Following the kind invitation of Boris Hrepic Hrepa, Director of Thrill Blues Festival in Croatia, our new Board member Dave Raven will visit the festival and promote the EBU over there. Trilj is a small city nearby Split, close to the Cetina river and the host town of the first Thrill Blues Festival in mid-July. This is the first time ever that the Cetinska Krajina Region holds a blues festival. The headliner is Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, and other blues artists playing are Light Under The Black Mountain, Sunnysiders, Hal, Ozone and Dbluz. Lot of activities will be organized: concerts, blues workshop for children, degustation of traditional dishes of Trilj and famous rafting on the Cetina River. Many tourists from Central Dalmatia will come to relax with the expected good weather and enjoy the sounds of blues. The festival Director Boris Hrepić Hrepa is the President of Croatian Blues Forces and, naturally, a member of the European Blues Union. His own band, Sunnysiders, was the first Croatian blues band to reach the semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
During the weekend of 21-23 April Board members Fred and Roser visited Chorzow in Poland to participate to the Bluestracje Festival. The festival hosted an attractive line-up including Bayou Alligators, Guy Verlinde & the Mighty Gators and Myles Sanko, as well as the wonderful opening of the art exhibition by Danuta Matysik, the “Blues Top 2015” (an award ceremony showcasing the “cream of the Polish blues” with winners of the annual poll conducted among the readers of “Twoj Blues” Magazine), the after party celebration of the 17th anniversary of “Twoj Blues” Magazine and the blues brunch with Boo Boo Davis. Fred and Roser enjoyed the kind hospitality of the whole Matysik family during the whole weekend. It was also a good opportunity to promote the European Blues Union among Polish blues fans.
Andzrej Matysik at the award ceremony
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.
Join it in Notodden this summer!
Hosted by the Notodden Blues Festival, Europas Blues Senter and Steven Van Zandt, the school combines the best instructors in Norway with Master Classes featuring Notodden Blues Festival artists, providing youth with the opportunity to jump start their music careers. Taking place in the days before the Notodden Blues Festival, Little Steven’s Blues School is a creative melting pot where students from all music genres work with song writing, composition, arrangement. The emphasis is on playing in a band, using use of music tools and elements of the Steven Van Zandt’s Rock & Roll Forever Foundation.
Band Camp 1:
For ages 13-18: July 31 – August 5 Price 325 Euro
Band Camp 2:
For ages 19-26: July 29 – August 3 Price 435 Euro
Prices cover all foods, accommodation and instructions, as well as a festival pass to the Notodden Blues Festival!
For more information, see the website http://littlestevensbluesschool.com/en/
With great sadness we have known the demise of our friend, EBU member, artistic Director of the Magic Blues Festival and board member of the Swiss Blues Society, Mr. Hannes Anrig
Last year he was honoured with our Blues Behind The Scenes Award for his tireless work to introduce blues and early jazz in Europe since the early seventies and especially New Orleans music either live or producing for more than fifteen years a series of countless and incredible albums with the top or New Orleans musicians through the record label Blueshouse Productions, as well as organizing meetings and parties with Louisiana musicians all over Switzerland.
At the last EBC in Horsens, he was not in good form, but he had pleasure to be together with the Swiss group who came there.
Rest in peace Hannes, we will miss you.
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!
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
And here you can find useful info:
- EBC Program
- EBC Bands
- EBU arrangements
- General Assembly
- Blues Market
- Info for bands
- Practical info
- Special Event