Jarekus Singleton – Saturday August 27, 2016   Springer Market Square Stage


At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and BB King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound – equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions – is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and rhythm and blues grooves with contemporary and traditional blues turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent. 

Phil Wiggins & George Kilby Jr featuring Sherman Holmes – Friday August 26 – Princess St Stage

Three veteran musicians will bring their progressive style of blues to Rye, infusing contemporary issues into a genre steeped in tradition. For 30 years, Phil Wiggins was half of the international acoustic blues duo “Cephas and Wiggins”. Together they recorded more than a dozen albums, performing in Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and at the White House. George Kilby, Jr. spent 20 years performing with and producing albums for the legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins of Muddy Waters Band. He is a fixture in Manhattan’s roots music scene and can be seen with his band most Sundays at BB King’s in Times Square. Kilby and Wiggins started collaborating in 2011, not long after the passing of their respective musical partners. Together they’ve toured North America and Europe receiving great acclaim.They will be joined by Sherman Holmes who was part of the Soul/Gospel/Blues trio “The Holmes Brothers” for over 35 years. The Holmes Brothers received the Blues Foundation’s Band of the Year (‘05) and Album of the Year (’08). In 2014 they received the highest honor the US bestows on folk artists, an NEA National Heritage Fellowship.  

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Thursday Aug 25- Confederation Park Stage

One of the rising stars in Toronto’s music scene, Samantha Martin can belt out blues, gospel and rockabilly with ease. Rob Bowman of Soulsville USA says of Samantha “one of the most powerful new artists I have heard in many, many years.”  

Conor Gains & The Ramblin’ Moon - Princess St Stage

At 22 years old, Conor Gains has already been nominated for a Maple Blues Best New Artist Award as well as performed with the BB King All stars, in Nashville & Memphis. He was also invited by the late guitar legend Les Paul to join him on stage in New York City. Sensing that there are two kinds of music – in his words “good music and bad music” – his perspective is that Blues is to be celebrated by stretching the boundaries providing appeal for Blues lovers and non-Blues lovers alike.. His latest CD, Run Away with the Night, features blues revamped with pop, rock, Cajun, soul and boogie woogie.  

MonkeyJunk – Springer Market Square Stage

The 2008 birth of the Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk came along just when music fans needed them the most. They brought an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues to the table and haven’t looked back. In the relatively short time they’ve been performing and recording together, the members of MonkeyJunk have won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, winning in 2012.  

Talk of the Street – Springer Market Square Stage

Hailing from the Canadian delta known as Kingston, this batch of talented young musicians will have you shaking until your back ain’t got no bone! Rooted heavily in R&B and Soul, they also muster their influence from Funk, Blues and Jazz to create a diversity of rhythms and grooves. Talk of the Street is the band all your neighbours are gossiping about!