Blues on the Rock

The 5th Annual Blues on the Rock Music Festival will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the Rockport City Park in Rockport, Indiana. This event is sponsored by the Association for a Better Rockport in conjunction with the City of Rockport and the River Basin Blues Society.

It will be $10.00 general admission at the gate. Gates open at noon. There will be multiple food and drink vendors, the annual Tri Kappa Art Contest, a beer garden, and various craft vendors. On site tent camping will also be available.

The best in local, regional, and national blues music will begin at 2 pm with Jonas Scott Cowan.

At 4 pm Beyond Blu, from Owensboro, Kentucky, takes the stage.

2012 National Guitar Center King of the Blues Challenge winner and featured Artist and Clinician for PRS Guitars, Boscoe France, is on stage at 6 pm.

Muddy Gutt will be ending the festival at 10 pm. Muddy Gutt plays Hill Country Blues and has played at many blues clubs, including Stevie Ray’s in Louisville and Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.

Featured with Muddy Gutt will be Kenny Brown. Kenny is a blues slide player playing the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues style popularized by R.L. Burnside. He began performing with Burnside in the early 1970s. Brown has played with Mississippi Fred McDowell, Johnny Woods as well as Widespread Panic and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Shaun Murphy is the headliner for the 5th Annual Blues on the Rock. The Shaun Murphy Band will take the stage at 8 pm, with an all-star group featuring Tommy Stillwell.

Some highlights of Shaun Murphy’s career:

  • 1st Ann Arbor Blues Festival (1969)
  • Signed with Meatloaf (Stoney and Meatloaf – 1971)
  • In studio with Bob Seger (1973) and on all Silver Bullet Band tours since 1978
  • Toured with Eric Clapton and performed with him at Live Aid (1985)
  • Fronted Little Feat (1993-2009)
  • Formed the Shaun Murphy Band (2009) with six releases, 3 Grammy nominations, and 2 Blues Blast Music Awards.
  • 2019 had Shaun being named the Airplay Direct 1st Annual Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
  • The 5th Annual Blues on the Rock will be part of the album release for Shaun’s newest effort “Reason to Try”

Shaun Murphy has sung, toured, and recorded with such acts as the Moody Blues, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Maria Muldaur, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bolton, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, and as part of rock musicals, such as Hair and Sgt. Pepper’s.