Roomful of Blues headlines Beaver Creek Oktoberfest
When Beaver Creek’s Oktoberfest weekend returns this weekend, the annual family affair will feature one of the most enduring blues bands in the country – Roomful of Blues. The band is scheduled to headline both Saturday and Sunday, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.Together since the late ’60s, Rhode Island’s Roomful of Blues has been touring from coast to coast with an extensive repertoire and a dynamic show for more than 30 years running. The band has been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including four Grammy nominations, WC Handy Awards (most recently for Best Instrumental: Horns) and two Best Blues Band awards from Downbeat magazine, in 1996 and again in 1998.”They are considered one of the best blues bands in the country,” said Beaver Creek Resort Company Executive Director Tony O’Rourke, “and will be an unforgettable addition to this year’s Oktoberfest celebration in Beaver Creek. Certainly something the entire family will enjoy.”Through their 30 years together, Roomful has gone through many line-up changes, which have included the likes of guitarists Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl. In addition the group honed their sound with some of the best and biggest names in the blues/R&B business. During the ’70s and’80s, Roomful toured with such talents as Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Big Joe Turner, Red Prysock, Helen Humes, Roy Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon and Sil Austin. In the ’80s, they recorded with Cleanhead, Big Joe and Earl King. In 1984, the group served as Stevie Ray Vaughan’s backing band on “Live at Carnegie Hall.”Roomful of Blues will perform during Beaver Creek’s sixth annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday and Sunday, in Beaver Creek Plaza from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The event and the concert are open to the public free of charge. For a complete event entertainment schedule, visit http://www.beavercreek.com or call the Beaver Creek Information Center at 845-9090.