The 6th Annual Blues on the Rock Music Festival will take place on Sunday, September 5, 2021, at the Rockport City Park, in Rockport, Indiana. Gates open at 12 noon and the music will begin at 2:30 pm. Admission is $10.00 per person; those twelve and under get in free. There will be a $10.00 cooler charge. The Park is family friendly and so it the festival.
There will be various food trucks, River City Brew Works craft beer, arts and craft vendors and other non-profit booths. The annual Tri-Kappa Art Competition will also be held.
This year’s line-up brings back a celebration of the Blues experience which will showcase local and national acts.
The festival open with 2 Miles Back. A fixture at bars, clubs, and festivals across the tri-state, 2MB puts a decidedly bluesy spin on their tasty brand of southern rock, country jams and ballads. Charismatic singer Robin Bolin leads the charge with guitarist Lary Caddell, bassist Darrell Bolin and drummer Jim Perkins bringing the musical heat. Staying seated during a 2MB set is impossible.
The Stillwell/France Band
This blues juggernaut came about from the mutual admiration and respect between Boscoe France and Tommy Stillwell. And now the two are firing one of the finest blues bands in the area. The rhythm section in the Stillwell/France Blues Band is represented by two of the finest musicians to come out of the area. Jon Rochner (bass) has played with many local bands and Jimmy Cummings (drums), a veteran of many Boscoe France incarnations, keeps the band on the strongest foundation possible.
After garnering monstrous support from both sides of the river and across several states, the band made it to the finals of the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They represented the Kentucky Blues Society.
King Bee & the Stingers
King Bee and the Stingers have been finalists in both the 2018 and 2019 International Blues Challenge representing the South-Central Indiana Blues Society. Highlighting the band is vocalist Sarah Menefee, who croons the blues with a depth of emotion that belies her young years. DK “Guitar Wonderboy” Buchanan, in the band since its inception, brings electrifying lead guitar work. Jeff Shew plays bass, as well as adds his many talents as a seasoned songwriter, arranger, and producer. Paul Karaffa is a veteran of many local and national acts and holds down the drums with KBS. New additions to the group include Marv Druin on guitars and Mark Carnes on harmonica. The band’s founder, St. Louis bluesman Mark “King Bee” Menefee, who formed the band in 2006, has now taken on the role of manager. But you can still hear him now and then on stage, playing harp with the band.
Shaun Murphy is the headliner for the 6th Annual Blues on the Rock Music Festival. This year’s festival will feature songs from Shaun’s newest effort “Flame Still Burns” and her group will include 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 eight releases, 3 Grammy nominations, and 2 Blues Blast Music Awards.
- 2019 had Shaun being named the Airplay Direct 1st Annual Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
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.
David is a singer-songwriter from the heart of the Mississippi Delta. As a solo performer or part of the many groups he has led or played with, this hard-hitting musician will have you tapping your foot, laughing out loud and wanting more of his unique sound of both classics and originals. David Dunavent will be playing in between sets at the Blues on the Rock Music Festival
The Blues on the Rock Music Festival is made possible through cooperation with the Blues on the Rock Music Festival Committee, the Association for a Better Rockport, the City of Rockport Park Board, and the River Basin Blues Society. Corporate sponsors and local individuals keep this festival vibrant and further community goals of promoting local tourism and contributing to public programs which support arts and music education in the area. Proceeds are utilized in support to the City of Rockport Parks Board through improvements to the park’s infrastructure. Donations to the Association for a Better Rockport help promote community-minded events and donations to the River Basin Blues Society assist in promoting the Society’s mission of keeping the blues alive in the tri-state.
Come and enjoy the Blues on the Rock Music Festival and experience Hoosier Hospitality at its best!