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Vintage #18
Vintage #18 is a band from Washington, DC – right off of myth-fueled Route 66 – that delivers high energy soul and blues with an engaging live performance and infectious groove. Built on a framework of uniquely talented and dedicated musicians, the band features the vintage sound of Bill Holter (guitar), the groove is laid by Alex Kuldell (drums) and Mark Chandler (bass), with sultry lead vocals by Robbin Kapsalis, captivating audiences with her soulful voice and infectious live show. The energy of the band is undeniable. Move and Groovealiciousness for the People!

Ron Spencer Band
For over 25 years Ron Spencer has been a mainstay of the CNY blues scene. He has lent his fiery blend of blues, and roots-based guitar playing to some of the area’s premier bands including Grammy nominated Joe Whiting, The Kingsnakes’ Pete McMahon, Tom Townsley and blues diva, Kim Lembo. The Ron Spencer Band released Roller Coaster Blues an original collecton of blues & American roots music during 2009 and Blues Wax online magazine says, “Roller Coaster Blues can hang with the toughest Blues albums coming out today.”


Lil' Ronnie and the Grand Dukes
Virginia’s Li’l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes are to the East Coast what Little Charlie & the Nightcats are to California; the hippest, coolest, groovin’est, jumpin’ little blues band that ever filled a dance floor! express a traditional blues feeling naturally. Ronnie Owen's band 'the Grand Dukes' are a critically acclaimed touring band and play anywhere from funky little blues bars, where the music was invented to major blues festivals. They have earned the reputation as an exciting must see band!

Doug Parks and The Lonewolves
Since 1983, Doug Parks and The Lonewolves continue to entertain audiences throughout the Mid Atlantic Region with their unique brand of Texas & Louisiana Blues mixed with some Roots Rock and Dance Music.
They have shared the stage with a some National and Regionally recognized acts, including: The Drifters, The Nighthawks, Danny Gatton, Tom Principato, The Roadducks w/ Phil McCormack of Molly Hatchet and more. Doug has also performed with Blues legend Albert King, Epic Recording Artist Ronnie McDowell, The Adam Smasher Band and Heavy Country.

Blues Flash
Its rare when a group is able to combine so many wide-ranging styles of music from traditional and modern blues, to roots-rock and R&B, with some original tunes and a little funk thrown in for good measure. Drawing from a number of musical backgrounds and styles, Blues Flash had its origins from a legendary weekly jam session, where several of the members met, at a now defunct blues club in Richmond, VA. When you catch Blues Flash live, its hard to tell just who is having more fun, the audience or the band. One thing is for sure, its always a party going on when Blues Flash is in the house!

Still Standing featuring Linwood Taylor
Linwood Lee Taylor is bringing his guitar to town with Still Standing. Linwood is tuned in to Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters, as well as Freddy King, Albert King and Albert Collins just to name a few. In fact, Taylor often played with Collins on the East Coast and treats fans to “Frosty”, a Collins tune he played with its creator. Not many Blues artists can say they’ve recorded with H.R. of the Bad Brains as well as performed with Albert Collins, but Taylor can. This talented Bluesman knows how to play some bare-bones acoustic guitar, too!


Big Boy Little Band
The Big Boy LIttle Band (BBLB) plays blues for grownups...the deep, deep blues. The kind of blues you used to hear on a distant radio station broadcasting from somewhere down south, late at night. The kind of blues where you wake up early in the morning and all you can think of is your lover and you wonder, “where’d you go”. The kind of blues that makes you want to go somewhere and dance or shout or just be alive. Those kinds of blues.


Patty Reese
After a standing ovation following her performance at the packed Strathmore Music Center during the recent Woodstock tribute, Patty Reese’s attitude with soulful expression and her powerhouse pipes proved a match for the likes of Janis Joplin and other prolific and important artists. Other comparisons have been made, that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Reese is winner of eleven WAMMIES including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Roots Rock Vocalist!

