to the Point
to headline Carrolltons
blues festival at Point Park
to offer music
from regional, national performers
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (September 2007) National
blues performer Leon Redbone will be the featured act at this years
Blues to the Point music festival in Carrollton. Known for his distinct
Vaudeville-like attire and recognizable sound, Redbone is sure to be
a crowd pleaser, according to organizers.
to the Point Schedule
Friday, Sept. 7
5 p.m.: Chad Graham Band
6:30 p.m.: Ricky Nye
7:30 p.m.: Velveta Jones
9 p.m.: Jimmy Davis
10 p.m.: Sonny Moorman
Saturday, Sept. 8
1 p.m: Roy Gentry
2:30 p.m.: TBA
3 p.m.: Tyrone Cotton Band
5:30 p.m.: Good Sunday
6 p.m.: Leon Redbone
7:30 p.m.: Rhythum & Groove (Sandy Pickett & Jill McInstosh)
8 p.m.: Tim Krekel & TKO
9:30p.m. Jimmy Gardner & Sons
10 p.m.: Fingers Taylor with Tim Krekel
Tickets and Camping permits: Available online at
Cost for a two-day pass is $25, for Friday only $12, and for Saturday
only $20. Children 12 and under are free. Cost for primitive camping
Information: (502) 727-1050.
Blues fans easily identify Redbone by his fedora or Panama
hat (depending upon the season), dark glasses and Groucho Marx moustache.
This baritone musician, songwriter, arranger and producer first emerged
in Toronto area nightclubs and folk music festivals during the 1970s.
His performances have been described as a revival of pre-World War II
ragtime, jazz and blues sounds. His debut recording was the 1976 On
the Track, which featured legendary jazz violinist Joe Venuti.
Redbone is known for his semi-regular musical appearances on Saturday
Night Live and spots in various television advertising campaigns.
His albums include featured guests such as Ringo Starr, Merle Haggard
and Dr. John.
Crowds are entertained by this performer who has always refused to divulge
any information about his personal life. An accomplished musician, he
is affluent on the guitar, harmonica, banjo, piano and throat tromnet.
Redbone will bring his eclectic style of jazz to Carrollton on Sept.
7-8 for the Blues to the Point festival. Held at Point Park, this event
features a good mixture of regional and national performers,
said organizer Mark Davis.
Returning acts include Greg Fingers Taylor, Sonny Moorman
and Tim Krekel. Leon is such a big draw, said Davis. As
soon as information was released that this years lineup would
include Redbone, a family from St. Louis called wanting to know more,
The crowd is comprised of a mixture of fans that includes
a very loyal group from Toledo, Ohio. We have a lot of Ohio participants
and from southern Indiana, said Davis.
He has always attended, volunteered and supported the music festival
in the past, but when the festival was cancelled two years ago, Davis
became concerned. It was too good of a thing to let die. Its good
for the community and tourism.
He teamed with fellow Carroll County native Clayton Dermon to make sure
the festival would continue. Clayton and I are both music lovers
and musicians, said Davis.
Last year the pair was able to add a second stage, known as the acoustic
stage, where solos and duets take place. More than 20 volunteers help
make the festival a success.
The first thing people say is how much they love the setting,
said Davis. Its such a wonderful, laid back event that you
can bring the whole family to, he said. Attendees have even told
him that it has been used as a model for the Madison Ribberfest, which
recently held its sixth annual event.
For the last two years, the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission
has funded Blues to the Point in its entirety. Organizers are looking
for future sponsors.
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