In memory of Bo Diddley

The winners of the German Blues Challenge 2016 and Semi finalists in Memphis: “Chris Kramer & Beatbox`n`Blues“ have released a Video Clip in Memory of the great Bo Diddley on Facebook and Youtube. The video is released to mark the date June the 2nd, the day of Bo´s death that has its 9th anniversary in 2017, and it should serve as a reminder of our heroes that inspired us to make music ourselves, organize concerts and festivals and to just plain love music.

Very early on Bo Diddley has taken the Blues in a modern direction and with his music he build bridges to other musical genres. Today the German formation „Beatbox`n`Blues“ attempts to build a bridge from Blues to Hip Hop so a new generation can discover that music we all love so much, without forgetting about the old heroes.

Remember the great Bo Diddley together with Chris Kramer & Beatbox`n`Blues

Great Videoclip in memory of the one and only BO DIDDLEY who passed away on June 02. in 2008 and inspired more than one Generation of musicians all over the world.

Eutin Blues Festival

During 4 days, the Eutin BluesFest in North Germany hosted artists from different European countries including Switzerland, Poland, Sweden and Norway, as well as American artists and even Argentines musicians. Lots of discoveries, former finalists of the International Blues Challenge and the European Blues Challenge and of course some headliners such as Trudy Lynn, Jonn Del Toro Richardson and Shawn Holt & The Teardrops played for an audience that has been esteemed to 10,000 people in 4 days, and all for free.

Among the guests were our Polish friends of Twoj Blues, Trond Johnsen of Bluesnews in Norway, Latvian photographer Aigars Lapsa and at least three Board Members of the European Blues Union. A huge thank you to Helge Nickel and Barbara Bloch for this event that has existed for 28 years.

Winners of the 7th European Blues Challenge

21 blues bands from 21 European countries competed in the beautiful Danish town of Horsens this weekend (March 7-8, 2017). International jury composed of blues professionals chose their favorites:

First Place: Kaz Hawkins Band (United Kingdom)

Second Place: The BluesBones (Belgium)

Third Place: Pascal Geiser Band (Switzerland)

Winners on stage!

7th European Blues Challenge

European Blues Challenge 2017

The town of Horsens and the local blues association, Blueskartellet, will host the most distinguished blues event of 2017 in Europe, the 7th European Blues Challenge, originally established by the European Blues Union in 2011.  The main EBC event will be held on April 7 and 8, 2017 at Forum Horsens, whereas the Blues Market and the General Assembly will take place at FAEnglet in a unique historical setting. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy various music shows at Kubben in the middle of the main street of Horsens.

Nearest airports are Aalborg and Billund, and there’s train connection directly to downtown Horsens. More information at
http://ebchorsens2017.dk/
and
http://www.visithorsens.dk/ln-int/horsens/visithorsens-your-round-clock-guide

And here you can find useful info:

Blues Hall Of Fame Podcast

As announced from the stage at the International Blues Challenge Finals, from our big sister, the Blues Foundation,  the newly produced series of Blues Hall Of Fame podcasts have gone live. Each episode of the podcast, to be released every two weeks for the next year, will feature a different Hall of Famer. We feel confident that our membership will want to know about these podcasts and will be interested in subscribing to them.

Here’s the link: http://bluesfoundation.podbean.com/

For Android:

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For iTunes:

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FINNISH BLUES AWARDS 2017 GALA

THE FINNISH BLUES AWARDS 2017 GALA REWARDED DISTINGUISHED BLUES MUSICIANS

Photo Timo Happonen From left to right: Olavi Rytkönen, Lauri Ankerman, Esa Kuloniemi, Micke Björklöf, Petri Matero, Davide Floreno, Lena Lindroos, Matti Kettunen, Ykä Putkinen, Jupe Litmanen, Emilia Sisco, Miikka Porkka (Puistoblues)

Finnish blues community rewarded distinguished blues musicians on Saturday, 14th January 2016, at Virgin Oil Co. in Helsinki. The Gala took place for the third time.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Pepe Ahlqvist
  • Artist of the Year: Lena & The Slide Brothers 
  • Newcomer of the Year: Emilia Sisco
  • Song of the Year: Lena & The Slide Brothers – The Road You’re On
  • Event of the Year: Puistoblues festival

The event was produced by Bluesland Productions Oy.