The F3 is proud to be presenting the first F3 Blues Review with Bill Wax! Following the Saturday, June 27th evening showing of the Patrick Branson film “America’s Blues,” which examines the impact of the blues on other art forms in America, former B.B. King’s Bluesville program director Bill Wax will host an evening of blues on the Weinberg stage. Featured blues artists will be Little Bit A Blues, The Big Boy Little Band, and Mary Shaver. The review is designed to highlight various styles of blues music. 

Your Frederick Film Festival Weekend Pass or Saturday Pass includes this event, but a separate ticket is also available just for the Saturday night movie/music event.

To many, Bill Wax means the blues. He has likely forgotten more about the blues than most folks know. His stints on WPFW's Blues Plate Special and as program director of B.B. King's Bluesville on XM/Sirius has established Bill as one of the foremost authorities on the blues. He brings that knowledge to the F3 Blues Review as he introduces the different shades of blue on the Weinberg stage that night. 

Featured in the F3 Blues Review are Little Bit A Blues, Warner Williams and Jay Summerour have been playing music together under the name of Lit-tle Bit A Blues for nearly 30 years. During their tenure together, they have recorded several albums, including one under the Smithsonian Folkways label. Eric Selby joined up with Warner and Jay several years ago, completing the current trio. Little Bit A Blues have played concert venues and blues festivals across the country. Icons in the genre of piedmont-style, acoustic blues, Little Bit A Blues has become a fan favorite nationwide. Often shying away from the media spotlight, they have continued their musical journey together while gaining a large and loyal following. 

Big Boy Little is the nom de blues of veteran harp player/ singer Bret Littlehales, who can trace his blues bona fides back to the Northside Blues Band in 1968- 69, with a young Bobby Radcliff on guitar. He's led the BBL Blues Band in DC for the last fourteen years, ten in residence at the Zoo Bar. The band also includes bassist Wolf Crescenze,  guitarist Steve "Baby Jake" Jacobs, who played with the great Chicago harmonica player Carey Bell for over twenty years, has long been regarded as the guitarists' guitarist, and Robby Leebrick on the Blue Rogers drums. 

Mary Shaver has been singing all her life. She is first and foremost a blues artist influenced by the likes of Slim Harpo and Big Mama Thornton. She labels her own style as “Texas, Louisiana and Chicago Blues meets Memphis Soul,” and local critics and musicians have likened her powerful voice to all her idols.Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Mary still calls Maryland home and has a special affection for local audiences. To see her play live is to truly experience Mary’s music. With complete focus she becomes, in her own words, “entranced. All I know at that moment is what I’m singing.”

All tickets are available at the Weinberg Center for the Arts box office (301-600-2828) or online at their website: Tickets for the F3 Blues Review show ONLY are just $12. A Saturday pass to the F3, which includes films all day long at 2 venues plus the Blues Review, are only $20. A full weekend pass to the Frederick Film Festival - 3 days, 3 venues, Opening Night Party at Brewer's Alley with music by Hard Swimmin' Fish, and the F3 Blues Review, are only $35.