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Joan Osborne will sing during Blues Alive 2018 songs of Bob Dylan and her no. 1 hit One of Us

Šumperk / Prague, 22 May – The 23rd International Music Festival - Blues Alive will take place from 15th to 17th of November 2018 in Šumperk. One of the main attractions will be American singer Joan Osborne, best known for her recording One of Us and her festival performance will feature the songs of Bob Dylan.

Also performing at the festival will be well respected American guitarists Ana Popovic, Grammy Award winner Joe Louis Walker, last year’s Grammy Award winner in the Modern Blues category Fantastic Negrito, Baptist minister and social activist Rev. Sekou, Tamikrest - Tuaregs from Mali, American blues-rock guitarist Rick Derringer and the North Mississippi Blues Project featuring musicians from the last American area, where the blues still lives on in it’s traditional historical style.

As you can see from the list of musicians above, this year’s Blues Alive will be in the theme of American Blues, with all the main stars coming from U.S.A.”, says the director of Blues Alive, Vladimir Rybicka. “Also this year there will be the highest number of Grammy Award winners or nominees, or nominees for the prestigious Blues Music Awards” adds festival dramaturg, Ondrej Bezr.

The first night, Thursday 15th November, will feature the two main female stars:

Joan Osborne, the American singer who has been nominated for Grammy Awards eight times. Her programme will consist mainly dalsi fota: 2018_BA_joan_osborne_2_nof her favourite Bob Dylan songs, which also appeared on her last album. Although as Ondrej Bezr says “As we can see from her performances, she doesn’t leave out her biggest hit “One of Us”, which is still very popular on the radio”.

Ana Popovic, originally from Serbia and who has been living in the U.S.A for many years, dalsi fota: 2018_BA_Ana_Popovic_4_nbecame the first European nominee for the Blues Music Awards. “She is a very valued guitarist. Her music is appreciated by the biggest stars of both blues and rock” adds Ondrej Bezr.

During the first evening, one of our best guitarists Lubos Andrst will perform with his band Energit. He’ll also celebrate his 70th birthday there and will christen his biography interview book written by Ondrej Bezr.

The cherry on the cake of the first night’s programme will be the young soul-blues band from Memphis called Southern Avenue, whose debut album, issued by legendary Stax label, won the Blues Music Award of the Year this year.

On the second evening, 16th November, the festival goers will witness a number of outstanding performances: Rev. Sekou, Baptist minister and social activist, whose music is somewhere between gospel and blues. “His last album, In Times Like These, was recorded with the famous band members of The North Mississippi Allstars” says Ondrej Bezr. The project, North Mississippi Blues Project feat. RL Boyce, Kenny Brown, and Robert Kimbrough was put together specifically for Šumperk. It consists of three musicians from the last American area where the blues still lives in original folkloric style. “Their performance here was mediated by Brno musician Honza Svihalek from the Hoochie Coochie Band and Band of Heysek, who met up with them last year during his ‘blues pilgrimage’ to the U.S.A.” explains Ondrej Bezr. RL Boyce was nominated for both Grammy and Blues Music Awards this year. Kenny Brown is a local guitar star, who performed with all the legends in this area who are no longer alive – with RL Burnside and Robert Kimborough, son of the legendary Junior Kimborough.

The second evening will end on a high note with Joe Louis Walker, who returns to the Šumperk Blues Alive stage after eleven years. This guitarist, a living legend with his roots in the ‘60s, is a Grammy Award winner and as a young man was friends with Jimi Hendrix and Mike Bloomfield, who influenced his first musical ‘tricks’.

On Saturday 17th November there will be even more Grammy or Blues Music Award winners on stage. Monster Mike Welch became a guitar star as a teenager, like Kenny Wayne Shepherd or Jonny Lang, but contrary to them he still plays pure blues. In this year’s Blues Music Awards, with his current band Welch Ledbetter Connection, he won Album of the Year Award in the Traditional Blues category, and has also been nominated for six other awards.

The band Tamikrest, Tuaregs from Mali, will perform African blues.

Blues-rock guitarist Rick Derringer came to fame while performing with Johnny Winter. “He’s the writer of one of the most famous blues-rock songs, Rock ’n’ Roll Hoochie Koo, which was originally made famous by Johnny Winter. We’ll most likely hear the artist’s own version of it in Šumperk.” says Ondrej Bezr.

Singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito, winner in last year’s Grammy Award in the Modern Blues category, is one of those giving dalsi fota: 2018_BA_Fantastic_Negrito_1_n_tdirection to how the blues is developing these days. His big influence is Prince and he’ll have a new album on the market in June.

The main programme at the Šumperk House of Culture is traditionally supplemented by the theme afternoon, this time with the title of ‘The Way You Don’t Know Them’ (Mikoláš Chadima & Inrou, Svatopluk & Sváťa Karásek, ZVA 12-28 Band feat. Tomasz Kruk), plus concerts in the pub H-Club, showing of music film and late night after show jam sessions.

The tickets are on sale from 22 May 2018 from www.bluesalive.cz where you can also find the complete programme and more information.

