Musical Guests

Rev Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy on Harmonica

Friday, June 24 | 7-9pm
Main Stage

Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings.

Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy, Chief Raven moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers.

Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation for over 18 years.

Winter Dance Party
Buddy Holly Tribute Band

Saturday, June 25 | 4:30-6:30pm
Main Stage

The Night the Music Lived is the best Buddy Holly tribute in the nation featuring Jeff Boxell as Buddy Holly.

The story of the ill-fated Winter Dance Party is part of American folklore. On February 2, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper performed at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane crash that occurred hours later changed music history forever.

The Night the Music Lived tells the entire story with tributes to artists who performed at the Surf Ballroom on February 2, 1959 and the Moorhead Armory on February 3, 1959. This faithful tribute features the songs made famous by Holly, who was considered one of the foremost pioneers of rock and roll, with songs like “That’ll Be the Day” “Peggy Sue,” “Maybe Baby” and more.

Jeff Boxell plays guitar, sings, and performs the part of Buddy Holly. Bandleader Joe Covert plays Ritchie Valens and Dion DiMucci. Mike Goldberg plays the Big Bopper and Bobby Vee. Boxell, Covert, and Goldberg offer impersonations second to none. You’ll sing. You’ll dance. This show is a must-see – There is nothing better than early American rock ‘n’ roll!