To be held April 27 and 28 on three outdoor and 17 indoor stages along a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue, the free marathon music event will also feature a musical performance (or two) by John C. Reilly. The Oscar-nominated actor drew a capacity crowd to his Adams Avenue Unplugged performance last year, for which he was joined by erstwhile San Diego troubadour Tom Brosseau and a surprise guest or two. Reilly will perform at this year's festival with Brosseau, Willie Watson and Dan Bern (who has made three albums for Messenger Records, the New York label founded by former San Diegan Brandon Kessler).
The festival will also include a reunion performance by Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur, who rose to prominence in the 1960s in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Also in the lineup is the Colorado group Haunted Windchimes and leading San Diego performers Cindy Lee Berryhill, Tomcat Courtney, Joe Marillo, Gregory Page, Folding Mr. Lincoln, Sara Petite, The Lovebirds, Lisa Sanders the duo of Robin Adler & Dave Blackburn, Joey Harris, Patty Hall and Robin Henkel.
Also confirmed to appear are such top area musicians as Podunk Nowhere, Seaholm-Mackintosh, The Whitney Shay Trio, Billy Watson, Nena Anderson and the Mark Jackson Trio. They'll be joined by local luminaries Joe Rathburn, Wendy Bailey Ross Altman, Dave Humphries, Phil Boroff, Christopher Dale, Ben Powell, Alan Land, Suzanne Reed, Marie Haddad, Jeffrey Joe Morin, Charlie Imes, Bill Dempsey, Curt Bouterse, Kenny Eng, Folding Mr. Lincoln, Beston Barnett, Simeon Flick, Doug Walker, Craig Ingraham Band, Lovers & Circles, Nathan Welden, Jim Hinton, Coco & Lafa, the Bayou Brothers, Will Edwards, Trails and Rails, Kev Rones, Shawn Rohlf, and John Bosley. More artists wil be announced during the coming weeks.
"Musical diversity is important, so that we cover a lot of styles," said Kent Johnson, who is one of the festival's main talent buyers and is the co-publisher of the monthly San Diego Troubadour. "I think the outdoor stages at the festival will be better, and bigger, this year. Like last year, some of the performers will be doing two sets, some doing two each day and some playing twice on the same day."
Adams Avenue Unplugged debuted last year with performances on 26 stages, six more than this year's edition. Presented under the auspices of the Adams Avenue Business Association, the event was designed to replace -- and extend the geographical footprint -- of the 18-year-old Adams Avenue Roots Festival (which, in turn, was an outgrowth of the San Diego Folk Festival).
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Pictured: Chunky and Ramon Sanchez of Los Alacranes