The River Basin Blues Society has been around since 2011. They will be hosting the 11th River Basin Blues Blast in Evansville, Indiana and it's free to attend.

What Is the River Basin Blues Society?

The River Basin Blues Society serves Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky, and Eastern Illinois and is a comprehensive resource for not only fans of blues music, but also musicians and venue owners as well. The River Basin Blues Society provides an outlet for sharing information, knowledge, and appreciation amongst the community of blues fans in the area. They will host the 11th River Basin Blues Blast. Keep reading to get all the details.

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Artists Scheduled to Perform

A number of incredibly talented blues musicians are slated to play the 11th River Basin Blues Blast. According to a press release, you can expect to enjoy music from:

RJ Rigdon and Gary Jines

Rigdon plays rock-infected blues, as well as traditional, acoustic, primal roots music... Gary Jines is an ever-present harmonica player in the tri-state area and has been Rigdon’s bandmate for many seasons.

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Blues 4 U

Blues 4 U is the only band to play at all the WC Handy Blues and Barbeque Festival in Henderson, Kentucky. This group features a Who's Who of all-star area talent including Carl Rodenberg (keys, vocals), Jon Rochner (bass, vocals), Danny Erkman (drums), Tommy Stillwell (guitars, vocals), and Roy Carter (sax).

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2 Miles Back

A fixture at bars, clubs, and festivals across the tri-state, 2MB puts a decidedly bluesy spin on their tasty brand of southern rock, country jams and ballads. Charismatic singer Robin Bolin leads the charge with guitarist Lary Caddell, bassist Darrell Bolin and drummer Jim Perkins bringing the musical heat.


The Michael Gough Group

With a bass line and vocals that drive the group, Michael has been a regional fixture of the tri-state music scene for many years. This year’s River Basin Blues Blast will see an all-star band featuring old friend and bandmate John Martin, who is currently a Western Kentucky University Professor of Music Technology and Guitar. Mike "Tramp" Lawing will be featured on mandolin and fiddle. Rounding out the group will be local music guru and multi-instrumentalist, Gerry Smoot, on drums and percussion.

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Crooked Eye Tommy

Tommy Marsh is the leader and ocular alignment specialist. He plays a dedicated blues and sings only the way a bluesman does, with reverence and soul. The band plays the authentic blues while stretching the genre to its limits.


11th River Basin Blues Blast

The 11th River Basin Blues Blast is scheduled to take place on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Evansville's Bokeh Lounge, located in the historic Haynie's Corner Art District. The Blues Blast will take place from 2 pm - 12 am and thanks to a generous grant from the Anna and Benjamin Bosse Music Trust, the entire event will be free to attend, with no cover being charged at the door.

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