ColorFest is headed to Blue Sky

ColorFest is headed to Blue Sky
ColorFest is headed to Blue Sky
ColorFest is headed to Blue Sky
Marshall Anderson

Venues & Businesses
Blue Sky Vineyard

Who: Marshall Anderson / The Smokers / The Green-McDonough Band
What: ColorFest
When: 2017-10-14
ColorFest is headed to Blue Sky
Dakota Holden

Summer has come to an end, but to celebrate the success of the season, Blue Sky Vineyard will hold its annual Color Fest, Friday.

The event will include food, wine, helicopter rides, tarot card readings, face painting, henna tattoos, art, and as always, live music.

The musical acts this year are Marshall Anderson (Alternative Country), The Smokers Blues Band (Indie Blues, Soul, and Rock), and ending the day is The Green McDonough Band (St. Louis Blues).

Marshall Anderson will be the opening performer for the Color Fest at 11:15 a.m. Marshall has been apart of multiple bands in the region including the Tie Dye Family Band, Lone Howl, Ol’ Moose, and Mama Rocket. His solo shows contain a mix of country, folk and blues featuring original songs from his 2016 CD, “White Lines and Bright Lights”, as well as new twists on classic hits. Marshall Anderson is looking forward to playing the event and kicking off the festival.

“I think it’s going to be a fun show,” he said. “I think it will be fun to be apart of a large event like this.”

The next group from Peoria is the The Smokers Blues Band. The group is only four years old, but has already competed in International Blues Challenge in Memphis and has had the opportunity to play with Buddy Guy at Legends in Chicago.

Leader of the band, Dan Galletti (Vocals/Guitar) told Nightlife about the geographic influence on their indie blues sound.

“We are pushing Illinois blues,” he said. “You have soul sound of Detroit to the north, you have the old school, traditional style of blues from St. Louis and Chicago, and we are all sandwiched in the middle that’s what we’ve been doing.”

The Smokers Blues Band show will include music from their CD, “Road Less Traveled” and new songs from their record in the making.

The last group to perform is the The Green McDonough Band. Main members Rich McDonough and Laura Green will be bringing their St. Louis talents to the stage at 4:30 p.m. The band formed in 2016 after playing in each other’s blues bands in the area.

“We decided we were really dynamic force together,” Green said. “Rich is an extremely experienced guitarist in St. Louis. It just kind of clicked. Thing have been going really well since we have.”

The band for the past two years have been crafting their smooth mix of St. Louis blues, jazz, and soul. They are planning on releasing their second album before the new year, featuring all original blues music.

“It’s for celebrating the harvest and after we do the bottling,” Blue Sky event coordinator Fern Palmer said about the festival. “It’s just a nice way to relax, watch the music and the changing of the leaves.”

This weekend is also SIU Homecoming, so Blue Sky is hoping to see students and families so they can enjoy a day of art and music before their big night. Entry fee is $7 with wineglass included and children 15 and under are free.