The latest news from the Amelia Island Blues Festival is that the Board is looking to re-schedule the event to the Spring of 2016. Major reason for this move is the recurring weather problems the festival experiences during the September month. Since the inauguration of the Festival in 2011, inclement weather has created major obstacles concerning stage construction, talent line up risks and ticket holder no-shows.
Other dates for 2015 have been carefully considered but were ultimately decided against because of other events in the same time slots.
Alternatively, the Blues Festival Committee, in association with RockTenn and the newly formed Northeast Florida Blues Society, decided to provide Headline Sponsor funding for the performance of the Edgar Winter Band during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Saturday May 2nd.
Also on a side note, Blues Festival President Jeff Malone is spreading his blues wings, not only as co-producer of the Ghost of the Blues Broadway Review with an upcoming show at the Florida Theatre but also by founding the Northeast Florida Blues Society, which also functions as a sponsor of the “Ghost of the Blues”.
Following press release describes the interesting concept of this show.
“From Beale Street to Broadway, the Revival of the Blues”. That’s what Producer Randy Knight along with Co-Producer Jeff Malone, President of the Amelia Island Blues Festival and the Northeast Florida Blues Society have cookin’ on their “Ghost of he Blues” production, traveling nationwide with the next event at the Jacksonville Florida Theatre on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 8:00 pm. Ghost of the Blues is a musical revue featuring professional touring musicians paying homage to blues legends that have passed on to Blues Heaven. “It’s all about celebrating the musical legacy of the Blues Pioneers that brought us the roots of American music today” adds Malone.
Act I takes place in a graveyard not far from where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil in order to become the greatest bluesman ever. See Robert Johnson, and then progress through Blues history with John Lee Hooker and Etta James belting out the boogie and the hits that morphed the Blues into Rock n’ Roll.
Act II changes the stage into a juke joint where Willie Dixon, Little Walter, Albert King, Koko Taylor and more entertain you with a spontaneous explosion of the Blues like you would see ” back in the day” when American Blues ruled the world!
The outstanding cast is what makes the show. Starring Biscuit Miller as Willie Dixon, James Armstrong as John Lee Hooker, Stacy Brooks as Etta James, Bobby Wilson as Robert Johnson, Mud Morganfield as his dad Muddy Waters and more…
Come see and hear what it was like at an authentic blues revival, brothers and sisters of the Blues, when “Ghost of the Blues” comes to the Jacksonville Florida Theatre on Friday, May 8th, 2015. Our only appearance in Florida this season!
For tickets… http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/22004D73C196729F or call the box office@ 904.355.2787, www.floridatheatre.com