Buddy Guy Heads Up Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival

06/01/2011
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Buddy Guy has been announced as the headliner for the second annual Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival.

The event is set to take place Lakefront Park in Prior Lake, Minnesota on Saturday, July 16 and will also feature The Voice" contestant Tim Mahoney Quinn Sullivan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Rea, The Lamont Cranston Blues Band and more.

"We are absolutely honored to have Buddy Guy headlining this year's festival," said Shaun Naya, event and fundraising co-chair for the Prior Lake Rotary. "He is an extraordinarily talented musician that will highlight an amazing day of jazz and blues music."

George "Buddy" Guy has a colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and has received six Grammy Awards, the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, and 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards—the most of any artist.

uinn Sullivan, a 12 year-old guitar prodigy who began playing the guitar when he was three. Sullivan caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres in 2006 and was personally invited by Buddy Guy to join him on tour in 2011. His new record Cyclone explores many styles ranging from scorching Blues and Rock n' Roll, to Pop oriented ballads, all while showcasing his incredible guitar skills.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real brings their mix of blues and Southern-folk-rock talents to the festival this year, promising to stay true to their musical roots. Nelson honed his singing and songwriting skills growing up on the road with his famous father. The band has toured with everyone from B.B. King and Dave Matthews Band to Blues Traveler and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Headed by Pat "Lamont" Hayes, The Lamont Cranston Blues Band will feature Bruce McCabe as a special guest. From clubs, concert halls and festivals, to auditoriums and stadiums, the band has shared the stage with many blues legends, including Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, The Blues Brothers and Bonnie Raitt.

A recent contestant on NBC's "The Voice," Minnesota musical artist Tim Mahoney was influenced by R.E.M., U2 and Sam Cooke. A mainstay in the Twin Cities music scene for over 10 years and Prior Lake native, Mahoney's raspy voice and bittersweet lyrics are still winning people over.

Contemporary guitarist and vocalist Steve Oliver brings his multi-genre music covering world, contemporary, soul and pop to the festival. Recently nominated as International Instrumentalist of the Year for 2010 by the Wave Awards, Oliver has phenomenal capabilities of incorporating global music styles with a mix of pop/rock/soul and contemporary, bringing a fresh, chart-topping sound as an unparalleled guitarist and signature vocalist.

Mexican-American saxophonist/singer Jessy J is already a jazz sensation with her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms and instantly captivating melodies. The 31 year-old has received high accolades, including Radio and Records "Debut Artist of The Year", and contemporary jazz song of the year by R&R and Billboard for the title track of her debut album, Tequila Moon.

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