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BLUESFEST 2019: DAY 1 – THURSDAY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 19, 2019

Samantha Fish

Words: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

The 30th anniversary of Peter Noble’s Bluesfest was cause to bring old friends together with festival debutantes to celebrate one of the world’s most loved and respected music events. Weather predictions suggested rain throughout the five days yet day one proved that the forecasts can’t be trusted. Conditions for the opening day were near perfect.

With 5 stages of quality entertainment to choose from, the dilemma is always who to see. Thankfully many of the acts play multiple days, so it’s important for punters to do a little pre-festival planning. Australian musician’s first port of call was the Crossroads stage to catch the global music collective Playing For Change who are no strangers to Bluesfest. Making their Byron Bay debut was The War and Treaty featuring the inspirational voices of Michael and Tanya Trotter, performing tunes from their latest album Healing Tide.

Famed for his appearance at Woodstock, pioneering singer songwriter Arlo Guthrie enthralled the Jambalaya stage crowd with his quirky life tales and tunes.

Following Arlo, Mavis Staples always commands attention and she effortlessly won the crowd over with her legendary songs and material from her soon to be released album We Get By, which was produced by Fellow Bluesfest regular Ben Harper.

Dallas Woods won a lot of hearts with his passionate performance. Representing The Kimberleys, Dallas gave the audience as much to think about as he did to dance to. Nahko and Medicine For The People have developed their sound over the years and now output a much fatter sound than I recall the first time I witnessed them many moons ago. With their strong social messages and vibrant and uplifting rhythms, it’s no wonder they continue to build their tribal following.

Snarky Puppy always enjoy playing to the Bluesfest crowd, an audience which still appreciates a fine extended drum and percussion solo and are willing to participate and indulge the band with complex clapping patterns.

Kansas City’s Samantha Fish told crowd she was excited to be here and the feeling was mutual. Featuring a two piece brass section and accomplished band, the powerful soul, blues and rock sounds coming off stage, made this performance something special. Playing tracks from her two most recent albums, Chills & Fever and Belle of the West, Fish has been concentrating more and more on her song craft of late and it’s paying off. However it hasn’t stopped Samantha from breaking out in dynamic licks and hazy shreds often and to great effect. I can see Samantha’s audience growing with each show over the duration of the festival. Check out our video interview with Samantha at Bluesfest HERE

As we got into headliner territory, the crowd headed to the Crossroads stage to experience the huge sounds of Little Steven’s Disciples of Soul. Opening with Sam and Dave’s Sweet Soul Music, there was never any turning back, a party was to be had. The iconic E Street Band member learned much from The Boss and held this congregation in the palm of his hand. Steven suggested that he used to be much more political on stage but there is now so much of that in your face, that music is everyone’s salvation. The band was made all the more exciting due to the frantic dancing and extraordinary backing vocals of Jessie Wagner (Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Chic), Sara Devine (Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige) and Tania Jones. The Disciples of Soul play again on Saturday and you don’t want to miss them.

Over on the Jambalaya stage Richard Clapton was putting in a particularly powerful, hit-laden show in front of a packed tent. Mention must be made of the sound personnel on all stages too, the PA systems are pumping out gorgeously low bottom ends and sweet, sweet mids. Returning to Bluesfest, Elephant Sessions create a moody blend of neo-trad, folk rock with appeal on so many levels, another act you need to make time for over the next few days of the festival. It’s Bluesiest’s 30th birthday and the party has well and truly begun.

 

 

 

 

 

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RE-UNITED SABOTEURS FOR BLUESFEST

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 19, 2018

Just when you thought we had forgotten you – and Christmas was going to be bleak and lean – BLUESFEST brings you a World Premiere Announcement. Bluesfest is the first date in the world to be announced for the re-united SABOTEURS.
AND … This will be the first time ever that THE SABOTEURS have played in Australia.

