Blues to the Point

Redbone to headline Carrollton’s
blues festival at Point Park

Event to offer music
from regional, national performers

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (September 2007) – National blues performer Leon Redbone will be the featured act at this year’s Blues to the Point music festival in Carrollton. Known for his distinct Vaudeville-like attire and recognizable sound, Redbone is sure to be a crowd pleaser, according to organizers.

Blues to the Point Schedule

Sept. 7-8 • Point Park
Friday, Sept. 7
5 p.m.: Chad Graham Band
6:30 p.m.: Ricky Nye
7:30 p.m.: Velveta Jones
9 p.m.: Jimmy Davis
10 p.m.: Sonny Moorman
Saturday, Sept. 8
1 p.m: Roy Gentry
2:30 p.m.: TBA
3 p.m.: Tyrone Cotton Band
5:30 p.m.: Good Sunday
6 p.m.: Leon Redbone
7:30 p.m.: Rhythum & Groove (Sandy Pickett & Jill McInstosh)
8 p.m.: Tim Krekel & TKO
9:30p.m. Jimmy Gardner & Sons
10 p.m.: Fingers Taylor with Tim Krekel

• Tickets and Camping permits: Available online at www.bluestothepoint.net or www.tix.com. Cost for a two-day pass is $25, for Friday only $12, and for Saturday only $20. Children 12 and under are free. Cost for primitive camping is $10.
Information: (502) 727-1050.

Blues fans easily identify Redbone by his fedora or Panama hat (depending upon the season), dark glasses and Groucho Marx moustache. This baritone musician, songwriter, arranger and producer first emerged in Toronto area nightclubs and folk music festivals during the 1970s.
His performances have been described as a revival of pre-World War II ragtime, jazz and blues sounds. His debut recording was the 1976 “On the Track,” which featured legendary jazz violinist Joe Venuti.
Redbone is known for his semi-regular musical appearances on “Saturday Night Live” and spots in various television advertising campaigns. His albums include featured guests such as Ringo Starr, Merle Haggard and Dr. John.
Crowds are entertained by this performer who has always refused to divulge any information about his personal life. An accomplished musician, he is affluent on the guitar, harmonica, banjo, piano and throat tromnet.
Redbone will bring his eclectic style of jazz to Carrollton on Sept. 7-8 for the Blues to the Point festival. Held at Point Park, this event features “a good mixture of regional and national performers,” said organizer Mark Davis.
Returning acts include Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Sonny Moorman and Tim Krekel. “Leon is such a big draw,” said Davis. As soon as information was released that this year’s lineup would include Redbone, a family from St. Louis called wanting to know more, he said.

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone

The crowd is comprised of a mixture of fans that includes “a very loyal group from Toledo, Ohio. We have a lot of Ohio participants and from southern Indiana,” said Davis.
He has always attended, volunteered and supported the music festival in the past, but when the festival was cancelled two years ago, Davis became concerned. “It was too good of a thing to let die. Its good for the community and tourism.”
He teamed with fellow Carroll County native Clayton Dermon to make sure the festival would continue. “Clayton and I are both music lovers and musicians,” said Davis.
Last year the pair was able to add a second stage, known as the acoustic stage, where solos and duets take place. More than 20 volunteers help make the festival a success.
“The first thing people say is how much they love the setting,” said Davis. “It’s such a wonderful, laid back event that you can bring the whole family to,” he said. Attendees have even told him that it has been used as a model for the Madison Ribberfest, which recently held its sixth annual event.
For the last two years, the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism Commission has funded Blues to the Point in its entirety. Organizers are looking for future sponsors.

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