Grand County Blues Society presents:

The 11th Annual Blues From The Top Music Festival

For more than a decade, the GCBS has been bringing the finest Blues musicians in the world to Winter Park, Colorado.
Blues From The Top
has become a yearly trek for so many — in search of incredible music in a magical setting.
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SATURDAY June 29, 2013 (Times TBA)



with special guest KATE MOSS




SUNDAY June 30, 2013 (Times TBA)

with special guests SAMANTHA FISH


with special guest REESE WYNANS


(JP Soars, Damon Fowler, Victor Wainwright)

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Want to know more about the artists? Just click ARTISTS above!
Also! Don’t miss The Future of The Blues Stage — featuring the brightest young talent! (more info to come)
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Download a letter-sized PDF of the poster!
Contains festival lineup, as well as sponsor and pre/after-party information.
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Blues From The Top 11!


Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

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“Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck.”
— Blues Revue
Rick Estrin, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, “is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” The award-winning musician, another critic said, “sounds like Little Walter playing and singing Leiber and Stoller.” Along with The Nightcats — jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and piano) — Rick Estrin serves up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut, Twisted, the band has toured non-stop, honing their creative synergy to a razor’s edge. Night after night, the band blazes their own innovative musical path while still remaining true to the blues. The results of all of this natural chemistry can be heard on their irresistible new album, One Wrong Turn.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Mud Morganfield & his Band with special guest Kate Moss

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“He’s the closest thing to Muddy I have ever heard. A real chip off the ole block. He’s got the genes. His pipes are just like Muddy. I heard him sing “Elevate Me Mama” and I got chills up my back.”
—Paul Oscher (Muddy Waters’ harp player 1967-1971)
Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy Waters and he lives up to the dauntingly big shoes he has been left to fill. Mud’s voice, zest, and swagger can summon up the ghost of his father to perfection. But Mud chooses to be multi-dimensional and his songwriting will take him to both the traditional Muddy sound or to a decided departure when it serves the song. Not to be confused with his younger brother, Big Bill Morganfield, Mud has stood as his own man. He has become a hugely popular festival and concert attraction in Europe and South America and has made some critically acclaimed appearances at major US events such as the Chicago Blues Festival and the Rhythm Room 20 year anniversary party. His amazing voice, energetic stage show, and regal demeanor brings audiences to their feet.
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Photo by John Ambrosino
Kate Moss keeps finding herself coming back to Colorado. She’s done shows and jammed with some of the finest talent in the biz during GCBS events (including Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Nick Moss, Ana Popovic, Samantha Fish, Ryan McGarvey, Dana Fuchs, Jimmy Carpenter, and Andy Irvine, among others).

This year is no different! Kate is thrilled to be able to share the stage with her friend from The Windy City, Mud Morganfield. Mud has a rich legacy in the genre (being the eldest son of Muddy Waters and a superb performer in his own right), and they share not only a love of blues, but specifically
Chicago Blues… the two speak the same language in that regard.

You can also see Kate Moss at the pre- and after-parties at Moe’s! She’ll be sharing the stage with the likes of Mud Morganfield, Rick Estrin, Kid Anderson, Scot Sutherland & Jimmy Carpenter (of The Wheel), and many more!

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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Set time TBA

Lucky Peterson

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“Incredible blues vocals… insanely lively guitar… it’s amazing.”
—USA Today
Lucky Peterson is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues. Nobody would refute his reputation as one of the preeminent performers of the modern era. A searing lead guitarist, fantastic organist, and first-rate vocalist, Lucky's many talents are truly mind-boggling.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Ronnie Baker Brooks

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“…a monster guitarist with an ample supply of technique and passion.” —
In the Olympic tradition, when the torch gets passed on, the flame transfers from one sure hand to the next — keeping it burning, while at the same time moving forward. It's a fitting image for young Chicago guitar hero Ronnie Baker Brooks on his aptly titled third release, The Torch. Not only does he sing with soulful fire and play with a white-hot intensity; he's also carrying the torch from the previous generation of soul and blues greats and moving the music into the future. “I grew up among the best of the best,” Brooks says. “Every time I play, I feel like I've got to do it with the authenticity and passion that I saw in guys like Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and my father. But I also have to put my twist on it. None of those guys repeated what came before them.”
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Set time TBA

