Sunday, October 8

VIP Sunday Blues Brunch / 10 a.m. buffet; 11 a.m. show
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Small Ballroom
Tickets: VIP All-Fest Package Ticket Holders Only
The VIP ALL-FEST PACKAGE must be purchased in person at the Reading Blues Fest Box Office located at the Santander Performing Arts Center or by calling Trent Gray at 610-898-7201.

Slam Allen is one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today.

More than just a singer, writer, and guitar player, Slam connects with his audience like entertainers from a bygone era. Think Otis Redding, B.B., Albert, and Freddie King, with a blend of Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Sly Stone and a little George Benson and Jimi Hendrix thrown in — making a Slam show a unique musical experience.

As a solo performer, Slam is the recipient of the prestigious Master Blues Artist award from the New York Blues Hall of Fame and a 2016 Blues Music Award Nominee.

As he developed his own style, Slam went to Chicago to learn the ways of traditional Chicago Blues. Once there, it didn’t take long before the offer of a fill-in gig for the legendary harpist, James Cotton — which led to Slam spending nine years (2001-2010) as the lead singer, lead guitarist and band leader for Cotton.

Now on his own, and internationally recognized as a seasoned touring veteran, Slam is dedicated to forging his own legacy in the blues and soul world. With seven original albums under his belt, Slam is here to bring back what the music world is lacking — the love and uplifting honesty that makes for a powerful and entertaining musical experience.

From B.B. King to Otis Redding, Slam has a way of making you feel the soul of the music. It’s often difficult to tell if he’s doing one of his originals or an old blues or soul cover. In the end, it doesn’t matter … Slam has a way of making all the music his own.