For Saturday's main stage we hired incredible local Blues legends Joe Beard with the John Cole Band. On Sunday, we heard strong blues meet R&B with the Debbie Kendrick Blues band. Friday and Saturday we heard the hard hitting sound of Brother Yusef from Los Angeles, California. Along with great music, we had a fairly epic instructor team. Damon Stone and Joy Arico, Mike Legett, and Dan Rosenthal (now the Legenthals), Whitton Frank and Tim O'Neill, and, for debut teaching a national event, Dan Repsch with Kara Fabina.
Saturday's main stage was filled by the extremely talented Gordon Webster Band featuring Brianna Thomas. We were also honored once again to hear from Brother Yusef both Friday and Saturday. On Sunday we featured semi-local artist Carolyn Kelly Band from Syracuse, NY. Instructor talent was off the charts as we expanded to a 4 track class system. We might have pushed the boundaries a bit in hiring: Dexter Santos and Michelle Richter, Devona Cartier and Josh Boroff, Amanda Gruhl and Chris Meyer, Julie Brown and Shawn Hershey, Joy Arico and, making his national event teaching debut, Randy Pante.
We brought in the musical awesomeness of Brother Yusef once again, and The Fried Banana's killed it too. The instructor mix was a strong balance of dancers that represent the Blues Aesthetic in unique and specific ways. We mixed classes up but still offered 4 tracks of learning. Damon Stone returned to partner Joy Arico and Mike Legenthal, and Sara Deckard and Dargoff blew our minds. John and Shoshi Krieger-Joven, Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz, and Flouer Evelyn showed the world they were more than ready to take on the role of national event instructors.
Our team brought us the musical greatness of The Fried Bananas and The Downtown Shimmy. We featured our first ever all lady DJ team of Jody Glanzer, Gabrielle Kern, Brooke Filsinger and Julie Brown. Instruction expanded to two days of classes with 4 tracks of learning. Heidi Fite and Damon Stone, Kelly Pavao, Dan Legenthal, Joy Arico, and the national event teaching debut of Grace Jones-Taylor and Nick Dewitt.