2018 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

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The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will be held on May 19th and 20th, 2018 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, MD.

This year’s performers include: Vanessa Collier, Deanna Bogart, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo’, Doyle Bramhall II, Shemekia Copeland, Mike Zito, Heather Gillis, Mr. Sipp, Brandon Taz Niederauer, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band, and more.

Vanessa Collier
Vanessa Collier

Master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier will open the 20th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival on May 19th 2018.

With the success of her debut album and her charismatic live performances, Vanessa has been in demand touring throughout the world and is excited to celebrate the March 2017 release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Meeting My Shadow.

Vanessa’s songwriting takes audiences through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.

Vanessa also maintains a private saxophone studio teaching around 30 students per week. She volunteers her time in schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland; serves as an adjudicating judge at solo & ensemble festivals; and offers jazz, blues, and saxophone clinics throughout the United States.

Also appearing will be at the 20th Anniversary of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival (CBBF) will be Deanna Bogart. Deanna appeared at the very first festival in 1998, playing despite the pouring rain.

Deanna is an award winning, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and sax player. She combines the best of Boogie-Woogie, contemporary Blues, Country and Jazz into a blend that she calls “blusion”.

She has 22 WAMMIES (Washington Area Music Awards) and 3 BMA Awards for Horn Instrumentalist of the Year.

She has played for US Troops in Iraq, Kuwait and Egypt.

Deanna is scheduled to perform Sunday, May 20th, and she will be bringing a full horn section!

Delbert McClinton will also be playing at the 2018 CBBF

2018 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Lineup

Vanessa Collier

Brian Setzer and the Rockabilly Riot

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Delbert McClinton

Keb’ Mo’ Band

Doyle Bramhall II

Shemekia Copeland

Mike Zito

Mr. Sipp

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Heather Gillis Band

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton

Brandon “Taz” Niederauer

Deanna Bogart Band

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.bayblues.org.

About the Festival

This year’s recipients are:

We Care and Friends, which is an organization providing a wide variety of services to the needy of Annapolis, and CAMP FANTASTIC, a camp for children with cancer which is operated by Special Love, Inc.

The Chesapeake Bay Events (CBE) held its first festival in 1998. It has quickly gained national notoriety as one of the premier Blues Festivals in the world. The festival also gives all net proceeds to charity.

In 2018, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival (CBBF) received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.


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2017 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

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