Arts & Entertainment

Untapped pours another tall glass of blues

The original blues man Curtis Salgado headlines this year's Untapped Blues Festival, which starts at noon May 8 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

The rest of the lineup features Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Hamilton Loomis and the 509 Tri-Star Jam, which is Romagossa Blu, Coyote Kings and Vaughn Jensen.

Salgado, who was the inspiration behind John Belushi's Blues Brothers, is one of those guys who just doesn't know how to give up, whether it's his music or his life.

He was diagnosed with liver cancer a few years ago and told he had about eight months live. His latest album -- Clean Getaway -- appears to reflect his survival of the dreaded disease.

His presence in the music industry for more than 30 years has proved that his music is as durable as his health.

Shaw began his career with the legendary Muddy Waters back in the early 1970s. He was nominated for best instrumentalist-horn in the 2010 National Blues Awards.

Selfe is known for his energetic mix of traditional and contemporary blues. Selfe and his Tornadoes also will play at Jack-sons Sport Bar in Richland on May 7 at 8 p.m.

More on the guest lineup is at

But before the Untapped fun actually begins, there will be a Blast Off Party the day before -- May 7 -- at the Clover Island Inn.

The Clover Island outdoor party, which starts at 6 p.m. in the hotel's parking lot, features Miriam's Well, Billy Roy Danger and the Rectifiers, BonFest All-Star Band, as well as the acoustic sounds of Reverend Honeybucket Johnson.

Miriam's Well is a Portland-based blues band and Danger and his Rectifiers are from Tacoma. The BonFest group includes Randy Oxford, Fred Wesley and Ed Earley.

Wesley used to be the lead trombone player for Ike and Tina Turner, a primary composer for the James Brown Band, and lead bone player for George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, said Dave Nichols, Untapped organizer.

Early, also a trombonist, has played with just about every big name in the blues world, including Albert King and John Lee Hooker, Nichols added.

"Reverend Honeybucket Johnson puts a twist on the traditional blues by adding a touch of folk, a pinch of funk, a dollop of rockabilly and a shaker of New Orleans to every song," Nichols said. "He calls his brand of blues Oregon hillbilly music."

Cover charge for the Blast Off Party is $10 at the door. The hotel also is offering special deals on rooms that weekend that include tickets to the festival, shuttle service to and from the festival and breakfast. Call the hotel for details at 586-0541.

Besides all the great music at the festival, there will be an array of microbreweries and wineries on hand as well as plenty of food booths.

Admission to the festival is $25 in advance with tickets available at Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, or $27 if purchased at Tickets will be $30 at the gate.

Here's the lineup schedule for the Untapped Blues Festival, May 8 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick.

-- Noon: 509 Tri-Star Jam, featuring Romogossa Blu, Coyote Kings and Vaughn Jensen.

-- 2:30 p.m.: Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes

-- 4 p.m.: Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang

-- 5:30 p.m.: Curtis Salgado

-- 7 p.m.: Bonest All-Star Band, featuring Fred Westley, Ed Earley and Randy Oxford

-- 9:30 p.m.: Hamilton Loomis

-- 11 p.m.: Billy Boy Danger and the Rectifiers and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;