THE SABOTEURS (known outside of Australia as THE RACONTEURS) is made up of four friends who got together in Detroit way back in 2005.  Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, hailed from other influential bands of the time – and together released two albums, ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’ (2006) and the Grammy-Award winning ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’ (2008), spawning the singles: ‘Steady As She Goes’, ‘Salute Your Solution’, ‘Many Shades Of Black’  and ‘Consoler Of The Lonely’ .
 THE SABOTEURS have graced the prestigious stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Coachella, Glastonbury, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Now they come to Australia for the very first time and we are delighted they have chosen to help  celebrate the festival’s 30th Anniversary by closing Bluesfest on Easter Monday.

THE SABOTEURS RETURN WITH FIRST NEW MUSIC IN OVER A DECADE
THE SABOTEURS – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler – are back with the release of their first new music in more than 10 years. The two new songs released by Third Man Records, ‘Now That You’re Gone’ featuring Brendan Benson on lead vocals and ‘Sunday Driver’ with Jack White singing lead, are available digitally worldwide today. This release coincides with the delivery of the only physical version of the tracks available on 7” vinyl as part of Third Man’s Vault Package #38 celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the bands’ acclaimed second album, CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY.
Unique companion videos accompany both tracks and, in true Raconteurs fashion, were shot only one week ago and are available for your enjoyment now.

‘Now That You’re Gone’ and ‘Sunday Driver’ both stem from recent sessions for the long-awaited new Saboteurs LP, due for release sometime in 2019. “We’re knee deep in the trenches of our first new album in a decade,” White said to Mojo Magazine recently. “We have a vast amount of genre-pushing songs that bridge the gap between Detroit and Nashville rock and roll. The album sounds like a World War. It’s great to be co-writing songs with Brendan Benson again, the man is a song craftsman.”

Recorded and released in March 2008, the unannounced arrival of The Saboteurs’ CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY shocked the world at a time when coordinating a worldwide physical and digital surprise release was even less easily accomplished than it is today. The album – which takes its title from an inscription on the frieze of a Washington D.C. post office – proved a phenomenon, making a top 5 debut on the Billboard 200 on its way to earning the GRAMMY® Award for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Album,” as well as a nomination as “Best Rock Album.” Indeed, CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY finds the Saboteurs at their mightiest, exploring what it means to be a rock band in the classic sense. Full-on bombastic horn arrangements and gut-wrenching murder ballads sit side by side as the swaggering riffs and confident licks firmly establish the LP as one of the pre-eminent releases of the aughts.
thesaboteurs.com

This is a special announcement for Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM, who says:
“It’s not every day you get to have a simultaneous worldwide announcement of one of the world’s great bands, The Raconteurs, known in Australia as The Saboteurs. The members include Jack White, who is someone I have wanted to present at Bluesfest for a very long time. In fact, this began as a Jack White headline performance, but literally morphed into The Saboteurs when the guys decided to get back together again after 10 years, and Bluesfest has the ONLY announced show in the world currently. 
There is a lot to be said about this, however, I’m sure the media will be on fire about this announcement, so please let me say this……Bluesfest has had many great artistic bills over the years…. I now believe we are up there for our 30th Anniversary Festival in 2019 with our best festival bills…. it is a testament to the tireless work of our team, and the belief of artists and their representatives all over the world that allows us to do this, and our Bluesfesters, who support us in coming to revel in our spectacle…
To all of you I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
By the way … our next artist announcement is in January…. and it’s a beauty !“ – Peter Noble Festival Director

With only 118 days to go until they swing open the gates to the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay, this very special artist announcement really puts icing on the cake for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, taking place over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April 2019). Bluesfest has captured the hearts of music lovers at home and abroad and, as you can see from the line-up, this is a celebration not to miss – it will definitely be a Bluesfest to remember!

