Thurs., Sept. 11th - 5:00 pm Sunset Blues Concert and Friday, Sept. 12th - 5:30 pm - Blues Stage
New Mexico’s hottest blues guitarist will be making his second appearance at the festival on our new, second stage. Ryan McGarvey’s life is devoted to the six strings of his road worn Strat. He has a fluidity to his playing that hearkens back to Eric Clapton – one of his idols - at the height of his powers and he transcends technical ability with passion infused in every note.
McGarvey is sporting a huge feather in his cap these days as the recipient of Guitar Player magazine’s 2013 Reader’s Poll nod for Best New Talent. In fact, hee is no stranger to the magazine’s pages, having been featured numerous times.
Those of us fortunate enough to live in this corner of the world are well aware of McGarvey’s massive talent. He’s been racking up awards for both his playing and his original songs in his native New Mexico for years now and in 2010; he was personally invited by Eric Clapton to perform at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. His rock-solid band propels him through barn burner sets he fills with his own material and tasty covers. This is an artist on his ascendency. You will not want to miss him.
2nd Stage Added with More Bands for 2014
NEW FOR 2014! Second stage for added performances in the Town Park Pavilion. The new stage is housed in a temperature controlled indoor facility with lots of dancing room, comfortable plush seating, and a state of the art sound system at a capacity up of 1,000 people.
The newly added Blues & Brews stage will feature 12 additional performances over the 3-day weekend. In all, 32 music and entertainment performances will take place at the festival, adding an additional 12 acts to the lineup.