Blues Festival

The 4th Annual Shriners Chili & Wing Cook Off – Blues Festival is Saturday June 10, 2017 in Mansfield, Ohio and will feature award winning touring Blues bands performing on stage throughout the day and night. Admission is $5 per person to the Cook Off & Blues Festival, all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Blues Festival will take place at 1349 Park Ave. West Mansfield, OH.

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 Jimi Vincent Band

Jimi Vincent Band Headlines Shriners Chili WIng Cook Off - Blues FestThe Jimi Vincent Band offers soulful vocals, intense guitar combined with energetic bass guitar, Hammond B3 organ and powerful drums to create an authentically-unique sound. Their rocking blues music has been described as “mesmerizing,” “the real deal,” and even “chocolate nicotine” by audiences all over Ohio and in other states including West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan and Indiana. 

The Jimi Vincent Band was formed in 1989 by lead vocalist Jimi Vincent. Together with is multi-talented musicians, Vincent’s rich vocals are made for the blues. The band has opened for impressive acts including Robert Cray, Guy Davis, Travis Tritt, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Kenny Neal, Big James and The Chicago Playboys and many others. 

The Jimi Vincent Band has also performed at many renowned venues, such as the Dayton Blues Festival, Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival in Gahanna, Ohio (2012 Headliner) and the Blues Brews and BBQ, Ft. Wayne Indiana.. After memorable performances, they are repeatedly asked to return to almost every venue. The band members are also proud to have had the opportunity to compete three times in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. 

The Jimi Vincent Band currently plays fairs, festivals and special events throughout Ohio and the Eastern region of the United States. The band has released numerous CDs, including their most recent “Been There, Done That, Won’t Do That Again,” and are currently in the studio working on a new CD, to be released in early October 2017.

The Jimi Vincent Band is composed of Dustin Smith on Drums; Jimi Vincent on Guitar, Dobro, Harp, Vocals; Steve Calabria on Bass Guitar; Mike Consentino on the Hammond B3 Organ.

Walk It Off 

Walk It Off Performs At The Shriners Chili Wing Cook Off - Blues Fest“Walk It Off” is a five-piece band from the Mansfield, OH area. We play Classic Rock, Blues and R&B covers, along with a few originals. We love to interact with the audience and present a “party” atmosphere. The band member’s ages range from mid 30’s to late 50’s and we bring a lot of experience to the show.

Walk It Off features:

Dave Godbey (Rathskeller, The Deathrays) on Keyboards, Harmonica and vocals

Ron Black (Hand Over Fist) on Bass, Acoustic 6 String and vocals

Tyler Lykins (Rathskeller) on Lead Guitar and vocals

Chad “Chico” Montgomery (Caution) on 2nd Guitar and vocals

Matt Shaeffer (Rathskeller, The Deathrays) on Percussion 

S’yVelt

S'yVelt perform at the Chili WIng Cook Off Blues Fest Mansfield OHioJeffrey Boyd – Trumpet, Vocals
Tarkington Johnson – Drums, Percussion, Keyboard
Jacob Campbell – Piano, Keyboard
Brian Bumpus – Guitar
Steven Fernandez – Bass
Tyrone Smith – Percussion, Drums
Thomas Blair – Flute, Tenor, Baritone Sax, Clarinet

Jeff S’yVelt Boyd and Tarkington Johnson, both of Mansfield, are drawn to jazz. The Malabar graduates have played music throughout their lives, whether that be in high school or in different bands around town. Together they perform as S’yVelt.

The two decided to form a jazz funk band in 2012, after jamming together for the first time in years. Their original “band” consisted of Boyd, Johnson and another friend who would occasionally meet to play music. Then they decided to name it after Jeff Boyd’s middle name: S’yVelt. Their first gig was in City News in downtown Mansfield.

After playing different gigs around Mansfield, their band grew in size. Today, the band consists of seven to eight members on any given night: Tyrone Smith (percussion), Brian Bumpus (guitars), Jacob Campbell (piano/keys), Steven Fernandez (bass), Tom Blair (alto/tenor saxophone, flute), Damian Boyd (trombone), Tarkington Johnson (drums), Jeff Boyd (trumpet and vocals). 

