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Blues Alive with reduced capacity has been sold out. Such legends as Luboš Andršt with Peter Lipa, Ondřej Pivec or Marek Hlavica are to play there


Šumperk, July 21 - The jubilee twenty-fifth year of the Blues Alive International Festival, which will take place in Šumperk November 12 to 14 this year, has sold out its reduced capacity allowed by coronavirus measures. At the same time, it announces the Czech program, on which it places great emphasis this year.

"This is not only because our regular visitors ask for Czech musicians, but also because we wanted to support the Czech blues scene after many months of quarantine," says festival director Vladimír Rybička. That is why both main accompanying concerts, i.e. Friday afternoon in the H-club and Saturday thematic afternoon in the House of Culture, are compiled without exception from domestic sources, and therefore Czech bands and musicians are also to be heard in the evening concert marathons.

In the main evening blocks, Luboš Andršt Blues Band Reunion will play the with the Slovak singer Peter Lipa, i.e. legends of the genre in a classical line-up with Ondřej Konrád (harmonica) and Vladimír Guma Kulhánek (bass guitar), who meet only on very special occasions. "Their debut album Blues z lipového dřeva was the first Czech blues record ever released," notes Ondřej Bezr, the festival dramaturge. During the concert Ondřej Konrád will celebrate a significant life anniversary and the biographical book Ještě hraju vestoje by Ondřej Bezr and Luboš Andršt will be christened. Another Czech legend Michal Prokop will take on the role of godfather and he will also sing, of course.

Marek Hlavica, who is known to the audience as a long-time moderator of Blues Alive, will also perform with his Full Flavor Band at one of the evening main concerts. "This year we would like to remind you that he is also an excellent singer who has performed at the festival with the bands Tucet and Žáha in the past. His current repertoire is based on the album Solitaire, which Hlavica christened at last year's Blues Alive,” says Ondřej Bezr.

Three more launches await visitors on Saturday's thematic afternoon. Harp player Charlie Slavík recently recorded an album with musicians from Robben Ford's band in Nashville, USA. It will be christened now at Blues Alive; the guest of his band will be the excellent American guitarist and producer living in Prague, Steve Walsh.

The second launch is being prepared by Band of Heysek. "During their visit to the USA last year they recorded two albums with local musicians, well-known from concerts at Blues Alive, right in the center of the hill country blues," says Ondřej Bezr. The album with R. L. Boyce is called Juke My Joint and was released a few months ago. The second album is timed to appear on Blues Alive and the Band of Heysek recorded it with guitarist Kenny Brown.

And for the third time in the thematic afternoon, an EP of their new songs will be christened by November 2nd, the band that has given many concerts and has recorded in the USA and it also played at the IV. Blues Alive in 1999.

The regular guests of the festival also include the protagonists of Friday's concert in the H-club. Blues singers Jiří Míža, Míra Kašpar and Jakub Kořínek went through the Blues Aperitiv competition in the past, but later established themselves as soloists or leaders of their own bands. "Each of them represents an original creative personality of the Czech blues scene," emphasizes Ondřej Bezr.

Ondřej Pivec, a world-famous Czech electric organ player, will perform at a special Friday concert in the Monastery Church with a so far secret guest. "Pivec performed with his Organic Quartet at Blues Alive in 2008, then moved to the USA, where he gained a lot of experience not only by playing in clubs, but also by accompanying gospels in African-American Baptist churches," says Ondřej Bezr. In recent years, he has been a member of the backing band of the phenomenal singer Gregory Porter, and as a member of this band he is also one of the few Czech Grammy Award winners.

As for the foreign artists, the audience can look forward to the legends as Chicago blues leader Lil 'Ed Williams, Chicago slide guitarist and vocalist, former member of the Muddy Waters backing band John Primer, funk, jazz and rhythm & blues saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis with his formation, or the famous pianist and organist Bruce Katz with his band and harmonica player Giles Robson. Other foreign guests include Dutch blues singer Hans Theessink, the phenomenal Hungarian accordionist Mátyás Pribojszki with a big band or as discoveries, American blues singer Jontavious Willis and Chicago guitarist and singer Corey Dennison.

At the moment, the capacity of the House of Culture reduced to permanent passes has been sold out Depending on the current situation with the permitted number of visitors to mass events, the organizers will or will not sell more permanent passes and one-day tickets for individual main evening concerts.

