Durham Blues & Brews Festival

2020 Festival Bands

Beauty Operators

Beauty Operators

Durham’s powerful and powerfully fun Beauty Operators possess a can-do spirit and loose musical boundaries, the better to abet their anything goes cabaret of Chicago blues, rock and roll, zydeco, and lusty disco. They are musical polymaths as likely to reinterpret Macklemore’s Thrift Shop on the fly as find themselves deep inside a Paul Butterfield worthy jam. These are renegades worth their weight in fun and great music. Imitators are out there but these women are the real thing.

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Jamie McLean Band

Jamie McLean Band

Jamie McLean is a triple threat. As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band he's toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. His blue eyed southern soul vocals ooze raw emotion and his top line songwriting chops tie everything together. With hundreds of original compositions to his name McLean creates a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger.

On February 23 Jamie McLean Band released their long awaited new album One and Only. Recorded at the famed Sound Emporium studios in Nashville One and Only captures the band's strongest songwriting to date. The album was produced by Ken Coomer of Wilco and features special guests Sam Bush and Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band. Live staples "Virginia" and "One and Only" finally get a beautiful studio performance and Jamie McLean Band will tour behind their new album throughout the US and Canada this year!

The live show is where Jamie McLean Band excels and the band has shared the stage with the likes of Gregg Allman, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Marc Broussard, Gov’t Mule and many more. Jamie Mclean Band has also appeared at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Targhee Fest, Okeechobee Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Quebec City Summer Fest, and Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam to name a few. McLean has also enjoyed the sponsorship of Gibson Guitars, Fuchs Amplifiers, D'Addario Strings, Blue Microphones, Banker Custom Guitars, John Varvatos and Esquire Magazine.

Don’t miss their amazing live set when they roll into town! But while you wait, check out this video.

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Mike Zito and his Big Blues Band

Mike Zito

He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, but for Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

“I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders (Osborne) told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff; I try to make every word count.”

That point became convincingly clear with his last record 2018’s First Class Life, a collection of songs that detailed his journey from addiction to sobriety and the subsequent success he achieved through his award-winning body of work. A multiple award winner and nominee, Zito has built his career on an ability to tap into tradition while maintaining contemporary credence all at the same time.

Mike has recorded 16 albums over a career of 20 years (and counting). Find his latest on Ruf Records. Give a listen to this track.

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Durham Blues & Brews Festival

May 16, 2020 · Durham Central Park

CANCELLED due to COVID-19 pandemic


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Durham Blues & Brews Festival

May 16, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St. Durham, NC 27701