Buscuit Miller
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago by his Grandmother; he was given his childhood nickname, Biscuit, after always being in the kitchen and underfoot while she was trying to cook. Growing up at Grandma’s house also gave Biscuit his love and appreciation for music, as gospel and soul were played in the home on a regular basis. David "Buscuit" Miller delivers a "Funky Blues Stew" designed to get a club dancin'. Buscuit delivers bounding energy and funk that is loaded with charisma. He also has "one of the best smiles in the blues!"

Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes
Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes are guaranteed to get you up on your feet! Their blend of Chicago, West Coast, Swing and Jump Blues peppered with Soul serve up a menu to get the joint jumpin’! The Slowpokes playlist is inspired by classic blues material from Chicago to West Coast Swing, Motown to Muscle Shoals, and all the rock n’ roll in between. The Slowpokes have played venues from Frederick to Solomon’s Island and from Senate Caucus rooms to roadhouses. They have shared the stage with Victor Wainwright and the Legendary Nighthawks!


The Blues Buckets
You want great Texas/Chicago Style Blues? You want some of that filthy Rhthym and Funk? You want "Virginia's Blues Sensation" The Blues Buckets! Four fifths of The Blues Buckets are just in their twenties (Doc is the Old Fart) and despite their youth there is a real love of genuine Blues & R&B in these young hearts. The Blues Buckets show is as much fun to watch as it is to hear. Whenever they play they bring the house down. If they don't get you in the act, check your pulse!


Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx
Power and emotion combine to create tight, dynamic blues. Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx serve up a raw energy blues and rock cocktail.
The collaborative effort manifests in their current euphonic adventure. Sweet Suzi has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as one of the most powerful female vocalists in the country. Ken Shankman of Elmore Magazine called Suzi "sultry, searing, scalding and sexy."

Gracie Curran & The High Faultin' Band
Since coming together in Boston in early 2010, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band have earned their reputation for jaw dropping Blues & Soul. With their amazingly energetic live shows and stunningly soulful sound, the band has quickly garnered the attention and adoration of fans and critics alike.

In 2013, Gracie and company recorded their debut album “Proof of Love” and received critical acclaim, with airplay on Sirius XM and over 200 radio stations worldwide; eventually earning the band a 2014 WC Handy Blues Music Award Nomination for Best New Artist. They are working on their sophomore album, “Come Hell or High Falutin’”, expected to be released in early 2016.

With powerful performances and a contagious enthusiasm, Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band have established themselves as one of the most exciting young bands on the roots scene today.


Schedule of Events

FRIDAY • JUNE 17
6:00 PM: Vintage #18
7:45 PM: Ron Spencer Band
9:30 PM: Lil' Ronnie & The Grand Dukes

SATURDAY • JUNE 18
12:00 PM: Doug Parks & The Lonewolves
1:45 PM: Blues Flash
3:30 PM: Still Standing feat. Linwood Taylor
5:20 PM: Big Boy Little Band
7:10 PM: Patty Reese
9:00 PM: Biscuit Miller


SUNDAY • JUNE 19
12:00 PM: Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes
1:40 PM: Blues Buckets
3:40 PM: Sweet Suzi & Sugafixx
5:30 PM: Gracie Curran & High Falutin' Band
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High Tides Blues Festival 2016

The High Tides Blues Festival is celebrating our sixth year running! All proceeds from this jam-packed event will support the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department for much needed roof repairs. Help us "Raise the Roof" and enjoy live music on the boardwalk in Colonial Beach, Virginia!

The Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department (CBVFD) is the Pride of the Potomac! Established in 1895, their fire station is located is Westmoreland County, Virginia. They are a completely volunteer station with the exclusion of one paid employee who works five days a week. The CBVFD responds to approixmately 600 calls per year with 30 active firefighters. Their mission is to protect the citizens and property of Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County through suppression, prevention and education.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Stop by and visit us at High Tides on the Potomac in Colonial Beach, Virginia on the day of the show or purchase your tickets online (below).

TICKET PRICING: The Festival Pass is $55 for all events (Save $15)! A Single Day Pass for Saturday Only is $27. A Single Day Pass for Sunday Only is $23 and the Friday Night Pre-Fest Party is only $20 per person. This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE! Exact times of shows and musicians are subject to change. All ticket sales are final. NO REFUNDS!

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