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Silver City fest is gold standard for blues

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Blues and Silver City have gone hand in hand for 16 years. The two will holding hands again when the Mimbres Region Arts Council presents the 17th annual Silver City Blues Festival over Memorial Day weekend.

“This year we’ve got a lot of new talent, a lot of new people on the scene,” said Renee Whipple, who is in charge of graphics and marketing for the arts council.

Among the young blues musicians performing at the festival will be the family band of Trampled Under Foot from Kansas City, Mo., and Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch of Dallas, Whipple said.

Silver City Blues Festival
WHEN: May 25-27
WHERE: Gough Park and the Buffalo Dance Hall, Silver City
HOW MUCH: Music in the park is free. Admission is $12 to the kickoff event and the May 26 jam session, both at the Buffalo Dance Hall, 211 N. Bullard St.

On his official website, Elmore describes his music as a fusion of blues, rock and Americana. The electric guitarist is backed by bassist Chris Waw and drummer Mike Talbot.


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The members of Trampled Under Foot are bass guitarist Danielle Schnebelen, drummer Kris Schnebelen and guitarist Nick Schnebelen.

“Another group are The Greenwood Misses, a trio of gals from Silver City who have a love for Mississippi John Hurt,” she said. The band’s name plays off the Mississippi Delta city of Greenwood.

Whipple said the festival is one of Silver City’s major cultural tourism attractions.

Here is the lineup of the times and dates of the blues festival performers:

Friday, May 25, at the Buffalo Dance Hall

♦ 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase

Saturday, May 26, at Gough Park

♦ 12:15 p.m. The Muddy Hands Blues Band


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♦ 1:45 p.m. The Kas Nelson Trio featuring Sunny James

♦ 3:15 p.m. Big Daddy D and the Dynamites

♦ 5:15 p.m. Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch

♦ 7:15 p.m. Trampled Under Foot

♦ 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Festival Jam Session at the Buffalo Dance Hall

Sunday, May 27, at Gough Park

♦ Noon The Greenwood Misses

♦ 1:30 p.m. Country Blues Revue

♦ 3 p.m. Hazel Miller

♦ 5 p.m. Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys