Jimmy Adler Band

Miss Freddye’s Blues Band

Eugene Morgan and The Nightcrawlers


Kenneth Shipp

Dan Miles

Emily Thomas

Marjorie Bartell

Jimmy Adler Band – Friday Main Dance (and Late Night!!)

jimmy adler

Jimmy had performed since the late 1980s in and around the Pittsburgh area with many
of the regions top blues bands before deciding to venture out on his own in 2001. He has
great respect for the music and has spent his life studying the masters. However, he
prefers to write, record, and perform original songs that are steeped in the blues traditions of Chicago Blues, West-Coast Jazzy Jump, and other American traditions.

Jimmy Adler is a live-wire entertainer who packs passion and energy into every performance! His music is a blend of Chicago Blues and West Coast Jazzy Jump. His passionate, powerful vocals compliment his spirited playing and elegant phrasing of Jimmy’s clean fat guitar tone.

Miss Freddye’s Blues Band – Saturday Main Dance

Miss Freddye

Miss Freddye’s Blues Band has that traditional Chicago style blues that gets a hold of a crowd and leaves them wanting more! Founded by their sassy and belting vocalist, Miss Freddye, the band was formed in the fall of 2002. Over the years, they have played in western and central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio. Miss Freddye’s Band has also recently won a blues competition in West Virginia, and last year, Miss Freddye and Greg “G-man” Casile won the duo blues competition for western PA. Both of these victories advanced them to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They have opened for Kelly Richie, Eden Brent, Gina Scillia, Janiva Magness and Bettye LaVette. They perform in regional blues festivals and dances, as well as playing benefit concerts for cancer awareness and homeless veterans.

Eugene Morgan and The Nightcrawlers – Saturday Late Night

Eugene Morgan and The Nightcrawlers are a local blues band performing for the first time at Steel City Blues, but they are no strangers to the blues. Eugene has been a part of the blues scene in Pittsburgh since the 1960’s!


Kenneth Shipp – Head DJ

Kenneth has been spinning tunes for well over a decade, creating breakdance mixes from his dad’s vinyl collection to DJing hip hop / break competitions in college. After falling in love with blues in 2014, he’s spent the past few years learning and diving into the wide variety of blues styles and history. Kenneth aims to get you grooving and moving every time you step out onto the dance floor. He loves playing with your faves while also showcasing the soul/blues legends from his hometown of Nashville and his new home of St. Louis.

Dan Miles

Dan Miles first fell in love with the blues at the 2012 Chicago Blues Festival, on a Sunday evening, overwhelmed by their tribute to Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Chicago Blues. With that as his starting point, he has been refining his understanding of blues and exploring the rich variety of the genre ever since. Dan happily accepts the label of “traditionalist” as a blues DJ, both in the typical sense of sticking to the genre and in the sense of recognizing and embracing the blues tradition as one that is diverse, inclusive, historically rooted, and still very much alive today. Expect his sets to ramble through a range of topics, eras, and regional styles, hitting both some vintage classics and some currently performing blues bands from around his home in Columbus, Ohio.

Emily Thomas

Born the daughter of radio DJ, Emily has been an avid fan of all things music her entire life. As a dancer first, she brings her love for
jazz and blues to the dance floor. A frequent DJ at Atlanta’s local blues and lindy dances, she has also DJ’d at events all over the US. A few events she’s DJ’d include: Sweet Molasses Blues, Southbound Blues Exchange, Backwater Blues, Blues Geek, Mile High Blues & Brickyard Blues.

As a DJ, she loves finding songs that have juicy rhythms, solid grooves, and sassy horns. When not DJing, she can be found teaching, or organizing with the BluesDance ATL team. Emily is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Steel City Blues line up.

Marjorie Bartell

Marjorie is a Philadelphia native and has been DJing local Blues, Lindy, Soul, and Balboa events for about a year now. She has been dancing blue for around 2 years. Her true love is Ballroomin’ blues, but she has a fine appreciation for all blues genres.