Grammy Award-Winning Artist Buddy Guy Headlines Second Annual Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival; Tickets on Sale Now

Prior Lake Rotary Club's Family-Friendly Musical Event Returns to Lakefront Park

PRIOR LAKE, Minn., May 31, 2011 -- Multiple Grammy award-winning musician Buddy Guy will headline the second annual Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival, a day-long family-friendly event featuring jazz and blues artists at Lakefront Park in Prior Lake on Saturday, July 16. Tickets are available now for $5 at

The event was created by the Prior Lake Rotary, and is presented by Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community which donated $50,000 to support the event.  The SMSC also donated $50,000 to present the first Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival in 2010.  

"We are absolutely honored to have Buddy Guy headlining this year's festival," said Shaun Naya, event and fundraising co-chair for the Prior Lake Rotary. "He is an extraordinarily talented musician that will highlight an amazing day of jazz and blues music."

George "Buddy" Guy has a colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He's a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and has received six Grammy Awards, the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, the Presidential National Medal of Arts, and 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards—the most of any artist.

In addition to Guy, other performers scheduled to entertain festival guests include:  

  • Quinn Sullivan, a 12 year-old guitar prodigy who began playing the guitar when he was three. Sullivan caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres in 2006 and was personally invited by Buddy Guy to join him on tour in 2011. His new recordCyclone explores many styles ranging from scorching Blues and Rock n' Roll, to Pop oriented ballads, all while showcasing his incredible guitar skills.
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real brings their mix of blues and Southern-folk-rock talents to the festival this year, promising to stay true to their musical roots. Nelson honed his singing and songwriting skills growing up on the road with his famous father. The band has toured with everyone from B.B. King and Dave Matthews Band to Blues Traveler and Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
  • Headed by Pat "Lamont" Hayes, The Lamont Cranston Blues Band will feature Bruce McCabe as a special guest. From clubs, concert halls and festivals, to auditoriums and stadiums, the band has shared the stage with many blues legends, including Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, The Blues Brothers and Bonnie Raitt.
  • A recent contestant on NBC's "The Voice," Minnesota musical artist Tim Mahoney was influenced by R.E.M., U2 and Sam Cooke. A mainstay in the Twin Cities music scene for over 10 years and Prior Lake native, Mahoney's raspy voice and bittersweet lyrics are still winning people over.
  • Contemporary guitarist and vocalist Steve Oliver brings his multi-genre music covering world, contemporary, soul and pop to the festival. Recently nominated as International Instrumentalist of the Year for 2010 by the Wave Awards, Oliver has phenomenal capabilities of incorporating global music styles with a mix of pop/rock/soul and contemporary, bringing a fresh, chart-topping sound as an unparalleled guitarist and signature vocalist.
  • Mexican-American saxophonist/singer Jessy J is already a jazz sensation with her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms and instantly captivating melodies. The 31 year-old has received high accolades, including Radio and Records "Debut Artist of The Year", and contemporary jazz song of the year by R&R and Billboard for the title track of her debut album, Tequila Moon.

Last year's event attracted more than 14,000 people to Lakefront Park and this year again will include "Lil' Louie's Music Camp" – a special area just for kids with free activities like painting, jazz dance, crafts and musical games – as well as a variety of food and beverage vendors, and an artisans shopping area.

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is also offering a Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival hotel package for visitors. The $129 special includes a premier, double occupancy guestroom, a $20 food & beverage coupon, a Play 10/Get 10 coupon, 20% off a gift shop purchase, free valet parking, free access to Dakotah! Sport and Fitness, and complimentary transportation to and from Lakefront Park on Saturday. For more information about the package or to make reservations, call 1-800-813-7349 and reference code JAZZ11, or visit

"We look forward to offering a great day of music and are excited to once again bring a strong lineup of musicians and family entertainment to this year's festival," said Event Co-Chair Dave Card. "From the very beginning, it was our goal to create a family-friendly musical event while showcasing our beautiful city, and raising money to continue the philanthropic vision of the Prior Lake Rotary."


Second Annual Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival


Lakefront Park

Prior Lake, MN 55372


Saturday, July 16, 2011

1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


$5 in advance; $10 at the gate. Free for children under 18 and those over 65. Tickets are available now at Souvenir buttons that will also serve at tickets will be available at designated retail sites beginning June 1. Tickets on the day of the event can be purchased upon arrival at the festival grounds.  

For more information about the Lakefront Jazz and Blues Festival, please visit  

Notes to Editors

About Prior Lake Rotary Club

The Prior Lake Rotary Club is a community service organization responsible for enhancing the quality of life for its residents through humanitarian service and the encouragement of high ethical standards in all vocations. The Club has 70 members and is recognized for its quality and array of services and leadership in the local community, region, nation and throughout the world. Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and address today's challenges - including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water and environmental concerns.

SOURCE Prior Lake Rotary Club


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