Mike Zito & The Wheel

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“…his fiery Strat playing elevates each and every song, as do the swallow-your-emotions vocals.” —Vintage Guitar Magazine
Mike Zito’s career is one that is quickly on the rise. He is a popular performer under his own name, with his trio The Wheel and with super-group and past Blues From The Top performers (2012), The Royal Southern Brotherhood. The Saint Louis native’s 2011 album Greyhound was nominated for Best Rock Blues Album at the 2011 Blues Music Awards and the song “Roll On” was featured on the mega-hit TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” Zito has worked with a wide range of producers in his young career including David Z (Prince), Jim Gaines (Carlos Santana, Steve Miller Band) and Anders Osborne. Zito’s gritty soulful singing, pure blues rock guitar playing and strong songwriting is laying a foundation for a career that is not close to peaking anytime soon.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Joanne Shaw Taylor

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“She plays with more attitude and flare than most. Massive potential here. Inspiring.”
In the past two years, Joanne Shaw Taylor has gone from a promising young blues talent to a bona fide force on the international music scene. She took home Best Female Vocalist honors at the 2010 British Blues Awards, has supported tours by Joe Bonamassa and Eric Sardinas and impressed legions of fans in the US, Europe and Australia with her high-energy attack.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Set time TBA

Zac Harmon

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Zac Harmon is returning to his roots after several decades expressing an unbiased love for music. Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Harmon is a disciple of the Farish Street blues sound. (Farish Street is universally recognized as the home of many great blues legends including the late, great Elmore James.). During the 50’s and 60’s Harmon hung out at his father’s pharmacy on Farish (first African-American pharmacy in Jackson), soaking up the aura and sounds of the musician customers while developing his skills as a guitarist, organist and vocalist. Like many he honed those skills while at church.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Albert Castiglia

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“It’s a revelation to discover the thrilling retro-electric blues from this astonishing young guitarist.” —USA Today
Albert Castiglia’s (pronounced “ka-STEEL-ya”) history is as colorful as his home town of Miami, Florida. He got a big break after meeting Junior Wells in 1996, and became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. After Wells passed, he toured with Sandra Hall. Returning to South Florida after launching his solo career releasing his first CD, Burn (2002), a self-release, collaborating with his long time friend, Graham Wood Drout. Drout’s songs became the perfect vehicle for Castiglia’s soulful vocals. In 2006, he released A Stone’s Throw, his second album and first release for Blues Leaf Record. Castiglia and Drout also released a live CD together, titled Bittersweet Sessions, in 2005. His 2008 CD, These Are The Days contained five original Castiglia songs, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues.” These Are The Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.” Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.”
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Set time TBA

Sena Ehrhardt with special guest Reese Wynans

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“Sena’s soulful voice, magnetic, energetic stage presence, and riveting performances make her one of the most compelling musical acts around.” —Downbeat
Sena Ehrhardt is unquestionably one of the freshest and most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. Once the lights come on, her commanding stage presence and gritty, soulfully emotional vocal prowess capture the audience, belying her youthful, demure appearance.

The buzz about Sena’s provocative performances at clubs and festivals across the upper Midwest led to a recording contract with renowned roots label Blind Pig Records. Her brilliant debut recording, Leave the Light On, garnered a prestigious nomination from the Blues Music Awards where her performance at the BMA’s in Memphis turned many heads. The album also received two nominations at the Blues Blast Music Awards, winning the award for “Best New Artist Debut Release." Leave the Light On features ten original compositions that she co-wrote with her father. Her songs are fresh and incisive, delivered in a style that moves effortlessly from sultry to declarative to passionately forceful.

Sena was born and raised in a house of blues. Through years of playing music in clubs and juke joints, her guitarist father, Ed Ehrhardt, laid the groundwork for a love of blues that eventually led to the formation of the Sena Ehrhardt Band. She has taken those influences and several years of experience to forge her own personal and intelligent take on the blues. Blues Revue called her band “one of the hottest new blues outfits in the country” while Jazz & Blues Report said, “Make way for a rising star.”
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Reese Wynans

Highly regarded for his work with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans toured and recorded with them for five years. Wynans has a long list of CDs he has performed on, which includes: Buddy Guy, Larry Carlton, Delbert McClinton, Otis Rush, Los Lonely Boys, Captain Beyond, Chris Duarte, Lonnie Brooks, Bob Seger, John Hiatt, to name just a few.