More information can be found at www.bluesalive.cz and the festival profile on Facebook.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of the genre in Central Europe. In the 25 years of its existence, it has developed into a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music in the United States. This was confirmed last year, when Blues Alive received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the American The Blues Foundation, the umbrella blues organization, the most important award a non-musician can receive. Representatives of the festival organizers personally took them over in Memphis, USA. Blues Alive has been presenting absolute legends of blues and its current biggest stars since its start in 1996, but it has also been looking for fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on the traditional performance of blues music, but also on various flashovers, search projects based on blues and music related to blues in the second plan. All this with the aim to bring relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music to Czech listeners, but also foreign ones, who come to Šumperk more and more for the festival weekend.

Blues Alive Ticktes

Ticket sales started on 25 June at 2:00 p.m. with the GoOut.net sales network and at the House of Culture Šumperk.

At the moment, only permanent tickets are on sale. The permanent ticket includes a bonus CD. of last year.

Festival visitors do not need to print their tickets, just show the ticket code on your phone display. If you have any questions, please contact our customer support at +420 222 70 30 70 or e-mail: info@goout.cz


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25th Blues Alive in Šumperk is going to take place! It will offer foreign legends and an emphasis on Czech musicians


Šumperk, June 23 - The 25th anniversary of the Blues Alive International Festival, despite the difficulties associated with coronavirus measures, will take place this year in the usual extend in Šumperk from 12 to 14 November. The audience at the House of Culture may be look forward to foreign legends such as Chicago blues leader Lil 'Ed Williams, Chicago guitarist and singer, former Muddy Waters backing band member John Primer, funk, jazz and rhythm & blues saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis with his formation or the famous pianist and organist Bruce Katz with the band and accordionist Giles Robson. Other foreign guests include American guitarist Bernard Allison, Dutch blues singer Hans Theessink, phenomenal Hungarian harp-player Mátyás Pribojszki with a big band or American blues singer Jontavious Willis and Chicago guitarist and singer Corey Dennison. As the representatives of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, for example, Luboš Andršt Blues Band will play with Peter Lipa, there will be November 2nd, the Band of Heysek, Charlie Slavík Revue featuring Steve Walsh or Marek Hlavica. Limited tickets are available from June 24, 2 pm, in the GoOut network and the box office of the House of Culture.

“As a festival that has been promoting music with deep roots in the United States for twenty-five years, we have had a much harder time preparing for this ´coronavirus ´ year. However, we are sure that the festival as we present it now is going to take place. I believe that we will maintain the tradition of the event, which has seen only very exceptional program changes in the past,” says festival director Vladimír Rybička at the beginning. The basis of the festival program was completed before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. "After the coronavirus had conquered not only Europe, but especially America, we had to cancel a number of program points or move them to the coming years," says festival booking agent Štěpán Suchochleb.

" Despite the difficult situation I believe that we managed to compile a very attractive program that will present both the blues legends and completely fresh discoveries and promises for the future," emphasizes the festival dramaturge Ondřej Bezr, adding: "This year we have put an emphasis on home scene. Not only because our regular visitors ask for Czech musicians, but also because we wanted to support the Czech blues scene after many months of quarantine.” For this reason, the two main accompanying concerts, i.e. Friday afternoon in the H-club and Saturday Thematic afternoon in the House of Culture, are compiled without exception from domestic sources, and therefore Czech performers are also included in the evening concert marathons.

So, what musical personalities are going to perform at the three main festival evenings? Slide guitarist Lil 'Ed Williams and The Blues Imperials have repeatedly won or been nominated for Blues Music Awards and are coming to the Czech Republic as representatives of the modern form of Chicago blues. John Primer, a guitarist and singer from Chicago, a former member of the backing band Muddy Waters, also has experience with Czech musicians. "Michal Prokop, Luboš Andršt and Jan Hrubý played with his band when they have been the only Czech representatives to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival so far," adds Ondřej Bezr.

Pee Wee Ellis, a funk, jazz and rhythm & blues saxophonist and bandleader, will come to Šumperk as the head of his Funk Assembly. "He was a support of the legendary brass section of James Brown band in the second half of the 1960s and then a long-time close associate of Van Morrison," adds Ondřej Bezr.

Two Czech-Slovak legends will also meet on stage in Šumperk: Luboš Andršt Blues Band and Peter Lipa, who will thus restore the now de facto non-existent band, whose debut album Blues z lipového dřeva from 1984 was actually the first Czech blues album. As part of this performance, the biographical book by Luboš Andršt and Ondřej Bezr Ještě hraju vestoje will be christened. Another Czech legend Michal Prokop will take on the role of godfather and he will also sing, of course.

