Sept. 25--The Blast Furnace Blues Festival, among three genre-specific festivals ArtsQuest suspended in a cutback last year, will be revived for a three-day run in February, headlined by a singer and harmonica player who won big at this year's national Blues Music Awards.
Curtis Salgado was one of John Belushi's inspirations for The Blues Brothers and in May won the Blues Music Awards' B.B King Entertainer, Best Soul Blues Male Artist and Best Soul Blues Album. He will headline the festival on Feb. 8, Pollstar magazine says on its website.
Salgado is among four acts the website lists for the Feb. 7-9 festival.
Musikfest spokesman Mark Demko confirmed those are the dates for the festival, but said the lineup won't be announced until late this week. "We are indeed working on the next Blast Furnace Blues festival and are very excited about the 2014 lineup," he said.
Also listed are Canada's top-touring bluesman, JW-Jones, and jazz and blues belter Candye Kane, both on Feb. 9, and singer-guitarist Damon Fowler on both days. Both Jones and Fowler list the shows on their websites.
Ticket information for the shows was not available.
In December 2012, ArtsQuest announced that three of its six genre-specific festivals would not return for 2013, citing poor attendance. It said that Blast Furnace Blues, held in summer during its first two years, would return for a spring date in 2014.
Also eliminated were the Nowadays indie rock festival held in March 2012 for the first time and the SteelJam jam band festival held for the past two years. ArtsQuest has not said it will revive those.
Moving Blast Furnace Blues festival to winter was suggested by patrons, ArtsQuest has said. It started as an indoor-outdoor festival in 2011, then moved entirely inside ArtsQuest Center in 2012.
In all, this year Salgado was nominated in four Blues Music Award categories and won three. The Song "She Didn't Cut Me Loose" from "Soul Shot" also was nominated but didn't win.
Before becoming a solo artist, Salgado performed for six years with Robert Cray's band, and sang lead on Cray's debut album. In 1995, he spent a short stint as lead vocalist with the Latin rock band Santana.
He was lead vocalist for Nighthawks when Belushi met him during the filming of the 1978 movie "Animal House." Belushi later used Salgado as inspiration for the movie "The Blues Brothers" and even credited him in the film.
Salgado played at Sellersville Theater 1894 in August 2013.
JW-Jones has played and recorded with Hubert Sumlin and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has released seven albums since 2000. The latest was last year's "Seventh Hour."
Candye Kane started with country punk bands and shared the stage with musicians such as Black Flag, Social Distortion, Los Lobos, The Blasters and Lone Justice before turning to the blues in the early 1990s. In 2011, she was nominated for Blues Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Blues Female. She has released nearly two dozen albums, the latest being "Coming Out Swinging" this year.
Fowler, from Florida, plays a hybrid of roots rock and blues.
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