Reese is a strong supporter of The Grand County Blues Society and its programs, most notably Blue Star Connection. He makes frequent trips to participate in events, becoming a key part of the big show every time. At Blues From The Top 11, he'll be lending his immense talents to Sena Ehrhardt and her band — we can’t wait to see what they cook up!
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Set time TBA

Southern Hospitality

Damon Fowler / J.P. Soars / Victor Wainwright
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“This may be the ultimate southern rock band, a mix of Marshal Tucker and Allmans with a dash of Paul Thorn and a splatter of Little Feat.” —No Depression
The South has long been known for hospitality and down home music. Recently the region has seen the emergence of a musical group of young musicians who are masters of their craft and embody the soul and spirit of Dixie. The Band creating all the buzz, called Southern Hospitality, is comprised of lap steel guitar master Damon Fowler, guitarist extraordinaire J.P. Soars, and keyboard wizard Victor Wainwright.

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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Kara Grainger

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“One of the best new voices on the Americana scene this year belongs not to an  American, but an Aussie, Kara Grainger. She brings the whole trifecta of singing, playing and writing…”
Classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger, who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013 - Set time TBA

Austin Young

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“I see no limit to Austin’s talent as a guitarist, singer, entertainer, bandleader, and magnetic new force of nature.” —Bob Margolin
Austin Young, a Colorado native, picked up his first guitar at age 12 and hasn't put it down since. Self-taught, he churns out the blues and displays his music with electrifying passion that defies his young age. He engages his audience and can match any seasoned performer that currently draws large crowds. His inspirations run the gauntlet of the Blues from historical giants such as Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters to contemporary masters like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Currently Austin and his band perform locally and nationally in established music clubs, numerous music festivals, private functions, and special events. He incorporates the sheer honesty of the blues and performs it with a modern, high energy sound that remains faithful to its traditional roots.

In January of this year, Austin won five Members Choice Awards from The Colorado Blues Society, but his talent goes beyond the borders of Colorado. Austin and his band, No Difference, have a brand new CD out on Vizztone Records,
Blue As Can Be, which will have worldwide distribution, and will surely make a big impact on the world of Blues.
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Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Set time TBA


Jack Hadley & Maddie Lutz

Guitarist/singer Jack Hadley was born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and an African-American father from Louisiana. He grew up in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Jack has performed at festivals and clubs all over the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He appears on Otis Taylor’s 2007 Telarc release Definition Of A Circle playing lead guitar and lap steel. Jack and Maddie Lutz - a gifted young singer from Tabernash, Colorado - first performed together with Delores Scott during the gospel show at Blues From The Top 2012. They have played together at a number of Blue Star Connection shows and festivals. Their powerful, soaring harmonies are something to behold and never fail to move the crowd.
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Big Jim Adam & John Stilwagen

Big Jim and John sure cook up some tasty blues soup. Jim starts things heating up with a lot of thumb thumping bass, a goodly portion of sliding swampy guitar, and a big voice. John adds a spicy kick with his big city style on the keys. His expertise on piano and accordion adds a whole lot a flavor (Tabasco sauce, baby). Jim Adam hails from a small town in Kansas and has had songs and performances placed in film. His rich baritone voice lends him an attention-grabbing authority. John Stilwagen is originally from Long Island and has shared the stage with notables such as: Deanna Bogart, Jimmy Thackery, Ruthie Foster and Tab Benoit.

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Additional Events – Blues From The Top Weekend

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Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Thursday 6/27:
Hi-Note Thursday
& more!

Time: 6 - 8 pm
Cost: FREE!
Where: Hideaway Park
(Fest Grounds)
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Andy Irvine
Friday 6/28:
Music On The Mall

Time: 5 - 7 pm
Cost: FREE!
Where: Cooper Creek Square

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Mud Morganfield
Friday 6/28:
Pre-Fest Party!

Time: 8 pm
Cost: $20
Where: Smokin’ Moe’s (Cooper Creek Square)
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Get Tickets for 6/29 Pre-Party
NOW through EZ Register!
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Saturday 6/29:
Category 5 Night
followed by Cat 5 guitar jam!
& more!

