The 2014 Tommy Bolin Music Festival
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 | MAIN SHOW
Join us in celebrating the music of Tommy Bolin, the most exciting guitarist in the history of rock and fusion music. This year’s Bolin Fest promises to be a strong one with momentum continuing from the great one we had last year. Performers are being finalized and will be posted here as they are confirmed.
2 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The Ickey Nickel
4700 41st Street
Sioux City, IA 51108
- • Kenny Passarelli (Energy, Barnstorm with Joe Walsh, Elton John)
- • Rocky Athas (The Bluesberries, John Mayall)
- • Ed Mundell(The Atomic Bitchwax, Monster Magnet, The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic)
- • Johnnie Bolin(Tommy Bolin Band, Black Oak Arkansas)
- • Bobby Berge(Tommy Bolin Band, Buddy Miles)
- • Russell Bizzett(Tommy Bolin Live at Ebbets Field 1974)
- • Black Oak Arkansas
- • Dean Christopher
- • Announcements will be made as acts are added
Bassist/producer Kenny Passarelli is well known as a founding member of Barnstorm with Joe Walsh, co-writing the hit “Rocky Mountain Way.” He was also in Elton John’s band, playing on the albums Rock of the Westies and Blue Moves. For fans of Tommy Bolin, Kenny was Tommy’s the first bass player in Energy, and can relate stories about playing with Tommy in New York in jams that lead up to Tommy playing with Billy Cobham.
Many Tommy Bolin fans are familiar with Rocky Athas from his stellar performance with Glenn Hughes that appears on the “Tommy Bolin: 1997 Tribute” CD. Rocky has played guitar with the legendary John Mayall since 2009 and before that lead The Bluesberries along with Buddy Miles.
Ed Mundell gained worldwide fame on guitar in Monster Magnet and is currently fronting The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic, whose excellent self-titled first album appeared in 2013. Their new five song extended EP “Through The Dark Matter” is also now available.
A 2014 Tommy Bolin Music Festival commemorative button will provide admission when presented at the door. The buttons are $10.00 each plus $3 shipping, and are available from www.rocklegendmerch.com. Buttons will be $15 if you wait and buy one at the door.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 | JAM NIGHT AT THE CHESTERFIELD
1225 4th St.
8:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 31 & FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 | FAN JAMS
Fan jams at Gavin’s Place Lounge (formerly Stryker’s) have been a long running tradition at Bolin Fests. It’s a chance to play with other people who know Tommy Bolin material, and for listeners it’s a dose of raw, inspired rocking out to party down to. All are welcome to attend and play. Please bring your own guitar, bass, harp, etc. We’ll supply the drums and PA. Note that these jams often bring out some well known players such as Johnnie Bolin, Bobby Berge and more.
Gavin’s Place Lounge at Rodeway Inn & Conference Center (see below)
9:00 p.m. to closing
Follow the 2014 Tommy Bolin Fan Jam page on Facebook.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 | ACOUSTIC FAN JAM
Preceding the Friday night Fan Jam in Gavin’s Place is an acoustic jam in the Rodeway Inn courtyard. Bring your own guitar, percussion or just to sing along. Last year saw visits by notables such as Johnnie Bolin, John Bartle, Bobby Berge and more.
Rodeway Inn & Conference Center courtyard (see below)
2 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Follow the Acoustic Fan Jam page on Facebook.
Many Tommy Bolin Music Festival attendees have stayed in the past at what was the Hamilton Inn, then the Quality Inn and now the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center. This place has a unique history in Bolin Fest lore.
Rodeway Inn & Conference Center
1401 Zenith Dr.
Sioux City, IA 51103
Phone: (712) 277-3211
If you mention Tommy Bolin or Bolin Fest you can get a special room rate of $59.99. Includes free buffet breakfast.