Shemekia Copeland's instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Blues Music Award winner and Grammy nominated, she’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, and many others and opened for The Rolling Stones. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach.
Called “one helluva a guitar-player” by Bruce Springsteen and nominated for six Blues Music Awards, Ana and her six-piece band have toured tirelessly, sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and many others. Her albums ‘Can You Stand The Heat’ and ‘Unconditional’ were USA Today Picks-Of-The-Week and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, who praised her “Fiery technique on the Stratocaster”. Nearly all of Ana’s albums reached the top of the Billboard Blues Charts.
The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material with the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before. Their music is a soul stirring blend of electric blues and rock. Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and lap-steel playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. The Campbell Brothers have performed in venues from sanctuary to concert hall, including the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center.
Grammy nominated Victor Wainwright & The Train are known for their Power-house blues, Memphis soul, and roots rock’n roll. Composer, producer, vocalist, and piano player; Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. A six-time Blues Music Award winner, Victor has a passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art-form forward. Their six member band, including a big soul sounding horn section, will be rocking Briggs Farm!
The band’s big sound, fueled by Lil’ Ed’s gloriously rollicking slide work and deep blues string bending, along with his rough-edged, soulful vocals, is as real and hard-hitting as Chicago blues gets. Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their 30 years together. Winners of the Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year in both 2007 and 2009 three time Living Blues Award winners for Best Live Performer, their music is electrifying, emotionally intense and downright fun.
Legendary Dr. Mac Arnold is one of the few remaining old school Blues men still delivering stellar performances. His first band included James Brown on keyboard and was the former bass player in the Muddy Waters Band. He went on to play alongside greats such as John Lee Hooker, Otis Redding, and B.B. King. In 2017 he was inducted into the Alabama Blues Hall of Fame, and when he’s not working on his organic farm, he’s wailing on a gas can guitar and belting out Chicago style blues with his Plate Full O’ Blues band.
Scott’s masterfully reckless approach to the guitar is immediately recognizable and undeniably original. His intense vocals bend the rules of songwriting while his blues-roots vibe meshes with Northwest Rock grunge. Beyond stages both local and international, his music has found its way into various movies, television programs and advertisements (Nike, Coke, Jaguar, and NASCAR ads have been propelled by his distinctive melodies). Scott plays with the uninhibited joy and intensity of someone who recognizes that every time we make music is an honor and a gift.
Celisse is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and performer whose prodigious talents define her as an artist. Heavily influenced by “mother of rock & roll” Sister Rosetta Tharpe, she has performed with Melissa Ethridge, Macy Gray, Lizzo, PHISH, and more. Henderson’s music is defined by her infectious hooks and her passionate and bluesy vocals. She has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, appeared on SNL, performed on Broadway, and is gaining recognition for her ability to shred in ways that challenge ideas of what a guitar can do.
Winning over audiences with epic sets and a remarkable breadth of song-craft and showmanship, The National Reserve meld gut-bucket R&B, late night soul, and bluesy rock ‘n’ roll to create their own timeless brand of music. They are a roots act with teeth, representing music that spans genres and generations. The band performs nationally, from honky-tonks to concert halls, with a cool confidence that shines through as soul.
Swampcandy is a three-man madhouse from Maryland that blend rifle-fast picking with percussive bass for a wild ride of a set. The trio dials in on a sound that evolves past the primitive blues roots that their music is clearly steeped in, favoring experimentation and a penchant for getting loud and heavy. This internationally touring band gives 110% in every performance, leaving the stage exhausted and crowd satisfied.
King Solomon Hicks delivers solid showmanship and deep Blues roots through his own distinctive style. Engaging crowds since he was 13 years old, Hicks has shared stages with Tony Bennet, Beth Hart, Marcus King, John Nemeth, and Davey Knowles to name a few. In addition to catching him on the Back Porch Stage last year, you may have seen him featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Blues Blast Magazine.
Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band have earned quite a reputation for jaw dropping performances driven by Gracie’s powerful vocals that are at one moment strong, the next hauntingly fragile. A Blues Music Award nominee; Gracie is as powerful vocally as she is funny, as edgy as she is down-to-earth, as energetic as she is earnest. With an unforgettable stage presence and her longtime, award winning High Falutin’ Band by her side, nothing can stop the train that is Gracie Curran!
Longtime friends and frequent musical collaborators Pappy Biondo (Cabinet, Owl & Crow) and Justin Mazer (Ryan Montbleau Band) will be coming together at Briggs Farm to honor the music and spirit of JJ Cale. Masters of their musical crafts, their performances are a conversational alchemy of instruments and lyric storytelling. Don’t miss this debut PA performance!
The Gabe Stillman Band draws from a deep well of blues and American roots music. They consistently deliver stand-up, shout-out performances on the regional blues circuit, and have shared stages with blues royalty such as The Nighthawks and Chicago powerhouses Toronto Cannon! Gabe’s band runs full tilt, combining grit with a smooth, sophisticated finish.
Regional favorites, The Mighty Susquehannas, will be bringing their blend of Bluesy Funk, Jam-Band, & Alternative Rock when they return to the Back Porch Stage this July! They offer a refreshing soundscape that leaves listeners yearning for more of their uniquely original music that they like to call “the antacid for the heartburn of your soul.” TMS have won the Briggs crowd over in years past and we’ve no doubt they will do it again at Briggs Farm Blues Festival 2020!
Dane Tilghman and Jack Adams are friends who share a love for both The Blues and Briggs Farm. Dane is an artist and musician. Always a favorite vendor at BFBF, this time he'll also be sharing his musical talents with us! Jack Adams is the host of NPR's Bluesville radio show. Together they'll be performing a highly danceble mix of blues, funk, soul, and rock & roll!
Bret is a singer/songwriter/producer based in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has toured and shared the stage with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Bob Seger, The Allman Brothers, Edwin McCain, Live, The Gin Blossoms, and countless others. In 2015, Bret was the recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Electric City Music Conference. Today, he continues to perform solo and with his new band, Gentleman East as well as producing, writing, and performing with several other independent artists. Bret & Friends will be performing Songs from the Summer of 1970.
MiZ is an Americana / Roots Rock artist from Northeast Pennsylvania known for masterful guitar playing, well-crafted songwriting, and powerful and energetic live performances. He has opened for acts like Jason Isbell, The Wallflowers, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, America, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. MiZ is two time winner of the tri-state indie award for "acoustic artist of the year'. MiZ will be performing Grateful Dead's American Beauty album.