New and Familiar Faces Grace the Stages at Winter Blues Fest


CINCINNATI, OH – January 27, 2012: This year’s Winter Blues Fest in Over-The-Rhine features the best local Blues musicians, and also includes headliners who have toured nationally and internationally. But fans will also be treated to some familiar faces from the past, as well as artists who are new to the Winter Blues Fest.

“We play like it is going to be the last time we play…every time.”

Greg Schaber, Ron Esposito and Jeff Dobbins — formerly of High Street Rhythm Rockers, and Greg Schaber & High Street — will perform as the Greg Schaber Band on Saturday night, February 11, at the Drinkery. 

“We were really happy to be asked to play the festival this year,” said Schaber. “Most people don’t know it, but over the past several years, the band has played a few special events, mostly down in Kentucky. And each time, Ron and I laughed because we sounded really tight–as if we’d played the night before. I guess that’s what happens when you play as much and as long and as hard as we did for all those years. We’re looking forward to playing in town and seeing some famliar faces again.”

Esposito added, “Greg and I share a passionate and almost telepathic connection in our playing that equates to intense Soul Power.  We play like it is going to be the last time we play…every time. The sound and material will harken back to our last recording, Live at York Street Cafe.  Listen for powerful singing, intense guitar playing and a deep groove!”

Jazz Trumpet to Blues Bass with a Hamonica Prodigy

Wade Baker is well known around Cincinnati for his jazz trumpet performances, but he may be a relatively new face to local blues fans. “I developed a deep love for the blues while touring (on electric bass) with Cincinnati’s own Jon Justice,” said Baker. “I had always loved this music, but had never even considered trying to play guitar and sing until 2010, and haven’t looked back since.”

“Our performance will be heavily laden with traditional blues influence, but you will also hear elements of jazz, rock & roll, R&B, soul, funk, and many other types of music as well,” said Baker.

On Friday night at the WNKU Blues in the SchoolHouse, the Wade Baker Trio will be featuring the young harmonica player Carson Diersing. “I chose to bring Carson in to play with me for several reasons,” said Baker. “First and foremost he’s a great player and a genuinely good kid. Second, keeping this music alive and going is very important to both of us and we want to come together to do our part in that dream.”

The full Winter Blues Fest lineup is online at

Buy Tickets Online
Advance tickets are now available for purchase online at the Brown Paper Tickets website ( for $15.  On each day of the show, tickets at the door will be $15 for Cincy Blues Society members, and $25 for the general public.

More information is available on Winter Blues Fest’s website: