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4th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival - Hot Springs, MT
Symes Hot Springs Hotel
Hot Springs, MT
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4th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival is July 12-13, 2013 on the north lawn of the Historic Symes Hot Springs Hotel located in the beautiful Hot Springs, MT. The Hot Springs Blues Festival features true Blues from around the Northwest. Blues lovers will enjoy this line-up, which gets better and better every year. Come relish the spectacular mineral water, awesome food, entertainment and small town ambiance of this full service town. Lodging and camping accommodations, soaking, food, beverage, spa services, vending and more are offered at the historic Symes Hot Springs Hotel, as well as other local establishments.

Music Schedule:

Friday July 12
John Kelley opens up on Friday from 6-8 p.m.

John, better known as 'Neighbor John Kelley' and is also known for his Magic Mojo Blues band. He grew up in southern California where he played guitar from early childhood. As a teenager, he was inspired by the groundbreaking blues of John Mayall and Jimi Hendrix. He has been performing for over thirty years as lead guitarist, vocalist and "front man" for numerous blues bands in both southern California and the Pacific Northwest. John is a gifted musician, singer and musical arranger. Known for his solid guitar licks, expressive vocals and a genre-bending blend of eclectic musical influences, John is quickly gaining attention throughout the Northwest as a talented and animated performer. The past few years have found John sharing the stage with various recording artists including John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, Roy Rogers & Norton Buffalo, Rory Block, Sawyer Brown, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Booker "T" & the MG's, and The Delgado Brothers.

Kevin Van Dort headlines Friday night at 9 - 11 p.m.

Kevin Van Dort is a notable ambassador for blues and soul music from Montana. KVD's "High Mountain Soul Music" combines dirty Delta style slide with a rocking blues and a vocal styling reminiscent of the 50's and 60's Blues Men. Van Dort has played with Keb Mo, Cash McCall, and Robert Randolph. He has also shared a stage with Lukas Nelson, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Rogers, and Tony Furtado. The combination of a smooth groove rhythm section and a gritty barn wood tenor guitar produces a new/vintage sound that will shake your soul.

Saturday July 13
Good Old Fashioned aka Viv Savage 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Viv Savage plays dirty drivin' rock'n'roll music to get you stomping. The members of Viv Savage have all played music around the Missoula area for years. Chris (guitar, vocals), Justin (drums) and Max (bass) met playing in the band ello. Callie is a recent addition to the band lending her powerful gritty vocals and shakin' tambourine to the blend of blues, rock, and country that Viv Savage energetically brings to stages around Montana. Anyone who sees a show will agree that this band is a good time all the time!

Mudslide Charley 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

MudSlide Charley creates a powerful and seminal expression of 21st century blues. With our soul firmly planted in the dirt of the Mississippi Delta, we weave together Blues, Hip Hop and early R&B into the fabric of our sound, to write and perform songs that exude emotional fervor, and joyous spontaneity. Simultaneously brash and playful these blues tell vital stories full of danger, longing, sexuality, and hope. Loaded with groove and Inspired by the patchwork of American roots music, MudSlide Charley's brand of gut-bucket blues and ramshackle soul is as authentic as it is original and will surely make you dance.

Mike Bader Bearjam 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

The Mike Bader Bearjam's new release "Worldwide Blues" is opening the door to a broader audience of music lovers. This regional act performs at festivals, clubs, special events, ski resorts and mountain lodges. Playing a unique mix of original blues, funk, reggae and jam music accompanied by meaningful lyrics, the music is danceable and crowd inspiring. Bader has directly opened for many award-winning major acts including Taj Mahal, Tommy Castro and Carlos Del Junco and other notable musicians. A veteran of several tours, Bader's debut album, Clearcut Case of the Blues, was named one of the top U.S. blues releases of 2004 in the 11th Annual Real Blues Awards.

Kenny James Miller Band 9:45 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.

The Kenny James Miller Band is an all-original Northwest US Regional Rock/Blues band located in Montana, US made up of a trio of professional, accomplished musicians. Their list of accolades is growing: Won the Spokane, WA Regional Semi-Final Competition for the 2011 Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge, one of the World's largest band, sole/duo contests with participants from around the world, which made them a finalist for the Washington Blues Society in conjunction with Walla Walla Blues Society and Inland Empire Blues Society; 2011 recipient of the Inland Empire Blues Society, "Best New Blues Band or Artist;" Now, #6 in's best video and featured on their home page; Listed in "Top Bands" on Reverbnation for the Kalispell, MT area; Shared the stage with Robin Trower in 2011. "Can't You Hear Me" airs on Blues Deluxe Radio, a nationally syndicated radio show.

Sunday July 14

Sunday Brunch at the Symes Hot Springs Hotel featuring bluesman Jesse Warburton aka Brother Music. Brunch served 8 a.m. - noon, music from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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Symes Hot Springs Hotel (View)
209 Wall Street
Hot Springs, MT 59845
United States

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