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Smoke on the Water Festival

Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 at 10:00am

McFarland Park
200 Jim Spain Drive
Florence, AL 35630

Entertainment Schedule:

10:00 AM Lucero Adame

Lucero is a young woman who has been singing since she was a child. Born in Florence, AL, she loves the classic R&B and soul that emanated from the Shoals area in the 60’s and 70’s, as well as the newer R&B and pop sounds from artists like Adele, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith and Sia. These influences, along with her Latin heritage, give her a unique sound. Her original songs are a creative blend of her musical influences combined with her soulful and powerful voice.

Lucero has recently finished a four-song EP at the Grammy Award-winning Nuthouse Studio in Sheffield, AL, which was released locally in the summer of 2017. Lucero can be heard live, accompanied by her guitarist, Stevy Reno, or occasionally with her band, at various venues in the Shoals Area.

11:00 AM Max Russell and The Shakedown Kings

Maxwell Russell was born and raised in northwest Alabama. He writes and plays music ranging from Country ballads and Country rockers to Blues and Jazz numbers and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll. His music is influenced by old school Delta music, Slide, Boogie, Shuffles, Swing and old Rock ‘n’ Roll. He plays songs by the likes of Howling Wolf, Ike Turner, Muddy Waters, Carl Perkins and newer artists like Tony Joe White and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

12:00 Noon Mark Narmore and Walt Aldridge

1:00 PM James LeBlanc and The Winchesters

A native of Shreveport, LA, James LeBlanc, has earned recognition as a singer-songwriter from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  His delivery is what is called “soulful” in Muscle Shoals, with talents so broad, he crosses genres easily.

On top of his singing and writing abilities, James also is an amazing guitar player. He spent much of his youth practicing and playing in local bands throughout the South. He spent years developing his stage chops by playing and singing for up to eight hours a night, six days a week in the Shreveport casinos.

James has had dozens of songs recorded by major label artists, including the title cut to Jason Aldean’s “Relentless;” Gary Allan’s “Learning How To Bend” and “Yesterday’s Rain;” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Don’t Give Up On Me” and “I Can’t Live Without Your Love;” the top 10 single “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” for Travis Tritt; and cuts by Rascall Flatts, Tal Bachman, Martina McBride, and Angela Hacker.

James’s critically acclaimed Muscle Shoals Records debut CD, “Muscle Shoals City Limits,” was released in 2004.  His CD “I’m Here” was released in 2008 on Fame Records.

2:00 PM Blind The Sky

Caught between the old school soul of the Muscle Shoals Sound and the current stream of Americana offerings, Blind the Sky celebrates an alternate sound bubbling up from the Shoals. The band creates a full sound of progressive edgy rock that renders dynamic drums mixed with melodic layering’s of guitar, vocals and bass. While a song sometimes clocks into the double digits, the stretch displays amazing craftsmanship and selective dynamics that make Blind The Sky a band not to miss live.

Dave Kelly has been playing guitar and singing in various bands for most of his life.  He is the lead vocalist, guitar/synth player and is a major writing force in the group.  From the beginning, Dave was influenced by electronic sounds blended with rock.  This led to his discovery of guitar synth which added a new dimension to the band’s sound.

Mike Hollander has played guitar and bass most of his life.  As a lover of music, Mike believes there is great music in many genres; you just have to look for it.  Mike plays bass/synth, sings backing vocals and adds a Zen-like approach to the music.

Daniel Cole has been playing drums for many years.  He has an openness to many genres and has a love for 80’s and 90’s rock as well as progressive music.  With this background, he adds a progressive edge to the band’s sound.

3-3:20 PM BBQ Competition Awards Presentations

3:20 PM Blake and Will

4:00 PM The Midnighters

5:00 PM The Wildwood Ruminators

The Wildwood Ruminators is a group emanating from the fertile musical soil of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area. Originally a trio comprised of veteran singer/songwriter and independent producer Eddie Martin, Tony Lee (formerly of the celebrated Celtic band, Full Moon Ensemble) and John Jackson (leader of the pop/punk band, Jessica’s Mistake), they have recently expanded by adding the dynamic rhythm section of Malcolm Singleton on drums and bassist Bill Williams.

The self-titled debut album from The Wildwood Ruminators combined each individual member’s various influences into a singular musical vision. The resulting unique brew of all-original music focused solidly on the songs themselves.  In addition to Jackson, Lee, and Martin, Chris Fryar (from the highly successful Zac Brown Band) was the only other musician to make an appearance on the project.

The new album, ELEMENTAL, is a true band project with live tracks augmented by minimal overdubs, mostly by a small group of actual friends of the band including award-winning banjo player Scooter Muse, noted jazz cat Ken Watters, Muscle Shoals guitar virtuoso Barry Billings, and Grammy-nominated producer Kelvin Wooten, who adds soulful keyboard touches throughout the album.

6-8:00 p.m. Rusty and the Relics

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