Rhode Island BBQ Blues Festival

Come kick off summer with the best BBQ & Blues that the Ocean State has to offer on Saturday, June 23 and 24, 2018.

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Roomful of Blues

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Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger.

With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.”

Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson


 Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson spent a lengthy stint in the top-seeded band of Muddy Waters (1972-1979). Gospel and blues intersected in young Luther Johnson's life while he was still in Mississippi. But after he moved to Chicago in the mid-'50s, blues was his main passion, working with Ray Scott and Tall Milton Shelton before taking over the latter's combo in 1962. Magic Sam was a major stylistic inspiration to Johnson during the mid-'60s (Johnson spent a couple of years in Sam's band).

The West Side approach remained integral to Johnson's sound, even after he moved to the Boston area during the early '80s. Johnson's 1976 debut album, Luther's Blues, was cut during a European tour with Muddy Waters. By 1980, he was on his own, recording with the Nighthawks as well as four tracks on Alligator's second series of Living Chicago Blues anthologies.


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Alexis P. Suter is the owner of that big, booming voice you can hear roaring out of Brooklyn into the heart of North America and beyond.  Alexis P. and her band are on the rise as accolades pour in and they continue to captivate audiences from town to town.  

Miss Suter and her powerful and unique ensemble artfully blend the lines between Blues, Soul, Roots and Rock music. Alexis' voice ranges from a pained passion to explosive and soul bearing. 

Slam Allen


The internationally renowned Slam Allen is a messenger of love. This dynamic entertainer uses the genres of Blues, Soul, R&B, and a touch of Rock and Roll to deliver powerful soul stirring performances! Slam captures you with a voice that echoes Otis Redding, a guitar that immerses you in B. B. King and stage energy reminiscent of James Brown, all while captivating you with his own original music! 


Singer/songwriter/guitarist TJay has been playing solo shows across the northeast, traveling with a loop pedal and acoustic guitar.  Along the way, meeting some of the best (and tallest) musicians in the Hudson Valley, TJay and the Tallboys was formed.  Incorporating Rock/Pop with Jazz and Blues, they draw on influences such as Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and more.  Together they have been working their way quickly up the ranks, sharing the stage with well established artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Blues Traveler, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Rusted Root, Little Feat, The Neville Brothers, Dave Mason (of Traffic), Leon Russell, Chris Trapper (of the Push Stars), and more.  Speaking to a multitude of musical tastes, the upbeat show will keep your feet tapping and your senses engaged.


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The Kohaug Allstars


The Kohaug Allstars are one of New England’s hottest up and coming bands playing Blues, Roots, and, Americana. The band has been exciting audiences throughout New England for the past two years. The band was founded by singer songwriter Jim Devore and Brian Rodriques to bring the region a fresh take on the great American songbook.

Over the past few years the band has enjoyed sharing the stage with some of New England’s finest musicians including Chris Stovall Brown, Newport Slim, and James Montgomery, to name a few. The band has honed their craft playing in local clubs such as Newport’s “Pour Judgment”, Fall River’s “ Boondocks”, Connecticut’s “ Strange Brew” and many other venues throughout the Northeast. 

Elliott Johnson and The J Street Band

TD James Band

Brought to you by Grand Festivals, the people who bring you the Rhode Island Seafood Festival and the Rhode Island Music & Arts Festival.