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Feelin' blue? Untapped Blues Festival planned May 9 at Benton County Fairgrounds

Magic Slim feels the blues deep in his soul. And he'll play those blues from his heart, just like the song says, at the Untapped Blues Festival on May 9 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

Joining the magic man and his Teardrop band is a full schedule of blues artists.

That would include those rockin' Delgado Brothers, the rockabilly blues band Wired!, Junkyard Jane, The Fat Tones, Miriam's Well and Roberson, Beese & Flores.

And just to get things jumpin' early, there will be a blues kick-off party for Untapped starting at 7 p.m. May 8 at the Clover Island Hotel on Clover Island in Kennewick.

Magic Slim will provide the tunes along with the Vaughn Jensen Band. Admission is $10 at the door.

Though Untapped is open to all ages, the Clover Island party is a 21 and older event.

Junkyard Jane has not performed at Untapped since 2004, though guitarist Billy Stoops and vocalist Leanne Trevalyan have performed independently in nightclubs here in town from time to time.

"This is (officially) our first time back performing with the whole band (for Untapped) and we're really looking forward to it," Trevalyan said. "There are lots of wonderful blues festivals in the state, many that last two or three days. But to have a one-day concentration of great blues, along with awesome beer and wine tasting -- well, I just don't think there's anything quite like it."

The Untapped Blues Festival has become a spring staple in the Tri-City music scene happening every Mother's Day weekend. On May 9, the festival celebrates its 13th anniversary.

"I think Untapped has succeeded because it provides fans an excellent venue, talented entertainers and an opportunity to enjoy themselves for a reasonable cost," said Dave Nichols, this year's event coordinator. "This year we will have seven bands playing for 11 hours, plus 32 breweries, 7 wineries and 8 restaurants. That equals a fantastic amount of entertainment for $25."

The beer and wine selections might satisfy the palate, but it's really the music that sets the flavor for Untapped.

The Delgado Brothers from Los Angeles blend a bit of funk with blues as well as Americana at its finest, and their music is fit for the whole family.

Magic Slim and the Teardrops bring the ever-snazzy Chicago blues sound to the stage.

The Swampabilly sounds of Junkyard Jane is all too familiar to Tri-City fans.

The Fat Tones from the Seattle area are an award-winning blues trio who Inland Empire Blues Society named the best blues guitarist and drummer, as well as best new CD for the last three years.

Roberson Beese & Flores were named best acoustic blues act in 2007 by Inland Empire Blues Society.

Miriam's Well of Portland has a soulfully bluesy sound that one Portland radio DJ called "One of the most exciting bands to come out of Portland in a long time."

Wired! is the kind of band that knows how to crank up the decibel level. These three musicians will have the crowd wide awake and ready to rock by the end of the evening.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Advance tickets are available by calling 737-7661. Gates open at 11 a.m. Music starts at noon and rocks until 11 p.m. Here's the schedule:

-- 12:20 p.m. -- Roberson, Beese & Flores

-- 1:40 p.m. -- Miriam's Well

-- 3:15 p.m. -- The Fat Tones

-- 4:50 p.m. -- Junkyard Jane

-- 6:25 p.m. -- Magic Slim & the Teardrops

-- 8 p.m. -- The Delgado Brothers

-- 9:35 p.m. -- Wired!

For more information, go to www.untappedblues.com.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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