BASCOM — First Step Healthy Family Resource Center will host the 22nd annual Soul Shine Blues Festival from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Meadowbrook Park Ballroom, 5430 Ohio 18 West, Bascom.
Mike Guldin and Rollin’ & Tumblin’ will headline the festival. The Reece Lincoln Band; Phillips & Mercer; and Bud Mowery & the All Star Blues Band are also on the bill.
Presale tickets are $20 and can be obtained by calling First Step at 419-435-7300. Tickets cost $25 at the door.
All proceeds go to help the resource center provide shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children, along with a 24-hour support line, advocacy and outreach with support programs for men, women and children.
The festival will offer a variety of food, including Main Street Deli’s seafood jambalaya, red beans and rice; and Hawg Sauce Catering owner Jason Carter will donate ribs, chicken and pulled pork barbecue. Guitars, including a handmade cigar box guitar donated by Roger Jones, and gift baskets will be raffled. Raffle tickets are available at First Step, located at 1099 Columbus Ave., Fostoria, or the day of the show.
A Philadelphia-area blues band with a tight sound and high-energy presence, Mike Guldin and Rollin’ & Tumblin’ promise to deliver some “butt shakin’” music. The two-time International Blues Challenge finalist band’s roadhouse rhythms are influenced by blues legends like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King as well as more contemporary artists such as the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Rolling Stones.
Guldin began honing his stinging guitar and soulful vocal style at the age of 16, and his band features C.J. Clark on bass, Tim Hopper on keyboards, Alan Howe on guitar, and Matt McNally on drums.
A 2007 Western Ohio “King of the Blues” Gibson/Guitar Center winner, The Reece Lincoln Band was one of 27 bands chosen nationwide to compete in the “Living Room … LIVE! Battle of the Bands” on CBS’ “The Early Show.”
Lincoln describes his original music as “high octane gospel fuel for the soul,” and his band will pay homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble by playing several of their hits. The trio features Lincoln on guitar and vocals, Brad Willison on bass and Keith Cozart on drums.
A decades-long staple of Findlay’s music scene, Phillips & Mercer will perform country blues that draw on Mississippi John Hurt and Reverend Gary Davis.
Dave Phillips has played in several bands, studied classical guitar and music composition with some of the greats, and teaches traditional fingerstyle blues, classical guitar, voice, and bass guitar.
A seasoned musician, Otto Mercer’s band memberships include Thick & Thin, Slick Black Cadillac, and the Rock Crushers. He currently performs with the Midnight Riders.
Bud Mowery and the All Star Blues Band was formed specifically for Soul Shine, with members carrying decades of experience from local bands. The band’s music features everything from B.B. King and Muddy Waters to more contemporary artists like Rory Gallagher and Joe Bonamassa.
The band features Bud Mowery on guitar; Glenn Roddy on vocals; John Whitlow on keyboards; Steve Wilson on harmonica; Dave McNary on bass; and Gary Burns on drums.
For more information, go to: http://soulshineblues.com/ or check out First Step’s Facebook page.