The 2019 playing schedule so far is available here  – with more artists still to be announced.
Tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au

Previously announced artists for 2019:  

Jack Johnson – Iggy Pop – Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Paul Kelly
Hozier – David Gray
Ray LaMontagne
Norah Jones – Julia Stone – Kasey Chambers
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Mavis Staples - Gary Clark Jr.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Tommy Emmanuel – Snarky Puppy
Meshell Ndegeocello – Colin Hay - Imelda May
Kurt Vile and the Violators – Keb’ Mo’
Allen Stone - St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Archie Roach – Shakey Graves – Arlo Guthrie
Nahko and Medicine for the People – Tex Perkins
I’m With Her – Ruthie Foster - Richard Clapton
Russell Morris - Flogging Molly - Backsliders
The Marcus King Band – Fantastic Negrito – Samantha Fish
The War and Treaty - Deva Mahal - Larkin Poe
The Black Sorrows - Vintage Trouble - Pierce Brothers
Mojo Juju - Trevor Hall - Irish Mythen - Anderson East
Melody Angel – Hussy Hicks – Thando
The California Honeydrops - Elephant Sessions
Caiti Baker - Little Georgia
Benny Walker – Dallas Woods
RockWiz Live

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IGGY, FANTASTIC NEGRITO & MORE SIDE SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 10, 2018

Iggy Pop, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Fantastic Negrito and The Marcus King Band tours announced for April

Often considered the godfather of Punk – Iggy Pop is making a welcome return to Australia this April with tour dates just announced in Melbourne and Sydney’s Opera House! Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. Seeing Iggy Pop rock out is definitely a performance to put on every music lovers bucket list.  Iggy Pop is sure to entertain audiences in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

The travelling merchants of R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are taking to the road across Australia this April with live dates set for Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in conjunction with their performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest. The seven-piece Soul band will be gracing Australian stages again in 2019 but this time with a new album under their belt and an even larger Australian audience after a reinvention of Nathaniel’s style in 2015 which is designed to be performed live. Known as party animals on stage, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats offer a unique live performance with a front man who possesses a husky sixties styled voice with inflections of Gospel and a vibrant soulful band to support it.

Bluesfest Touring is super excited to bring Grammy Award winner, Fantastic Negrito to Sydney and Melbourne this April. Fantastic Negrito represents Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. His songs are born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it and with an incredible, self-taught musical talent, he managed to find his way back on track to stardom. His hard-earned life lessons show through on more than a few songs with his voice wringing with emotion over soulful guitar licks. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction.

South Carolina Blues Rockers, The Marcus King Band are making their Australian debut this April with dates confirmed in Sydney and Melbourne ahead of their Byron Bay Bluesfest performance this Easter. Lead by the 22-year-old phenom Marcus King, the band have exploded over the last year bringing their southern fried brand of Blues and Psychedelia inspired Rock n’ Roll on a global tour. The band operate as more of an improvisational juggernaut versus a one-man axe-wielding show backed by a few musicians. After being labelled a highlight of multiple European festivals earlier this year for delivering their own mix of Rock n’ Soul, we are really looking forward to seeing these guys rock the stage and make a lasting memory for fans in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

For further information and a full list of artists touring in 2019 please see bluesfesttouring.com.au

Dates
Pre-sale for all shows:
12pm Wednesday 12 December 2018
On-sale for all shows:
12pm Friday 14 December 2018

IGGY POP
Festival Hall, Melbourne
Sunday 21 April 2019
Tickets through BluesfestTouring

Presented by Sydney Opera House:
Sydney Opera House
Monday 15 April 2019
Sydney Opera House
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Tickets through SydneyOperaHouse.com

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Tickets through Bluesfesttouring.com.au
Metro Theatre Sydney
Saturday 13 April 2019
Tickets through Bluesfesttouring.com.au
The Gov, Adelaide
Monday 15 April 2019
Tickets through Bluesfesttouring.com.au
The Croxton, Melbourne
Thursday 18 April 2019
Tickets through OzTix

FANTASTIC NEGRITO
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sunday 14 April 2019
Tickets through Moshtix
The Corner, Melbourne
Monday 15 April 2019
Tickets through Eventbrite

THE MARCUS KING BAND
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Monday 15 April 2019
Tickets through MoshTix

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Tickets through Eventbrite

For further information and a full list of artists touring in 2019 please see bluesfesttouring.com.au

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IGGY POP, NORAH JONES & MORE FOR BLUESFEST 2019

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 20, 2018

Australia’s five-day music festival dedicated to showcasing some of the best live acts in the world, held in Byron Bay each Easter, today announced 14 new artists added to the line-up for the festivals 30th Anniversary Celebration from 18-22 April 2019.

