In addition to Grammy-award winner Taj Mahal and the Taj Mahal Trio, the lineup for the Untapped Blues & Brews Festival 2015 includes over a dozen bands. Three of the groups coming this year are The Wasteland Kings playing Friday at the Clover Island Inn, and Hot Wired Rhythm Band and Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes playing Saturday at the Benton County Fairgrounds.

The Wasteland Kings

Together since 2008, the Americana sound of The Wasteland Kings has packed bars, clubs and festivals all over the Pacific Northwest. With the gritty blues vocals of Kris Mallory and Holly Sorensen,  The Wasteland Kings bring an edge to every single song they do. Along with Mike Mallory, Mark Emerson, Tim Hines and Jerry Smith, The Wasteland Kings have become one of the HOTTEST BAND going on this summer in the west!

Hot Wired Rhythm Band

Hot Wired Rhythm Band is the inevitable intersection of four long-time, award-winning players from the Northwest Blues scene. The twin vocals of Polly O’Keary and Kevin Sutton captivate and mesmerize, exposing the Heart and Soul of the band. Frank “Hot Rod” Holman brings the Hammond B3, and Steve Sarkowsky provides the meter to complete the mosaic. The band delivers an eclectic blend of High Octane Jump, Soulful Ballads, and traditional Down Home Blues.

HWRB won the 2013 Best New Blues Band from the Washington Blues Society, and continues to receive numerous nominations and awards. Their recent performance at Seattle's Bumbershoot had the crowd up on their feet. They're paving the way for progressive blues, funk, and R&B while putting a new sound to old favorites throughout Festivals and Clubs across the Northwest.

Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes

Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2006. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, OR, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival.  Effortlessly combining the guitar traditions of the legends and the modern masters into his own unique approach, Selfe’s stylistic depth and electric performances resonate with audiences. His live shows have grown in legend largely due to his unique gift for communicating, through guitar, the complex range of moods revealed only by blues.   Selfe’s songwriting style bridges the gap between joy and angst, using piercing irony, humorous metaphors, and daring autobiographical subject matter from his own occasional walks with the blues.