The just-announced headliners for the 2013 Canton Blues Festival.
The just-announced headliners for the 2013 Canton Blues Festival, while not exactly household names, definitely look and sound plenty promising.
Malina Moye, who will appear June 7 at 8:30 p.m., is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who lists Sly & the Family Stone, Tina Turner, Prince, James Brown and Stevie Ray Vaughan among her influences. Left-handed, she plays her Fender Stratocaster upside down.
Last year, Moye appeared with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Robert Randolph and others on the Experience Hendrix Tour, and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Chuck Berry tribute concert in Cleveland. Guitar World magazine named her one of the 10 female guitarists in the world to know.
Shane Dwight, headlining June 8 at 8:30 p.m., is a Nashville-based singer, songwriter and guitar slinger whose music veers from roots-rock and alt-country to R&B and straight-ahead blues. In 10 years, he has played more than 2,000 live shows and released seven albums.
According to Paste Magazine, “Shane Dwight does indeed play rocked-up blues, and fans of Stevie Ray and George Thorogood will find much to love. But he’s adept at Dickie Betts/Allman Brothers Southern rock jams, Stonesy blues rockers, and some Pete Yorn-inspired chugging roots rock as well.”
Performing June 7 at 6 p.m., just prior to Moye, will be Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, a blues-rock band from St. Louis whose lead guitarist and vocalist is the son of Gregg Allman. The Midlife Chryslers, opening for Dwight at 6 p.m. June 8, is a Cleveland-based blues-rock septet that includes members of Michael Stanley & the Resonators, Wish You Were Here and other popular Northeast Ohio bands.
Presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Canton Blues Festival is a free festival downtown. For full details, visit www.cantonbluesfest.com.