It’s official! The 2011 Big Muddy Blues Festival lineup is here!

The day you all have been waiting for! We are pleased to announce this year’s lineup and we could not be happier. Let us know who YOU can’t wait to see! Click the link below to check out the full 30 band lineup.

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Sonny Landreth Headlines 2011 Big Muddy Blues Festival

The main stage is set for this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival, and we’re excited to announce our closing performer, Sonny Landreth, who will take the main stage at 9:00 pm on Sunday, September 4th as the festivals final performance.

Sonny landreth performs Sept. 4 at Big Muddy Blues Festival in St. LouisLandreth is arguably the most talented and inventive slide guitarist out there today. Starting at a very young age, the “king of slydeco” began practicing his craft, experimenting with new ways to play and discovering new sounds. Using a pinky slide for more freedom of movement, Landreth now incorporates everything from plucks, taps and slaps even while layering in difficult chord fragments above the slide.

“Unbelievably talented guitarist” isn’t his only claim to fame though. Landreth is an accomplished songwriter as well, having collaborated with the likes of Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani. To date, Landreth has released 10 albums, including the 2009 re-release and expansion of Levee Town and 2008’s From The Reach on which he utilized many of the previously mentioned artists.

Landreth with be playing at the Budweiser Main Stage (700 N. First Street) on Sunday, September 4th, starting at 9:00 p.m. Access wristbands for the main stage are available day-of-show for $10.00 per day or can be ordered online in advance. Visit the Big Muddy Blues Festival Event Page to learn more and order your tickets.

Updated: Main Stage Line-Up Is Finalized

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

…and Welcome Kim Wilson!

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:

Kim Wilson Perfoms at the 2011 Big Muddy Blues Festival in St. Louis, MO

Image pulled from http://www.hohnerusa.com

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.

Welcome Back…

30 Blues and Soul Bands over two days on Laclede's Landing95 degree days are back in St. Louis, and you know what that means, don’t you? Only three more months of hot, humid 95 degree days! The Big Muddy Blues Festival Blog is back, blues lovers (with a slightly shorter URL), so refresh your bookmarks and fire away with any questions or comments you may have.

Thanks to your support, the 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival was the most successful ever, with an estimated attendance exceeding 60,000 and a Sunday crowd that almost matched that of Saturday! We’re counting on all the hardcore Blues fans — of which we have many — here and in the region to turn out  en masse to make that happen again.

Well, it’s good to be back and we’re very excited to put together yet another Big Muddy Blues Festival. Keep checking in as we break out some big announcements over the next couple of months about this year’s festival and the performers you’ll get to see.

Starting….now!

Thanks For A Great 2010 BMBF!

Well, the 2010 edition of Big Muddy Blues Festival is over — and it was amazing! All roads led to Laclede’s Landing seemingly, as fans from the Mizzou-Illini Arch Rivalry Game and those downtown for the weekend Cardinals series against the Reds showed up en masse. From the organizers of Big Muddy Blues Festival and the many restaurants, shops and bars down on Laclede’s Landing, here’s a loud, enthusiastic ‘thank you!’

But let’s not forget this region’s rabid Blues music fanbase, who came out to support the music they love so much. In years past, it’s been hard to guess what Sunday attendance will look like without the Arch Rivalry game there to fill out the streets and stages. It’s always good, of course — we expect nothing less from a city who’s history, heritage and appreciation of Blues music is as strong (or stronger!) as New Orleans, Memphis and. Chicago — but the Sunday crowd was beautiful to behold! The main stage lawn was busy all day and the twin satellite stages had Second Street packed through the last bands at 11 p.m. So to you, true Blues fans, an even bigger ‘Thank You.’ You really answered the call and showed that the Blues are alive and thriving in this city.

Booker T loves you 'thiiiiis much', St. Louis.

You can go here or here for local video coverage of the festival. Here’s just a few pictures of last weekend’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. Send your own to us (info@lacledeslanding.com) or friend Laclede’s Landing on Facebook and tag us. We’ll try to post more throughout the winter as we reset and prepare for next year’s festival.

