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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 16th to 18th November.

46 bands from Poland, UK, Austria, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have entered for the 18th 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 18.
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 18 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m. Admission fee is 90 Czech crowns.


Advancing to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XVIII.


KING BEE /CZ/
KIERO GRANDE /SK/
BLUES JUNKERS /PL/
HOT TAMALES TRIO /PL/
BUŽMA /CZ/
DOGGYBAG  /CZ/
MISSISSIPPI MIXTAPE /SK/

Substitutes:
LEVI /PL/
THE WEATHERMAKERS /CZ/

 

 

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Blues Alive 2016: significant female artists, domestic premieres and current names nominated for Blues Music Awards

 

Šumperk / Prague, 3 August - Šumperk Blues Alive festival, one of Europe's largest show focusing on this genre, will come into the third decade of its existence this autumn. From 17 to 19 November three major concerts at the House of Culture and a number of side musical events throughout the town will introduce the world's leading blues names and number of domestic musicians. "Most of the stars this year will premier in Sumperk and will perform in our country for the first time," says the festival director Vladimir Rybička. "This year will be marked by women - female blues in many different variations. In addition to that, we are going to bring many of the current faces that are in the blues music spotlight, as evidenced by the number of nominations for the prestigious Blues Music Awards, "says dramaturge Ondřej Bezr.

The opening night of November 17 will be headlined by American blues-folk singer Maria Muldaur with Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band. Maria Muldaur started her career in the 60s of the 20th century within the American folk movement, when she got chum up with Bob Dylan and many others. In 1974 she recorded her biggest hit Midnight at the Oasis, which won several Grammy nominations. She also worked with the Grateful Dead and the recording of Sweet Lovin 'Ol' Soul was nominated for the Blues Music Award and Grammy in 2005. "Her name has occurred in our list of unfulfilled wishes for a long time and we are happy that this year the singer is finally arriving in Šumperk," said Ondřej Bezr. The visitors to the first evening will also hear the American blues-gospel-soul singer Sharrie Williams or Franco-Cameroonian singer and guitarist Roland Tchakounté. "Despite his African ancestry Tchakounté plays blues more of American type, he sings in English and in his native language Bamileke," adds Ondřej Bezr.

The second main evening on November 18 will include primarily two American musicians: vocalist and guitarist Duke Robillard, who is not unknown to local audiences as he played for the first time in Prague eight years ago. "Robillard is one of the most significant blues guitarists today. He has played with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, won twice as the guitar player of the year awards at the most prestigious Blues Music Awards and recording of Guitar Groove-A-Rama was nominated for a Grammy, "enumerates Ondřej Bezr. Guitarist and singer Slam Allen arrives in Šumperk for the first time as a new face of 2016 Blues Music Awards nominations. He combines blues with a very energetic soul in his concerts. Neither the second night will leave out female musicians - the most important Slovak blues singer Silvia Josifoska and American singer Shaun Booker with guitarist Sean Carney will also go on stage.

The third evening November 19 in Sumperk will be starred by young African-American singer Nikki Hill. "The raw rock and soul energy, which is intertwined with passionate blues, is sure to send the Blues Alive audience into raptures," says Ondřej Bezr. Nikki Hill comes from North Carolina and now lives in New Orleans. Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote: „If Tina Turner and Little Richard had a daughter and raised her with the help of uncles James Brown and Chuck Berry, she’d be like Nikki Hill.” Besides Nikki Hill this evening will also feature a distinctive British singer and guitarist John Fairhurst, who was recommended as the only one of the British scene by the pair Heymoonshaker, and French garage-blues duo Dirty Deep.

The theme afternoon of Saturday November 19 will also consist of women- Zuzana Dumková, Jana Koubková and together Blanka Šrůmová, Jan Sahara Hedl and Něžná noc. The festival program that night will be complemented at H-Club with a Slovak pair Erich Bobos Prochazka and Mark Wolf, presenting psychedelic blues, and the formation of Dura and Blues Club with Fedor Frešo, a long-time teammate of Marián Varga. As usual, there will live jam sessions late into the night at Holba Beer Hall and the foyer of the House of Culture.

