Franklin Blues and BBQ Festival

Bandstand Park in beautiful downtown Franklin, PA

 Father's Day Weekend 2018
Saturday, June 16th 12 - 9
Sunday, June 17th 12 - 5
Biker friendly with designated motorcycle parking

Sponsored by A. Crivelli Auto Group

Our 2018 Headlining Acts!

Brandon Santini
Saturday, June 16, 2018

There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Brandon purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him.​
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Miss Freddye's
Blues Band
Sunday, June 17, 2018

As Pittsburgh's Lady Of The Blues,  Miss Freddye keeps the blues alive in her native hometown,  She started singing in church at a young age. The influence of church and her mother's love of the Blues gave Miss Freddye the beginning to venture in the world of Blues Music in 1996. She joined BMW(Blues  Music  Works) under the direction of Big AL Leavitt.  In 2002, Miss Freddye formed her own band,  "Blue Faze". Several years later, she became Miss Freddye's Blues Band and Miss Freddye's Homecookin' Band. Her Influences include: Koko Taylor,  Etta James, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday,  Big Mama Thornton,  Big AL Leavitt,  and Bessie Smith.

Awards: 2016 Pittsburgh Music Awards best blues band
2015 Freedom From Silence,  Center for Victims
2014 Star Award for VA Pgh 

Current nominations:
2017 Pittsburgh Music Awards for best blues band and best album
2018 Blues Foundation for Best Emerging artist album and the Koko Taylor award(Traditional blues female)

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Max Schang Band
w/Charlie Barath

Max Schang's blues have been with him 'all these years' - his first recorded blues album. A devout student of the guitar at the age 8, learning music notation as well as ear playing, beginning a testament to his ability with blues and other styles. The blues is spiritual, sensual and represents the place where the soul and body converge and document the journey. This path has taken him through many musical transformations including classical guitar, jazz, funk, gypsy-jazz as well as various styles of American blues. 

Schang is reporting locally on the Roots Music Reports in Pennsylvania at #1.

Enamored with traditional styles, Pittsburgh-based harmonica player and singer, Charlie Barath, directs most of his efforts toward performing Blues, Americana, Folk, Cajun; mostly anything that is considered to be traditional music.

Charlie has won the Blues Society of Western PA Blues Challenge 2 years in a row as either a solo act or a duo (with Chris Sutton).  Representing the BSWPA, he went on to become a semifinalist at the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.

Eugene Morganw/special guests

Eugene Morgan was born in Ochlocknee, Georgia. He sings the blues with a smooth, identifiable, authentic southern drawl. His music comes from deep within his soul. Eugene has shared the stage with many blues legends, and has also opened for superstars such as Styx, Kansas, and Lynyrd Skynyrd–just to name a few.

Long Tall Deb and Colin John

Long Tall Deb’s signature soulful vocals and her multiple-threat partner Colin John on duet vocals, backing vocals, and all  guitars give this duo a  genre-bending and refreshingly original sound.

Critics have said “Long Tall Deb makes the stage her own with a devil-may-care stage presence and a voice that sounded like Koko Taylor”

Guitar Player Magazine said on Colin's music: "This is what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like if he abandoned the rat race, moved to Hawaii, taken up surfing and let the sun and waves bestow their laid-back highs"

Stevee Wellons Band

Each of the musicians in this group have spent years playing blues, soul, jazz and rock music around the country. The band members have known each other forever and talked off-and-on about how much fun it would be working together - some day. Finally, the time was right and The Stevee Wellons Band (SWB) came to life. Working together has led the group in some unexpected directions. The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania gave SWB the honor of representing the region for the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. That experience provided encouragement and inspiration for the group to work on creating their own mix of blues and soul music. The band is taking their music out on the club and concert circuit in Pennsylvania, and working toward their first full-length CD. They're in the studio in January. So, stay tuned for more on the recording and release !

Zydeco Kings

The Zydeco Kings are a spicy mixture of old school rhythm & blues infused with the spirit of New Orleans, steeped in gumbo boogie woogie, a dash Caribbean soul, rollicking piano, accordion, guitar, saxophone, bass, drums and of course, some rubboard.

The Zydeco Kings celebrate the music of Louisiana.

Jessica Lee
and Mark Strickland

Jessica Lee, who grew up in locally in Franklin, PA,  is an American jazz & blues vocalist, songwriter and recording artist. Lee’s vocals reflect the influence of classic jazz, blues, rhythm & blues and gospel, but always with a heavy emphasis on the blues. Her musical motto is to study and perform “something old, something new, something borrowed . . . but always blue.”   Jessica’s performances give voice to the up-lifting energy, power and messages that were the trademarks of early artist in Gospel, Blues, Jazz and Soul.

Mark Strickland has been playing guitar since 1964. He has performed with various musical units throughout the Pittsburgh Area, including legendary jazz organist Gene Ludwig, Roger Humphries & R H Factor Band, and many more. In the summer of 2011 he played with international drummer/singer Grady Tate. Mark performed on the 2011 release of Gene Ludwig’s last CD, “Love Notes”, a tribute to Cole Porter.

Saturday, June 16
Franklin High School Jazz Band

Sunday, June 17
Oil City High School vocal quartets Un4Gettable and Tetrachord

Beer will be available for purchase within the music venue in a designated adults only section.

A valid ID will be required for entrance to this area, which will be hosted and monitored by the Fraternal Order of Police.

**No one under 21 will be permitted in this "adults only" section and all alcoholic beverages must be consumed within the designated area**