 


Programme Blues Alive XXIII

1st Main Concert Thursday 15/11 / 07:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk
Foyer: Kiero Grande /SK/   
Jan Fic /CZ/   
Luboš Andršt a Energit /CZ/   
Southern Avenue /USA/   
Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan /USA/   
Ana Popovic /USA/   
Entrance fee: 590 CZK

Jam session - 12:00 PM
Pivnice Holba – Kiero Grande   

Friday 16/11/ 02:00 PM H - Club Šumperk
Four in Blue /CZ/   
Kel do Nascimento /Brazílie, CZ/   
Entrance fee: 140 CZK

2nd main concert Friday 16/11. / 06:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk
Foyer: Forsal /PL/   
King Bee /CZ/   
Rev. Sekou /USA/   
North Mississippi Blues Project feat. RL Boyce, Kenny Brown, and Robert Kimbrough /USA/   
Joe Louis Walker /USA/   
Entrance fee: 570 CZK

Jam session - 12:00 PM
Foyer Domu kultury: Forsal /PL/   
Pivnice Holba: King Bee /CZ/   

Saturday 17/11 / at 11:00 AM Cinema Oko Šumperk
Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars /film GB 2017, režie Lili Fini Zanuck/   
Entrance fee: 70 CZK

Saturday 17/11 / at 01:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk/ Theme Afternoon
Mikoláš Chadima & Inrou /CZ/   
Svatopluk & Sváťa Karásek /CZ/   
ZVA 12-28 Band feat. Tomasz Kruk /SK, PL/   

3rd main concert Saturday 17/11 / 06:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk
Foyer: Silesian Hammond Group /PL/   
Mississippi Mixtape /SK/   
Welch Ledbetter Connection /USA/   
Tamikrest /Mali/   
The Rick Derringer Band /USA/   
Fantastic Negrito /USA/   
Entrance fee: 670 CZK

Jam session - 12:00 PM

Foyer Domu kultury: Silesian Hammond Group /PL/   
Pivnice Holba: Mississippi Mixtape /SK/

 

RESULTS OF BLUES APERITIV 2018

FORSAL / PL /
SILESIAN HAMMOND GROUP / SK /
KIERO GRANDE / SK /
qualified for the main Blues Alive program (Šumperk 15 – 17/11/2018):

Audience Award:
JAN FIC / CZ /

KIERO GRANDE / SK /
qualified for the main Blues Alive program in Chorzów 18/11/2018

 

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The competition Blues Aperitiv has raised a great interest


Also this year the international music contest Blues Aperitiv is going to give bluesmen a chance to win participation at the prestigious festival Blues Alive, which will take place in Šumperk from 15th to 17th November.

36 bands from Poland, USA, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have entered for the 19th year of Blues Aperitiv contest.

In early February the expert jury, chaired by Ondřej Bezr and consisting of music journalists, active musicians and festival promoters, chose seven groups, which are allowed to play alive at the final concert in Šumperk on Saturday, March 10.
Two winners will be selected from the seven bands and these bands are guaranteed to play at the renowned Blues Alive festival. Previous experience from past years gives a chance to more than two bands. The other bands that will capture the jury´s or the audience´s attention may get an invitation to play at side stages of Blues Alive or in Poland.

The final concert of Blues Aperitiv contest will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m. Admission fee is 90 Czech crowns.

 

Advancing to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XIX.

DOBRÉ RÁNO BLUES BAND /CZ, USA/

FORSAL /PL/

SILESIAN HAMMOND GROUP /PL/

KIERO GRANDE /SK/

JAN FIC /CZ/

DOBROZDÁNÍ /CZ/

BIG CIGARS /SK/

 

Substitutes:

POKÓJ NUMER 3 /PL/

TETRAHOP /CZ/


Do you want to play at Blues Alive XXIII.?

Enter for a Blues Aperitiv contest festival!

Blues Aperitiv is an integral part of Blues Alive, which is trying to scout for new talents in blues music from among Czech, Slovak, UK or Polish bands.

We guarantee playing at the renowned festival Blues Alive for two bands, which traditionally welcome the visitors with their concert in the foyer of Culture House. The chance for visiting Blues Alive is also for the band, which will have the most votes from the visitors of Blues Aperitiv. This band will start one of jam sessions, that are in pubs and clubs in Šumperk during Blues Alive.

Previous experience from past years gives a chance to more than three bands. The other bands, that will capture the jury´s or the audience´s attention, may get an invitation to play at side stages of Blues Alive, another Czech festivals or in Poland.

The final concert of Blues Aperitiv contest will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m.

Conditions which will give you a chance to be chosen for Blues Aperitiv:


Closing date: 14.1.2018!!!


If you want to take part in the festival, send the application form to horakova@dksumperk.cz. It must include the name of your band, names and instruments, a band bio, a technical rider, a web address, a current photo in press quality and two reliable phone and email contacts. It is necessary to send a demo CD to the address of Culture House with title „Blues Aperitiv“, three songs as mp3 or web link by mail.
From all entry bands 9 will be selected (7x qualifiers, 2x stand-in), seven will perform in front of an international jury and spectators.

Important information for Bands:
Sound technique, Bass Amp, Basic Drum set will be prepared. Bands will use their own instrumental equipments. Every band has for their gig 35 minutes incl. a sound check. Order will by decided by lots. We will give you a contribution for petrol and also reserve accommodation for you. If you want, we may reserve the accommodation for your friends too (they will pay it individually).


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