COCONUT CREEK, Fla. - Blues-infused rock and roll band North Mississippi Allstars, New Orleans brass band Bonerama joined by special guest Dave Malone of The Radiators, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Albert Cummings and Tab Benoit will perform at the 6th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The festival takes place from 2-11 p.m. April 20. All entertainment will take place in The Pavilion, and barbecue vendors will be located in the west parking lot just outside The Pavilion.
Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket includes unlimited beer and free entertainment. Food can be purchased for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 and older.
Playin- The Blues
Brothers Luther (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, sampling) formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 with bassist Chris Chew. The sons of legendary producer Jim Dickinson were born in Tennessee and later moved to northern Mississippi, where they soaked up the country blues sound of the region from artists like Fred McDowell and R.L. Burnside. That became the chief inspiration for the Allstars, but the group also mixes in a rock edge, an alternative aesthetic and a road-ready rock & roll sensibility akin to jam bands like Phish. They released their debut album, Shake Hands with Shorty, in 2000 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. They earned two more Grammy nominations in the same category for 51 Phantom in 2001 and Electric Blue Watermelon in 2005. In 2008, after five studio albums and more than a decade of touring together, the Dickinsons pursued other projects and reunited again in 2010 to record Keys to the Kingdom. Most recently, they have toured extensively with Robert Plant & The Band of Joy, headlined major festivals and toured internationally as a headliner with Ian Siegal as part of the Mississippi Mudbloods. They are at times joined by Lightnin- Malcolm, Alvin Youngblood Hart, previous member Chris Chew, and a host of other talented musicians. The band continually expands the tradition of the Mississippi hill country blues that inspired them from the beginning.
Rock-oriented New Orleans brass band Bonerama was formed by trombonists Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, both of whom had been members of Harry Connick Jr.'s big band since 1990. Mullins obtained a weekly residency at the New Orleans nightclub Tipitina's in the summer of 1998 and turned it into a trombone summit. Despite its horn-heavy instrumentation, Bonerama was a rock band, known for playing such covers as -Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group along with songs by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Allman Brothers Band. The group's first album, Live at the Old Point, was released in 2001. Live from New York followed in 2005, and the third consecutive album, Bringing It Home, was released in 2007. Bonerama was recognized as the -Best Rock Band by the Big Easy Awards in 2007 and 2010.
Dave Malone of The Radiators will make a special guest appearance, performing with Bonerama. Malone was the guitarist of one of New Orleans- most popular rock & roll bands, which served up a smorgasbord of musical styles that included blues, R&B, funk and rootsy rock & roll.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is a three-piece outfit that plays a combination of roots music and alternative country that is also heavily influenced by country blues. At its center is Josh Peyton (vocals, guitar), who grew up listening to his father's blues-rock albums. His wife Breezy plays the washboard and also provides back-up vocals while Aaron -Cuz Persinger plays the drums. After receiving an electric guitar and amp at age 12, Peyton became infatuated with pre-World War II country blues and a desire to learn the fingerstyle picking of artists like Charlie Patton. The trio released their first album, The Pork -n- Beans Collection, in 2004. It was followed by albums released on a yearly basis. In 2009, the trio opened for Clutch on an extensive headlining tour of Europe and that same year joined the Van Warped Tour. They were on the entire 2010 Van's Warped Tour and received the Best Band of Warped Tour Award, voted by the crew, bands and promoters. Their fifth album, Between the Ditches, was released in 2012.
Albert Cummings started playing the five-string banjo when he was 12 and appeared headed for a career in bluegrass. In his late teens, he was introduced to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan and soon made the transition to electric guitar. A chance encounter with Vaughan's old band, Double Trouble, led to Cummings- first solo record, From the Heart, which was recorded in Austin, TX, and featured Cummings fronting Double Trouble. His soulful and explosive approach to blues rock and roll caught the attention of Blind Pig Records, which signed in to a multi-album deal. His debut album, True to Yourself, was released in 2004. He has since shared the bill with B.B. King, the Neville Brothers, Sheryl Crow and Buddy Guy.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tab Benoit is a rising star on the modern blues scene. Nice and Warm, his debut album, prompted some critics to say he was sometimes reminiscent of three blues guitar gods: Albert King, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. He has taken his blend of swamp blues and East Texas guitar-driven blues to live shows all over the United States, Canada and Europe.
Brews & BBQ
But genuine blues performances are only the highlight of this barbeque extravaganza that's grown in popularity each year with its 100-plus-brand beer sampling and delicious BBQ served at booths by the best local restaurants.
Local beer connoisseurs and people who just enjoy trying different brews -- without having to pay full bottle or glass prices for the sake of experimentation -- are drawn each year to the brew sampling.
Here's the performance schedule for Saturday, April 20:
3 - 3:45 p.m. - Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
4:15 - 5 p.m. Albert Cummings
5:30 - 7 p.m. - Bonerama, with special guest Dave Malone of The Radiators
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tab Benoit
9 - 10:30 p.m. North Mississippi Allstars
About Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
The all-new Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is South Florida's hottest place to play. With its recent $150 million expansion, the entertainment destination now features 65 table games of live Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Let it Ride and Spanish 21 plus a High-Limit area and lounge on a 100,000-square-foot casino floor. The new second floor non-smoking Stax Poker Lounge offers high stakes no-limit action including Texas Hold -em, 7-Card Stud and Omaha Hi Lo tournaments. More than 2,300 Las Vegas-style slots include Wide-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Three new restaurants - the upscale NYY Steak, Sorrisi Italian Restaurant and the New York-style 1st Street Deli - join the award winning Fresh Harvest, Nectar Lounge and Sunset Grill. Taking total guest enjoyment to a new level is The Pavilion, a 1,200-seat concert venue, and the revolutionary Player's Club showcasing an innovative and immersive experience eliminating wait times. An environmentally friendly garage with solar energy and green art technology offers 2,400 covered parking spaces. An adjacent transportation hub is outfitted with valet service and a bus lounge for ultimate comfort and guest convenience. Open 24/7, 365 days, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is located at the corner of U.S. 441 (State Road 7) and Sample Road at 5550 NW 40 Street. For more information, call 954-977-6700, visit us online at www.seminolecasinococonutcreek.com or www.facebook.com/seminolecasinocococreek. Follow us on Twitter @SemCasinoCoCo.