Sunday bluesfest lineup

Sons of Faith 10:45 a.m. Premium Beer Stage Latest CD: "Take It To Jesus" Can I get an amen?! Twin Cities-based Sons of Faith are a fine substitute for a church service as they kick off the final day of bluesfest. Vocalists Thomas Young, Orlando ...

Sons of Faith

10:45 a.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "Take It To Jesus"

Can I get an amen?! Twin Cities-based Sons of Faith are a fine substitute for a church service as they kick off the final day of bluesfest. Vocalists Thomas Young, Orlando Neal, Colin Brown and Charles Yates blend melodies like honey. But this is more than just old-time gospel. You'll also notice a dollop of '70s funk and '80s soul.


Mel Sando

12:05 p.m.

Acoustic Stage

Latest CD: "Amazing Lack of Grace"

The front man for the Delta Resonators, a Twin Ports bar blues band, Mel Sando will be solo Sunday in the big tent, just as he was in 2005. Sando has a country, even bluegrass edge to his music, but he also does down-and-dirty blues a la Robert Johnson and Son House. Watch for him around town, either solo or with the newly formed Empty Growlers.

Big John Dickerson

12:40 p.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage


Latest CD: "Arms of the Blues"

Big John Dickerson returns as a newly inducted member of the Minnesota Rock & Country Hall of Fame. This is more than a blues act, encompassing R&B, big band, funk and soul. If you like to dance, this is your set. Dickerson is in town nearly every year but he's usually playing in a bar. This is only his second gig inside the festival.

Dickerson spent 20 years as a drummer and then moved to Minneapolis in the early 1980s and started his own act. The Blue Chamber band behind Big John includes Paul Mayasich (lead and slide guitar), Brenda King (bass), Jeff Rogers (drums), Scott David Miller (keyboards), Joe DeRasmi (trumpet) and Brian Simonds (tenor sax).

Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King

1:45 p.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "My Heart's in Texas"

Joe Kubek's heart may be in Texas, but his guitar will be in Duluth on Sunday. They don't call him Smokin' Joe for nothing. Kubek hits it hard and loud for most of his set. A guitar prodigy at age 14, he frequented the Dallas bar scene during the 1970s and early '80s, playing with Stevie Ray Vaughan, and B.B., Albert and Freddie King.


Bnois King has a smoother, jazzier style that's also a bit more reserved. Yet the two fit well together. Whether you like it smokin' hot or jazzy cool, these guys will satisfy your thirst for guitar blues.

Mick Sterling

2:50 p.m.

Acoustic Stage

Latest CD: "Between Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"

The Stud Brothers are long gone and Mick Sterling is on his own. He's back to entertain his loyal fans at bluesfest, but it may be his last. "This will be my farewell performance at Bayfront,'' Sterling wrote on his Web site, offering no explanation.

Sterling belts out his Minnesota version of soul-based blues, R&B and pop. He has made the transition from lead singer of a dance bar big band to a solo soul singer. There's a bit of Vegas in his sound, but a lot of Minnesota heart, too.

Fiona Boyes and the Fortune Tellers

3:25 p.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage

Latest CD: "Lucky 13"

An Aussie singing the blues in Duluth. Fiona Boyes has established herself as Australia's premier female blues guitarist, both as a soloist and fronting her electric band, the Fortune Tellers. Now she's growing an international following. Her new CD, "Lucky 13," won the 2007 Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Boyes has been called sassy, plucky and a monster of old Delta blues -- sometimes all in the same review.

Take it from Pinetop Perkins, blues legend, when he spoke of Boyes a few years ago: "I ain't never heard a woman finger-pick a guitar like that since Memphis Minnie. She's the best gal guitar player I heard in more than 35 years."

Bernard Allison

4:30 p.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "Energized"

Bernard Allison is darn near a regular at bluesfest. He's fronted his own band, backed someone else or just hung out with his dad, blues legend Luther Allison.

At age 13, Allison played on a live LP that his father recorded in Peoria, Ill. He went on to pick up slide guitar tips from Johnny Winter and learned from the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Allison moved to Paris to perform with his father and then moved back to the United States in 1999.

Yes, he's a legacy. Yes, sounds a lot like his father. But he's definitely not trading only on Luther's name. If you haven't seen Bernard tear up a stage, hang on.

Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets

5:50 p.m.

Acoustic Stage

Latest CD: "Love Songs and Murder Ballads"

Kevin Bowe may be more famous for his producing and songwriting with some of the world's biggest musicians, but he's a singer and musician in his own right. He has written songs for Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. He has written for and played with Shannon Curfman, John Mayall, Peter Case, Paul Westerberg, Chuck Prophet and Delbert McClinton.

Bowe formed the Okemah Prophets nearly a decade ago for one show and they're still together. It's not exactly clear what to call these guys. They list Steve Earle, the Replacements and the Byrds as influences, but there's also a bluesy twinge to what otherwise might be called alt-country.

Chris Cain

6:25 p.m.

Minnesota Lottery Stage

Latest CD: "Hall of Shame"

Chris Cain claims to have attended his first B.B. King concert at age 3. And as Johnny Lee Hooker said, this boy's got it in him and it's gots to be let out. Growing up in San Jose, Calif., Cain taught himself to play guitar at age 8 and began playing professionally before he was 18. His 1987 debut album, "Late Night City Blues," garnered four W.C. Handy Blues Award nominations, including "Guitarist of the Year."

Cain has been called one of the brightest stars of the future of blues. And he's got a voice that will knock your socks off at his bluesfest debut.

Booker T & the MG's

7:45 p.m.

Premium Beer Stage

Latest CD: "Stax Instrumentals"

In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine included Booker T and the MG's on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Original band members received a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammys.

Need we say much more?

Known first for the instrumental "Green Onions" in 1962, Booker T and the MG's became the house band behind many big-time musicians who recorded on the Stax record label. But they also made a name for themselves and still come together for special projects and festivals.

Booker T. Jones is the lead on vocals and keyboard with Steve Cropper on guitar and Donald Duck Dunn on base. You may recall Cropper and Dunn as centerpieces in the band in the "Blues Brothers" film.

Call it Memphis Soul, instrumental jazz or blues, but the guys just seem to groove. Expect a historic performance on par with some of bluesfest's best.

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