APPEAL TO CANDIDATES TO HOST EBC 2021

Candidates to host EBC 2021 are invited to send an official confirmation of their interest to potentially host it in accordance with the EBC rules (see EBU website) to the EBU secretary.

According to the rules, we will distribute a copy of the standard EBC event contract to all applicants as from 1st October next.

The detailed offers need to be sent to the EBU secretary before 15 January 2019.

Following this date the secretary will communicate all received hosting offers to the EBU Board followed by selection of the two most qualified proposals at one of the following Board meetings.

The two final candidates will be submitted to the vote of EBU Active Members at the GA. Only one city can host the EBC event.

If there is only one approved submission the Board will be entitled to appoint the EBC host.

Thanks in advance!!

EBC 2019 PARTICIPANT COUNTRIES

At this moment countries have already confirmed their participation at 2019 European Blues Challenge in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal and most of them are now running the band selection process. Here is the list of confirmed countries. Submission deadline 10 September!!:

1)  Germany
2)  Greece
3)  Spain
4)  Luxembourg
5)  France
6)  Sweden
7)  Finland
8)  Hungary
9)  Belgium
10) Italy
11) Slovakia
12) Norway
13) Switzerland
14) Austria
15) Netherlands
16) United Kingdom
17) Denmark
18) Portugal
19) Croatia
20) Poland
21) Romania
22) Estonia

THE BOARD PROMOTES THE EBU

– The 37th Cahors Blues Festival in France hosted the “Mississippi Blues Trail Challenge”, where originally 70 bands applied and eight of them were invited to the semi-finals and, finally, four bands reached the grand final. The jury members represented various French and European Blues festivals which had agreed to book one of the four finalists to play their festivals. Our board members Ewa and Roser represented the Bluestracje Festival of Poland and Benicassim Blues Festival of Spain, respectively. It was a nice time in Cahors where they had de opportunity to promote the EBU

Also other EBU board members attended the legendary Cahors festival. Pertti presented his successful photo exhibition “Five Decades of Blues” covering almost 90 photographs, including dozens of photos of artists who had along the years played at Cahors. Our legal advisor Jorden Wouters was there, too. All of us did our best to promote the EBU.

– Great blues in a small, cosy place: The kick-off of the St. Izaire Blues Festival took place on 25th July in the nearby village of Salelles, Aveyron, France. The festival organizer was our EBU member, Ben Buijs. Jorden Wouters, spending his summer holiday close by, had the pleasure of attending the kick-off and promoting the EBU. Among others, Dutch artists Dave Warmerdam and Lothar Wijnvoord created magic moments. Magic is also the setting of the festival: a medieval castle… The headliner was Mambo Jambo, the EBC 2017 participant of Spain. It was once again showcased how the EBC enhances the visibility of European blues artists. Thank you, Ben. Lots of success to your future blues projects!

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– Blues Peer has been a regular, important event in the festival calendar for three decades. It is held in the Belgian province of Limburg, not far from the border with the Netherlands and Germany. Since 1985, the festival has always remained true to its roots: the love of music, a relaxed atmosphere and the friendly hospitality of Limburg. So it’s not surprising that many renown Rhythm & Blues artists have graced the Peer festival grounds over the years. It should be highlighted that Blues Peer is one of our distinguished EBC Awarding Festivals. The Ragtime Rumours, EBC 2018 winners, played there with great success. Board member, our treasurer, Winne was there, too.

– Swing Wespelaar festival in Belgium celebrated its 31st edition in mid-August. The beautiful small town of Wespelaar greets a big blues event, always with an exciting roster of artists, a free event that attracts a good number of Belgian and European blues lovers. Like Blues Peer, Swing Wespelaar is one of our distinguished Awarding Festivals. The Ragtime Rumours played also there to a great success. Both Winne and Jorden witnessed them while also promoting the EBU!
The other EBC Awarding Festivals are Hondarribia (Spain), Lucerne and Sierre (both Switzerland), Notodden and Blues in Hell (both Norway), and BB Blues (Portugal)

Twój Blues Magazine readers voted EBC 2017 “Best Blues Event 2017”

We are happy to announce that the readers of Polish magazine Twój Blues have voted the European Blues Challenge 2017 the “Blues Event of The Year 2017” in their annual poll

Blues Event of the Year (International)

  1. EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE
  2. Chicago Blues Festival
  3. The death of Gregg Allman
  4. Blues Alive
  5. International Blues Challenge
  6. Blues Festival Eutin
  7. Lucerne Blues Festival
  8. Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival
  9. Hudba v Meste
  10. Hamburg Blues Nights

Twój Blues Magazine received in 2011 the Blues Foundation Keeping The Blues Alive Award. It is Poland only printed publication devoted entirely to blues. The Gala and Award ceremony will take place on 28 April 2018

We hope that European Blues Challenge in Hell 2018 is at least as successful!!

See you in Hell!!

EBC 2017 Jury Members

Big thanks to the great work of EBC 2017 Jury Members: David Baerst (FR), Louisa McKennel (DK), Mike Vernon (UK), Carlos Malles (ES), Dennis Trevarthen (AUS) and Claude Hastert (LU)

 

Chicago Blues Camp. Special Offer for EBU Members

Chicago Blues Camp, a unique 5-day camp experience for adult musicians to learn authentic Chicago Blues from leading performers, has a special discount offer for EBU members. Think “camp” without the bug repellent, sunscreen or flashlight. Instead, grab a cool hat, sunglasses and your favourite guitar, bass or harmonica.

They have classes in blues guitar, bass and harp, as well as lecture/workshops on Chicago blues history and legends, evening jam sessions, outings to famous Chicago blues clubs and the old Chess records studio, and a student performance at the Chicago House of Blues. The camp is being held at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with top Chicago blues performers as instructors, guest artists, and staff.  Unlike other workshops or camps, this focuses on the ensemble urban-electric style of blues that developed here in Chicago.

For Chicago Blues Camp attendees, they offer an optional stayover package for the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. Spend the weekend in downtown Chicago, in easy walking distance to Blues Fest, Buddy Guy’s Legends and many other attractions.

The price of the camp is normally $2,195 and the weekend package is $400, but for EBU or blues society members now they are offering this week-long blues package for only $1,995. Just register for the camp online with the discount code “BluesSociety” (no spaces) and get $200 off the price of the camp and a free Chicago Blues Festival weekend stay. A $2,595 value for only $1,995!

Learn more or register today at: www.ChicagoBluesCamp.com

 

Mariella Tirotto passes away

It is with great sadness we hear about the demise of our member Mariella Tirotto after a long illness
The blues world has lost one of the sweetest, funny, crazy, beautiful and talented people. She celebrated every moment and was a true inspiration. Together with her band, The Blues Federation, she gave the blues and her simpathy all over Europe
She faced her illness with great courage and a positive attitude. Much love to Heins and family..Rest in peace, Mariella Tirotto. We won’t forget you