The calm before the chaos...

Freedom, the United States Navy's traveling Blues band kicks off the 2010 Big Muddy Blues Festival at the Anheuser-Busch main stage.

Nick Curran & The Lowlifes

Booker T sits down at his Hammond B-3 for some Green Onions.

Kim Massie & The Solid Senders celebrate Etta James and Aretha Franklin with their "Tribute to Women & Soul."

Crowds begin filling up in front of the main stage on Day 2 of Big Muddy Blues Festival

...And the crowd by nine-oh-clock Sunday night.

At the same time, Marsha Evans & the Coalition was wowing the crowd on Second Street.

Magic Slim took to the Anheuser-Busch main stage and close out BMBF 2010. Thanks Blues fans!

These are just a few of the pictures of the bands, crowds and good times that went on Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th for this year’s Big Muddy Blues Festival. Thanks agian to everyone who came and everyone who recommended the festival to others. Work starts soon on next year’s festival, so share your thoughts in the comment section and keep next Labor Day weekend open for Laclede’s Landing and the Big Muddy Blues Festival.

Big Muddy Sneak-Preview and After-Party Shows

Big Muddy Blues Festival is this weekend – Saturday, Sept. 4th and Sunday, Sept. 5th – and it should be a great festival! We have 30 amazing bands lined up here on Laclede’s Landing and perfect weather is in the forecast! But the entertainment doesn’t stop there — we have three partnering shows to give you an up-close look at some of this year’s BMBF performers.

Kim Massie's 'Tribute to Women & Soul' Sunday, Sept. 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Kim Massie's 'Tribute to Women & Soul' Friday, Sept. 3 at The Beale on Broadway

On Friday, September 3rd, Kim Massie is at The Beale on Broadway (701 S. Broadway) for a sneak-peek performance of her new ‘Tribute to Women & Soul” dedication, featuring the music of Aretha Franklin and Etta James. St. Louis’ favorite soul diva brings her amazing voice and presence to The Beale starting at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and the her show starts at 10:00 p.m. Call (314) 621-7880 or visit www.bealeonbroadway.com for more information. Kim and the Solid Senders take to the Big Muddy Blues Festival main stage (700 N. 2nd Street) Sunday, Sept. 5th at 5:00 p.m.

Eric "Guitar" Davis - Saturday, Sept. 5 at 5:00 p.m. on the Big Muddy Blues Festival main stage

Eric "Guitar" Davis - Saturday, Sept. 4 at 10pm at The Beale on Broadway

On Saturday, September 4th, Eric “Guitar” Davis has the unique honor of both opening for the legendary Booker T (of Booker T and the MGs) and following him. As part of the festival’s Big Muddy After-Party series, Eric will appear at The Beale on Broadway for a 10:00 p.m. show. You can see Eric first at the Big Muddy Blues Festival main stage at 7:00 p.m., leading in to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Booker T’s headline set, then head over to The Beale for more of his high-energy Blues, Funk and R&B sounds. The show starts at 10:00p.m. Tickets are $7.00.

Roland Johnson -- Sunday, Sept. 5th from 9pm to 1am at Casino Quenn's SEVENS lounge.

Roland Johnson -- Sunday, Sept. 5th from 9pm to 1am at Casino Quenn's SEVENS lounge.

Finally, our presenting sponsor Casino Queen will wrap-up the Big Muddy After-Party series with Roland Johnson & The Voodoo Blues Band at its SEVENS lounge and nightclub (200 S. Front Street). A longtime St. Louis favorite, Roland first plays a 3:00 p.m. main stage set at Big Muddy Blues Festival on Laclede’s Landing, following with his free SEVENS appearance from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Casino Queen will be providing complimentary shuttle service to festival attendees throughout the weekend.

Big Muddy Blues Festival is excited to build on its long-running success by adding these special shows to its line-up. Through our partnerships with The Beale on Broadway and Casino Queen, Blues fans and music lovers will be treated to an amazing line-up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And remember to check our ‘About’ section for the full line-up and stage details.