Black Potatoe Music Festival
7:30pm - The STUFF BROS
The STUFF BROS bring their own recipe for rootsy goodness to classic and unexpected tunes, guaranteed to make you shake n' shimmy. Acoustic, electric, funkified, eclectic. Each Brother adds his own special something to the musical stew: jazz influences, classical training, original songwriting, urban rocking, country-fried jangles and world beats. Get ready for saucy tributes and riffs on the greats that get you moving and confessing you've heard it before...but not like this!
8:00pm - The Bruce Katz Band
Bruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 8 CDs as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CDs with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others. He was also a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years (2007-2013) and toured with the Allman Brothers as well. He is a four time BMA nominee (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015) for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” award, which is the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys”. Bruce was also a 2015 nominee for Living Blues Magazine's "Outstanding Keyboardist" award.
The Bruce Katz Band is: Bruce Katz – Hammond B3 organ and piano
Chris Vitarello – guitar/vocals Ray Hangen – drums/
6:30pm - Pat O'Shea
You may not think of New York's Hudson River Valley as the home of a boundless music scene, but you’d be surprised at the number of relevant musicians who call it home. One of those being singer/songwriter/guitarist Pat O’Shea. The former sideman continues to impress with his well crafted songs, strong musicianship and a band that will make you take notice. His resume is equally impressive and includes six years playing guitar for the legendary Levon Helm, countless shows backing Blues greats James Cotton and Hubert Sumlin, as well as collaborations with Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien, The Fab Faux), David Johansen (The New York Dolls) and Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan) among others. O’Shea’s songs are pure American music, influenced equally by heartland Country, down home Blues and straight ahead Rock n Roll. His thoughtful lyrics, inspirational melodies and powerful arrangements will rock you hard, let you down easy and take you everywhere in between.
9:45pm - Scott Sharrard and the Brickyard Band
"Scott Sharrard, guitarist for Gregg Allman's band is not only that, he is also an excellent songwriter and singer, in a genre that a little out of the expectations, not southern rock, but more soul, a lot of soul .. and blues....he combines his strong soulful voice with delicious guitar with a strong bluesy slant" -Rootstime
"...he offers the songs with power and conviction. His guitar playing, much like his voice, is fluid and soulful, encompassing Cropper, Hendrix, and BB King. In fact, fans of King’s Indianola Mississippi Seeds era will find a lot to love about the Scott Sharrard Band."
6:00pm - Caren Kennedy and Friends
The Caren Kennedy Trio is an acoustic band featuring multi-instrumentalist and extraordinary vocalist Caren Kennedy, guitarist and vocalist Rich Plumpton, and bassist John “Barless” Pellichero. Three accomplished musicians and veterans of the Hunterdon County and Lehigh Valley music scene, the Caren Kennedy Trio perform a diverse mix of music steeped in the jam-band tradition and influenced by artists such as the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and many more. Whenever they play, they basically bring a whole party to any venue. A truly fun band to experience. Joining the lineup from time to time is incredible drummer Billy Mutchler from "The Samples," which is always a true treat!
9:00pm - Dwight and Nicole
Dwight & Nicole is a three piece original blues-soul-rock band fronted by Dwight Ritcher & Nicole Nelson. Ritcher and Nelson are both well known on the East Coast for their powerful voices and songwriting. Together, they have toured up and down the Northeast, growing a fiercely loyal fan base, and self releasing two award winning albums through crowd funding. The Boston Globe calls them “A tour de force that demands much wider success” and describes their sound as “poignant, hard-driving and heavenly.”
Friday July 14