BIBLE HILL - The headline act at the 10th annual Dutch Mason Blues Festival is a co-founder of multi-platinum super groups Santana and Journey.
Gregg Rolie will be the Saturday evening featured performer, which runs Aug. 8 to 10 at the Truro Raceway and the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
The world-class keyboardist, vocalist and producer was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame as part of the original Santana band and Rolie took the lead vocals on some of Santana's greatest hits, including ‘Black Magic Woman,' ‘Evil Ways,' and the Tito Puente composition ‘Oye Como Va.' Original members of the Santana Band will be joining Rolie on stage.
Also part of Saturday's lineup announced so far is Canadian Juno and Maple Blues award winning artist Paul Deslaurier, and Royal Southern Brotherhood featuring Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Mike Zito.
Doyle Bramhall II will also join the Saturday bill. The singer, guitarist, composer and producer has collaborated with Eric Clapton for more than 10 years, and has also collaborated with artists such as Roger Waters, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr., and Gregg Allman.
Saturday's lineup will also feature the festival ambassador returning to the stage. James Cotton, who released his latest album, Cotton Mouth Man, this past year, is up for five 2014 Blues Music Awards, including instrumentalist - harmonica.
Friday's musicians include Canadian super group Monster Truck, which won the 2013 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year; rock and blues legend Rick Derringer, who, at the age of 17, recorded the number one high ‘Hang on Sloopy' with his band The McCoys; and Frank Marino, vocalist, guitarist and leader of Mahogany Rush. Marino, who has 30 albums under his belt, has been involved in blues recordings with other artists, including playing on tribute albums to Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The final day of the festival will see Monkeyjunk, an Ottawa-based trio consisting of Steve Marriner, Tony D and Matt Sobb, take the stage. In the band's six-year existence, the musicians have cultivated a unique blend of swamp roots rock while touring Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Sunday will also see Head of the Heard perform for the crowd, with singles such as ‘By This Time Tomorrow' and ‘Knock Me Down.'
Canadian blues rocker David Wilcox will be featured in an encore headline appearance to help close out the celebration. Wilcox has more than 20 years experience in the business as a singer, songwriter and guitarist who holds five gold and platinum albums.
Along with the artists already announced, the festival will also feature 11 artists from Atlantic Canada, who will be announced at a later date.
While the talented musicians perform, the festival will also showcase a custom motorcycle show, barbecue competitions, artist fan fair, late night blues jams, tattoo competitions, vendors and more.
In addition, the Motorcycle Lifestyle Show will showcase some of the hottest custom bikes, accessories and motorcycle apparel from Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. With a pro builder and custom bike competition on site, visitors can also cast a vote for their favourite as the Peoples Choice Award.
General admission tickets are $45 for Friday, $65 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday, or a three-day pass for $125. An early-bird ticket offer of 20 per cent is available on general admission tickets, with the special being available until the last day of June.
VIP weekend ticket passes are available as well.
Tickets are on sale through Ticketpro, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, at all Ticketpro locations, and online at www.ticketpro.ca or www.dutchmason.com.