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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The 18th annual Big Muddy Blues Festival is back for another year, featuring three outdoor stages and 30 bands. The Labor Day weekend festival (Sat-Sun, Aug. 31- Sept. 1) showcases the genre's history while celebrating St. Louis' place in American music.

This year's lineup includes local acts, national headliners and a Grammy winner from the world of blues, rock, soul rockabilly and country.

Headliners this year include Texas group The Reverend Horton Heat, who performs as a surf/country/big band/rockabilly hybrid. They will perform on the main stage Saturday, August 31 at 9:00 p.m. St. Louis resident Anthony Gomes, Billboard Magazine's #1 Blues Artist, will open for The Reverend Horton Heat at 7:00 p.m.

Walter Trout will perform the following day at 7:00 p.m. Trout, a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, ranks sixth on BBC Radio One's list of the Top 20 guitarists of all-time. Trout is touring to promote his June 11 release Luther's Blues, a tribute to the late Luther Allison. Trout will serve as the lead-in for Grammy winner David Clayton-Thomas, the former front-man of Blood, Sweat and Tears, who will close out the main stage with a 9:00 p.m. show. Thomas' first full-length blues album, A Blues For The New World, will drop May 7. Thomas' appearance at the Big Muddy Blues Festival marks one of only five concerts in North America before he embarks on a European tour.

Local acts slated to perform at the Big Muddy Blues Festival include Billy Peek, Jeremiah Johnson Band & The Sliders, Marquise Knox, Soulard Blues Band, Miss Jubilee & the Humdingers, Bible Belt Sinners, Big Mike Aguirre & the Blues Allstars, Funky Dragons and Inner City Blues Band.

The main stage is located at 700 N. First Street on Laclede's Landing.

For more information on the Big Muddy Blues Festival visit www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com. Follow the festival on twitter@BigMuddyBlues or find them on Facebook.

Satellite stages are free to the public. Main stage limited VIP tickets are $45/day, with general admission lawn seating available for $13/day. Tickets and full line-up information will be available mid-May at www.bigmuddybluesfestival.com.