Tickets will be available at prices ranging from 80 to 570 CZK from 4 August 2016 at www.bluesalive.cz. Two-day tickets will also be on sale.


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 17th to 19th November.

24 bands from Poland, Netherlands, UK, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have entered for the 16th 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 19.

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 19 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m. Admission fee is 90 Czech crowns.


Advancing to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XVII.

CHEAP TOBACCO /PL/

SLOVAK BLUES PROJECT /SK/

MARTIN KETNER & TROUBLE HEROES /CZ/

GERRY JABLONSKI and THE ELECTRIC BAND /UK, PL/

BUŽMA /CZ/

TAMMY & THE YOUNIVERSE /SK/

FILIP VÍTŮ TRIO FEAT. MARKÉTA VODIČKOVÁ /CZ/

 

Substitutes:

BLUESBERG /CZ/

BANDABAND /CZ/

 

 

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Warren Haynes

Blues Alive celebrates 20 years! With the lookback at the history of the Czechoslovak blues and one of the most respected American guitarists Warren Haynes 

Šumperk / Prague, September 14 – The biggest blues festival in Central Europe, Blues Alive festival in Šumperk, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. From 12 to 14 November it will offer a busy all day and all-night program with stars from abroad as well as leading Czech and Slovak musicians. "Because it is the round anniversary, we wanted to offer something special, so the festival is different than usual. This has been reflected in the agenda of three main evenings," says the festival director Vladimir Rybička. The first concert is starred by one of the most respected American guitarist Warren Haynes, who will play a regular unabridged concert. The second night will bring together Czech musicians such as Jiří Suchý, Ondřej Havelka with the Melody Makers, Bluesberry, Luboš Andršt, Jan Spálený and ASPM or Slovak ZVA 12-28 to guide the audience through the history of the Czechoslovak blues - from the earliest up to the present. Then the festival welcomes the musicians who have already been to Šumperk, but now they are coming with a new program or other bands - for example, Studebaker John or the blues legend Bob Margolin, who would play with Muddy Waters . More information about the entire program is for you to get at www.bluesalive.cz The tickets are already on sale at the above website.

The first festival night on November 12 at the House of Culture is Šumperk is starred by Warren Haynes. One of the most respected American guitarists will play a regular unabridged concert. As his support bands Jan Galach Band from Poland and The Record Company from the US will perform before him. "Warren Haynes played with big stars such as Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews Band. He has also been a member of the Allman Brothers Band. He is arriving in Šumperk with his new solo album, but he will also play his earlier stuff that audience is sure to know, "says the festival dramaturgist Ondřej Bezr.

"The second night concept – to listen to the blues Czechoslovak history alive from the early beginnings – crossed my mind last year," says Ondřej Bezr about to the program on Friday, November 13 The evening starts with ZVA 12-28 from Slovakia. Ondřej Havelka with the Melody Makers, one of the largest bands in the history of the Blues Alive, will play old American blues and swing music. "Their playlist will be adapted to our genre," adds Ondřej Bezr. As a link with swing and rock'n'roll theatres in the 60s Jiří Suchý, the author of several blues songs that influenced the whole Czech music scene, will perform with his band. The orthodox blues will be reminded by the oldest, still playing, blues band Bluesberry, followed by probably the most original Czech blues composer Jan Spálený with ASPM. The concert will be finished by the most famous Czech blues guitarist Luboš Andršt with his Blues Band and a special guest, American guitarist and vocalist Dani Robinson. "Just to show how Czech bluesmen can cooperate with other countries," says Ondřej Bezr.

