Time for the first of many announcements to come about this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. As a quick reminder, the 2011 edition will — as it has for every year prior — take place Labor Day weekend (Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4) from noon to 11:00pm each day on the historic Laclede’s Landing riverfront district in downtown St. Louis.
Now with that out of the way, let’s get to the announcement:
As you’ve probably guessed from the title already, this year’s festival main stage will play host to Kim Wilson and his Blues All Stars! Kim, a skilled harmonica player with an unmistakable stage presence and bellowing, boisterous voice, is best known for his many years with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. We all know the Thunderbirds, and if you don’t , you definitely know some of their songs — “Tuff Enough,” “Wrap It Up,” “Powerful Stuff,” among others.
While still playing and singing the songs that were hit singles for the Thunderbirds, Kim continues to embrace his Blues roots as a solo act using the skills he learned and earned playing with some of the “Who’s Who’s” of Blues music — Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Big Walter Horton, to name a few. When Kim and his band take the stage this Labor Day weekend, you can be sure you’ll hear some old-fashioned rhythm and blues and some wicked harmonica solos.
The full schedule (and some of the performers) are still being finalized, so keep checking in and re-posting to friends and family to see when and where Kim and the other great 2011 Big Muddy Blues Festival performers will be playing.