They categorize their music as jazz, funk, rock, pop, and New Orleans delta jazz, dixie, R&B, blues.

“All of those are covered, but it’s really the art of performance, drawing in its listener. Once we get them there, that’s when we drop the jazz funk. And within that, we take them on a musical journey and take them all the way back home,” said trumpet player Jeff Boyd.

“S’yVelt is very unique to where we have full percussion and drums that understand drumming,” noted Boyd. “There are distinct rhythms that Tarkington and Tyrone Smith understand. The specific rhythms trace back to West Africa, Cuba, Brazil. They understand it. S’yVelt understands it,” he explained.

The Red Oakley BandThe Soul Satyr Horns

Red Oakley Band Shriners Chili WIng Cook Off Blues Fest Mansfield OhioColumbus Ohio based R&B and Soul Band. Comprised of former members of the Mark May Band with the Soul Satyr Horns. The band is joined by two of Columbus Ohio’s most accomplished guitar players, Rick Collura, and Patrick McLaughlin. Every member of the band has competed in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) on multiple occasions reaching the highest levels of competition. Members of the band can also be heard on Mark May’s CD “Blues Heaven”, which reached #6 on Billboards Blues Chart

The Soul Satyr Horns started as the horn section for Soul Satyr, the goal was to be as tight as possible and add that extra punch to an already great band. After playing 8 years with Soul Satyr the horns branched out to join the Mark May Band. The Mark May Band was already an accomplished band when the horns came along but we added a bit more and have played venues around the Ohio Region. Since joining up with Mark and the boys we have traveled to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge after winning the Columbus Blues Challenge. We have played nearly every music festival and the Ohio State Fair. When we joined the Mark May Band there was an extra bonus, The Dave Absalom Project, The Project is the same collection of musicians with the difference being that The Project is our Party Band, we play everything from Stevie Wonder to Stevie Ray Vaughn, it’s truly a blast.

Red Oakley Band Shriners Chili WIng Cook Off Blues Fest Mansfield OhioThe Mark May Band with the Soul Satyr Horns just recently won the Cleveland Blues Challenge and will be headed to Memphis again to compete in the International Blues Challenge in January 2014.

Along with playing with the above mentioned bands, The Soul Satyr horns have played with the national act Lonnie Shields and were the featured horn section on Sean Carney’s Blues for a Cure CD coming out December 2013.

The Soul Satyr Horns feature John Bonham on Trumpet; Ted Basinger on Trombone; and Joe Reasoner on Saxaphone.

Micah Kesselring

Micah Kesselring will perform at the 2017 Chili & Wing Cook Off Blues Fest June 10, 2017 in Mansfield OhioMicah Kesselring, 23, has performed blues music since he was 14 years old. Raised in the Appalachia foothills of southeastern Ohio, Kesselring quickly made his way onto the Columbus blues music scene after playing smaller hometown shows, and became acquainted with the Columbus Blues Alliance. He soon made his way down to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge, representing the Columbus Blues Alliance in the Youth Showcase category. Following a performance at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street, he was awarded the inaugural Generation Blues scholarship at the age of 15 to the Centrum Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival & Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington, which was presented to him by Cassie Taylor at the IBC band finals. Micah later went on to perform as a special guest with the Otis Taylor Band at the Blues Music Awards in May of 2009, and performed at numerous festivals, including the Heritage Music Bluesfest in Wheeling, WV, the Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival in Worthington, OH, the Grey Skies Blues Fest in Tacoma, WA, Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, OH and the Big Bend Blues Bash in Pomeroy, OH throughout the next couple of years.

Micah represented the Kentucky Blues Society and The Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society, at the 2010, and 2011 International Blues Challenges, respectively, and advanced to the semi finals both times. Micah had the honor of performing with Hubert Sumlin and Bob Margolin in January of 2011 for the Dayton Blues Society Winter Blues Showcase at Gilly’s Jazz Club, and later that spring completed a 3-week tour of Florida as a member of the Sean Carney Band (2007 IBC Band Champion). He has since performed many shows with Sean, and established a strong mentorship with him as well. Micah was awarded the highly coveted John Cephas Scholarship in both 2011 and 2012, returning again to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.

