The third incarnation of the Lowertown Blues Festival added a funky Friday this year, promising an evening of classic R&B, funk, and soul hits from Otis Day and the Knights, the Family Stone, and horn-heavy locals the Good, the Bad and the Funky. Day, a.k.a. DeWayne Jessie, led the pivotal band in the classic film Animal House
and continues to this day by popular demand. The Family Stone are the still-potent remnants of Sly Stewart's groundbreaking funk/rock/soul band, featuring original drummer Greg Errico and saxophonist Jerry Martini, along with Phunne "Raw Syl" Stone, daughter of Sly and original trumpeter/vocalist Cynthia Robinson. Saturday's lineup includes a trio of notable blues guitarists: Lil' Ed, the diminutive ace who carves out a big sound with his Blues Imperials; Bernard Allison, following in the large Chicago footsteps of his illustrious father Luther; and Corey Stevens, who integrates a strong rock component. Also up is guitarist Kim Simmonds of the veteran English blues-rock band Savoy Brown and local, New Orleans-tinged all-stars the Butanes. Saturday's headliner is iconic Hammond B3 master Booker T. Jones, erstwhile leader of the seminal Stax house band Booker T. & the MGs.