Piedmont Blues Preservation Society presents the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival
According to www.piedmontblues.org, as the longest-running blues festival in the Southeastern United States, Carolina Blues Festival will have international, national, regional and local blues acts on the docket for a weekend of blues. This year, the Carolina Blues Festival is partnering with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and Second Harvest Food Bank. The literary festival is May 18 to 20 in downtown venues, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Central Library and Greensboro History Museum that surround LeBauer Park.
The festival’s concerts are paid admission and are on May 19. Gates open at 2 p.m., music starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. at LeBauer Park, in downtown Greensboro and the festival is rain or shine. Tickets are $20 (with a $1 service fee online) in advance and are available at www.fest.piedmontblues.org. On May 20, the festivities continue with free music and “some more hot acts” from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
Welcome to the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival!
Food and craft have always been a part of Blues culture in America and around the world. The PBPS wants to celebrate the culinary legacy of the Blues and support our regional food entrepreneurs. Craftspeople of all sorts are on-hand to sell their jewelry, cigar-box guitars, clothing, weavings, and all sorts of great things! Our Blues & Foods Market is just outside the festival grounds on Davie Street. There are a wide variety of delicious food choices with Southern and international flavors, terrific arts and crafts vendors selling their wonderful creations. Please help yourself to shop, buy great artisan crafts, and grab some snacks or dinner from the many Food Trucks out there. With your wristband, you can freely enter and exit the festival grounds to shop. So, step out of the festival grounds to shop the Blues and Foods Market, support our local artisans and get some delicious food from one of the many food trucks and return to enjoy the amazing blues line up we will have! All we ask is that you enjoy yourselves, be kind and have a little fun.
The “Mike Carr Jr Bluesman Award” is presented each year to upcoming young blues artists. The award recognizes emerging youth talent who are keeping the blues alive by their music and public displays of talent and are the future of the blues. The presentation is made in honor as a memorial of former board member Mike Carr who encouraged the PBPS to reach out to the young musicians in the Piedmont. The Award is sponsored by Summerfield Family Chiropractic.
Food insecurity harms the health, strength, and vitality of our communities. PBPS is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to strengthen our community. A Food Drive is being held May 19 and 20 at the PBPS Blues & Foods Market on Davie Street for your non-perishable food donations.
On stage at the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival
Nikki Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release “Heavy Hearts Hard Fists” and debut album “Here’s Nikki Hill,” released in 2013. With a no-filter energy and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast-forward approach to American roots music.
Gary Hoey has just been on tour with Eric Gales and Lance Lopez in Europe. In addition to touring as a headline act, Hoey has toured and traded licks with Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple and Lita Ford. Hoey supported Jeff Beck on the U.S. leg of his Spring 2010 tour. Hoey played on and co-wrote a few songs on Lita Ford’s album in 201 2, as well as toured with her in support of that album.
Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. “Pembroke’s Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage–INDY Week.” From Robeson County, North Carolina, and born in 1997, John Lakota Locklear is no stranger to music. This Native American bottleneck slide player (Lumbee/Oglala Lakota) grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 7 years old, he picked up one of his Dad’s old harmonicas and at age 9, his first guitar. This lefty learned to play guitar in standard tuning and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger, and he has been sliding over the frets ever since.
Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band are a regional favorite, playing over 250 dates a year throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Their brand of high energy brings a charismatic mix of blues, funk and beach music, guaranteeing a foot tapping, crowd-pleasing, good time.
*Line-up may change without notice*
2 p.m. – Gates open
3 p.m.– Cory Luetjen & The Travelling Blues Band
4:30 p.m.– Lakota John
6 p.m.– Gary Hoey
7:45 p.m.– Nikki Hill
Greetings, blues fans!
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present the 32nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival! This year’s event finds us in downtown Greensboro on the main lawn at Lebauer Park under the one-of-a-kind aerial sculpture by Janet Echelman, aptly titled “Where We Met.” This year’s festival was built by our previous President and veteran CBF chair, John Amberg! John has been with the PBPS for many years, and so this year we are very grateful for his service the opportunity to have his experience to guide us towards another successful event. There are several reasons why the Carolina Blues Festival is important. It celebrates the wonderful legacy of the Black American Music and culture we call Blues while promoting its future. Our event displays the power of community and service as we are a 100 percent volunteer-run organization. This nonprofit fundraiser provides the money that we use to spread the gospel of the Blues but also to run community programs that serve youth, elderly and special needs members of the Piedmont. When we’re providing Blues in the Schools programs at the early college at Rockingham Community College or bringing music and culture to the elderly clients of Pace of the Triad, we are filling needs our communities have.
Thank you for your interest in helping us grow. My name is Atiba Berkley, and in January 2018 I was honored to be elected as President of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, after four years of service to the organization. Chris Roulhac, my predecessor, remains on our Board of Directors and has been such a great support. I ‘m fortunate to start my tenure with two former PBPS Presidents on my board and in addition to several new members of our board of 16. We have a great little family here at the PBPS, and I ‘d like to thank each of you as sponsors, members, volunteers, and supporters for your interest, for your time and for your dollars that help support our mission and programs. Enjoy the show!
–Atiba Berkley President, Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s Community Role
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, formed in 1985, is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the music known commonly as the Blues; this form of music evolved historically from the work songs and spirituals of African-Americans. This society strives to document and preserve both the Black American and North Carolina Blues traditions, to present educational programs, seminars, workshops and to revive interest in Blues in the local community.
