The Ivas John Band will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ivas John is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter whose style has been compared to equal parts Ry Cooder, Mose Allison, Robert Cray, Van Morrison, Keb Mo and Delbert McClinton.
The sixth annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival will offer a weekend of blues Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.
Four bands will complete the lineup for the festival at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus.
The festival is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17.
A lineup of acts known regionally and throughout St. Louis will headline the event.
“If you want to listen to some of the best blues in the St. Louis metro area, the Grafton Winery is the place to be that weekend,” said Erin Prott, events manager at the winery.
The Ivas John Band will perform from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ivas John is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter whose style has been compared to equal parts Ry Cooder, Mose Allison, Robert Cray, Van Morrison, Keb Mo and Delbert McClinton. He has established the Southern Illinois Blues Society and the Cross Rivers Blues Festival in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Band members include Shannon Meyer, Charlie Morrill and Jamie Pender.
Returning for another year is the Tombstone Bullet Band, which will follow from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This band is from central Illinois with Mary Jo Curry on vocals. Mike Rapier, one of the founding members of the band, plays the lead and rhythm guitar. Cory Brown plays the keyboard while Mike “Double Edge” Gillette plays the bass guitar. Rounding out the group is Mike Wallace on drums. Tombstone Bullet Band is known for their hits such as “It Won’t Be Long,” “Havin’ A Party” and more.
On Sunday, Pennsylvania Slim Band will perform from noon to 3 p.m. followed by Billy Peek from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This group has performed in cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, Beverly Hills and frequent St. Louis blues hot spots. Pennsylvania Slim Band has performed for more than 15 years and plays a wide range of tunes including blues, R&B, soul, jump swing, doo wop and ’50s rock ’n’ roll.
Billy Peek is a St. Louis blues legend who has produced three CDs: “Can A White Boy Play the Blues?”, “Tribute to a Poet” and “The Answer.” He performs throughout the St. Louis area. His repertoire includes ’50s Chuck Berry and Ike Turner-style rock ’n’ roll music and Elmore James and B.B. King-style blues.
In addition to the regular full menu, the winery also will feature Blues Fest specials including gumbo, jambalaya, all-beef Angus hot dogs and beef kabobs. The newest addition to the winery will also be open. This new area seats approximately 75 people and has an outdoor kitchen and bar.
In addition to great music and the Blues Fest menu items, visitors can sample award-winning wines. The winery’s list includes a variety of white, red, rose, fruit and decadent dessert wines. The winery has been recognized as having some of the best wines in international competitions.
For information, call (618) 786-3001 or go to www.thegraftonwinery.com. Follow the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus on Facebook.