"On Saturday, November 14 we are going to repeat the five-year-old concept of Retro Blues Alive, when most artists have already played in Šumperk, but this year they are coming with new stuff or new bands," says Ondřej Bezr. As the main star blues legend Bob Margolin is coming, this time with his Italian group Mike Sponza Band. "His example shows that the blues is not just an American issue, it is a global phenomenon," adds Bezr. Raw Chicago blues will be represented by Studebaker John, following coupling American guitarist and vocalist Sue Foley and singer Peter Karp. Other musicians at this concert are definitely worth mentioning - the most famous Hungarian harp player Mátyás Pribojszki with excellent Czech guitarist Roman Pokorný.

The three main concerts nights will be complemented with a number of other musical activities: a concert at H-Club with Linwood Lee Taylor Trio from the USA and the Czech band Ladě, the tribute to B.B. King by Luboš Andršt with his band in Šumperk monastery church, where songs by the blues legend will be supplemented with spoken word, theme afternoon, this time with the bands that have passed the contest Blues Aperitiv, night jams in the foyer of the House of Culture and Holba Beer Parlour, screening the film The Blues Brothers in Oko cinema and a concert for schools. " As for the theme afternoon presenting successful formations at Blues Aperitiv it was a plenty to choose from. It turns out that competition is not just a Czech issue, it is a prestigious international competition. In addition, the success of foreign bands here opens up to Czech audience, "adds Ondřej Bezr.

The 20th anniversary is, of course, a reason to look back. The first year in 1996 was one day only, getting together six Czech bands headed by Luboš Andršt. About 400 people came to this event. "The Blues Alive has already been being visited by the second generation of its audience, half of them younger than 40, some of them in their twenties. We are pleased to see that bluesmen are not becoming extinct, they keep the same average age even after those 20 years, "says Ondřej Bezr. "People have also got used to that fact that blues is not only the orthodox one, they accept the musicians with large genre overhangs in the whole dramaturgical breadth. Blues is not an exactly given structure, but it is a feeling and atmosphere. And these can be found even when you do not hear them at first, "says Ondřej Bezr.

Tickets are available for prices ranging from 80 to 570 CZK at www.bluesalive.cz, you may also buy a two-day pass. This year, as the 20th anniversary bonus, the CD from last year and also the CD of 20 years of festival history together with a two-day pass

The entire program and more information at www.bluesalive.cz.

 

Program

 

 

 

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Poles adore Blues Alive, they awards it the event of the year again


CHORZÓW, ŠUMPERK – Two years ago the first, last year the second and this year the first again. These are the amazing placings that ŠUMPERK Blues Alive festival has taken in the prestigious TOP Blues competition, announced by Twój Blues, the most widely read Central European magazine dedicated to blues music.

This year Blues Alive Festival won again in the category of world events in 2014. Such events as festivals in Chicago and Memphis have ranked behind Blues Alive.

"The news from Poland has surprised and pleased us, especially because the results of the competition TOP Blues are decided about by readers of Twój Blues and Poles are known to understand blues music," says the festival director Vladimir Rybička with a smile.

The survey results were announced by TOP Blues magazine last weekend and the award ceremony will take place in April in the cultural house in Chorzów.

The nineteenth year of Blues Alive festival took place in mid-November last year and it hosted the stars like John Németh, Otis Taylor and Morganfield brothers. The musicians played again to a full house as the years before.

More about the results of the Top Blues 2014

www.twojblues.com



The competition Blues Aperitiv has raised a great interest


Belarusians are shortlisted to compete for the jubilee Blues Alive

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 14th to 16th November.

"We are very pleased that even though this is 16th year of Aperitiv, there are a lot of new blues bands that are willing to compete for the participation at Blues Alive. In addition to the established bands there are completely new bands applying for the contest. We are also pleased that the originally purely Czech Festival has now become an international event, "says the festival director Vladimir Rybička.

34 bands from Poland, Austria, Belarus, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have entered for the 16th year of Blues Aperitiv contest.

"This year we have achieved the largest number of entries in the contest history, a total of 34 bands, couples and individuals. Besides the traditional participants from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia bands from Austria and Belarus have enrolled in the first round as well. Some of them, however, are too far beyond the reach of the contest. The first round has shown a significant change compared with the first years of Blues Aperitiv - the tendency to play own repertoire, often sung in native language. Regardless of not always balanced quality of authorship the effort to face blues material in their own way must be must appreciated, "said the festival dramaturge Ondřej Bezr.

