Marci LinnSaturday, Sept 20, 2014
5:00 to 6:00 pm
South Stage

“You always win with Marci Linn.” That’s what fans new and old say about the veteran vocalist and her tight, six-piece unit, who have for years been serving a rich blend of blue-eyed soul to audiences across southwest Michigan and beyond.

Hailing from Lansing, Linn started singing in bands in the early 80’s and has toured nationally. Her vocal versatility comes from a voice big enough to do Aretha Franklin songs justice, yet tender enough for the sweetest ballads. As lead singer for Loaded Dice, she was instrumental in helping them win the 2002 Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association talent contest and a trip to the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. ¬†Another prize from her time with Loaded Dice is guitarist/vocalist Jim Beebe, now her husband. The two of them eventually left the Dice to roll out their own band.

Beebe has 25-plus years of professional musicianship under his belt, both regional and national. He was guitarist for blues diva Annette Taborn and her popular group Blueshouse, played with Night Train, and was a founding member of Dr. Bones and the Skeletones. As a member of Three City Five he backed up legendary bluesman and recording artist Robert Ward on a club tour. To quote Ward, “He plays the guitar as well as anybody that ever put it on.”

Rounding out the Marci Linn Band at BluesFest are saxophonist Orion Flowers and bassist Greg Orr (both also alumni of Three City Five) plus Sam Ryan on drums and Geoff Stockton on guitar.