Among those announced today, the godfather of punk himself, Iggy Pop might just be the headliner some people have been waiting for to finalise their Bluesfest 2019 plans.

Joining Jack Johnson (exclusive), Paul Kelly, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive), Kasey Chambers, Mavis Staples and George Clinton in Byron Bay this Easter will be:

Iggy Pop – Norah Jones
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Imelda May
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Archie Roach
Pierce Brothers – Backsliders
Fantastic Negrito – The Marcus King Band
Thando – Little Georgia
Benny Walker – Dallas Woods

With even more artists yet to be announced…

With just 148 days to go until Easter 2019, Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM comments on the announce saying: “With our third artist announcement for Easter 2019, featuring 14 great artists, it brings us to almost 60 artists announced to date – with plenty more to come! You can now start to see the great headliners and depth of talent that are joining us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, including the incredible Iggy Pop and nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones!

Iggy Pop is making a welcome return to Bluesfest this Easter! Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. After tearing the roof off the Bluesfest marquee in 2013, we are more than excited to have this iconic star back for our 30th Anniversary. Seeing Iggy Pop rock out is definitely a performance to put on every music lovers bucket list.

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones is making her Bluesfest debut at our 30th Anniversary Celebration this Easter Long Weekend. Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of “Come Away With Me”, her self-described ‘moody little record’ that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signalling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing pop music of the time. Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums worldwide and won a string of accolades.

Bluesfest is also thrilled to say, travelling merchants of R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are joining the jam-packed Bluesfest 2019 line-up. The seven-piece Soul band will be gracing the stages of Bluesfest again but this time with a new album under their belt and an even larger Australian audience after a reinvention of his style in 2015 which is meant to be heard live. Known as a party animal on stage, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats offer a unique live performance with a front man who possesses a husky sixties styled voice with inflections of Gospel and a vibrant soulful band to support it.

The incredibly talented Imelda May is making the journey from the Emerald Isle to Byron Bay for the 30th Anniversary Celebration this Easter too. In her most recent album, ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, Imelda has found a new groove, exploring Blues, Soul, Gospel, Folk, Rock, Acoustic and explosive Balladry, traditional to her heritage in the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs that she has ever written.

After several extremely memorable sets at Bluesfest over the years, you can be assured Melbourne Ska Orchestra will follow through with an unforgettable stage performance for our 30th Anniversary Celebration this April! Renowned for their live shows, the 30 odd piece orchestra featuring an 18-piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist and four singers is sure to enthral Bluesfest audiences this Easter long weekend. Fronted by Nicky Bomba with his professional, energetic and impulsive conducting, Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a fun-loving big band experience which we cannot wait to see perform at Bluesfest.

Making a very welcome return to Bluesfest 2019 is Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Archie Roach. Archie’s career has spanned three decades and his work has been recognized locally and internally in both mainstream and indigenous circles. Over the many years of his successful career he has shared the stage with some of the world’s most iconic artists including the late Leonard Cohen, Rodriguez, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman and Patti Smith. His music speaks the stories of his people, of this land and of the human condition.

Melbourne Folk-Pop duo, Pierce Brothers are returning to Bluesfest for the 30th Anniversary Celebration. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA and of course, their native Australia. Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a buzz like no other which is sure to garner a big crowd in Byron Bay this Easter.

Aussie Blues band, Backsliders are making a welcome return to Bluesfest 2019. After touring the festival circuit and recording for over 30 years, Backsliders sure know how to entertain the crowds! Led by slide guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist – Dom Turner, the group’s influencers are varied; blending Mississippi country Blues, Rock, Dub and Sounds of Asia into their unique music which has won them multiple accolades including an ARIA Blues and Roots nomination and iTunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year. With Rob Hirst, one of the founding members of Midnight Oil on percussion and drums, these guys are renowned for their captivating live shows with an eclectic mix of Blues musical styles.

