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Damon Fowler returns to Grand Rapids for celebrated Cabin Fever Blues Series

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Damon Fowler brings his exciting brand of blues to Grand Rapids.
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Cabin Fever Series Presents: Damon Fowler

When: Saturday, February 16 

Where: Billy's Lounge, 1437 Wealthy Street SE

How much: $10 cover

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On Saturday night, blues artist Damon Fowler will be performing live at Billy’s Lounge at 9 p.m. as a part of the Cabin Fever Blues Series. Every February for nearly a decade, WYCE, a  branch of the Community Media Center, and the West Michigan Blues Society have brought in some of the greatest musical talent from around the country for four nights of blues music at Billy's Lounge in Eastown.

"The main goal of the series is to serve as a fund-raiser for the Blues Society," says Matt Jarrells, WYCE's Program Editor. "WYCE teams with the Blues Society as their media sponsor."

This week’s act, Fowler, strives to give the blues genre a new meaning through his music.

"I first saw Damon Fowler at the 2000 Tampa Bay Blues Festival," says Tim Richards, newsletter editor of the West Michigan Blues Society. "His style of music falls into the blues/rock genre with touch of swamp and southern boogie tossed in."

Fowler is not new to the Grand Rapids area. He made his Grand Rapids debut as a part of 2011's Cowpie Blues Festival.

Ever since his debut album Riverview Drive hit store shelves in 1999, Brandon, a Florida native, has been giving fans a completely new take on the blues genre. Known for his soulful lyrics and incredible guitar work, especially with the lap steel guitar, Fowler has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck.

Fowler has released five solo studio albums to date, his latest being 2011’s Devil Got His Way. He is currently promoting a project with his newly-formed Southern Hospitality band, featuring Fowler, Florida guitarist J.P. Soars and Memphis keyboardist Victor Wainwright.

Fowler's fan base continues to grow, and according to Richards, those planning to attend this Saturday's show will not be disappointed. 

"At the Cabin Fever series the people come to party, have a great time with friends and dance the night away," says Richards. "Damon's music is filled with good times and is guaranteed to fill the dance floor."

Next up in the Cabin Fever Blues Series is singer Sena Ehrhardt, one of the most dynamic young voices on the blues scene today. The Minneapolis, Minnesota native takes the stage at Billy's Lounge on February 23.

Written by WYCE intern Maxwell Harden

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