We provide Blues in the Schools and Recreation Centers programs to elementary and middle school children to educate and demonstrate the blues genre and its history. Coming from the oral traditions of African-American folk music, field hollers and spirituals, the blues is the foundation for all other popular music forms students listen to today. Through the blues, student listeners can learn the history of those times.
We provide a Share the Music Program to at-risk adolescents who have been abused, neglected, or are runaways. Our goal is to bring these children the joy of music and to attempt to get them involved with music. Research has shown that music involvement settles the mind, helps in education, and provides an outlet that could keep the child from going back to the streets and staying out of trouble.
Our newly formed Parker, Speas, Welborne Music Scholarship is a program for music students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Consistent with the PBPS mission statement that encourages “preservation of North Carolina Blues music; [a] revival of interest in Blues in the local communities, especially African American communities.” This scholarship was created for the purpose of assisting college students attending Bennett College, North Carolina A&T State University, and/or Winston Salem State University.
The Carolina Blues Festival is the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s signature fundraising event. We’ve been bringing the blues to Greensboro since 1985, and we’re thrilled to keep bringing great shows to our community and bringing people from across the United States to our city. The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is pleased to host this day-long event filled with local, regional, and International headliners, food, craft vendors, beverages, and fun for the family. The proceeds from the event help with the educational projects that we do, Blues in the Schools, it’s sister project, Share the Music, and the Parker, Speas, Welborne Scholarship fund.
We hope you find what we do for our community as interesting and you would like to join in the fun. Donations for any of our causes and/or becoming a member is greatly appreciated. Proceeds are used to make our children’s lives and our community more enjoyable, as music should be part of our daily lives.
For more information, to become a member, or to make a donation to the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, you may do so online at www. piedmontblues.org, or our mailing address is:
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society
P.O. Box 9737
Greensboro, NC 27429
A word from the event coordinator, John Amberg
On behalf of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, I welcome you to the 32nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival! The southeast’s longest running blues festival returns this year to where it began—downtown Greensboro. We hope you enjoy the experience at beautiful LeBauer Park. This event is part of the year-long Carolina Blues Festival Series; look for more events to be announced for the summer and fall. The Festival Committee has crafted a stellar line-up representing many facets and styles of blues, soul, R&B and rock; Nikki Hill, Gary Hoey, Lakota John and Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band. We think you’ll enjoy our newest feature to the Carolina Blues Festival experience; the Food and Blues Court, which continues Sunday afternoon, May 20. Special thanks to Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and the City of Greensboro for the help and support. Thanks to all our great sponsors, volunteers and helping hands. But especially, we thank all the blues lovers and supporters all over the Triad, North Carolina and the southeast for your patronage year after year.
2018 Major Sponsors: Downtown Greensboro, artsgreensboro, Paradise Home Improvement, The Marth and William Murray Charitable Foundation, Bank of Oak Ridge, The Hazelman Family
Friends & Supporters: Intelligent Technologies Incorporated, The Fresh Market, Carolina Collaborations, Sawmill II Sports Bar, Weaver Foundation, Cafe Europa, Joymongers Brewing Co. & Barrel Hall, Summerfield Family Chiropractic Dr. Rod C. Brown, The B-Sides, Scott Hummel, Craig Pannell, Barry & Valerie Berard
Event sponsors& Suppliers: R.H. Barringer Distribution Co., WNAA 90.1, Rock 92, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Grove Winery & Vineyards, YES! Weekly
The website states for attendees to bring lawn chairs, folding chairs, blankets or beach towels and flash photography is allowed. Free parking is available in all city parking decks and on the street where allowed. Attendees will be able to leave the festival area and be re-admitted with their ticket/wristband.
According to the website, a selection of awesome food trucks and other food vendors will be offering a wide variety of food, including vegan, vegetarian and dessert options.
The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society will once again serve fresh-brewed draught beer and ale from Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, plus select beers from R.H. Barringer Distributing, according to its website. PBPS is proud to have Grove Winery as the official wine vendor for the festival.
“Enjoy Grove’s exceptional, award-winning wines and ‘have some reds and whites with your blues!’ Soft drinks and bottled water will also be available.”
• Coolers, outside alcohol, food, or beverage
• Threatening signs or apparel
• Laser pointers
• Audio recording equipment /pro cameras / video equipment
• Knives or weapons of any kind
• Frisbees or beach balls
• Portable structures or large umbrellas
• Glass containers of any kind
• Noisemakers, horns, vuvuzelas. etc
• Backpacks or large bags (personal items will be inspected prior to entrance to festival)
• Littering (Please use the recycling bins and proper trash receptacles)
• Selfie sticks
• Drones or unmanned remote control vehicles
Please do not smoke in the audience. (This includes vaporizers)
Wander over an open, uninhabited spot to smoke and put the butt in the trash.
• The festival will serve beer and wine, (don’t forget your ID) and it will have a wide assortment of vendors with good food and unique crafts.
• Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Keep yourselves and your families hydrated and covered in sunblock.
• Wristbands are nontransferable and must be intact on your wrist at all times.
• All patrons and belongings may be subject to search upon entry or re-entry to the festival grounds.
• By ordinance of the Fire Marshal, smoking is prohibited under any tents.
Most importantly, please enjoy yourself!
The festival will have its Carolina Blues Festival T-shirts, as well as other PBPS shirts and a variety of souvenirs. The festival is including arts and crafts vendors this year to make your experience more enjoyable. Musical Artists will be selling their CDs and other Merchandise. Don’t forget the credit card!
The festival will happen rain or shine, and there will be no refunds on ticket purchases.