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2017 Performers


Clarence Spady

Clarence Spady

Voodoo DeVillePrior to the start of the main stage show and during the breaks between bands, attendees were treated to some fine Blues sounds from the Voodoo DeVille Band in the
Sly Fox Beer Tent.

Sly Fox Brewery


Described as "the future of the blues" by Bill Dahl (Chicago Tribune) circa 1996, Clarence's sound is now more distinguishable than ever before. He plays with a depth and sensitivity that can't be taught, effortlessly combining blues, jazz, funk, latin and rock into his own unique style. His moving guitar play, rough street-edged vocals, songwriting and live improvisations are demonstrated with every performance.

Clarence Spady was born on July 1, 1961 in Paterson, NJ. He's been performing professionally since the age of 5, ever since his Aunt Bea found him playing "High Heeled Sneakers" on his father's guitar backstage on a night his Uncle Fletchey's R & B Band show was playing at a local Elks Club. He's been startling people with his immense god-given guitar skills ever since. But, ultimately what connects Clarence to his fans and his audience's is how he combines his talents with the universal expression of his soul. In short, Clarence is one of the rare artists that can actually move people. He brings out a range of emotions in you throughout his performances and recordings.

Over the years, Clarence Spady has received many honors, including:

  • 1996 Named to Living Blues Magazines Top 40 Blues Artists Under 40 Years Old
  • 1997 W.C. Handy Award Nominee for "Best New Blues Artist of the Year"
  • 1998 Awarded France Blues Trophie "Top International Blues Artist of the Year"
  • 2009 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year"
  • 2011 Named Top 100 Most Gifted Guitarists You Should Know ...
  • 2012 Inducted into the International Blues Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Appearance on the Artie Lange Show

"Clarence Spady's outstanding skills as a pleasantly fresh songwriter, solid vocalist, and as a superb guitarist who rises above it all. This is future Blues, with prior influences firmly in place, performed to absolute perfection." -- Bob Putignano, Blues Wax


Little Red Rooster

Little Red Rooster

Since their formation in 1988, they have become one of the Delaware Valley’s premier blues bands, consistently delivering their own brand of blues, always combined with a crowd-pleasing, high-energy performance and a whole lot of fun! The band has built a community of friends and fans of the blues, one that cannot be matched! They have performed at clubs and festivals throughout the United States, and have even toured Europe on multiple occasions. To date, they have released 6 CDs of original material, all of which were widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike!

In February of 2015, the band was inducted into the International Blues Hall of Fame, and in 2016, they were voted Best Band in Bucks County, PA, by the organization Bucks Happening. Their passion and respect for the music, along with their ability to fully engage their audiences, virtually guarantees a phenomenal live blues experience. They’re just… Terrific!

The Blue Plate Specials

Blue Plate Specials  

The Blue Plate Specials have just joined legends Dibbs Preston and The Rockats; Charlie Gracie; and Robert Gordon on Lancaster, PA-based Lanark Records. The Blue Plate Specials recorded their first full- length album with the Lanark family in September, 2014, and it's a scorcher! BPS is a 5-piece Jump/Swing/Blues/Rockin'/Roots band with smokin' tunes and tight arrangements that hit the ground running, hold the corners, stop on a dime and give 9 cents change. When they hit the stage the party starts and the joint jumps until closing time.

Charlie does the songwriting and is out front with vocals and guitar. He loves to interact with the crowd and never fails to get them dancing and make them a part of the show. When The Blue Plate Specials serve it up, adult beverages is consumed, commandments is broke, babies is conceived and a rockin’ time is had by all.


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