Saturday's mainstage activities begin with St. Louis' own Big George Brock and the Houserockers, featuring the energetic showmanship of harmonica player and vocalist Brock, and a band whose raucous and rough approach would be equally at home in both a Mississippi juke-joint and a big-city blues bar. Other notable mainstage acts on Saturday include the often underrated singer and guitarist Joanna Connor and Big Sam's Funky Nation, a New Orleans outfit led by a former trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band that shares the DDBB's proclivity for horn-driven, second-line funk.
On Sunday, Mississippians Terry "Big T" Williams & Wesley "Junebug" Jefferson will kick things off with their own twist on electrified country blues, while veteran British multi-instrumentalist and singer John Mayall has been recruited to fill the closing slot originally intended for Turner. Add a diverse selection of local blues and soul acts, and you've got two days of free music that should be well worth the trip downtown.
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