In 2012, Micah won the Columbus Blues Alliance Blues Challenge and represented the CBA at the 2013 International Blues Challenge, where he was once again a semi-finalist. While in Memphis, Micah appeared and performed on WREG’s Live at 9 Morning Show, which was broadcast live on CBS and aired during the IBC. Three months later, Micah was a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues Scholarship, and once again returned to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop.

On August 17th, Micah performed at the 2013 Project Blues Review, and had the pleasure of meeting and performing with Keb’ Mo’. Soon after, he picked up an endorsement from Ernie Ball. In October, he released his debut album, Log Cabin Blues, and traveled up to Cleveland for the Cleveland Blues Society’s Blues Challenge, where he was the solo/duo champion. Micah represented the CBS at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in late January, where he advanced to the semi-finals.

Micah Kesselring will perform at the 2017 Chili & Wing Cook Off Blues Fest June 10, 2017 in Mansfield Ohio2014 has been a busy year for Micah, opening up for the likes of legendary blues man Roy Book Binder and Juno Award-winning artist Ray Bonneville and completing two tours of Washington. “Preachin’ the Blues,” a track featured on ‘Log Cabin Blues,’ has gained significant airplay on SiriusXM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville. Micah was a special guest on the Dany Franchi Band’s (from Genoa, Italy) brand new CD ‘I Believe’, performing slide guitar on the title track. Micah returned to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in July, and a successful tour followed afterwards, including an appearance on Marlee Walker’s Blues To Do TV and Jonathon ‘Oogie’ Richards Might Mouth Blues Radio Show. On August 29th, two days after Micah’s 21st birthday, he traveled outside of the USA for the first time, headlining the 10-day Cali Blues & Folk Festival in Colombia, South America. There, Micah traveled to four different cites (Cali, Buga, Pereira, Palmira), performing blues music in historic theatres and auditoriums and teaching about the history of pre-war blues (alongside Dorrian Neymour, from St. Louis, MO) at different universities, schools, and activity centers. Heading immediately to Washington after Colombia, Micah retreated for a week to write for his new album, followed by a performance at the Leavenworth Music Festival. The ‘Log Cabin Blues Live: In Washington EP’ was released on November 18, compiling tracks performed at 88 Keys in Seattle, WA (from Marlee Walker’s Blues to Do TV and Oogie’s Mighty Mouth Radio Blues Show) and the Leavenworth Music Festival. In November, Micah performed at the world-famous Buddy Guy’s Legends Club in Chicago, IL, and, in December, won a Blues411 Jimi Award in the Comin’ Up Youth category. “Chef” Jimi Patricola added “Our winner so impressed me at the IBC’s last year and is burning up the road touring and playing.”

Micah released his second album, entitled ‘Cabin Fever Blues’ on June 2nd, 2015. Self recording, producing, engineering, mixing, and mastering the album at home,Cabin Fever Blues features seven original compositions, and re-workings of four Delta blues classics. The album was completed in less than two weeks. 2015 has been a busy year, with festival bookings, teaching at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, and the debut of the Micah Kesselring Band.

In 2016, Micah made the finals at the 32nd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, placing in the Top 8 out of nearly 300 acts worldwide.

Micah Kesselring, 23, has performed blues music since he was 14 years old. Raised in the Appalachia foothills of southeastern Ohio, Kesselring quickly made his way onto the Columbus blues music scene after playing smaller hometown shows, and became acquainted with the Columbus Blues Alliance. He soon made his way down to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge, representing the Columbus Blues Alliance in the Youth Showcase category. Following a performance at the Blues City Cafe on Beale Street, he was awarded the inaugural Generation Blues scholarship at the age of 15 to the Centrum Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival & Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington, which was presented to him by Cassie Taylor at the IBC band finals. Micah later went on to perform as a special guest with the Otis Taylor Band at the Blues Music Awards in May of 2009, and performed at numerous festivals, including the Heritage Music Bluesfest in Wheeling, WV, the Traditional Acoustic Blues Festival in Worthington, OH, the Grey Skies Blues Fest in Tacoma, WA, Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival in Gahanna, OH and the Big Bend Blues Bash in Pomeroy, OH throughout the next couple of years.

