Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mississippi Blues Band to Perform at this Weekend's Legion Music Festival

Winston Web News is a proud sponsor of this year's "Runnin n Strummin" Legion Park Music
Festival. As part of our sponsorship, we will be providing info on performers and events leading up to this weekend's Festival. The Festival is an all day event but once tickets are purchased, the public is welcome to come and go as needed. There will be food vendors on hand, craft demonstrations and kids programs. Gates open at 8:00 am and music starts at 8:30 am. For more info, visit the website at legionmusicfestival.com. A full schedule is available on the website.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Kids under 15 are free and encouraged to participate in our morning programs. Advance tickets are available at our offices at 875 S. Columbus and at Winston Furniture Company on Main Street in Louisville.

One of our featured performers is the "Jeffrey Rupp Mississippi Blues Band" and is scheduled to perform at 4:30 pm.  With over 150 years of playing live music between them this band features some of the area’s best “first call” musicians. The nucleus of the band is made up of bass player Jim Beaty, drummer Earl Six and guitarist Jeffrey Rupp. The three of them individually and collectively played with the likes of soul singer Percy Sledge, blues greats Bobby Rush and Son Thomas, and the Platters. Their blues/rockabilly band the BBQ Boys was a staple on the festival circuit, opening for acts such as Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood and Foghat. The Skaggs concert was especially memorable as over 50,000 were in attendance.

What do the Temptations, Four Tops, The O’Jays and Huey Lewis have in common? When they needed a top shelf sax player they called Doug “Sweet Tea” Thomas. A high school band director by day, Doug leads a double life as one of the most in demand saxophonists in the South. His effortless ability to play every type of music has earned him a well-deserved reputation as a hired gun. Doug’s fiery sax playing belies his laid-back nature and he’s also known as one of the true gentlemen of his craft.

The youngest member of the band, Drew Deckman has a well-deserved reputation as a real guitar gunslinger. Born in the Mississippi Delta he was playing bands by the time he was 13 and has played with such notables as Devon Allman (Greg’s son), Tommy Castro and Jesse Robinson. Drew is especially known for his bluesy slide guitar playing.

While the band’s roots spread from the Bay area of the West coast to the Mississippi Delta to the streets of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one common thread remains: the love of playing rhythm an blues music to fans of all ages.