree, singer Zora Young grew up singing not blues, but gospel. Zora has performed with a long list of artists. Her own recordings as a solo artist include releases from the labels Delmark, Black Lightning, and Deluge. Young has also performed on both stage and television. She is a veteran of more than 30 tours of Europe, and has been a featured performer three times at the Chicago Blues Festival, 2016 nominee for the "Koko Taylor Award"

Dexter Allen is the former lead guitarist for the Airtight Band and blues legend Bobby Rush. A Jackson Music Award in 2008 for Male Vocalist of the Year and he debuted his first album entitled Bluezin My Way. His most recent accomplishments included being signed onto Bobby Rush’s new record label, Deep Rush Records and appearing as a guitarist in the 2014 JameBrown biopic Get On Up In 2015, Allen released an album entitled Trilogy of My Blues


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