Billtown Blues announces first wave of festival performers

Vanessa Collier, Nick Moss and Lindsay Beaver have been announced by the Billtown Blues Association to grace the Williamsport Sun-Gazette Stage for its 30th Year Anniversary celebration of American roots music. The iconic Lycoming County music event is set for a three day run June 10-16 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds.

VANESSA COLLIER

Vanessa Collier is slated as the closing act for June 14. Collier first caught the eye of Billtown Blues Festival fans in 2013, when she played with blues Hall of Famer Joe Louis Walker. She came out on top making her second Billtown Blues appearance under her own name in 2015. Representing the Billtown Blues Association, she then traveled to Memphis and wowed everyone who saw her perform. Since then, Collier has created her own record label, secured a nationally-known agency, played all over the world and is the talk of the blues community. Vanessa is an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist, a clever and thoughtful songwriter, a smart business woman, an effective bandleader, an entertainer who makes it her business to engage everyone in the audience, and a singer whose music flows from blues, to jazz to r&b, to rock ‘n roll effortlessly.

LINDSAY BEAVER

Lindsay Beaver is scheduled for two Festival performances, on June 15 and June 16. Hailing from Nova Scotia and now residing in Austin, Texas, Beaver is on a fast moving train. Recently signed to the powerhouse blues label Alligator Records, with an acclaimed first release, “Tough as Love,” Beaver is getting noticed. Before she delivers a note on stage, the first thing we are likely to see is a drum kit front and center in the stage set up. She is a stand-up drummer/vocalist/band-leader. The Billtown Blues Association has historically presented artists currently under the radar, but expected to break out soon — such is Lindsay Beaver.

NICK MOSS

Nick Moss is on the bill for June 15. Though still a young man as blues artists go, in his 40’s, you wouldn’t know it when reading his history. In his teens and early 20’s, Moss learned from the blues masters who surrounded him in his native Chicago — eventually opening the door for him to tour with Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and eventually the legendary Jimmy Rogers. In 1997, he formed his own band and his own record label, Blue Bella, delivering 12 releases under his own name. His touring and recording efforts paid off with twenty one Blues Music Award nominations. Moss, now signed with Alligator Records, is touring in support of his recent release, “The High Cost of Living,” featuring Dennis Gruenling. He is returning to the Billtown Blues Festival after he performed in 2007 with his band Nick Moss and the Flip Tops.

In addition to the extended three days of music, the 2019 Billtown Blues Festival is also gearing up to offer onsite camping for RVs and Campers, and also the ever popular Car-tent arrangement.

More confirmed performers will be anno­unced in the weeks ahead. More information can be found by visiting billtownblues.org.

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