This meeting of legends will not be the only one. Pianist and organist Bruce Katz and harp player Giles Robson will also play together. “Bruce Katz has played with just about everyone in the blues scene, he has won many awards and nominations; among other things, for last year's joint album with Joe Louis Walker and harp player Giles Robson,” says Ondřej Bezr.

Guitarist Bernard Allison is well known to Czech fans, he performed here for the first time as a guest in the program of his famous father Luther Allison in Prague in the very early 1990s. Dutch blues singer Hans Theessink is a lover of wooden blues styles and musical instruments. He already played in Šumperk in 2003. The phenomenal Hungarian harp player Mátyás Pribojszki will arrive in Šumperk as the head of his big band, which will give his music a wide sound and an extraordinary swing. The formation is called Jumping Matt and his Combo featuring the Custom Big Band.

Šumperk will not miss young discoveries - for example, a 23-year-old blues singer from the American Georgia Jontavious Willis. "He is one of the most talked about people on the world blues scene in the last year. His album Spectacular Class was nominated for a Grammy Award in the traditional blues category this year,” emphasizes Ondřej Bezr. Corey Dennison Band, nominated several times for the Blues Music Awards, will also be present at Blues Alive. "It represents one of the most watched acquisitions of the Chicago scene in the last five years, led by the excellent robust guitarist and singer Corey Dennison," concludes Ondřej Bezr.

"Due to the situation, we could not take into account the visitors´ wish lists from last year's survey. We believe that we will be able to bring musicians from at least the top ten to one of the next years,” adds the festival's director Vladimír Rybička.

Limited tickets will be available from June 24, 2 pm, in the GoOut network and at the box office of the House of Culture. More information can be found at www.bluesalive.cz and the festival profile on Facebook.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of the genre in Central Europe. In the 25 years of its existence, it has developed into a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music in the United States. This was confirmed last year, when Blues Alive received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the American The Blues Foundation, the umbrella blues organization, the most important award a non-musician can receive. Representatives of the festival organizers personally took them over in Memphis, USA. Blues Alive has been presenting absolute legends of blues and its current biggest stars since its start in 1996, but it has also been looking for fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on the traditional performance of blues music, but also on various flashovers, search projects based on blues and music related to blues in the second plan. All this with the aim to bring relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music to Czech listeners, but also foreign ones, who come to Šumperk more and more for the festival weekend.

Dear fans of Blues Alive,

as you well know, this year marks the jubilee 25th year of our festival. The situation in its preparations is complex and rather confusing due to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent restrictive measures. Nevertheless, we are absolutely convinced that we will actually meet you at the House of Culture in Šumperk on November 12-14.

At the moment all depend mainly on the possibility of grouping in a larger number of people. We firmly believe that in that in half a year the government will allow at least such a number at which the organization of our festival will make sense.

As for putting the program together, we are currently in a very operational stage preparing three variants of Blues Alive. The primary one is as you know it from previous years, i.e. with artists from all over the world, with big stars and legends and fresh discoveries of the blues scene. But we are also ready that only musicians from European countries will be able to come. Even in this case, we will offer you the highest quality. And thirdly, If the borders are closed, we are also working on a purely Czech variant, when we would try to bring the absolute top of Czech blues and similar music to Šumperk.

Whatever the result, we believe that the program offer and consequently the atmosphere at the 25th Blues Alive will please you as every year and that together we will forget all the sorrows of this strange year for at least those three days.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for each other.

Vladimír Rybička, festival director
Ondřej Bezr, dramaturge
Štěpán Suchochleb, booking agent

 

Blues Aperitiv has been put off. The new date will be announced later.

 

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The finalists of the Blues Aperitiv competition, in which young promising bands are selected for the November Blues Alive, are known


Another year of the Blues Alive International Festival in Šumperk is still nine months ahead, but there is already a selection of young and promising blues bands that will be presented live in November in the main part of this prestigious show. In the second half of February, as part of the 21st edition of the Blues Aperitiv competition, an expert jury selected seven groups to play at the final concert on Saturday 28 March in the concert hall of the House of Culture in Šumperk.

Two winners of the competition will be nominated by the festival's organizers for the main Blues Alive program, which takes place from 12 to 14 November 2020. The bands advoncing to the competition concert are: Blue Willmingtons (Poland), The PeaNuts (Czech Republic), Diapositive (Poland) ), Mo / Fo Cat Clarion (CR), Patt Berry Trio (CR), Blackberry Brothers (Poland) and Foxy Mama (CR). Substitutes are Tommy G Band (Czech Republic) and Fingerstyle Bob & The Blues Society (Poland).

