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May 27, 2012
4:00 PM
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Enjoy our outdoor Beer Garden on the South Side of the building featuring performances by local blues guitarist and vocalist, Joey Love. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doors open at 3 p.m.
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Allen City Blues Festival

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Featuring The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Original Ian Moore Band and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown

You could visit all the legendary clubs of Beale Street to the blues haunts of the Mississippi Delta, and you’d still come up short of the incredible lineup assembling together this Memorial Day Weekend Sunday at Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Rd. Allen, Texas. The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, the original Ian Moore Band and Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown are all set to take the stage during the first true festival event held at the arena.

Additional attractions include Beer Garden performances by local blues guitarist and vocalist, Joey Love, and several unique exhibits in the concourse. Extremely rare memorabilia which will be on display courtesy of the Texas Musicians Museum include:

  • Blind Lemon Jefferson's Guitar
  • Zuzu Bollin (Texas Bluesmaster) Guitar
  • Roy Orbison Stage Clothing
  • Johnny Winter's 1962 first ever show bill signed by Johnny
  • John & Allan Lomax 1940's field recorder 

Additionally, The Guitar Sanctuary, the McKinney-based retailer of boutique guitars, basses, amps and other musical accessories, will be raffling off a Standard Stratocaster Guitar in Brown Sunburst with Maple Fretboard in conjunction with Fender Guitars. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Love Life Foundation ( – a non-profit organization committed to promoting life and saving lives through community revitalization, leadership and development.

  • Robert Cray
  • Jimmie Vaughan
  • Robert Randolph
  • Ian Moore Band
  • Tyler Bryant

Robert Cray
At the very top of the bill, Robert Cray is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a 2011 selectee to the Blues Hall of Fame. Along with his Grammy wins, Robert Cray has released twenty award winning multi-platinum albums, received 15 Grammy nominations, and with the Robert Cray Band has performed thousands of sold-out shows worldwide. He has performed alongside blues titans Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. He has also worked with Tina Turner, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Willie Dixon to name a few and his songs have been covered by many including BB King, Clapton and Tony Bennett.

One of the truly great guitar players, Cray has own line of Fender Signature Guitars. Hailed as “the most talented bluesman of his generation,” by the London Times, Cray is known for delving into a variety of musical traditions including Delta blues, rock, rhythm & blues and Caribbean soul.

Jimmie Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan, the older brother of Stevie Ray Vaughan, was born in Dallas, and has been a fixture on the Texas blues scene for nearly 40 years. In 1969, at 18 years of age, Vaughan’s band opened for The Jimi Hendrix Experience in Fort Worth. In the mid-‘70s, he founded The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a band considered one of the most important blues bands of all time. Since that time, Vaughan’s reputation as a formidable guitarist has grown exponentially. His technique and talent have earned the praise of Eric Clapton, BB King and Bonnie Raitt.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band
One of Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time,” Robert Randolph’s over-the-top gospel-infused pedal steel playing burns with desire, frequently veering into Jimi Hendrix territory. That passion and musicianship has earned Robert Randolph and the Family Band wide praise, including that of the The New York Times, which applauds Randolphs “rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument sing without a word.” Robert Randolph has collaborated with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Lee, The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Leon Russell and Doyle Bramhall II among many others. 

Ian Moore Band
Legendary guitar virtuoso, Ian Moore, is reuniting his original Austin band for the Allen City Blues Festival. Moore is known for such soulful Billboard-topping songs as "Blue Sky", "Satisfied", "How Does it Feel" and many more. Milestones include playing “Like a Rolling Stone” on the road with Bob Dylan, trading guitar riffs with Keith Richards on tour with the Rolling Stones, performing “Whisky River” with Willie Nelson, singing a duet with Emmylou Harris and collaborating with artists as divergent as Roky Erikson and Jason Mraz. Moore’s skilled musicianship, incredible guitar playing and soulful voice continue to earn the praise of the blues community and his legions of fans.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
Tyler Bryant is a 20 year old guitar prodigy from Honey Grove, Texas, who has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Jeff Beck, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Paul Simon, BB King, Pat Benatar, The Arc Angels, Vince Gill and many others. At age 15, Tyler won the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation's New Generation Award, which recognized him as one of the most promising new artists on the music scene. He has also performed at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, and Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown recently performed a showcase in March at South by Southwest in Austin.

Doors will open for the Allen City Blues Festival at 3 p.m. on May 27 with live music all afternoon and into the night. Get your tickets at or at the Allen Event Center Box Office.