Southern Avenue consists of award winning, Israeli born guitarist Ori Naftaly, vocalist Tierinii Jackson, and her younger sister Tikyra Jackson on drums. Backed by Memphis’ best, Daniel Mckee on bass. Southern Avenue is the high energy Soul-Roots band that you don’t want to miss. In their hometown of Memphis, they are considered by many to be the "future of the genre.”
Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound – creating music in a variety of genres such as jazz, R&B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop, and fusion. His high energy show brings a diversity to jazz never seen before with music for every generation! Adrian takes pride in bringing a new and powerful sound, merging jazz with today’s pop and hip hop.
Adrian’s star began shining at the age of four when he received his first saxophone during a concert in Roanoke, Virginia from acclaimed jazz artist Kenny G, who noticed Adrian’s interest from the audience, stopped the show, and invited him to the stage, playing a childish melody, and finally bestowing the sax to young Adrian. Twenty years later in 2009, the charismatic and passionate Crutchfield released his debut compact disc entitled, Private Party; which highlights his diverse musical interests with songs covering the styles of jazz, neo-soul, hip hop, and more.
Currently a touring saxophonist, flautist, and dancer with Bette Midler and Prince & The New Power Generation until Prince’s untimely passing in April, Adrian is featured on Prince’s latest album Art Official Age, on a song entitled Gold Standard. Adrian has also had the privilege of performing with many of today’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia Barrino, KC and JoJo, Adina Howard, Regina Belle, and with hip hop superstar Young Jeezy.
In jazz, Adrian has been featured by names such as Kim Waters, Mike Philips, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, and Branford Marsalis; and with legendary groups such as Fourplay and The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson.
Phillip Howe has been making a name for himself on trumpet in and around the Rock Hill area for the past five years. A graduate of Northwestern High School and Winthrop University, Howe has performed with Ancient Cities, Gravy and Company, and The Dunder Chiefs. He recently headlined a night of music at Legal Remedy Brewing Company in Old Town Rock Hill.
Like his namesake suggests, Robert Johnson has been to the crossroads and back. Somewhere along the way he found blues woman, Pam Taylor, on her way back from her own crossroads. Together the blues and southern soul infused duo have been wowing crowds with their infectious original spin on American Blues & Roots music. Pam was mentored on guitar by the legendary blues woman, Debbie Davies and Roberts natural ability to easily play any instrument he picks up catapulted these two powerhouses when their former bands dismantled in early 2014. They stole each other's hearts and now they are stealing hearts of fans everywhere.
Since the age of six, Pat was surrounded by music. Her blues classroom was on the porch of her uncle’s house where one played the guitar and the other played the harmonica. Through much of her career, she worked in New Orleans where she was known as the "Queen of Bourbon Street.” Cohen performed for The House of Blues for 3 years, Portraying Bessy Smith, Ma Rainey, and Billie Holiday in their schoolhouse blues history program. “Mother Blues” is a fine blues belter with a brassy stage presence that rivals her idols Koko Taylor and Etta James. Big Ron Hunter was born the son of a sharecropper in Winston Salem, and mentored in the country blues by the legendary Guitar Gabriel. Big Ron plays both acoustic and electric guitar and croons a jubilant, good-time blues in a warm and disarming tenor.
On Friday, October 7, the Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Old Town Rock Hill where festival-goers can enjoy live music at nine of Old Town's restaurants & venues throughout the night. Be sure to trade in your ticket at the info booth or at the door of each venue for an event wristband.