The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the headliners for the 2021 Canton Blues Fest. This annual outdoor blues festival, now in its 20th year, will take place at Centennial Plaza in downtown Canton on Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, with headliners taking the stage nightly at 9:45 p.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 9: Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers
SATURDAY, JULY 10: The Sonny Moorman Group
The jam-packed lineup features 14 unique blues acts on stage, with live music Friday 4 -11 p.m. and Saturday noon to 11 p.m.
RAY FULLER from New Albany Ohio, was given his first guitar at the age of 8, a Gibson Melody Maker.At an early age, Fuller was inspired by the British Invasion; Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and the Animals bands. Fuller's first Blues album he ever heard was John Mayall and the Blues Breakers featuring Eric Clapton. "I could tell good blues guitar when I heard it...it was different."
Fuller's passion for the Blues was fueled with the discovery of the original Blues greats; John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, BB King, Elmore James. Young Ray Fuller was especially fond of John Lee Hooker.
The Ray Fuller Band was formed in 1974, evolving into Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers in 1978; releasing a self titled album on vinyl and Fuller has not looked back since. Mastering his craft throughout the 80's and 90's, Fuller was quick to become the "go to act" throughout Ohio to open for iconic Blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and Albert Collins to name a few.
Ray Fuller's immediate focus is on bringing his unique "Rockin' Slide Guitar Blues" to Blues Festivals and major Blues venues throughout USA, Canada, Europe and beyond; putting on high energy, dynamic performances full of fire and energy audiences won't soon forget!
More than just a Blues-Rock artist, award-winning guitar player Sonny Moorman balances his signature smoking-hot riffs with a hard-rocking precision and feel born deep in the Blues ethos. Seeming to channel inspiration from elsewhere, his world-class playing is at once both transcendental and firmly grounded in reality, captivating audiences nationwide. The music is original, complex and never stale, with relatable lyrics and a sound that conjures up masters like Duane Allman, Lonnie Mack, and Freddy King. Still, Moorman has forged his own intoxicating style throughout his decades-long career, which firmly establishes him as one of the last great authentic roadhouse players.
FRIDAY, JULY 9
4:00 - 5:15 PM: GREASY BOYS BLUES BAND
5:30 - 6:45 PM: NATE LUPI
7:00 - 7:30 PM: JEFF POULOS
7:45 - 8:45 PM: MIKE LENZ
9:00 - 9:30 PM: ERIC BROOKE'S BLUES BORDELLO
9:45 - 11:00 PM: RAY FULLER AND THE BLUESROCKERS
SATURDAY, JULY 10
12:00 - 1:15 PM: RACHEL BROWN AND THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS
1:30 - 2:45 PM: SAM HOOPER GROUP
3:00 - 4:15 PM: ALAN GREENE BAND
4:30 - 5:00 PM: THE R&D DUO
5:15 - 6:30 PM: BACKSTREET BLUES BAND
6:45 - 7:15 PM: CHRISTOPHER SOULSBY
7:30 - 8:45 PM: JJ VICARS & THE DESIATOS
9:00 - 9:30 PM: IAN PENTER
9:45 - 11:00 PM: THE SONNY MOORMAN GROUP
Section A: Rows 1-7 SOLD-OUT.
Section B: Rows 8-13 SOLD-OUT.
Section C: Behind reserved seating.
For more information or questions, please email the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce or call (330) 456-7253.
For sponsorship information for this or our other downtown events, please contact Chris Gumpp at (330) 458-2055.