Cincy Blues Fest Features Young Blues Talent on Next Generation Stage


CINCINNATI, OH – July 31, 2012: The Cincy Blues Society is celebrating 20 years of bringing the best blues to Cincinnati in the summer, but some of the performers are barely older than the Fest itself.

On Friday, August 10, the Cincy Blues Fest is featuring six up-and-coming young blues acts on its “Blues: The Next Generation Stage” under the Arches of the Purple People Bridge at Sawyer Point.

  • Opening the stage is the Wade Baker Trio. Primarily known around town for his jazz trumpet skills, Wade brings his blazing guitar to the forefront of this blues trio.
  • Jellico Motel, a band borne out of the Cincy Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools program, features the vocals of Ms. Rio Van.
  • Indiana bluesman Brian Keith Wallen, who represented the Cincy Blues Society at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, will be appearing with his new 3-piece band. 
  • Fourteen-year-old harmonica prodigy Carson Diersing, is the youngest harmonica player in history to be endorsed by Hohner Harmonicas and Shaker Microphones. He has performed at The International Blues Challenge (Memphis), The Super Bowl Village, The Indianapolis 500 Hall of Fame, The Hard Rock Café (Chicago & Memphis), and BB King’s in Memphis.
  • Scotty Bratcher has performed as the guitar player and 2nd vocalist of the group The 420 Allstars featuring Noah Hunt, and has opened for Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Styx, Peter Frampton, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others.
  • International Blues Challenge (IBC) finalist Noah Wotherspoon Band will close the stage. After receiving multiple standing ovations for their performances in Memphis in 2012, the Noah Wotherspoon Band will be representing the Cincy Blues Society at the IBC in 2013.

A full list of the weekend’s performers and scheduled times is available on Cincy Blues Fest’s website:

Festival admission is $20 per person Friday and $20 per person Saturday (2-day passes will be sold for $30 at the gate on Friday), children 13-18 are only $5 each day, and children 12 and under (with parent/guardian) are free. Discounted advance tickets are now available at

Celebrating two decades of success, Cincy Blues Fest continues to draw fans and families to Cincinnati’s riverfront for music, food, fun, and the best names in the blues.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit