Sunday, November 24
Fest Finale / Three Concerts

DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom

Deanna Bogart is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and multifaceted musician whose fans value the diversity of her genre-free zone.

As a bandleader/singer/songwriter/producer/pianist/sax player, Deanna combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country and jazz into a splendid blend she calls “blusion.”

Deanna’s fusion of blusion — spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless and fun — garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Recognized for her dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals and cut-above songwriting, Deanna easily wins the hearts of fans on land and at sea on chartered cruises

Bogart’s latest ventures include Blind Pig Record’s Pianoland, a newly minted DVD called Everybody Has A Story and 11th Hour, a CD released on Vista Records, a company she co-founded.

Since the 2016 release of his Alligator Records debut The Chicago Way, contemporary blues guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Toronzo Cannon has burst onto the international stage as one of Chicago’s — and the world’s — most acclaimed next-generation bluesmen.

He’s earned his fame through the overwhelming response to his album, the sheer force of his music, his original songs and his live charisma. Since the CD’s release, he’s played major cities all over the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivering one hard-rocking performance after another. 

Cannon’s unofficial launch from local hero to national star took place on June 13, 2015 at the world-renowned Chicago Blues Festival, where he performed as a festival headliner for the massive crowd. After announcing that he had just signed with Alligator Records, he delivered a riveting set, instantly earning tens of thousands of new fans.  

Blues & Rhythm says: “Toronzo Cannon is a modern blues master. Cutting-edge and razor-sharp.”

With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut.

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats’ fourth Alligator album, Groovin’ In Greaseland, features 13 original songs. One listen makes it clear that this is one of the tightest and most original groups in any genre, constantly inspiring each other to new heights

Besides Estrin’s celebrated songwriting and musical skills, he and the band are among the most entertaining and colorful showmen around.

Estrin’s flashing harmonica solos, quick wit and signature look, and Kid Andersen’s off-the-cuff guitar acrobatics add even more spontaneous fun to their live performances.

Years of worldwide touring and a series of critically acclaimed recordings has earned Estrin five Blues Music Awards, including two nods for Song Of The Year (1994 and 2018), Best Instrumentalist — Harmonica (2013) and Traditional Blues Male Artist Of The Year (2018).

The full band, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, was the 2018 Blues Music Awards Band of the Year.

For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick fronted Little Charlie & the Nightcats, flawlessly combining his songs, vocals and harmonica with Little Charlie Baty’s one-of-a-kind guitar excursions. With Charlie’s retirement from touring in 2008, Rick took over leadership of the band.

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats have not only picked up where Little Charlie & The Nightcats left off, they’ve taken everything to the next level.

Rounding out the band are Lorenzo Farrell (piano, organ, and synthesizer) and Alex Pettersen (drums).