We’re all super excited to welcome Grammy Award winner, Fantastic Negrito to Bluesfest for our 30th Anniversary Celebration. Fantastic Negrito represents Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. His songs are born from a long hard life channelled through black roots music. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it and with an incredible, self-taught musical talent, he managed to find his way back on track to stardom. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction. Fantastic Negrito is a poignant and exciting artist creating high-quality Blues music we are excited to see live this Easter.

South Carolina Blues Rockers, The Marcus King Band are making their Byron Bay Bluesfest debut this Easter, promising a blistering but Soulful live performance at Bluesfest 2019. Led by the 20-year-old phenom Marcus King, the band have exploded over the last year bringing their southern fried brand of Blues and Psychedelia inspired Rock n’ Roll on a global tour.  The band operate as more of an improvisational juggernaut versus a one-man axe-wielding show backed by a few musicians.

Bluesfest also welcomes Zimbabwean born and Melbourne based singer-songwriter, Thando to Byron Bay for her Bluesfest debut this Easter! The multi-dimensional performer has been extremely busy gracing stages around Australia with her electric presence and powerhouse vocals including a support slot for the sold-out Allen Stone show last October. Forging forward to solidify her status as Australia’s newest first lady of R&B, be sure to catch her powerful performance.

No strangers to the road, Australian Alt Country-Rock duo Little Georgia have spent the last three years touring relentlessly and sharing their music across the globe. Known for their powerful live performances, Little Georgia deliver beautiful harmonies and compelling lyrics amongst a sea of Acoustic Folk, Country songs and crazed out Electric jams. The duo’s debut studio album ‘All The While’ was released earlier this month.

Yorta Yorta singer-songwriter, Benny Walker is the real deal. His love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land, summer vibes and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side, Benny’s killer voice and songwriting talents have impressed audiences far & wide. We’re delighted to have him added to the bill for our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Also onboard is 24-year-old Dallas Woods to Byron Bay for his Bluesfest debut. The young Noongar man, raised in the East Kimberley’s lures you in with his cheeky vibe, inspiring the audience with a positive skew just as you’re smiling along, he’ll pack you with a punch to the guts rapping about confronting subjects in a manner so lightly you feel confused! Having recently MC’d on Baker Boy’s recent sold-out Marryuna Tour across the country, Dallas is no stranger to the stage and is sure to get crowds going at our 30th Anniversary Celebration.

All joining the previously announced artists for 2019:

Jack Johnson – Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Paul Kelly
Hozier – David Gray
Ray La Montagne
Julia Stone – Gary Clark Jr.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Mavis Staples – Snarky Puppy
Kasey Chambers
Tommy Emmanuel – Meshell Ndegeocelle
Kurt Vile and the Violators – Keb’ Mo’
Colin Hay – St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Shaky Graves – Arlo Guthrie
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Tex Perkins – Allen Stone – Ruthie Foster
Richard Clapton – Russell Morris – Flogging Molly
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish – The War and Treaty
I’m With Her – Larkin Poe – The Black Sorrows
Vintage Trouble – Mojo Juju – Trevor Hall
Irish Mythen – Anderson East
The California Honeydrops – Elephant Sessions
Deva Mahal – Melody Angle
Hussy Hicks – Caiti Baker
Rock Wiz Live

The 2019 playing schedule so far is available on bluesfest.com.au with many more to come.
Tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au

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FIVE MORE BLUESFEST SIDE SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 7, 2018

David Gray, Flogging Molly, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Meshell Ndegeocello, Shakey Graves added to Bluesfest road show!

After scaling enormous heights with album sales over 12 million (including the highest selling album ever to-date in Ireland with ‘White Ladder’), BAFTA, Brit and Grammy nominations, a Q Award, two Ivor Novellos and much more, David Gray returns revitalised with a new perspective, energy and new sound to take to his adoring Australian fanbase. With a loyal fanbase and a plethora of albums to enjoy, there’s no doubt tickets to see David Gray live in Australia this April will be in high demand.

Quintessential Irish-American Celtic folk/punk band Flogging Molly is leaving California this April to once again dazzle Australia with their wild live performance tactics. Known for their distinctive fusion of traditional Irish music and often abrasive hard-hitting punk rock, their impassioned live show has won the hearts of many Aussies over the past two decades. They will continue in that vein, playing an assortment of shows in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne.

Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson and friend of Bluesfest is returning to tour Australia with his band Promise Of The Real on the heels of tremendous accolades for his work on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack. With a bounty of invaluable experience under their belt, expect Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real to deliver an indelible blast of cosmic country-soul, the sound of American music will be reborn in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

American singer-songwriter, rapper, multi-instrumentalist and bassist, Meshell Ndegeocello is coming to Sydney to perform a headline show this April. Over the past 25 years Meshell has received significant critical acclaim including 10 Grammy Award nominations and credit for helping spark the Neo-Soul movement.

Shakey Graves a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia was born in Austin Texas to a musical family and is best-known for playing a smoky, spectral fusion of blues, folk and rock in a stripped down one-man-band style established in 2007. His live performances can be deceiving. Up to now, he’s been categorized as an Americana singer-songwriter, thanks to his traditionally rooted songs, fluent acoustic-guitar picking, Texas roots and from wearing his cowboy hat, looking like a one-man country band. But, the tag will undoubtedly be dismissed as restrictive and irrelevant once discerning listeners hear his radical new album performed live in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

For further information please see bluesfesttouring.com.au

On-sale dates for ALL artists
Pre-sale 10 am Local Time Wednesday 14th November
On-sale 10 am Local Time Friday 16th November
Venues, dates and ticketing links

David Gray
Sun 14th April 2019, Riverside Theatre Perth
Tue 16th April 2019, Enmore Theatre Sydney
Sat 20th April 2019, Palais Theatre Melbourne

Flogging Molly
Fri 12th April 2019, Powerstation Auckland
Sun 14th April 2019, HQ Adelaide
Wed 17th April 2019, 170 Russell, Melbourne
Thu 18th April 2019, The Metro Sydney

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Wed 17th April 2019 The Corner, Melbourne
Thu 18th April 2019, Factory Theatre, Sydney

Meshell Ndegeocello
Sat 20th April, The Factory Theatre Sydney

Shakey Graves
Mon 22nd April 2019 The Factory Theatre Sydney
Tue 23rd April 2019, The Corner Melbourne-
Wed 24th April, The Powerstation Auckland NZ

bluesfesttouring.com.au

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ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES: BLUESFEST 2019 INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - October 22, 2018

Anyone who has witnessed Birmingham, Alabama-based eight piece powerhouse St. Paul & The Broken Bones in action at Bluesfest will know that it’s a musical experience like no other. The band’s sound is huge, their horn arrangements heart-melting and singer, songwriter Paul Janeway is one of the most passionate performers…

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LEGENDS AND BLUESFEST DEBUTANTES ADDED TO 30TH ANNIVERSARY LINE UP

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 9, 2018

Samantha Fish, Mavis Staples and Meshell Ndegeocello added to Bluesfest line up

In the second artist announcement of their 30th Anniversary Celebration, Bluesfest organisers have called on a mix of first timers and old friends to help celebrate the festival’s 30 year milestone. Taking place over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April 2019), Bluesfest has captured the hearts of music lovers at home and abroad and we can as always, expect some of the best musical acts in the world to touch down on Australian soil for what will definitely be, one to remember!

Joining Jack Johnson (exclusive), Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive), Ray LaMontagne and George Clinton in Byron Bay this Easter will be:

Paul Kelly
Hozier • David Gray
Julia Stone • Gary Clark Jr.
Mavis Staples (exclusive)
Flogging Molly
Meshell Ndegeocello • Ruthie Foster (exclusive)
Shakey Graves • Anderson East (exclusive)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish (exclusive) • The War And Treaty (exclusive)
Mojo Juju • Caiti Baker
Deva Mahal (exclusive) • Melody Angel
Hussy Hicks  
 
With many more artists to be announced in the coming weeks & months…

With tickets selling faster than at any other Bluesfest in history, music fans are heading for a spectacular celebration and sell-out 30th Anniversary next Easter, festival Director, Peter Noble OAM is certain about that.

