“You should always get outside of the box. Challenging yourself is how you grow.”
- Samantha Fish
2018 Blues Foundation Awards
Best Female Contemporary Blues
After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha Fish quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a new guitar hero and powerful live performer. She has released a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.
The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club - she displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”
"The closest analogy for DULA’s powerhouse mix is Angelique Kidjo in the first flush of her earlier exuberance. Soulful, stirring, sharp and sassy, Dula is a new African voice to rank alongside the very best." - Songlines
Born and raised in Luanda, the capital city of Angola, Vivalda Dula is considered ‘’The New Face of Angola World Music’’ and has become the voice of the new generation of Angolan musicians that creates a huge cultural and international impact on today's Angolan music. This soulful singer, songwriter, percussionist and multi-award winner, has conquered and grace the world music stage with her undeniable talent and excited eclectic music symbiosis between her traditional roots and world music.
Vivalda has shared the stage with renowned artists such as Salif Keita, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Allen Toussaint, Ruth Foster, Beat & Wind from Japanasia, Cassandra Wilson and Gabriel Tchiema. In November 2017 she was invited by playwright, theater and opera director Gerald Thomas to perform the Rolling Stones' ''Gimme Shelter'' and ''Out Of Control'' from Rolling Stones as part of his highly acclaimed play named Dilúvio (Deluge).
RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Red Light Cameras started as a Pixies-inspired garage band called Evol Lived in 2010. After the addition of powerhouse vocalist (and musical theatre actress), Amanda Machon, in 2011, the band took a soulful turn to become a more blues-inspired garage pop group. Red Light Cameras deliver a high energy performance characterized by infectious hooks, quirky lyrics, catchy melodies and bouncing beats that are destined to have you on the dance floor.
NOHE & SUS SANTOS
You may not have heard of Nohe & Sus Santos, as they are the newest act in the lineup, but once you experence this band, you won't forget them.
Featuring musicians from Honduras, Mexico, and the US, Nohe & Sus Santos mixes Spanish and English lyrics with the musical vibes of Central and North America. Incorporating Alt-Rock en Espanol, Cumbia and pop grooves (and beyond!), Nohe & Sus Santos delivers a LatinX vibe full of soul, passion and a good dose of attitude, accentuated by stabbing and sensual electric guitar, supple bass, fluid percussion - and that voice! Celebrated Honduran vocalist Nohelia Sosa completes a group of fabuloso musicians that can only be described as excitingly fresh, possessing a distinctive style that is all its own.
"Manzanares' voice shimmers, shines and soothes... her range is magnificent and her overall tone as pure as the land itself" - Weekly Alibi
Lara Manzanares is a bilingual singer-songwriter of Northern New Mexican heritage. In addition to singing the Mexican boleros, rancheras, and corridos of her sheep-ranching childhood, Lara also composes her own style of music in both English and Spanish. Through a combination of storytelling and songs both playful and sincere, Lara draws on her rural New Mexican roots and her experiences living in urban environments across the U.S. and abroad as she sings about love, loss, a sense of place, and her own connection to the land.
1:30 Lara Manzanares
2:50 Nohe & Sus Santos
4:10 Red Light Cameras
5:30: Vivalda Dula
7:00: Samantha Fish