We are thrilled to reveal the first wave of artists appearing at Dana Point’s Doheny Blues Festival, slated for May 19 & 20, 2018! This year’s lineup is shaping up to be an incredible year, led by blues-rock icon George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Texas guitar legend Jimmie Vaughan and many others! Stay tuned for additional artist announcements in the coming days – it will be a very special year at Sea Terrace Park!
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS
George Thorogood and his legendary rock band, The Destroyers, have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, released 16 studio albums – including six gold and two platinum discs – and performed over 8,000 live shows. Their catalog of hits include “Who Do You Love” and the ultimate anthem, “Bad To The Bone.” In 2017, Thorogood released his first solo album, “Party Of One” on Rounder Records, a tribute to the artists that shaped his musical consciousness; Willie Dixon, Elmore James and John Lee Hooker.
Blues legend Jimmie Vaughan is one of the most respected guitarists in popular music. The four-time Grammy winner and co-founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds has been called a living legend. After all, Vaughan and his horn-heavy Tilt-A-Whirl Band provide a vital link between contemporary music and its proud blues and soul heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of cool.
JOHN NÉMETH & THE LOVE LIGHT ORCHESTRA
John Németh has become a much-appreciated mainstay of the Soul Blues family, having been nominated for 19 separate Blues Music Awards, including five for the prestigious B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award. His 2017 album with the Love Light Orchestra may be his finest work to date, celebrating the Memphis big band blues style found on the 1950’s & 60’s singles of Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King and Herman ”Junior” Parker.
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
The California Honeydrops don’t just play music – they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line, they bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows.
KIM WILSON’S BLUES + BOOGIE REVUE
Longtime Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest blues harmonica players. The legendary singer has gone back to the basics, and even old-school Chicago blues, for his latest album, Blues and Boogie, Vol. 1., one of the top blues records of 2017.
Southern roots rockers and sisters with their own brand of Roots Rock & Roll, Larkin Poe’s electric and slide guitar riffs earned them the title of “little sisters of the Allman Brothers” and their new release “Peach” has garnered them accolades from critics and fans alike.
CHRIS CAIN & THE ALL STARS
Making his Doheny debut, guitarist Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues, powerfully deep vocals and unforgettable jazz-inspired riffs. His 2017 self-titled album, Chris Cain, featured an incredible All Star Band – and we’re bringing’ them all to Doheny Blues; Larry Taylor on bass, Tony Braunagel on drums, Jim Pugh on keyboards and Nancy Wright on sax.