The 16th annual "Red, White and Blues" Festival will be held Friday night, Sept. 9 at The Beaver Club and The Liberty Food and Spirits on Prospect Street and all day Saturday, Sept. 10 in Barker Common and many bars on Main and Water streets in Fredonia.
The festivities start at 6 p.m. Friday night at The Liberty Food and Spirits with Kokomo Time. Then at 8 p.m. Red Rhythm will perform at The Beaver Club. The Beaver Club promises great food and fun!
Saturday will begin with the Farmer's Market, vendors and other goodies. Registration for the 9/11 Remembrance Run with the AMVETS 409 begins at 9 a.m. with kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will go to the Fredonia Police Department. The Taste of Fredonia will begin at 11 a.m. Music begins in the Gazebo at 11 a.m. and continues until "The Sauce Boss" begins at 4 p.m.
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Bill Wharton, “The Sauce Boss” will be performing at this year’s Red, White and Blues festival in Fredonia.
Just in case you haven't heard this before since 1995 the "Red, White and Blues" Festival in Fredonia has been bringing the best in Western New York Blues Music nationally and internationally known musicians to highlight the beginning of the grape harvest red and white grapes transformed into wine and the 'blues' to enjoy them. Since then, no performer has become more beloved than the "Sauce Boss." Bill Wharton has a heart bigger than the pot he cooks gumbo in. His events are an opportunity to get the best time around and to give to the hungry and homeless. He is a consummate musician, performer and humanitarian.
With his homegrown storytelling and natural-born guitar talent, the Sauce Boss righteously sings the blues.
He gives the feeling that can only come from a life lived in the eye of a storm. He has weathered more than his share of hurricanes, sunburn, and mosquitoes and he's got the chops to prove it. He has taken his blues and a huge pot of gumbo to the disaster zones of the Mississippi Delta and to homeless shelters across America where he's fed war veterans, hurricane survivors and plenty of other regular folks who come for music but leave with much more. The Sauce Boss offers sustenance and redemption in the form of music, food and above all, the love of the brotherhood of man.
Since 1990, The Sauce Boss has fed over 175,000 people, all for free while he plays his own swampy, Florida blues. A "Sauce Boss" event transcends performance. It's a soul-shouting picnic of blues and brotherhood, involving everyone. And at the end of the show, everyone eats!
So come on down to "Red, White and Blues," Friday night and all day Saturday in Fredonia. It's "The Best Street Party Around!"
Friday, Sept. 9
6 p.m. - Kokomo Time, The Liberty Food and Spirits
8 pm - Red Rhythm, The Beaver Club
Saturday, Sept. 10
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Registration for 9/11 Remembrance Run
Kickstands up at 11:30 a.m.
10 a.m. - Taste of Fredonia begins
10:30 a.m. - Capitano Cocodrillo's Commandos in Farmer's Market
11 a.m. - Marshall Seddon, Gazebo
1:30 p.m. - Gina V and 3rd Degree Blues, The White Inn
2 p.m. - The Electra's, Coughlins
2:30 p.m. - Harvey and The Hurricanes, East Side Grill
3:30 p.m. - Mark Winsink Band, - Lil Magill's
3:30 p.m. - US, Muldoons
4 p.m. - The Sauce Boss, Gazebo
7 p.m. - Dr. Z and The Blues Remedies, DeJohn's
8 p.m. - Red Rhythm, 41 West
8:30 p.m. - TBD, Muldoons
9:30 p.m. - Lissy K and the Royal Teez, Valentine's
10 p.m. - Jony James Blues Band, Ellicottville Brewing Co.