On Friday, November 15, Chicago Blues Hall of Fame member Liz Mandeville comes to town with her band the Blue Points!  She will be at Bo Diddley Plaza, with NCFBS Blues Challenge winners 441 South and Brett Wellman & Stone Cold Blues opening the show, which runs from 7-11.

On December 8, The Tim Fik Birthday Blues Bash has an amazing lineup: Toronzo Cannon (Chicago, IL), Albert Castiglia (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), Patti Parks (Buffalo, NY) and the Bridget Kelly Band (Gainesville, FL).  Early start, doors are at 5:30!

Toronzo’s 2016 album, The Chicago Way, was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2017 as Album of the Year, and in 2017 and 2019, he was nominated for the Contemporary Blues Male Artist BMA. Castiglia was also a Contemporary Blues Male Artist in 2017, as well as a nominee for Rock Blues Album. Parks is a Buffalo New York Music Hall of Fame Inductee.

On December 14, Roy Book Binder plays the Heartwood Soundstage with support from our own Paco. Roy Book Binder is the epitome of the singing, songwriting, storytelling Bluesman troubadour. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.”  Who else can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt?  Roy borrowed from his heroes to become a distinct voice in the Blues and Folk music world. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers.