STAY TUNED FOR 17TH ANNUAL "NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL" SUN. SEPT. 1, 2019!!

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THE KING BEES

Internationally Acclaimed     Stingin' & Swingin' 

World Wide Since 1987

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ALL ABOUT THE KING BEES

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 The King Bees, Rob "Hound Dog"  Baskerville and Penny "Queen Bee" Zamagni call the mountains of North Carolina  home, but travel the world with their Blues and American Roots music. This year  marks the 31st anniversary of the band and also the 16th year of New River Blues  Festival (held annually in their home, Ashe County) which they created and  produce.
 
The King Bees have performed on  festival stages in European capitals including Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Stockholm,  and London and have taken their internationally-acclaimed show across numerous  countries. Their love of American Roots music has carried them to shows in  Mississippi jukes joints as well as to several performances at Lincoln  Center.
 
 In the mid-1980's Baskerville and  Zamagni began traveling the deep-South searching for  and mentoring under Blues  artists of historical, cultural, and musical significance. Many blues greats  took them under their wing and nurtured and guided The King Bees toward the  sound of authenticity. With Baskerville on guitar and keys and Zamagni on  vocals, bass, and as song smith, The King Bees honed their art with many  Blues masters.  By 1990 they had been touring and recording with some of the  most culturally important of Blues artists. In the early 1990's they were signed  to a European label and began touring internationally.
 
The King Bees have toured and recorded  with Carey Bell, Jerry McCain, Nappy Brown and many other lions and legends.  They collaborated with Rock n' Roll Hall-of-Fame member Bo Diddley and were  featured on The B.B. King Birthday Tour. The King Bees have shared the bill with  Dr. John, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Leon Russell and a host of other  legends.
 
Known for their professionalism, and  exuberant, soulful performances, the King Bees take the stage and touch hearts  and mightily move spirits.
 
 

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

The King Bees 30th Anniversary at NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL, 2017

 

    *"Queen Bee Zamagni belts it out with  the best, backed by a superb band highlighted by the burning riffs of Hound Dog  Baskerville." The Charlotte Observer

 

*"On Beale Street Zamagni sang like  Bonnie Raitt on steroids." 

Memphis Commercial Appeal
 

*"Legendary Blues stylists..." 

The  Knoxville Journal.
 

*"Excellent...Queen Bee Zamagni has a  strong, swinging, slinky voice used to good effect on every number. Fine  straight blues all the way..Tasty!" Blues & Rhythm,  England


"I was quite taken with Hound Dog's guitar playing..Good slide!" Bruce Iglaur, Alligator Records


 "Blues royalty.." Blues  Revue

"That's some mighty fine slide, son!" Friend and mentor, Doc Watson
 
 

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SELECTED FESTIVALS & APPEARANCES

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B.B. King Birthday Tour~ OH, PA,  NY 

Lincoln Center, Roots Of American Music~  NYC (Multiple years)

Memphis In May~ Memphis, TN

Gexto Blues Festival~ Spain

The Rhythm Riot~ England

Waterlands Blues Fest~  Netherlands

Quai de Blues~ Paris,  France

The Folk Club~ Milan, Italy

Spatzia Muzica~ Rome, Italy

Carl Sandburg Nat'l Historic Site Folk  Festival~ Flat Rock, NC (Multiple years)

Birmingham City Stages, Birmingham~ AL  (Multiple years)

Jazz Club~Stockholm, Sweden

Waterlands Blues Fest,  Netherlands

Kurkult Festival,~Sweden

Carolina Downhome Blues Festival~  Camden, SC (Multiple years)

Big Mama~ Rome, Italy

Chunky Rhythm & Blues Fest~ Chunky,  Miss.

Buddy Guy's Legends~ Chicago,  Il

Zoo Bar~ Lincoln, Neb.

Castile Forli~ Forli,  Italy 

Spoleto Intern'l Arts &  Music Festival~ Charleston, SC (Multiple years)

Piedmont Blues Fest~ Greensboro, NC  (Multiple years)

W.C. Handy Homeplace Blues Festival~  Muscle Shoals, AL

Bridging The Blues~ West Memphis,  AK

LowCountry Blues Bash~ Charleston, SC  (Multiple years)

Screven R & B Festival~ Savannah,  GA

Jazz Charlotte~ Charlotte,  NC

Bele Chere~ Asheville, NC (Multiple  years)

Carolina Lite Blues Fest ~  NC

Bull Durham Blues Fest~ Durham,  NC

National Black Arts Festival~ Atlanta,  GA

Hambone Blues Festival~ Rochester,  MN

Blues Aosta~ Aosta, Italy

Bluesin Lanakin~ Lanakin,  Belgium

New River Blues Festival~ Grassy Creek,  NC 2003-2018 Producers, Performers

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Videos, The King Bees Live

King Bees at New River Blues Festival, "Work With It".

The King Bees at New River Blues Festival, "Hamhock Stew".

The King Bees at Waterlands Blues Festival, The Netherlands, "King Bee".

The King Bees at New River Blues festival, "Evilena".

Hound Dog Baskerville wows crowd at New River Blues festival.

THE KING BEES EVENTS

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The King Bees are available for international shows, private parties& events, concerts, festivals.

The King Bees can appear as a duo, trio, and more.

~Sat. May 4, Twigs, Blowing Rock, NC 8pm

~Sat. May 11, Highlander's, Banner Elk, NC  8pm
~Fri. May 17, Concert On The Lawn, Best Cellar, Blowing Rock, NC 5:30pm

~Fri. May 24, Laconia Ale House, Sparta, NC, Duo

~Sat. May 25, The Landing Restaurant at Lk Norman Motel, Sherrills Ford, NC 7pm

~Fri. May 31, Relay For Life, American Legion Field, Newton, NC 9:30pm
*THURSDAYS IN JUNE, KING BEES BLUES WORKSHOP & JAM, JONES HOUSE, KING ST. BOONE,  NC  5:30PM All acoustic musicians welcome! Bring guitar, mandolin,harmonica, hand percussion, etc, etc.! Piano provided.

~Sat. June 1 Betsey's Ol' Country Store, Collettesville, NC 6pm

~Thurs. June 6, King Bees Blues Workshop & Jam, Jones House, Boone, NC 5:30pm

~Fri. June 7,  The Golden Leaf, Danville VA, Bees  Duo

~Sat. June 8, Echota Concert, Linville, NC 4pm

~Thurs. June 13, King Bees Blues Workshop & Jam, Jones House, Boone, NC 5:30pm

~Fri. June 14, The Landing Restaurant at Lk Norman Motel, Sherrills Ford, NC 7pm

~Sat. June 15, Roots At Grayson, Independence, VA, 8pm

~Sun. June 16, Concert In The Park, Blowing Rock, NC 4pm

~Thurs. June 20, King Bees Blues Workshop & Jam, Jones House, Boone, NC 5:30pm

~Fri. June 21, Concert in Back Street Park, West Jefferson NC, 5:30pm

~Sat. June 22, Highlander's, Banner Elk, NC  8pm

~Sun. June 23, Wahoos Adventures, Benefit for the Geenway w/ King Bees Duo, Green Valley, NC 2-5pm

~Weds June 26, Sugar Mtn. Golf Club, Sugar Mountain, NC 5pm

~Thurs. June 27, King Bees Blues Workshop & Jam, Jones House, Boone, NC 5:30pm

~Fri. June  28, Catawba Brewing, Morganton, NC 8pm

~Sat. June 29, Hotel Tavern, West Jefferson, NC 6pm

~Thurs. July 4, Todd Liberty Parade Festival, Todd, NC  11am

~Fri. July 5, Ransom, Boone,NC  6-9pm

~Fri. July 12, Concert In The Park, Valle Crucis, NC

~Sat. July 13, Blue Waters, Salisbury, NC 1pm

~Sun. July 14, Beech Alpen Inn, Beech Mtn. NC, 5:30pm

~Fri. July 19, Land Harbor, Linville, NC Duo, 6pm

~Sat. July 20, Watauga County Library, A Journey Through Blues Music and History, Bees Duo 3pm

~Sat. July 27, Pool Party, Hound Ears, Boone NC 6-9pm, Private 

~Fri. Aug 2, Concert On The Lawn, The Jones House, Boone, NC 6pm

~Fri. Aug. 9, Twigs, Blowing Rock, NC 8pm

~Sat. Aug 10, The RailYard, Bluefield, West VA, 8pm

~Fri. Aug. 16, Old Hampton Store, Newland, NC Duo, 6pm

~Sat. Aug. 17, Jazz & Blues In The Ville Fest, Fayetteville, WV

~Fri. Aug. 23, The Landing Restaurant at Lk Norman Motel, Sherrills Ford, NC 7pm


**SATURDAY AUG. 31 NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL KICK OFF PARTY! BOONEDOCKS, WEST JEFFERSON NC, 2-5PM**

WE HOPE OUR MUSICIAN FRIENDS WILL JOIN US FOR A JAMMIN' TIME! 

**SUNDAY SEPT. 1,  17TH ANNUAL NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL, GRASSY CREEK, NC 1PM**


SAT. SEPT. 7, HOTEL TAVERN, W. JEFFERSON, NC 6PM

~Sat. Sept. 14, Lost Province Brewing, Boone, NC  7:30

~Sat. Sept. 21, Highlander's, Banner Elk, NC  8pm

~Fri. Sept. 27, Laconia Alehouse, Sparta NC, Bees Duo 7pm

~Sat. Sept. 28 Carolina Ramble Fest, Watauga County, NC

~Sat. Oct. 12, OAKS FESTIVAL, Outdoors at Junkers Mill Theatre, Mocksville, NC 

~Fri. Oct. 18, Twigs, Blowing Rock, NC 8pm

~Fri. Oct. 25, Catawba Brewing, Morganton, NC 8pm

~Sat. Oct. 26, Betsey's Ol' Country Store Oyster Roast Fest, Collettesville, NC 4pm

~Sat. Nov. 16, Highlander's, Banner Elk, NC  8pm

~ Nov. 16, Highlander's, Banner Elk, NC 8pm

THANK YOU FOR MAKING NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL AN EPIC CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, NATURE & FRIENDS!! CLICK HERE to stay tuned FOR NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL 2019!

**Stay Tuned For 17th Annual New River Blues Festival, Sunday Sept. 1 2019

A Mountain Meadow, A Sparkling River, World-Class Blues! Our State Magazine: "A Top Ten Way to spend Labor Day"! An intimate celebration in natural beauty with world-renowned Blues Artists.

THE KING BEES & MELLOWDOWN PRODUCTIONS WORLD CLASS ARTISTS

~MELLOWDOWN MUSIC PRODUCTIONS~

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 Event Production, Artist Representation, World Class Blues  

MellowDown  Music Productions creates inspired music events and festivals  presenting premier, internationally-touring Blues artists. They are  originators of NEW RIVER BLUES FESTIVAL~  THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS BLUES FEST, now in its 16th season. They have also produced THE SUNRISE BLUES CRAWL FESTIVAL  in Southern Pines, NC, WinterBlues Fests, in Blowing Rock & Boone, NC, Shriners' Happy  Daze Blues Festival, Betsey's Blues Festival and many  others.
MellowDown Music Productions is also proud to offer for booking the legends, lions, & lifeblood of the blues. These world class artists are available for performances in the US and internationally.

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~~~~SANDRA HALL~~~~ Empress of The Blues

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Sandra Hall Empress Of The  Blues.  As a teenager in the 1960's, Sandra led The  Exotics. People thought they were the Supremes, they were that  good! They opened for Otis Redding, Joe Tex, Johnny Taylor, B.B.  King, Jerry Butler, the Temptations, and the O’Jays  at the legendary Royal Peacock on Auburn Avenue in  Atlanta.  She soon  went solo and immersed herself in the Blues. . Sandra has performed all  over the world. This dazzling  singer has been the featured artist at  the world's most prestigious venues  including the MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL. She  has  performed in the capitals of Europe --London, Paris, Rome--and  taken her soul  stirring show from country juke joints to Russia, always  to wild acclaim. Ms.  Hall takes the Blues from rightious to raunchy,  soulful to sassy....she makes  damn sure her audience has a grand time.

~~MOJO IKE & VAL WOODS~~ Grammy Nominated & Soulful!

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Ike and Val Woods..Grammy nominated, soulful and joyous.  Mojo Ike and Val have brought their musical celebration throughout the United  States, Europe, and the Caribbean. Veterans of the deep-South music scene, their roots are profoundly   planted in the bedrock of gospel and blues. Ike's smoldering guitar, Val's passionate vocals, and their sparkling showmanship all combine to   raise blues to new levels of exuberance.  Living Blues Magazine:  "..uplifting..refreshing and genuine.. ..a remarkable guitarist.. ..top  notch..".  

~~~~~~JOHNNY RAWLS~~~~~ From Mississippi To The World Stage!

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  From Mississippi to the world stage.  Multiple-award  winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger and producer, JOHNNY   RAWLS draws on the 1950s' and '60s' soul-blues tradition in his guitar   playing, yet his lyrics and singing are timeless. Rawls got his early  musical  education from his grandfather, John Paul Newson, a blind  guitarist who played  all over the Hattiesburg, MS area.    Johnny has  been the leader of some of the most eminent musical  groups, directing  the bands of  legends Joe Tex, Z.Z. Hill and  Little Johnny Taylor.   Fronting  his own phenomenal groups, he has traveled the world headlining major   festivals and thrilling audiences in the U.S and abroad. He has been  featured  multiple times at the Chicago Blues Festival, The King Biscuit   Festival and festivals all over Europe, as well as in Russia.   

~~~~BIG RON HUNTER~~~~~ World's Happiest Bluesman

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BIG RON HUNTER   travels the world as  Ambasador Of The Good Time Blues. Big Ron has acquired the nick-name,  The  World's Happiest Bluesman, inspired by his sunny performing style, wonderful  sense of humor, and song writing that always uncovers the silver lining. Belying  his positive attitude, his background was rough hewn and arduous. The son of a  share cropper, Ron grew up near Winston-Salem in a cabin without electricity.  But there was love and Ron was encouraged from an early age to develop his  prodigious musical talent. As a youngster Ron garnered the attention of the  legendary Guitar Gabriel who mentored the eager musician to develop his own  voice and approach. Ron is equally talented on electric and acoustic guitars,  possesses a one-of-a-kind voice full of passion, honesty and optimism and wins  hearts the world over. 

~~~~DONALD CEASAR~~~~ The Blues Emperor

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Donald Ceasar, The Blues  Emperor is an artist of exceptional versatility, performing on  drums, harmonica, and keyboards while singing lead vocals and laying down  high-spirited dance steps. Ceasar hales from the bayous of Louisiana, in the  heart of Creole and Cajun country where his grandfather, Alphonse “Bois Sec”  Ardoin and other family members were pioneers and founding fathers of Cajun  Zydeco music. Ceasar has been entertaining audiences since childhood with his  Cajun family band and opening for and sharing the stage with legendary artists  such as Rocking Sidney, Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Nevilles, B.B. King, Allen  Toussaint, and James Brown. Ceasar delivers a sizzling musical-gumbo full of the  succulent flavors of Louisiana.  "..possibly the hippest entertainer in the  Carolinas.” Jim Otis, The State, Columbia,SC.

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