From the Desk of the Festival Director
“Bluesfest has just announced 19 artists in our second announcement for our 30th Anniversary Bluesfest next Easter, 18-22 April 2019. It’s all killer….no filler! Headlining is Australia’s Paul Kelly, one of our favourite sons, who has just sold out the Riverstage in Brisbane and the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on his Making Gravy Tour. Combine that with other amazing headliner singer-songwriters Hozier and David Gray, and you can see why we are so excited about where our multi award-winning festival is heading for our 30th celebration event.
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“We have an amazing array of Blues, Roots, First Nations, R&B, Gospel, Indie Rock, Classic Artists, and Emerging artists showcasing what Bluesfest is famous for.
 
With the rise of the Americana Music movement, we have added Shakey Graves, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Anderson East and The War & Treaty, the latter two, both debuting at Bluesfest, in exclusive performances.”

“Gary Clark Jr. is hailed as THE Blues guitar player of today who is taking Blues music forward to a new generation. We are delighted to announce that Australian, Indigenous artists Mojo Juju and Caiti Baker are making a return for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, both of whom have released great new music in recent months….our first Boomerang Festival artists with many more announcements to come!”

“Irish-American Celtic Punk Rockers Flogging Molly will return after way too long to ignite our stage.
 
So far for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we have a stellar list of artists topped by three exclusive performances by Mavis Staples. She is a Grammy-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer as well as Blues Hall of Fame Member, former lead singer of family band The Staples Singers AND a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner! She’s an actress, a Civil Rights Activist who took part in the Freedom Ride bus trips to Mississippi in the fight for Civil Rights in the 60’s. Bob Dylan famously asked for her hand in marriage …. she turned him down.
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“Mavis just co-wrote and sang on Hozier’s new single “Nina Cried Power”. Mavis Staples is 110% music royalty. At 79 years of age, she continues to astonish. We pay homage to her as one of the greatest of the greats.
 
Having won FIVE ARIAs, Julia Stone, of Angus & Julia Stone, one of Australia’s most successful and loved artists, will be performing with her band. She will be coming with a whole new album and songs. Independently, she is a powerful and engaging live artist who is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter.””

Meshell Ndegeocello is a 10-time Grammy-nominated musician, bassist, rapper, singer and astonishingly creative artist performing Soul, Jazz, Reggae, Hip-Hop and Rock who is making her Bluesfest debut in 2019.
 
There will be exclusive performances by Ruthie Foster, returning by popular demand with her Soulful music. Samantha Fish won Best New Artist at the Blues Awards in 2012. Her most recent albums ‘Wild Heart’ (2015) and Belle of the West’ (2017) BOTH topped the Billboard Blues Chart. Samantha is a truly great guitarist and singer. Her much anticipated Bluesfest debut is sure to be the first of many returns to Bluesfest. Another Bluesfest exclusive!
 
Melody Angel is a Chicago Blues singer and guitarist. She wowed the audience two years back on her Bluesfest debut. She is young, and nothing will hold her back. You truly are witnessing the emergence of a major artist.
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Also, a Bluesfest exclusive showcasing emerging talent from our very own Bluesfest Busking Competition which is now considered Australia’s premier showcase of emerging talent. We have had so many artists compete, and win, and go on to bigger things over the years. Kim Churchill, Hussy Hicks, Lucy Gallant are just a few who now tour internationally. Hussy Hicks, Bluesfest Busking Competition winner from 2010, tours the world nowadays and have gone to another level. They are a don’t miss tour de force. Roots music at its finest.
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“We have already announced Jack Johnson and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals in exclusive performances, plus George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic’s final EVER performances, Kasey Chambers performing The Captain, Kurt Vile, Allen Stone, Snarky Puppy, Rockwiz and so much more.
 
This truly is an all killer … no filler announcement from top to bottom with many more to come. And we are very proud of it.
 
Bluesfest is experiencing its biggest sales ever, so don’t delay in getting your tickets. We have more truly incredible artists who will be announced soon.  And thank you for your amazing support”. 
 
- Peter Noble OAM
 Bluesfest Festival Director

The 2019 playing schedule so far is available on  bluesfest.com.au with many more artists to come.

