Vinny Stefanelli, a music instructor and music/media producer residing in Erie, PA, will be playing his fretless guitar and singing some of his original songs. Vinny is the originator and director of Music for Veterans, a non-profit organization designed to provide healing for veterans and assist them in reintegrating into civilian life through playing instruments which are provided as needed.
Lisa Mann is an American electric blues bassist, songwriter and singer living in Portland, Oregon, whose influences include Etta James, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and little Milton. Lisa received the Blues Blast Awards Sean Costello Rising Star Award in 2014 and the Blues Music Awards for Instrumentalist: Bass in 2015 and 2016. She was a European Blues Awards nominee for live performance in 2018. She is in the Cascade Blues Association and the Oregon Blues Halls of Fame. She has earned the Muddy Waters Award for Bass Player of the Year three times. Her sixth album, “Old Girl,” released September 18, 2020, hit the Billboard Blues chart two weeks later.
Neil Tapp is a fingerstyle guitarist/singer/songwriter who combines the East Coast Piedmont style, early jazz of the 1920’s and 30’s and the contemporary influences of Ry Cooder and Dave Bromberg, among others. He has absorbed 20th century folk, blues and ragtime and incorporated it into his own style.
Based in southeast Pennsylvania he has played festivals, coffeehouses, bars and house concerts up and down the east coast from Nova Scotia to Georgia.
Fiona Boyes is an Australian blues musician who plays both acoustic and electric on multiple albums covering blues from pre-war Delta slide to classic Chicago to the uptown sound of the West Coast. Fiona tours regularly in Australia, the U.S., and Europe, at times with the likes of Hubert Sumlin and Bob Margolin. Pinetop Perkins describes her as “the best gal guitarist I heard since Memphis Minnie.” Fiona has received four Blues Music Awards nominations and won the 2008 U.S. Blues Critics Award for Best Live Blues Album for “Live From Bluesville”. She has also received 15 national recording and performance awards in Australia. Check out YouTube for her videos: http://www.fionaboyes.com.
Roger Hammer’s songs are written in the spirit of Hand-Crafted Folk-Rock Built on the Blues. He is well known to audiences of the Blues Society of Central PA and the Susquehanna Folk Music Society. In addition to numerous performances in PA, NJ and Midwestern states around Chicago, Hammer has been featured at the Millennium Music Conference and the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Conference. He has released three syndicated CD’s, a dozen self-published original song collections at Rogerhammer.net, and lyric videos on the Roger Hammer YouTube channel. Two of his original songs are recorded on the Blues Society’s benefit CD, Backyard Blues.
A Philly native, Sister Blue fronts a driving blues band, with powerful vocals and stinging guitar leads. For variety, Sister Blue also leads an acoustic duo, playing blues and ragtime, including renditions of her favorite Bessie Smith songs, as well as compositions of her own. Her albums include “I Should’ve Said No”; “Lust, Pain, and Other Temptations”; and “Red, White & Sister Blue”. Sister Blue has had the honor to grace the stage with such blues greats as Koko Taylor and the late great Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. Check out Sister Blue videos on YouTube. http://www.sisterblueband.com.
Moonshine Society originated in 2009 by three students who met at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The lead singer and songwriter “Black Betty” brings pin-up girl glamour to the stage. Their album “Sweet Thing” is the International Blues Challenge Winner for the 2020 Best Self-Produced Blues CD. In Washington, DC, the band received the 2020 Wammie Award for the Best Blues Act and their album received the Best Blues Album. Three members were inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012 for their work with legendary harmonica player Charlie Sayles. They have shared the stage and recorded with many of the greats, such as Johnny Winter, Tower of Power, Tab Enoit, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, and Sister Sparrow. http://www.moonshinesociety.com.