August 2, 2007
Five years of blues
Barnful of Blues Festival offers two days, a dozen performers
By Erica Febre firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Boston Blues Association will hold the fifth annual Barnful of Blues Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4, featuring a dozen musicians performing at the 4H Youth Center located on Route 13 in New Boston.
The all-day festival will spotlight New Hampshire’s own blues musicians and some from the Boston area. The day’s activities will include raffles and games as well as a classic and hot-rod car show organized by the Granite State chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA).
The New Boston Blues Association was founded in 2002 and is a group of music-loving individuals from New Boston, Bedford, Milford, New London and Manchester who wanted to use the blues to promote events to raise funds for children’s charities. The Barnful offers a main stage for featured artists, and an acoustic showcase on a second stage.
“I love the blues. It’s the whole root of music. If it wasn’t for the blues, we wouldn’t have any of the greats that we have today,” said Barry Smith, executive director and founder of the New Boston Blues Association.
Last year the NBBA donated $5,000 to the Webster House. S
The festival got its name from the weather at the last two events, where rain forced the event to move indoors to the barn. The festival is scheduled rain or shine.
This year’s featured artists include The Skip Philbrick Band from Antrim with a mix of rock and blues; Shirley Lewis from Boston with her own original and classic blues standards; the Boston Horns with a new jazz and blues ensemble; the Lydia Warren Band from Boston with a mix of blues and r&b; premier blues performer Sweet Wille D and the Continental Walk from Boston; blues jam band Otis and the Elevators from Boston; and Arthur James & Northbound from Bradford.
Performing during the acoustic showcase, in between the mainstage performances, are solo artist Jackie Lee from Manchester, acoustic duo Robert Young and John Mann, both also from Manchester, and solo artists Francine Calo from Maine and Arthur James from Bradford.
Blues guitar expert, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, a long-time friend of the New Boston Blues Association, will be a guest of honor.
Festival attendants are invited to bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks. The Barnful of Blues is a family-friendly event.
Gates open at 11 a.m.; tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Barnful of Blue Festival
Who: A dozen performers from across the New England area
When: Saturday, Aug. 4, noon to 8 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m.
Where: 4H Youth Center, Route 13, New Boston.
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
For more information: Artist information is available at newbostonblues.org and myspace.com/newbostonbluesassociation.
noon: Arthur James & Northbound Train
1 p.m.: Boston Horns
2 p.m.: Otis and the Elevators
3 p.m.: Lydia Warren Band
4 p.m.: Sweet Willie D and the Continental Walk
5 p.m.: Skip Philbrick Band
7 p.m.: Shirley Lewis Band
12:45 p.m.: Jackie Lee
1:45 p.m.: Robert Young & John Mann
2:45 p.m.: Larry Dougher
3:45 p.m.: Francine Calo
4:45 p.m.: Arthur James