This year's Blues Aperitiv was very rich in several ways,” says Ondřej Bezr, chairman of the jury and dramaturge of Blues Alive. The number of bands entered was record-breaking and they entered the first round of the contest by four more than last year, ie a total of thirty-four. Also the countries of origin, when the traditional Czech, Slovak and Polish musicians were supplemented by competitors from Belarus and Spain. “Moreover, a generation scope featuring several bands proves that the blues phenomenon also appeals to musicians at the beginning of their musician and life career. And also a wide range of styles, from acoustic forms of blues and music derived from it, through fully electrified bluesrock, to various experiments with atypical instruments or song forms, ”adds Ondřej Bezr. "I believe that the live performances of the finalists will confirm that the level of the Blues Aperitiv this year was high and there will certainly be some interesting talents with a promise for the future," Bezr concludes.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of its genre in Central Europe. During its 23 years of existence, it has worked its way up to a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music, the United States of America. This was confirmed last year when Blues Alive received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award from the American Blues Foundation, the umbrella organization of blues music. Representatives of the festival organizers personally collected the award in Memphis, USA. Since its inception in 1996, Blues Alive has been presenting both the absolute legends of blues and its current greatest stars, but it has also been seeking after fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on traditional blues music, but also on a variety of conquests, blues search projects and blues-related music in the second plan. All this with the aim of to providing relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music, to Czech and foreign listeners, who are more and more to come to Šumperk at the festival weekend.


The finalists of the 21st year of the Blues Aperitiv competition are already known


In mid-February an expert jury, consisiting of music journalists, active musicians and festival promoters, selected seven groups to perform live at the final concert of the Blues Aperitiv international competition on Saturday, March 28, from 7 pm at the House of Culture in Šumperk.

There will be two winners, who are guaranteed to perform in the main program of the renowned Blues Alive festival, which takes place from 12 to 14 November this year. However, experience from previous years gives hope to more than two bands!


Bands qualifying for the final concert Blues Aperitiv XXI.

Blue Willmingtons (PL)
The PeaNuts (CZ)
Diapositive (PL)
Mo/Fo Cat Clarion (CZ)
Patt Berry Trio (CZ)
Blackberry Brothers (PL)
Foxy Mama (CZ)

Backup:

Tommy G Band (CZ)
Fingerstyle Bob & The Blues Society (PL)

 

The bands applied for this year's Blues Aperitiv festival

Tommy G Band (CZ)
Christine & The Blue Drags (PL)
Jurajski Oddział Bluesowy (PL)
Štěpán Axman (CZ)
Fingerstyle Bob & The Blues Society (PL)
Foxy Mama (CZ)
BLUES TIME (PL)
Blackberry Brothers (PL)
Gang Olsena (PL)
Back to Roots (CZ)
Nazdárci (CZ)
Sweet Pepe (Spain)
KSW 4 BLUES (PL)
Patt Berry Trio (CZ)
CALVADOS BAND (SK)
Mo/Fo Cat Clarion (CZ)
PBK Blues (CZ)
Diapositive (PL)
No Frames Band (PL)
COTTON WING (PL)
THE ROAD DOGS (BELARUS)
CRIMSON TOWN PLAYERS (CZ)
Bluewine (SK)
ELECTRIC LADY (CZ)
Večery v jednom (CZ)
The George Dyer Band (PL)
The PeaNuts (CZ)
BACKSiGHT (CZ)
Blue Willmingtons (PL)
Nové struny (CZ)
CROSSROAD (CZ)
The Blues Butcher´s Band (CZ)
The Shookies (CZ)
FREE BLUES BAND (PL)

 

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News

Blues Aperitiv

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22.07.2020

Ticket are available from June 25 at 2 p.m.

Through the pre-sale network GoOut.net and in the pre-sale DK Šumperk.

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23.06.2020

Preparations for the 25th year of the festival

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12.05.2020

Blues Aperitiv has been put off

The new date will be announced later.

10.03.2020

The date of Blues Alive in 2021 is known

XXVI. Blues Alive will take place from 11th to 13th November 2021.

31.01.2020

The date of Blues Aperitiv in 2021 is known

The Blues Aperitiv in 2021 will take place on March 20.

31.01.2020