Big Bend Blues Bash returns August 6-7



POMEROY – The Big Bend Blues bash is a two-day blues, roots and rock concert hosted by the Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society held at the Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio and features live acts regional and national, delicious food and incredible views of the Ohio River.

Founded in 2000, PB & J’s are a group of local music enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the performing arts in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio. The group is an all-volunteer, non-profit company focused on presenting musical events as cultural art forms that might otherwise not be available in our region.

The 20th Big Bend Blues Bash will take place on August 6 and 7 in downtown Pomeroy.

Music programming includes:

Friday August 6

6 p.m. – Terra Soul

A band from South Ohio and WV who play the soulful side of American music.

7 p.m. – Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a Southeastern Ohio singer / guitarist who performs classic folk rock, pop, and acoustic roots music. Presenting a diverse repertoire, he has performed at numerous events and venues in Ohio, New York and beyond.

8 p.m. – Gizzae

Gizzae is truly a band of the world – With musicians from all corners of the earth, Rocket and Gizzae have been performing for crowds across the country for over 35 years! Their musical experiences have collectively won them Grammy Awards, Chicago Music Awards, and they’ve opened for some of the biggest names in reggae. They have also recorded and performed professionally with artists such as: Ziggy Marley, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Third World, Toots and Maytals, Burning Spear, Carly Simon, The Talking Heads, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Chachi, Michael Black , Moja Nya, Dallol, Rude Beat Society, The Mighty Baron of Trinidad, Bell Combo and many more.

10 p.m. – Headliner Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin comes from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, Dwayne has developed his own energetic style that challenges existing stereotypes and opens up a refreshing and distinct path for Zydeco music of the 21st century. This singer / songwriter and accordionist has performed around the world since the debut of his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at the age of 19. Dwayne Dopsie grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, learning to play the accordion by watching videos of his father. and Clifton Chenier and check in with a video camera and go back and watch it and play it over and over for hours until it’s right. The knowledge of Dwayne’s musical ability as well as that of the members of the group zydeco Hellraisers is combined, to have over 100 years of experience in Zydeco music and it shows in every performance. The energy, true talent and exuberance that Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers exude from the stage make it clear that there is no competition for this group.

Saturday August 7

Noon – Real Deal Blues Band

The Real Deal Blues Band will kick off on Saturday.

1:00 p.m. – Generation Gap Blues Band

The Generation Gap Blues Band have been performing together for about six years. They play a variety of Blues and Jazzy style covers as well as a number of originals. The band met at a jam session and the rest is history. Some of their influences for the songs come from artists such as BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Albert King and many other Blues greats.

2 p.m. – Jake Dunn and the Blackbirds

Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds’ latest release, Sad Songs, is the band’s ambitious new effort that sends them further into the realm of American cosmic music. This is a new representation of the group’s collaborative song-making skills that embraces their influences, both new and old.

3 p.m. – Souls of red stone

Red Stone Souls is 70s influenced Heavy Rock, Hard Blues, Garage and Psychedelic Rock N ‘Roll thrown into a mixer and lit as a band. They have broken down the doors of the “New Generation” rock scene. The band layers Ian Kirwan’s vintage “Dirty” guitar work and seasoned vocals with dynamic riffs and lyrical stories to create a sound that defines the genre and is packed with rock for a new generation of fans. The group also includes Beau Felix on guitar, Kevin Bernard on bass, and shotgun-style Travis Erickson on drums. This powerful combination kicks off, bloated micro-hymns embodying the basic aesthetic of the Rock N ‘Roll steamroller.

4 p.m. – Papa Mojo Funky

Chicagoland’s blues rock supergroup Funky Mojo Daddy puts on a diverse and energetic performance, equipped with musicians who have traveled the world and been successful in their own endeavors. Seasoned blues veterans are now looking to deliver passionate and creative sound. The group consists of a trio of guitarists, a prominent rhythm section and four versatile singers. Kenny Kinsey conducts on bass and vocals, with Jerry Porter on drums, Jeff Massey on slide guitar and Ryan Frahm on guitar.

6 p.m. – The Steepwater group

Something primitive lurks in their music, but still grappling with emotions and stories that are ready for everyday ~ both sexy music and honest brass knuckles, a sound has smartly and patiently evolved through d ‘countless gigs, running the bulls when and where they are’ I’ve been welcome since 1998. AC / DC once said, “If you’ve got the dollar we’ve got the song / I just wanna boogie woogie all night,” and The Steepwater Band surely embodies that overwhelming urge to have it in that old-world sense, worthy of the band’s Chicago roots and their earthy understanding of the city’s crackling blues.

8 p.m. – Nikki Hill

Independence has always been easy for singer / lyricist / conductor Nikki Hill, raised by a single mother and two older sisters close to Durham, North Carolina. This not only inspired her self-confidence at a young age, but also a self-reliance and strong curiosity, which fueled Hill’s interest in art, reading and writing. By the time she was able to break free from long Sunday sermons and weekday choir rehearsals, Nikki traded benches for bar stools, sneaking into rooms when needed, and was quickly immersed in the roots scene. from North Carolina. She felt oddly at ease, finding a direct connection between the energy she saw at local performances at Chapel Hill and the intense praise dances, gospel chants at church services she attended and sang up to. that she was a teenager. Seeing everything from Dexter Romweber to Carolina Chocolate Drops, from Bo Diddley to Motorhead, his new sermons came from rockers and bartenders, cow-punks and starving artists. Everyone had a story, and pretty soon Nikki was in the mix herself, immersed in the music, getting into trouble and creating her own stories.

10 p.m. – Headliner Davy Knowles

Knowles burst onto the scene in 2007 with his band “Back Door Slam,” garnering rave reviews, appearances on US national television (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America), extensive triple A radio broadcast and two of five. best Billboard Blues albums. . Since then, Knowles has independently released two more studio albums, “The Outsider” in 2014 and “Three Miles From Avalon” in 2016, which also reached the top 5 on the Billboard Blues charts.

Tickets for both days are available at

Enjoy a previous Big Bend Blues Bash along the Ohio River in the Pomeroy parking lot.

The Big Bend Blues Bash is a two-day concert of blues, roots and rock hosted by the Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society held at the Riverside Amphitheater in downtown Pomeroy, Ohio, and features regional acts and national cuisine, incredible cuisine and an incredible view of the Ohio River.

The 20th Big Bend Blues Bash will take place on August 6 and 7 in downtown Pomeroy.


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