We’ll open the gates at 2:30pm for the start of the 10th Anniversary of the Virginia Chili, Blues n’ Brews Festival featuring hot chili, cold mega and micro brews, and three amazing bands including our headliner, the international blues artist, DuWayne Burnside!

Don’t miss this amazing weekend of the blues, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

“…things are gonna get hot…”

Saturday, Sept. 23

DuWayne Burnside
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Duwayne Burnside is one of 14 children born to legendary North Mississippi musician R.L. Burnside and his wife, Alice. He has been a frequent performer with the North Mississippi Allstars since the early 1990s, when that group, fronted by Luther and Cody Dickinson, formed. The young Burnside learned his first few guitar licks and chords from his father, but proved a quick study and soon began playing with local club owner Junior Kimbrough and the Soul Blues Boys. Growing up in Holly Springs, he was close to Memphis, and as soon as he was able to get to Memphis, he did, and soon had the chance to sit in with Little Jimmy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, and others. Duwayne also began playing in his Dad’s band, Sound Machine Groove, where he further honed his skills as a guitarist and showman. He recorded for Hightone and Fat Possum Records with his father’s group before moving to Memphis, where he opened his own club, Burnside Kitchen and Grill, near Highway 61. He booked the music, cooked the food, sold the beer, and had his own band perform there on a weekly basis.

 

Sun Dried Opossum
SDO has been a staple on the local and regional scene since the 90s. Originally formed in 1992, the current line-up has been together since 1997. Since the beginning SDO has performed their brand of original guitar driven rock-n-roll. With three studio records and over 1000 live shows under their belt, SDO is a seasoned music machine. SDO is live, SDO is rock. Alex Arbaugh & Steve Sutton both on guitar and vocals, Torrey Patterson on drums, Eric Clinedinst on bass and Mike “Frick” Martin on percussion.

 

The Bush League
bushleague600The Bush League was founded on a front porch in 2007, not too far outside Richmond, Virginia by dynamic vocalist JohnJason “JohnJay” Cecil and the heartbeat of the band, self-taught bassist Royce Folks. They are joined by Michael Burgess and Brad Moss on guitars with Wynton Davis keeping time on drums. The Bush League has sported many faces and have played many different styles of music but the unifying force is the collective love of the Blues, particularly the soulful groovin’ Hill Country Blues of North Mississippi.

 

The Lorie Strother Blues Experience
Lorie can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing because it came so naturally, but she does remember when she decided she would be a performer.  It was when she received her first standing ovation after singing at a school PTA function when she was nine years old. Lorie has been performing and recording her interpretation of acoustic blues since the early 1990s.  She says, “I have sung wherever I was allowed, from church fellowship halls, coffee houses and college campuses, to bars, chicken shacks and a private party by a creek.” In 2012, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities awarded Lorie an apprenticeship with blues singer Gaye Adegbalola, formerly of the trio Saffire The Uppity Blues Women.