Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

6 p.m. Deanna Bogart Born in Detroit, Deanna spent her early years in Phoenix and New York City, climbing on any available piano bench to plunk and play with preternatural panache. Around the age of six, she was “gently removed” from the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for playing piano by ear instead of learning to read music. While in middle school, Deanna yearned to play the saxophone. Typical of those times though, she was told, “Girls play the clarinet, not the sax.” Thankfully for us all, that tide has changed. Deanna thrilled us all with her magnificent talent in 2008 and we are proud to have her return to Madison this year. Co-Chair Dave Butler said “She is a musician’s musician”.
8 p.m. Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers Born in 1947, Piazza's infatuation with blues began at a time when many of the masters were still in their prime years, and in the mid 1960s when the first blues revival was picking up steam, he was in the thick of it. By the 1970s, he'd already released five albums, and was one of the leading lights of the West Coast Blues scene. In the early '70s he joined forces with Otis Spann disciple Honey Alexander (now his wife) on piano, and when they formed the Mighty Flyers over three decades ago, his career really hit its stride. Since then Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have won or been nominated for just about every award that can be bestowed upon a blues band, played literally thousands of gigs around the world, recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases, and along the way virtually created a new style of blues - a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing and jazz, and the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll. Quite simply, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers are one of the best, most experienced, and most distinctive bands in blues today. Rod and Honey played on our stage in 2003 -- we're thrilled to have them back.

Friday headliner

10 p.m. Taj Mahal Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century with American blues and roots music. He has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today'. Though his career began more than four decades ago.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

11:30 a.m. Power Plant Blues Band Ribberfest is pleased to welcome for the first time, Power Plant Blues Band, who's members have reunited after 20+ years! Sporting a new name, band members Mike Dalgleish - drums & vocals, Patter Mclaughlin - lead guitar & vocals and Tweety Harmon - bass guitar are happy to be back together again. They originally began playing classic rock & blues together from 1975 - 1980 and then went their separate ways. Over the years Mike has continued playing with other bands such as Stompbox (Ribberfest, 2009) and Roadwork. Three years ago Power Plant got back together to play for a benefit and are still continuing to play for special events and benefits today.
1:30 p.m. KingBees Band The KingBees are one of Louisville's hottest bands, playing butt-shaking rocking blues throughout the region. Founded in 1988, the 'Bees have played virtually every venue in the area, including several major blues festivals and have opened for headliners such as Albert King and Marsha Ball. A well received album, "Blues Contusion", was released in 2001 featuring all original songs, including "Big Girls", "Florida", "Where R U" and the title song "Blues Contusion". Their newest CD "Love Hasn't Killed Me Yet" is available for download at, or from the website
3:30p.m. Kelly Richey Kelly has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” She is a master guitarist from Lexington, Kentucky and has been touring as a pro since teens. Her soulful voice, and powerful stage presence provides an experience for the audience that will be long remembered. We’ve had many requests to bring this exciting talent to our stage and we’re proud to have her with us this year.
5:30pm Paul Thorn Paul Thorn a one-time professional boxer, was introduced to Madison in 2012 at our annual River Roots festival. He entertained the crowd and we soon realized this crossover artist would be well received at Ribberfest. Born in Wisconsin, Paul's family moved and he was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Thorn has toured as an opening act for Huey Lewis & the News, Sting, John Prine, Marianne Faithfull, Mark Knopfler, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Toby Keith and Jeff Beck, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His latest album "What the Hell is Going On" was the #12 Most Played Album of 2012 on the AMA Chart.
2012's "What The Hell Is Going On" is Thorn's second record to debut on the BIllboard Top 100 during its first week of release.
7:30pm West Coast Blues All Stars, featuring Junior Watson and Fred Kaplan West Coast Blues All-Stars Band at Ribberfest 2014 We are pleased to welcome West Coast Blues All Stars to Madison. Junior has entertained us twice before and Fred has been to Ribberfest once before.
Junior Watson with nearly thirty years experience has reached cult status. Influenced by Tiny Grimes, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Guitar Slim and others, he has truly created one of the most original and unique guitar voices to come along in years.
Fred Kaplan ( was drawn to the ivories at age three and performed his first recital at age 7. Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, BB King and others, wetted his appetite to learn more.

Saturday headliner

9:30p.m. Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings It's been eight years, but we got him back!! Roy Rogers is considered one of the world's premier slide guitarists performing today.  With 8 Grammy nominations as producer and performer, he is also an internationally acclaimed producer, having produced recordings for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.  A native Californian, he was born in 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He started playing guitar at age 12 and was exposed to a wealth of musical styles, most notably the blues, which became his passion-especially Delta Blues (Robert Johnson) and slide guitar. Since his first recordings in 1976, he has become one of the finest practitioners and innovators of modern slide guitar.