POMEROY — If you like blues music and craft brews you need to look no further than Pomeroy this weekend as the 17th annual Big Bend Blues Bash adds a new twist with craft brews.
The Blues and Brews Bash kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday with local rock band Blitzkrieg on the Pomeroy parking lot main stage.
While there will be a handful of local acts, there will be performers from other parts Ohio and West Virginia and other parts of the country, as well as the Isle of Mann.
Noah Wotherspoon of Cincinnati will perform on both Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the event.
Wotherspoon has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences with his soulful guitar playing since he was a teenager. The band, which includes Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Aylor on drums, formed in 2009. In 2015, Wotherspoon received the Best Guitarist Award at the International Blues Challenge and the band placed second in the Finals. Since the competition, they have been playing festivals and venues around the world, from the Mt. Baker Blues Festival in Washington to the Olsztyn Blues Nights Festival in Poland. The band’s debut studio album entitled “Mystic Mud” was also presented a “Jimi Award” for Best Blues/Rock Album of the Year in 2015 by Blues411.
Other Friday evening performers are to include Patrick Sweany, Johnny Rawls, and Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons.
Saturday offers a mix of regional performers, started off at noon by Brent Patterson and the Saturday Night Showcase. Point Pleasant’s Napalm All-Stars, the Blue Z Band from Oak Hill, Pop Friction from Point Pleasant, Parkersburg’s Sunset Roosters and Pomeroy’s Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds round out the regional acts.
The annual Bash will conclude with Eliza Neals & the Narcotics, Davy Knowles and Albert Castiglia.
Davy Knowles is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday.
The journey began for Davy Knowles growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall in his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit. Knowles’s professional career started with a bang — arriving in America age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007.
A relentless four year tour regime followed for Knowles in support of his albums, taking in legendary festivals Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits and headlining shows at The Troubadour, Red Rocks, World Cafe and The Iridium. He also toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils, and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.
Albert Castiglia is scheduled to perform at 10 p.m., Saturday.
Big Dog (his latest release) will confirm that Albert Castiglia is a different breed from the lightweights and arrivistes who dominate the modern music scene. After five acclaimed albums and decades of blazing blues-rock shows, you might argue that you’ve already made his acquaintance. But by the Florida bandleaders own admission, Big Dog is the first release to truly get under his skin. I just wanted to make a record that best represented who I am, as a musician, singer, guitarist and live artist, explains Albert. With every release, Ive come close, but this time, producer Mike Zito helped me nail it. He and label boss Thomas Ruf wanted me to make a raw, rocking blues record. That’s what I’m about, that’s who I am.
In addition to the music, five breweries — Little Fish Brewing, Devils Kettle Brewing, Pomeroy’s own Maple Lawn Brewery, Sixth Sense Brewing and West End Ciders — will be featured, serving 10 brews by pint or flight.
Big Bend Blues and Brews Bash
Friday, July 28
6 p.m. — Blitzkrieg, Pomeroy, Ohio
7 p.m. — Noah Wotherspoon, Cincinnati, Ohio
8:15 p.m. — Patrick Sweany, Nashville Tennessee
10 p.m. — Johnny Rawls, Pervis, Mississippi
Court Grill Stage
10 p.m. — Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Columbus, Ohio
Saturday, July 29
Noon — Brent Patterson and Saturday Night Showcase, Pomeroy, Ohio
1 p.m. — Napalm All-Stars, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
2 p.m. — Blue Z Band, Oak Hill, Ohio
3 p.m. — Sunset Roosters, Parkersburg, West Virginia
4 p.m. — Pop Friction, Point Pleasant, West Virginia
5 p.m. — Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds, Pomeroy, Ohio
6:30 p.m. — Eliza Neals & the Narcotics, Detroit, Michigan
8 p.m. — Davy Knowles, Port St Mary, Isle Of Mann
10 p.m. — Albert Castiglia, Miami, Florida
Court Grill Stage
10 p.m. — Noah Wotherspoon, Cincinnati, Ohio
Information from the Big Bend Blues Bash Facebook page.