 

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ARLO GUTHRIE: BLUESFEST Q&A

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 26, 2018

Arlo Guthrie always had big shoes to fill. His father was America’s most beloved singer/songwriter and philosopher Woody Guthrie. However, with his quirky performance style and storytelling ability, Arlo was able to pave a successful music career of his own. First finding success with his 1967 album Alice’s Restaurant, which…

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OLD FRIENDS RETURN TO CELEBRATE BLUESFEST 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - July 28, 2018

St Paul and the Broken Bones. Pic by Jason Rosewarne

The very special 30th anniversary of Bluesfest has called on many old friends to return to Byron Bay to help celebrate the milestone.

Leading the first announcement: an *Exclusive* Bluesfest ONLY show by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, Bluesfest’s prodigal son. Jack Johnson is making a long-awaited return to Bluesfest; having first played in 2001 – and most recently at their 25th birthday bash back in 2014.

Ben Harper. Pic by Jason Rosewarne

There’ll also be *Exclusive* Bluesfest-only shows from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

Ray Lamontagne, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Greensky Bluegrass and the folk supergroup I’m With Her are Bluesfest newbies – while Bluesfest favourite Kasey Chambers will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her ground-breaking album ‘The Captain’, with a very special first-time performance of her debut album, track by track, alongside a celebration of songs from the Kasey Chambers greatest hits songbook.

Kasey heads up a strong Australian contingent in this announcement including Bluesfest faves Colin Hay, Tommy Emmanuel, Russell Morris, Richard Clapton, Tex Perkins and The Black Sorrows all returning to help with the celebrations.

Other returnees and total crowd pleasers and favourites, Keb’ Mo’, Vintage Trouble, Snarky Puppy, Elephant Sessions, Irish Mythen and The California Honeydrops will all be back and so will the powerful and conscious Nahko and Medicine For The People and Trevor Hall.

A note of poignancy this year. George Clinton will retire from live performance in May 2019 so this is the VERY LAST TIME the “awe-funk-some” groove of GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC will play Bluesfest.

And, finally, it’s a welcome back to ROCKWIZ LIVE. It’s been 5 years, but the rock n roll quiz is as hilarious as ever and Brian Nankervis, Julia Zemiro and the Rockwiz Orkestra will bring their mayhem of mirth to the Jambalaya stage on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Who knows who they will bring and who they will entice on to their stage this year. The only way to find out is, of course, to be front and centre!

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd of April 2019) for the 30th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy up to 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options.

“Our 30th Anniversary Bluesfest will be a MAJOR event in a long line of great festivals. We will only turn 30 once,” said director Peter Noble, and we intend to make this edition truly memorable!”

Of course this is only the first line-up and as music fans would know, the big names keep coming with each new announcement, so standby for plenty more.

Here’s the line up so far:

*Exclusive* JACK JOHNSON *Exclusive*
*Exclusive* BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS *Exclusive*
RAY LAMONTAGNE
*FINAL SHOWS* GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC *FINAL SHOWS*
SNARKY PUPPY
KASEY CHAMBERS
*Exclusive* ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES   *Exclusive*
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
TOMMY EMMANUEL
COLIN HAY
ARLO GUTHRIE
KEB’ MO’
TEX PERKINS
ALLEN STONE
RICHARD CLAPTON
RUSSELL MORRIS
KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS
VINTAGE TROUBLE
THE BLACK SORROWS
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
TREVOR HALL
I’M WITH HER
LARKIN POE
IRISH MYTHEN
ELEPHANT SESSIONS
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
ROCKWIZ LIVE

THE 2019 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON WWW.BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800

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BLUESFEST 2018: DAY 3 GALLERY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 1, 2018

Day 3 at Bluesfest presented some classic Australian blues in the form of Chain, who even after 50 years in the business, still have fire in the belly and can light up a stage. Another legendary act, The Original Blues Brothers Band were back again to dish up more Sweet Home Chicago blues. The Wailers proved why they are still the benchmark for how to play reggae with purpose. Our ace photographer Jason Rosewarne was back to capture proceedings of the above and more, including Jason Isbell, Con Brio, Citizen Cope and Michael Franti and Spearhead.

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