STEUBENVILLE -The Spot Bar, 217 S. Fourth St., will be the place for the blues beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as the bar hosts its annual blues festival.
This year's lineup includes both national and regional performers in the blues idiom, including Billy Price, Robert "Wolfman" Belfour and award-winning guitarist Anthony Gomes, according to Jojo DiAlbert, Spot Bar owner.
"The headliners are Belfour, Gomes and Biscuit Miller and the Mix," said DiAlbert, adding all are nationally renowned blues acts. "(The festival) is sponsored by Superior Beverage/Miller Lite, and it's a benefit for WTOV-TV's Coats for Kids program."
Adrian Niles of the Adrian Niles band will be one of several blues performers during the Spot Bar in Steubenville’s annual blues festival, to be held beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the bar, 217 S. Fourth St. National and regional blues performers, including Billy Price, Robert “Wolfman” Belfour and Anthony Gomes, will perform during the two-day event.
DiAlbert said it's been a few years since the last blues festival, and this year he decided to bring in some national caliber acts to help put Steubenville on the blues map.
"It is (a big festival)," he said. "Usually we would have a festival for just one day, but it's been so successful in the past we decided to to offer two days this year. This is going to be some great entertainment. They are all national talent."
Gomes has been called one of the country's hottest currently touring bluesmen by Billboard Magazine. A ferocious live performer and a staple at national blues festivals, Gomes hit blues' gold with "Blues in Technicolor," a high-octane mix of blues and rock that quickly earned him raves from critics as well as a loyal fan base and national reputation as a serious blues guitarist. Gomes performs at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Price "has been around forever," said DiAlbert. A Pittsburgh native, Price has been known on the national blues scene for his searing live performances of blue-eyed, soulful blues. Price is scheduled to perform at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Belfour has been called a living legend and a master at deep Mississippi Delta-style blues, and he takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Also appearing during the two-day festival on Saturday will be Katie Simone and Bad 'N' Ruin at 1 p.m.; The Eldorado Kings, 2:30 p.m.; Mahajibee Blues Band, 4 p.m.; and Biscuit Miller, 7 p.m. Sunday's other performers include Izzy Stetar at 1 p.m.; Jimmy Adler, 2 p.m.; Adrian Niles band, 3:30 p.m.; and Guitar Zach, 7 p.m.
"There also will be food vendors along with other vendors selling T-shirts and CDs," said DiAlbert. "The festival will go on rain or shine."
Tickets are $20 per day or $35 for the weekend, and tickets are available in advance at the door. Free parking also is available in the lot down the street.