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Showing posts with label Marquise Knox. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 21, hosts Elvin Bishop

30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival, May 21, hosts Elvin Bishop

Greensboro, NC - 2015 Rock ‘n Roll and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, Elvin Bishop, will headline the 30th Annual Carolina Blues Festival in association with YES! Weekly, May 21 at Barber Park Amphitheater, 1500 Dans Road, Greensboro, NC.

Additional performances from Bob Margolin, Samantha Fish, Marquise Knox, along with Dangerous Gentlemens, Blind Dog Gatewood, and young Seth Williams, round out the day long blues festival and 30th birthday bash!  Music gets underway at 1:45pm.

The Carolina Blues Festival has the distinction of being the longest-running blues festival in the Southeastern United States, with the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society having produced blues festivals since 1986. Attendees from all over the U.S. come to Greensboro for this annual event.

Join us for outstanding blues music, Arts & Craft vendors, a variety of food trucks, and for an extra fun, the Worlds Largest Playable Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster Guitars!

Tickets range from $45 general admission to $75 for Gold Circle seating.  Advance tickets are available at or through Eventbrite: Day of show tickets will be $50 at the gate.

We invite you to come early to Greensboro for Blues Week May 14-20 leading to the Carolina Blues Festival on May 21, to enjoy the great offerings of Greensboro. Blues is a regular part of Greensboro's music scene with several weekly open blues jams and blues music playing at clubs throughout the area. See what events are happening through our Music Calendar!  
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Mean Old World - Arthur Williams & Marquise Knox

Williams began performing in the mid-1950s and has sat in with blues greats like Muddy Waters and Elmore James. In the mid-1970s, Williams formed the Bluesmasters band, performing throughout the Midwest.

Marquise Knox was born in 1991 in St. Louis while his mother was visiting family. They returned to Granada, Mississippi, but moved to St. Louis for good a couple of years later. Marquise still resides in St. Louis, Missouri, but also spends a lot of time in Grenada, where he loves to fish and visit friends and family.

Marquise hails from a musical family deeply entrenched in the Blues. He learned how to play guitar from his grandmother whose family were sharecroppers and whose great, great grandparents were slaves. He also played with his uncle Clifford, who was a major influence in Marquise's life.

For Marquise, Blues is his heritage and a way of life. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award winner Henry James Townsend. Marquise's talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legend and Grammy Award winners B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards (the latter two also NEA Heritage Fellows). He has also performed at dozens of festivals, and has toured Germany and played the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland.

Marquise met Sam Lay during a visit to Clarksdale, Mississippi. Like other statesmen of the Blues, Sam took an immediate liking to Marquise and took it upon himself to help give Marquise's career a boost by insisting that Chad Kassem bring Marquise to the celebrated Blues series "Bluesmasters at the Crossroads", which has showcased a virtual who-who of the Blues at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. Marquise was an immediate crowd favorite, and was adopted by all of the elders of the Blues in attendance that year. His obvious talent along with his deep knowledge of the Blues and vast respect for his elders made it clear Marquise had something special, and Kassem signed him to a three album deal.