Santini Set To Perform Tuesday At River City in Wheeling

Brandon Santini

WHEELING — Five … count ’em, five BluesDays at River City are coming up weekly, leading to a weekend of blues at the August Heritage Music Festival.

And as a special bonus, Bruce Wheeler, producer of BluesDays at River City and of the Heritage Music BluesFest, is offering patrons the opportunity to purchase all five concerts — beginning with Brandon Santini at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 2 — for the price of four.

“I first met Brandon Santini when he appeared on the Heritage Music BluesFest fronting the Blues Music Award-nominated band Delta Highway in 2009. For the last 10 years, Brandon and I have become good friends, and when he’s out touring for an album, he’ll call and ask if he can do a show in Wheeling,” Wheeler said. “I usually say, ‘Yes!’

“Santini, an incredible songwriter, band frontman, harmonica player and singer, is touring in support of his album ‘The Longshot,’ which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard blues chart in March,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler had previously announced several BluesDays at River City performers, but recently added guitarist Sue Foley, at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

“I was able to catch Sue Foley, one of the most incredible female guitar players who has been at the BluesFest and at River City. She’s a Canadian guitar player who relocated to Austin, Texas, and has received critical acclaim from people like Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, who says she’s an incredible guitar player,” Wheeler said.

The shows set for BluesDays at River City include:

¯ Brandon Santini, 8 p.m. July 2: A harmonica player, Santini’s most recent release, “The Longshot,” debuted in March at No. 7 on the Billboard blues chart.

¯ Lindsay Beaver, 8 p.m. July 9: A singer and front person in the band, Beaver also plays drums. “She was recommended by Bruce Iglauer from Alligator Records. He tried to get her on this year’s festival, and it didn’t work out tour-wise, but she happens to be coming through to do a BluesDays date. Iglauer described her as ‘the love child of Amy Winehouse and Little Richard.'”

¯ Nick Schnebelen, 8 p.m. July 17: Nick is one of three siblings who won the IBC competition a few years ago, and then rose to fame as Trampled Under Foot. “His sister Danielle is on the BluesFest, but we didn’t find a slot for Nick, so he’s coming to River City,” Wheeler said.

¯ Nikki Hill, 8 p.m. July 24: “Nikki Hill and her husband guitarist Matt Hill have been doing a lot of rockin’, soulful blues,” Wheeler said. “She’s got a little bit of a ’50s vibe she does with the blues.”

¯ Sue Foley, 9 p.m. Aug. 2: “An incredible guitar player,” Wheeler said, who noted she has received rave reviews from Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

Each show is roughly a two-hour concert. River City is located at 1400 Main St., Wheeling.

Attendees to BluesDays at River City also can purchase tickets for Heritage Music BluesFest at early bird prices. Heritage Music BluesFest is set for Aug. 9-11 at Wheeling Heritage Port.

For more information, visit www.heritagemusicfest.com.

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