Jarekus Singleton, a musical trailblazer, starts off the night with a bold vision for the future of the blues. He melds hip hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent. Closing the show is Selwyn Birchwood. With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing plus his instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma.