Henry Butler

A six-time W.C. Handy ?Best Blues Instrumentalist – Piano? award nominee. Playing piano since the age of six, Butler is a master of musical diversity. Combining the percussive jazz piano playing of McCoy Tyner and the New Orleans style playing of Professor Longhair through his classically-trained wizardry, Butler continues to craft a sound uniquely his own. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, R&B and blues influences, his music is as excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace. www.henrybutler.com

The Wood Brothers

They played the main stage at the Narrows Festival of the Arts in 2006, so if you were there you are familiar with their understated roots sound that has a sprinkling of jazz. Bassist Chris Wood is a member of the jam band Medeski, Martin and Wood so you know he has the chops. His brother Oliver plays tasty guitar and has a compelling vocal delivery. www.thewoodbrothers.com

Ronnie Earl

What can you say? One of the finest guitar players on the planet. Ronnie’s got a following that he’s earned by paying his dues playing the blues. Visit www.ronnieearl.com to see what he’s been up to.

Southcoast Raising the Spirits of the Gulf Coast

Join us for a fun and unique music-making opportunity and a great cause! Be entertained by this area’s popular band, ‘Blues Train,’ and then join them on-stage with your instrument for a ‘jam session.’ Bring the kids, too! And please bring either a monetary donation or a used musical instrument (or both) to donate to victims of Hurricane Katrina. $8 donation…or $5 donation with a contribution of a used musical instrument, constructon tools, or any arts and crafts supplies. For further info contact Martin Costa at DJMartinC1@aol.com.