Time: 9 pm
Cost: $20
Where: Smokin’ Moe’s (Cooper Creek Square)
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Get Tickets for 6/30 Cat5 Night
NOW through EZ Register!
Category 5 Amplification
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Our Lodging Partner

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Beaver Village Condominiums
Classic Winter Park Colorado Lodging
(800) 824-8438

Each 1, 2 or 3-bedroom condo features:
• Full Kitchen with flatware and cookware
• Living & dining area
• Fireplace
• Balcony
• Master Bedroom & full bath (all bedrooms include linens) 
• DVD Player in living area
• Hairdryers in bathrooms
• Complimentary Wireless internet

Tell them you’ll be attending
Blues From The Top!

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Vacations Incorporated
Winter Park, CO
(800) 215-6535

Call or visit
the website for more info.

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The Pinnacle Lodge
PO Box 2140
108 Zerex Street
Fraser, CO 80442

(970) 722-7631

Call or visit
the website for more info.

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Hideaway Park
78786 US Hwy 40
Winter Park CO 80482

If you’re coming from Interstate 70 heading West (i.e. from Denver), get off at Exit #232 EMPIRE, then go over Berthoud Pass.

Hideaway Park is located right on Highway 40 – right across from The Winter Park Visitor Center.


Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated!

Sign up to volunteer with us this year at the 11th Annual Blue From The Top!

Sudi Newcomer, Volunteer Leader
Email Sudi
(970) 531-9551


Interested in Sponsoring The 11th Annual Blues From The Top?

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The Festival is held downtown Winter Park at the Hideaway Park area. It lasts from Thursday, June 27th until Sunday evening, June 30th. It is a very family, kid-friendly festival that is ran mostly by volunteers and under the Grand County Blues Society’s non-profit umbrella.
We have people come to this festival from
all over the US and Europe to enjoy the music and our community. The festival not only brings great national touring acts / music to our community but also helps to support the Grand County Blues Society’s entities (listed below) that enhance and help our community and people from all over!
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Blues in The School Program (“BITS”) - Bringing music history and art to the kids in all our schools here in Grand County. Click here for more info on“BITS”.
Blue Star Connection Program - Providing instruments to children and young adults here, state, country and world wide, who have life threatening illnesses. We put instruments in entire Cancer Therapy units in hospitals everywhere and have already placed in over 14 states! Click here to visit the Blue Star Connection website in a new window.
Check Out The Music Program (“COTM”) - Providing instruments in all five of our county’s libraries, where kids and adults alike can “Check Out” an instrument like a library book! Helps bring music to people who cannot always afford to purchase instruments. Click here for more on “COTM”.
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In order to continue to produce this festival as a non-profit, we need the help of our community, in sponsorships. Below is a sponsorship flyer with information on the various levels of sponsorships we offer. Any of these levels can be customize, based on what would benefit your company the most in ways of advertisements, banners, VIP tickets, etc.
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Please download our Sponsorship Flyer for the 11th Annual Blues From The Top Music Festival. (Just click the PDF icon to the left.)

We’re confident you’ll find a level of sponsorship which suits your budget and your marketing needs. We can work with you to customize a plan to get you the amount of exposure that will help to drive your business.

Call or email Cheryl with questions! (970) 281-9842
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Our newest Sponsors!

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We welcome you to join the sponsorship family too! We’ll help you find the right level to suit your needs and get you seen by our members, musicians, volunteers, fans, residents and others!

Email us today with questions so you can see YOUR LOGO above and on all festival materials!
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Many Thanks to Our Sponsors

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Real Estate of Winter Park
Sky-Hi News
Grand Mountain Bank
Town of Winter Park
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Beaver Village Condominiums
Strictly Blues with Kai Turner
Category 5 Amps
Email us re: Featured Sponsorship
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The Foundry
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Thank you all!

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Get Your Tickets Today!

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• $26 / 1-day pass
• $42 / 2-day pass

A fan favorite:
$75 / day V.I.P. pass

(V.I.P. includes shade, premium seating, food, and cash bar!)

*Kids 13 & under are FREE!

Buy Tickets NOW through:
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