The hot, hot heat of another St. Louis summer is ready to break, and that can only mean one thing – another flurry of entertaining Labor Day weekend events across the region. For the 16th year, Big Muddy Blues Festival is taking to the stages on the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing, with 30 bands, 3 stages and two full days of great Blues music on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
This year’s main stage acts are a tribute to the varied sounds and styles that Blues music continues to pervade and influence. From the California rockabilly/boogie of Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys to the spirited hymns of the Psalms Gospel Quartet, from the passionate and throaty soul singing of Cee Cee James to the classic Blues/Rock mix of Kim Wilson (of the famed Fabulous Thunderbirds), the 2011 edition of Big Muddy Blues Festival brings a different flavor for each performance.
Old and new come together too with closing sets from 73-year-old Bluesman Roy Gaines (Saturday, Sept. 3, 9:00 p.m.), who just last year released his critically-acclaimed Tuxedo Blues, and Ronnie Baker Brooks (Sunday, Sept. 4, 9:00 p.m.), son of famed Blues musician Lonnie Brooks and a talented blues musician in his own right. The rest of the main stage line-up can be viewed below.
Budweiser Main Stage (700 N. First Street)
Saturday, September 3rd 2011
1:00 pm – Kim Massie
3:00 pm – Big Sandy and his Fly-rite Boys
5:00 pm – Cee Cee James
7:00 pm – Kim Wilson
9:00 pm – Roy Gaines
Sunday, September 4th, 2011
1:00 pm – Psalms Gospel Quartet
3:00 pm – Blues City Allstars
5:00 pm – Shawn Pittman
7:00 pm – Ronnie Baker Brooks
9:00 pm – Sonny Landreth