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Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of today’s top guitarists and a leading force in the latest generation of contemporary blues luminaries.  Wayne Baker Brooks serves notice of a new powerful force at play in the music world. Combining outstanding song craft, passionate vocals, and a liquid fire guitar style, this talented artist manages to honor his rich blues heritage while effortlessly expanding the boundaries of the genre

Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves.

The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks — Wayne Brooks was literally born into the blues!  Growing up Brooks was a regular visitor to  blues landmarks around Chicago at which he witnessed many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & of course his father.

He joined his father’s band (Lonnie Brooks) as a roadie in 1988, and started playing guitar in the band in 1990. In 1997, he formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band while continuing to work with his father’s band. In 1998, in addition to appearing in the film Blues Brothers 2000, he also co-wrote Blues for Dummies with his father, Cub Koda, and Dan Aykroyd, earning his first Real Blues magazine award (Keeping the Blues Alive) for the effort.  Brooks was inducted into the Chicago  Blues Hall of Fame in 2014.

WBB has performed and or recorded alongside such notables as: Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddley, The Black Crowes, Otis Rush, Jr. Wells,  Johnny Lang, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Bobby Rush, Elvin Bishop, and many more.

Wayne Baker Brooks and this Band continue to play the world over showcasing that signature top shelf brand of guitar playing and a live show that should not be missed.

Check out his music at his official website.

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Scotty Bratcher born October 31, 1987, began playing guitar at an age that it became second nature to him, he was 2. It was the moment Scotty Bratcher caught guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan on television show “Austin City Limits” that he knew music was going to consume him for the rest of his life.

Bratcher blends elements from funk, rock, the blues, and gospel into an alchemist’s brew of pure rock power and has been leaving crows all over the country speechless at his live shows.

Bratcher received his first guitar at the age of 1. With time and effort, he was playing the instrument on a more professional level, jamming and sitting in with bands at age 10 and considering himself a full time musician when he was 12 years old.

Scotty Bratcher plays and sings like a man on a mission to save rock and roll. Whether he’s easing into the bluesy “Put My Mind at Ease” or rocking out for “Disappointing Ourselves,” Bratcher’s talents as a classic triple-threat are apparent. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Bratcher has mastered all three in his 28 years of music making.
Every song exudes the era of rock, but that’s not to say Bratcher isn’t innovative. Instead, his music contains a contemporary edge, recreating at once the raw power of Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, or Jimi Hendrix while capturing the explosive youth and vitality of a new generation of rock musicians forging new paths in rock and roll.

Bratcher’s talents have placed him at the top of his game and on the stage with some of music’s greatest artists. Among dozens of others, he’s opened for or played with Ted Nugent, Little Texas, Blue Oyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Styx, and .38 Special. He’s played with musical inspirations Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and with diverse bands ranging from Boston, Dickie Betts, and Charlie Daniels to genre-bending powerhouse Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Check out his music at his official website.

 

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Schedule

Date Time Event Location
July 15, 2016 09:30 pm Wayne Baker Brooks Mainstage
July 15, 2016 08:15 pm Scotty Bratcher Mainstage
July 15, 2016 07:00 pm Thirsty Perch Blues Band Mainstage

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