Micah represented the Kentucky Blues Society and The Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society, at the 2010, and 2011 International Blues Challenges, respectively, and advanced to the semi finals both times. Micah had the honor of performing with Hubert Sumlin and Bob Margolin in January of 2011 for the Dayton Blues Society Winter Blues Showcase at Gilly’s Jazz Club, and later that spring completed a 3-week tour of Florida as a member of the Sean Carney Band (2007 IBC Band Champion). He has since performed many shows with Sean, and established a strong mentorship with him as well. Micah was awarded the highly coveted John Cephas Scholarship in both 2011 and 2012, returning again to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.

In 2012, Micah won the Columbus Blues Alliance Blues Challenge and represented the CBA at the 2013 International Blues Challenge, where he was once again a semi-finalist. While in Memphis, Micah appeared and performed on WREG’s Live at 9 Morning Show, which was broadcast live on CBS and aired during the IBC. Three months later, Micah was a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s Generation Blues Scholarship, and once again returned to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival and Workshop.

On August 17th, Micah performed at the 2013 Project Blues Review, and had the pleasure of meeting and performing with Keb’ Mo’. Soon after, he picked up an endorsement from Ernie Ball. In October, he released his debut album, Log Cabin Blues, and traveled up to Cleveland for the Cleveland Blues Society’s Blues Challenge, where he was the solo/duo champion. Micah represented the CBS at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in late January, where he advanced to the semi-finals.

2014 has been a busy year for Micah, opening up for the likes of legendary blues man Roy Book Binder and Juno Award-winning artist Ray Bonneville and completing two tours of Washington. “Preachin’ the Blues,” a track featured on ‘Log Cabin Blues,’ has gained significant airplay on SiriusXM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville. Micah was a special guest on the Dany Franchi Band’s (from Genoa, Italy) brand new CD ‘I Believe’, performing slide guitar on the title track. Micah returned to the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in July, and a successful tour followed afterwards, including an appearance on Marlee Walker’s Blues To Do TV and Jonathon ‘Oogie’ Richards Might Mouth Blues Radio Show. On August 29th, two days after Micah’s 21st birthday, he traveled outside of the USA for the first time, headlining the 10-day Cali Blues & Folk Festival in Colombia, South America. There, Micah traveled to four different cites (Cali, Buga, Pereira, Palmira), performing blues music in historic theatres and auditoriums and teaching about the history of pre-war blues (alongside Dorrian Neymour, from St. Louis, MO) at different universities, schools, and activity centers. Heading immediately to Washington after Colombia, Micah retreated for a week to write for his new album, followed by a performance at the Leavenworth Music Festival. The ‘Log Cabin Blues Live: In Washington EP’ was released on November 18, compiling tracks performed at 88 Keys in Seattle, WA (from Marlee Walker’s Blues to Do TV and Oogie’s Mighty Mouth Radio Blues Show) and the Leavenworth Music Festival. In November, Micah performed at the world-famous Buddy Guy’s Legends Club in Chicago, IL, and, in December, won a Blues411 Jimi Award in the Comin’ Up Youth category. “Chef” Jimi Patricola added “Our winner so impressed me at the IBC’s last year and is burning up the road touring and playing.”

Micah released his second album, entitled ‘Cabin Fever Blues’ on June 2nd, 2015. Self recording, producing, engineering, mixing, and mastering the album at home,Cabin Fever Blues features seven original compositions, and re-workings of four Delta blues classics. The album was completed in less than two weeks. 2015 has been a busy year, with festival bookings, teaching at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, and the debut of the Micah Kesselring Band.

In 2016, Micah made the finals at the 32nd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, placing in the Top 8 out of nearly 300 acts worldwide.