Summit Stunt Pilots

10:30 a.m.

Acoustic Stage

Three veteran Twin Cities bluesmen bring a no-frills folk edge to Saturday's opening act. The Summit Stunt Pilots cover a mix of Delta, country and roots-based blues along with an occasional swing tune. The trio is Dave Babb (guitar and vocals), Randy Webb (guitar, vocals and foot-stomp) and Harold Tremblay (harmonica and vocals). Babb and Webb are founding members of The Front Porch Swinging Liquor Pigs, which became a cult folk band in the Twin Cities bar scene.

Davina and the Vagabonds

11:05 a.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage

Latest CD: "Under Lock and Key"

Davina Sowers is a classically trained pianist from Florida who now calls Minnesota her home. Close your eyes and listen for a hint of Bonnie Rait on the slow songs and Janice Joplin on some power numbers. Sowers is joined by The Vagabonds -- Michael Carvale (standup and electric bass) Brian "Zoot" Simonds (saxophone,) John Lund (drums and vocals) and Zack Lozier (trumpet).

Sowers wowed the bluesfest audience last year on the Acoustic Stage, and her reviews portend she's ready for the big stage this year.

Big Walter Smith and the Groove Merchants

11:55 a.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "Running Out of Time"

If it's noon Saturday at bluesfest, it must be Big Walter.

Folks who remember the very first Bayfront Blues Festival will remember Big Walter and rain. And he's been back ever since.

It simply wouldn't be a bluesfest without Big Walter and his famed Groove Merchants, a band that has brought the blues and R&B to towns across Minnesota. You name the award and Big Walter has won it on the regional blues scene. And his latest CD is no exception.

Papa John Kolstad and Clint Hoover

1 p.m.

Acoustic Stage

Latest CD: "Papa John Kolstad and Clint Hoover: Alive and Well at the Gingko"

Papa John Kolstad didn't get elected to statewide office in 2006 like he'd hoped, but he's still making great music that he calls "Happy Blues." A mainstay in the Twin Cities folk and blues scene, Kolstad is making his second straight bluesfest appearance. This year he pairs his accomplished guitar work in an acoustic set with Clint Hoover, a master of both the chromatic and diatonic harmonica.

Mojo Buford featuring Rockin' Daddy and the Rough Cuts

1:35 p.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage

Latest CD: "Blues at the Window" (Rough Cuts), "Champagne and Reefer" (Buford)

Mojo Buford used to be a sideman for Muddy Waters, so he knows a thing or two about the blues. So do the Rough Cuts. Buford spent three years touring with Muddy before setting out for the Minneapolis area to make it on his own. Rockin' Daddy and the Rough Cuts have played together for more than 20 years (first as Blues DeLuxe) and are among the most celebrated blues musicians in Minnesota.

Hamilton Loomis

2:40 p.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "Ain't Just Temporary"

Hamilton Loomis (guitar, harp, keyboards and vocals) has brought his funkified Texas music to audiences all over the United States and around the world, recently earning two "Best Artist" awards in England and Wales. This is his first stop at bluesfest.

Loomis has blues roots but also a knack for experimentation and originality, so be ready for some different sounds. At age 16 he went backstage to meet Bo Diddley and ended up on stage playing alongside the legend.

Loomis credits his funky sound to listening to Otis Reding, Booker T, Stevie Wonder and Sam and Dave. And he credits Prince as a big influence.

Paul Metsa and Sonny Earl

3:45 p.m.

Acoustic Stage

Latest CD: "White Boys Lost in the Blues"

When two of Minnesota's best musicians get together, it's probably a good time to pull up a chair and listen. Get to the big tent early before the seats are filled.

Iron Ranger Paul Metsa (guitarist and singer/songwriter) and Twin Cities native Sonny Earl (harpist) blend their version of folk/blues on a regular basis in the Twin Cities and have recorded together.

Metsa has been compared to Bob Dylan -- both folk singer/songwriters who sought the big time and idolized Woody Guthrie. But Metsa came back to Minnesota, and the North Star state should be glad he did.

Earl got into harp at age 9. His smoother style blends well with Metsa's rougher ways. They both sing and play well about the harder side of life.

Johnny Rawls

4:20 p.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage

Latest CD: "Heart and Soul"

A native of Purvis, Miss., and longtime resident of Milwaukee, Johnny Rawls makes his bluefest debut. The 56-year-old singer/songwriter and bass player has honed his skills by playing some 300 live shows each year all across the country. This guy has done it all, from leading big bands to producing records to songwriting. When he finally went out on his own in 1985, a lot of folks wondered what took him so long.

Rawls' latest CD, "Heart and Soul," was nominated for this year's Grammy for Best Soul Blues Album.

Janiva Magness

5:25 p.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "Bury Him at the Crossroads"

Here's a story that would give anyone the blues. Both parents commit suicide. Addiction. Problem pregnancy. Detroit native Janiva Magness has a background for the blues, and she's making it work for her now. In 2006, she topped Susan Tedeschi, Shemekia Copeland and Marcia Ball to win the 2006 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Female Artist of the Year.

Now a 49-year-old grandmother who has turned her negative experiences into positive energy, Magness is known for her sauciness and the bold, brazen tempo of her performances.

David Gogo

6:45 p.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage

Latest CD: "Vibe"

His idol was Stevie Ray Vaughan, and after he had a chance to meet the Texas star, David Gogo committed to a life singing the blues. Over the past two decades that quest has taken him all over the world, and finally to Duluth for his first bluesfest.

The Canadian received his first instrument, a ukulele, at age 4 and his first guitar at age 5. By age 16, Gogo was working professionally. He's opened more than two dozen shows for Johnny Winter over the past couple of years.

And yes, David Gogo is his real name.

Johnny Winter

8:05 p.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "I'm a Bluesman"

Out of the fog and back into the blues, Johnny Winter is making what his peers say is an epic comeback.

His latest CD, "I'm a Bluesman," includes three tunes by his friend and second guitarist Paul Nelson, who writes with bassist Scott Spray. Nelson also is the band's manager and is credited with getting Winter's career back on track after years of failing health, addiction and bad management.

Guitar Johnny has to play sitting down because of a hip injury but Winter's world-renowned guitar magic is sure to draw a crowd. Watch for a mixed audience, from fans his own age who saw him explode out of Texas in 1969 to young guitar wannabes just discovering the Winter magic.