Springfield, Inc. and the Illinois Central Blues Club announce The
5th Annual Old Capitol Blues & BBQ presented by Miller
IL – This year’s Old Capitol Blues and Barbecues music
lineup should please the tastes buds of all kinds of blues fans.
Some rock, Chicago-style, gospel, jump, and country blues are
all on tap for Old Capitol Blues & BBQs on Saturday, August
23, on Fifth and Washington Streets, downtown Springfield.
Festivities get underway at noon with a baby-back rib cook-off
and continue through the evening until midnight. Admission is
$5 with children 12 and under free. Twenty BBQ vendors will serve
dishes such as smoked chicken, pulled pork, pork chops, ribs,
brats, beef brisket, Creole pan BBQ shrimp, chicken wings, catfish
nuggets, kabobs, potato salad, slaw, chips, fries and fruit parfait
— for prices ranging from $1-$6. Miller beer and Coca-cola
products will be available to quench any thirst.
on the Neuhoff Media Stage (4 PM until midnight)
Cooke – 8 PM
The Old Capitol Blues and Barbecues is proud to feature the "B.B.
King of gospel steel guitar" as the headline attraction of
the 2008 event. Detroit, Michigan’s Calvin Cooke is one
of the most influential musicians in the House of God church,
an African American Holiness-Pentecostal church in which the electric
steel guitar has been an important part of worship services since
the late 1930's. The music was almost unknown outside of the church
membership until the 1990’s. The sacred steel style of blues
gospel has since been popularized by acts like Robert Randolph’s
Family Band and the Lee Boys. When introducing Calvin on the set
of Austin City Limits, Robert Randolph acknowledged the debt that
he and subsequent sacred steel players owe to Cooke. Cooke has
served for more than three decades as a principal steel guitarist
at the church's annual 10-day national General Assembly in Nashville.
He is one of the few "sacred steel" guitarists who regularly
combines singing with their guitar work. An innovator on the 10-string
pedal-steel, which he plays in a unique tuning that came to him
in a vision, Cooke also features stunning lap-steel work in his
presentations. He is accompanied by his wife Grace, an accomplished
and powerful lead singer in the gospel tradition. The rhythm section
provides a heavy and infectious groove that does not allow the
listener to be unmoved. Calvin Cooke’ Sacred Steel Ensemble
is the answer to the question; what would Mavis Staples sound
like accompanied by Elmore James, Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Byrd?
and the White Boys 10 PM
If you frequent Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago it is possible
that you have seen a Howard and the White Boys performance. It’s
even possible that you saw the legend, Buddy Guy, sitting in with
the band. It seems that Buddy took the band under his wing and
stamped his seal of approval on the band’s sound. After
forming in DeKalb in 1988, Howard and the White Boys have traveled
the world spreading the blues gospel as headliners and as the
opening act for Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison and
BB King. This year the band released its 6th CD, Made in Chicago.
The cd is a mix of originals and obscure covers, Howard and the
White Boys deliver a powerful twin guitar attack of high energy
Ramblers 6 PM
It’s the proper thing for a band to pay tribute to the legends
and the ghosts of the blues but Boston’s Tarbox Ramblers
don’t just give their due. No, the Tarbox Ramblers sneak
into the graveyards late at night and resurrect the spirits of
the blues long since past. Before the blues filled stadiums and
was the soundtrack for beer commercials, the blues was played
by itinerant musicians on dime store guitars for anyone who could
stand to share the pain. It is this primitive and soulful rhythmic,
country blues that is the trademark of the Tarbox Ramblers. Eighteenth
century rock and roll!! Don’t miss this perfect blend of
country, folk and primitive rhythm and blues.
Herrero featuring Felix Reyes (of Felix and the Cats) 4 PM
Austin’s loss is Chicago’s good fortune. After establishing
himself as one of Austin’s blues guitarists to be watched
and touring the world with Houston’s R&B/soul legend
Archie Bell and the Drells, Dave Herrero moved to Chicago. In
Chicago Dave does production work with his brother that includes
producing musicial “beats” for Oprah Winfrey. Even
though his day job keeps him musically focused on the twenty-first
century, Dave’s “evening” music draws from Muddy
Waters and Albert King. His latest cd release From Austin to Chicago
was recorded in Austin at the same studio that churned out Nick
Curran’s solo cds.
Joining Dave at the OCBB will be Chicagoan (a Dallas native) Felix
Reyes of Felix and the Cats. Known to many as Uncle Fe, Felix
has had a long career in the blues scene. He wrote the title track
for Susan Tedeschi’s second cd release Wait For Me and was
instrumental in getting the late Sean Costello’s career
off the ground. You’ll want to get there early for this
special “double feature” of the Windy City’s
best Texas Blues!
on the ICBC Stage
The Illinois Central Blues Club is conducting our Second Blues
Challenge during the Old Capitol Blues & Barbeque, August
23, 2008 beginning at noon. The winner of the challenge will receive
$1,000 in travel monies to represent the Club at the Blues Foundation
International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN during the first
weekend in February 2009.
Springfield presents the WSEC Kid’s Stage featuring character
visits from Curious George, activities, and games for children
from Noon to 4 p.m. SpringfieldMoms.org
will also be on-site to provide craft activities and a family
service area. Other amusements include a pitching booth, cork
gun shooting range, face painting, balloon art, and a new laser
This event is coordinated by Downtown Springfield,
Inc. and the Illinois Central Blues Club, and sponsored by Miller
Lite, Regions Bank, Ameren, WSEC-TV, Illinois Times and Neuhoff
Media Springfield. This program is partially supported by grants
from the Springfield Area Arts Council and the Illinois Arts Council,
a state agency.
Event-goers may park in the following approved
parking facilities: lot behind the Myers Building; Lot at Second
& Washington streets; garage at 4th and Washington streets;
garage below the Old State Capitol; garage at 7th and Monroe streets;
and garage at 7th and Washington streets.
more information on Old Capitol Blues & BBQs, please contact
Downtown Springfield, Inc. at (217) 544-1723 or www.downtownspringfield.org.
Downtown Springfield, Inc. a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit
Illinois Main Street organization, works to preserve our historic
heritage and build economic & cultural vitality in our downtown
districts. Our goal is to make downtown Springfield an ideal place
to shop, work, visit, invest, and live.