Festival Blues Alive will pay tribute to Muddy Waters with his two sons
Šumperk International Blues Alive festival, one of European largest blues event, is opening its nineteenth year on November 14. More than two dozen performers will be performing there in three days.
"Because 17th November, the public holiday, falls on Monday after the festival, we have decided to change the schedule of the festival concerts. Instead of two main concert nights, Friday and Saturday, we have added one more on Sunday. Friday night is conceived as a thematic block to pay tribute to one of the greatest figures in the history of blues Muddy Waters," said festival director Vladimír Rybička.
On Friday 14th November the stage of Šumperk Culture House, where the Blues Alive has been taking place since the very beginning, will host two musically active sons of Muddy Waters ( real name McKinley Morganfield, 1913-1983), Mud Morganfield (b. 1954) and Big Bill Morganfield (b.1956). In their separate blocks and the final jam they will be accompanied by Czech Marcel Flemr Band, which will kick off the concert with several local guests singing songs by Muddy Waters.
Saturday night concert will present among other blues from Scandinavian countries, the Finnish duo Black River Bluesman and Bad Mood Hudson and the Norwegian band Thornbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado. The night closes with the headliner American singer and harp player John Németh, winner of numerous blues awards. "He is coming directly from the famous festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, which he headlines. “We have been cooperating with Lucerne blues festival in recent years to ´import´ performers here,” says Rybička.
Young American guitarist Mike Zito, who is on tour with his band, together with a special guest, talented singer and guitarist Samantha Fish, will take charge of Sunday night and thus the entire show. The biggest name of the festival is undoubtedly Otis Taylor, one of the most prominent contemporary blues artists. "He has performed twice with great success in the Czech Republic, but this time he is coming with a new band and emotionally extremely strong show," says the festival director.
Blues Alive Festival traditionally builds on overlaps beyond the standard blues genre. The Italian group The Cyborgs plays blues with garage rock influences and poses as sci-fi characters. Phil Shoenfelt´s new duo with steel guitarist David Babka brings original dark songs, as well as Australian Suzie Stapleton. On the other hand, home Moonshine Howlers will present wild and alternative country music.
To see the complete program of the festival go to bluesalive.cz, where tickets and accommodation can be also booked.
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