Twentieth Anniversary Bluesmore Music Festival: Lineup Includes Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Peterson, The Scott Holt Band, and LCBS All Stars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 14:22

Music lovers and blues enthusiasts alike will revel in the live performances on Brucemore’s First Avenue lawn during the twentieth annual Bluesmore on Saturday, August 3 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. Presented by Brucemore and the Linn County Blues Society, Bluesmore performers will include Lucky Peterson featuring Tamara Peterson, The Scott Holt Band, and LCBS All Stars.  The 2013 Bluesmore festival sponsor is Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust and media sponsors are The Gazette, Hoopla, and KCRG-TV9.  Home Town Restyling sponsors Tom Bruner and the Back Porch Band.

Lucky Peterson, a searing lead guitarist, first-rate vocalist, and talented organist, is the most dangerous triple threat working in the blues. Growing up in Buffalo, NY, with a father who owned one of the area’s most renowned blues clubs, Peterson was exposed to music from a young age. At the age of 5, the R&B hit “1-2-3-4” on his first record resulted in television appearances on The Tonight Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and What’s My Line. As a teenager he attended Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts before paying dues in the bands of Etta James and Otis Rush. He has since performed with a long list of blues greats, including B.B. King and Albert Collins, and made his name through electrifying live performances.

Scott Holt, a six-string powerhouse and soulful storyteller, began his musical career when he was invited to join the band of blues legend Buddy Guy at age 19. Born in Tennessee and raised in Texas and Mississippi, Holt’s music is as diversified as his roots. Holt caught rock ‘n’ roll fever when his parents took him to his first concert, Elvis Presley, while his teenage discovery of Jimmy Hendrix inspired his musical passion and artistic spirituality. In much of Holt’s work, one can hear echoes of Hendrix’s stinging vibrato, as well as sounds that are warm, human, and undisguised by technology. Holt has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the world.

LCBS All Stars features ten of Eastern Iowa’s finest blues musicians on one stage for a special twentieth-anniversary Bluesmore celebration. The lineup includes Ron DeWitte, Eric Douglas, Craig Erickson, Tommy ‘T-Bone’ Giblin, BillyLee Janey, Bryce Janey, Dan ‘DJ’ Johnson, Denny Ketelsen, Skeeter Louis, and Dennis ‘Daddy-O’ McMurrin.

Advance Bluesmore tickets are $15 per adult and $13 per student or Brucemore/Linn County Blues Society member. All tickets are $20 at the gate - no discounts are available the day of the event. Children age 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  Advance tickets must be purchased by August 2 and are available through Brucemore by calling (319) 362-7375, by visiting, or at the following outlets: Brewed Awakenings, Chappy’s Safari Lounge, Checkers Tavern, Music Loft, Guitar Center, J.M. O’Malley’s, The Longbranch Hotel, Parlor City Pub and Eatery, and West Music (Marion). Tickets are non-refundable.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Bands will perform from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. on the First Avenue lawn at Brucemore, 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. No on-site parking is available except handicap parking by entering on Dows Lane. No pets, coolers, or outside food is allowed during the event. Food and beverage vendors are available on-site, including the Jaycees beer tent. For further information on Bluesmore, please visit,, or call (319) 362-7375 or (319) 399-5105.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit

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