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 21.
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 21 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m. Admission fee is 90 Czech crowns.


Advancing to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XVI.


THE ROAD DOGS /BELARUS/
JURAJ SCHWEIGERT & THE GROOVE TIME /SK/
THE WEATHERMAKERS /CZ/
MILAN KONFRÁTER BLUES BAND /SK/
MARTIN CHIK BLUES BAND /CZ/
MAREK PIOWCZYK TRIO /PL/
THE BLADDERSTONES /CZ/

Substitutes:
QMFE /SK/
BANDABAND /CZ/

Do you want to play at the Blues Alive XX?

Enter for the Blues Aperitiv contest!

The competitive event looking for new talents of the blues music among non-professional bands regardless of the country of origin has become an inseparable part of the Blues Alive Festival.
Two bands are guaranteed to play at Blues Alive 2015, where they will get a chance to welcome the audience in the foyer of the House of Culture. The same chance to play at the festival will also be given to the band that gets the most votes from the listeners. This band will start up one of the midnight jam sessions that take place in Šumperk clubs and pubs.
Previous experience from past years gives a chance to more than three bands! The other bands that will capture the jury´s attention may get an invitation to play at side stages of Blues Alive or at shows in the Czech Republic or Poland.

The term for the fifteenth year of the Blues Aperitiv is set to Saturday, 21st March 2015 from 7.00 pm. The festival will be held in the big concert hall in the House of Culture. 

Conditions to meet to be included in the selection:
The bands interested in participating in the festival can apply from now to the e-mail address: polak@dksumperk.cz
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The deadline is on 17th January 2015.
The application must include the name of the band, the names of the band members and their instruments, the technical requirements of the band, its website, current photos preferably in print quality, all information about the band and two reliable telephone and email contacts to the band members.
Sending demos is essential to the long-list! Musicians may send a CD to the postal address of the House of Culture and label the envelope with Blues Aperitiv or MP3 samples (three are enough) by e-mail. Alternatively you can send a link to an electronic player.

The bands that have already played at the Blues Aperitiv but they have not been selected for the Blues Alive may enter, too. THE APERITIV WELCOMES ALSO THE BANDS WHICH HAVE BEEN SELECTED BEFORE AND WOULD LIKE TO TRY THEIR LUCK AGAIN! Seven bands and two substitutes will be shortlisted from all the bands applied.  Then it is all up to the bands, how they will perform before the international expert jury consisting of music journalists, musicians and the audience.

Important information for the bands selected:

Sound equipment, a drum base and bass set-up will be at disposal. The bands will bring only their instrumental set-ups. Each band will have 40 minutes available, including a sound check. The order of the bands will be decided by drawing lots. The organizers will contribute to the travel expenses and provide the accommodation.  We may also book the accommodation for friends who will accompany the bands, if reported in advance.

 

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Shortlisted to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XV.

Blues Station /CZ/

Roadside /PL/

H-H Blues /CZ/

Jan Galach Band /PL/

Joanna Knitter Blues & Folk Connection /PL/

Jakub Racek & Radek Vaňkát /CZ/

M.J. & The Electric Blue /CZ/

 

 

Substitutes:

Dr Knife and the Blues Sharpeners /PL/

Fried Ace /CZ/

 

 

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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.



Source: kultura.idnes.cz

BLUES ALIVE PROGRAM 2014 HERE

 

 

 

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Blues Alive is winning Slovakia

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Shortlisted to the final concert Blues Aperitiv XV.

Blues Station /CZ/

Roadside /PL/

H-H Blues /CZ/

Jan Galach Band /PL/

Joanna Knitter Blues & Folk Connection /PL/

Jakub Racek & Radek Vaňkát /CZ/

M.J. & The Electric Blue /CZ/

 

Substitutes:

Dr Knife and the Blues Sharpeners /PL/

Fried Ace /CZ/

 

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