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709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

WillFest IX: Saturday Night ~ Will McFarlane & Big Shoes – SRO

June 1, 2019  ·  Saturday * 8pm * $15 Standing

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The 9th Annual WillFest is the best way we know to celebrate another trip around the sun by our old friend, Will McFarlane, all while putting a big old exclamation mark on our 4th year on Washington Street.

PLUS, it’s three music filled nights!  

Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 9pm  NO Cover
An acoustic evening with Will McFarlane, Armand Lenchek, Danny Gotham & Carter Minor. You never know who else will show up.

Sat, June 1, 2019 @ 8pm  $20 Seated / $15 Standing
Big Shoes
Big Shoes is a Nashville Tennessee based “blues and rhythm” band that incorporates traditional blues influences like B.B King and Ray Charles along with tastes of The Allman Brothers’ Band, Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers into their original and cover song format. Big Shoes was originally formed to recreate the blues/rock music of the 1970’s band Little Feat. As the band’s following grew it became clear that it was important to carve out a unique identity. That has been a fun and impressive journey that culminated in the release of their first album, “Shoes Blues” and most recently the critically acclaimed “Step On It!” album.

Rick Huckaby – Vocals, acoustic guitar.
Rick is a successful Nashville songwriter, support musician and recording artist. He has had numerous songs that he has written recorded by major label artists. Rick was signed to a major Nashville record label as an artist. He now heads his own record label and writes daily for himself and other artists. He is truly a major label quality vocalist and interprets Big Shoes’ material with soul and conviction.

Will McFarlane – Vocals, slide and electric guitar.
Will commutes to Nashville from Muscle Shoals Alabama. He was recently inducted into the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville. He has played on records for Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton and Etta James to name only a few. He was also a musical partner with Bonnie Raitt for 6 years.

Mark T. Jordan – Keyboards, vocals.
As pianist, Hammond organist, singer/songwriter and arranger, Mark Jordan is a page in American pop culture, having toured and recorded with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, and Lyle Lovett, Taj Mahal and many more.

Tom Szell – Bass guitar, vocals.
Tom’s most recent artist support gig was with guitar virtuoso, Robben Ford. He is soft-spoken about his outstanding bass playing but highly regarded in the competitive Nashville music scene.

Kenne Cramer – Electric and slide electric guitar, vocals.
Kenne has toured or recorded with Ronnie Milsap, Lee Roy Parnell,T. Graham Brown, and Dr. Hook. He can also be seen these days performing with former Little Feat vocalist Shaun Murphy.

Andy Peake – Drums, vocals.
As a resident of the Nashville music scene for 30 years, Andy’s touring and recording credits include blues influenced artists Lee Roy Parnell and Delbert McClinton while heavily influenced by artists Little Feat and Bonnie Raitt. Andy Peake recruited and coordinated Big Shoes. He engineered and produced both the “Shoe Blues” and the “Step On It” albums for the band.

Bryan Brock – Percussion
Class of 1995 music performance major at the reknowned University of North Texas School of Music, Bryan was an in-demand session and live percussionist/drummer in greater Los Angeles for years before moving to Nashville. Credits in LA included Dr. Dre and Frankie Valli. He quickly went to work in Nashville with a score of latin percussion projects in addition to his work with Big Shoes.

Sun, June 2, 2019, 5-8pm NO Cover
The 9th Annual WillFest AllStar Birthday Jam and the TBS 1st Sunday Open Jam, twice the music!

We love that Will McFarlane has chosen to spend his birthday with us every  year AND that it coincides with our anniversary!  The WillFest Birthday Jam runs from 5 to 8pm with Will & guest performers rotating onstage  (musicians are invited to bring their instruments).

WillFest is legendary around these parts, so be part of history.