June 5

James Supra’s blues harmonica prowess is legendary in the world of blues.  For more than 30 years he has been playing the blues with variations of his own bands and sharing the stage in the U.S. and abroad with blues notables as diverse as B.B. King, Catfish Hodge, Bobby Radcliff, Tommy Castro, Rhett Tyler, Slam Allen and Kid Bangem.  He has won Best Harmonica Player honors in a 19 year LVMA (Lehigh Valley Music Awards) streak before refusing further nominations and earning the first LVMA Legacy Award.  James' other LVMA multiple year (Fan and Industry) awards have also included Best All Around Performer and Best Blues Band.  
 

Classically trained Sarah Ayers began singing the blues while in college even before she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Opera Performance.   Proving her chops early, Ayers has the honor of being one of the youngest ever to win an award at a Metropolitan Opera competition.   She later sang with the Anchorage Opera Company in Alaska.  While there she continued to expand her extraordinary vocal talent to the blues, jazz, and rock and roll.

 

After returning to the Lehigh Valley and filling in for Bev Conklin of BC and Company at a Musikfest performance, Ayers formed her own blues band in 2002.    Since than, Ayers has continued to pile up accolades and awards for her vocal virtuosity that has included multi-year LVMA (Fan and Industry) awards for Best All-Around Performer, Best Female Vocalist, Best Singer-Songwriter, and Best Album "3 AM Epipheny"  (2007).  Ayers has also recorded backup vocals for an early Tyrone Vaughn (nephew of Stevie Ray) CD.

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