Held at the foot of the Nemira Mountains, the first edition of the Open Air Blues in the garden festival meant two days of concerts with five bands a day, eight from Romania and two from Serbia: Szabo Zsolt Quintet, Marcian Petrescuand Night Train, Mike Godoroja & Blue Spirit, Iris-Nelu Dumitrescu and Rares Totu Midnight Sun on the first day, and The Southern Cockroaches, Ana Radzic & Blue Family Reunion Band, Sir Blues Vali Răcilă, Florin Giuglea Trio and AXiS on the second day. The motto of the 2020 festival was #LegendsNeverDies
Twenty volunteers ensured the smooth running of the event, from public access – where an epidemiological triage was carried out, taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic, to welcoming the artists and providing accommodation and dining facilities for them, as well as permanent collaboration with local authorities and security and order services.
The musical art was combined with the gastronomic art, at the same time with the blues festival, taking place an exhibition of traditional products, eco and bio, made in the households of the peasants from Troșului Valley.
We look forward to seeing you at the second edition of 2021, which will take place on August 27, 28 and 29, and the evening of August 28, 2021 is a special one, which we have entitled “Ladies’ Night.”
Corona Time is the new video from Spoonful Of Blues. The song was written while the world was in lockdown, and recorded live in Juke Joint Studio when Norway opened up a little and the regulations in Norway allowed us to do so. Corona Time is dedicated and recirded in solidarity with everyone affected by the ingoing pandemic. People around the world suffer from Covid-19, and it is at this time by no means over. Norway is doing better now, but in many countries the infection is still increasing. This is about the blues we all experience and have in common right now. We hope and pray that things are going to be well and that we all will return to normal soon.
Corona Time is written by Jostein Forsberg and Morten Omlid. It is engeneered by Baard Gunnar Moe and filmed by Halvor Halvorsen and Anne Lene Nordboe. All in Juke Joint Studio, Notodden, Norway. The video is made by Halvor Halvorsen.
Spoonful Of Blues are:
Jostein Forsberg: vocals, harmonica
Morten Omlid: guitar
Tony Caddle: bass
Eskil Aasland: drums
The audio single is released across all digital platforms by Bluestown Records on Friday July 3.
Because of the exceptional Covid-19 circumstances, the EBU will extend the present membership with one year. The current 2020 memberships will continue until the end of 2021. Consequently, members who join(ed) in 2020 will enjoy a membership until the end of next year. Why do not consider to become now a member and extend your new membership to the end of 2021? In this way you will take advantage of it and help us to continue promoting the blues during these real difficult times. Read more at: https://www.europeanbluesunion.com/membership-rules/
Due to the lockdown the Fernando Jones Blues Camp in Chicago will take place “virtually” online and students could enjoy it from all over the world. On July young musicians will be able to enjoy this fantastic xperience via Zoom.
A great opportunity for European Young Musicians, and it will be completely free!
Young students that would like to be part of this experience should send their applications and Mr. Fernando Jones will select with an audition the final accepted participants.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the EBU has been working closely with the local EBC organziers, BIZ and DBF, to find a solution for the EBC 2020. Unfortunately it is with regret that the event has to be cancelled.
Here is the official communicate by BIZ and DBF:
European Blues Challenge 2020 cancelled
“Were we not all looking forward to that exiting battle between the 25 top blues-acts of Europe which would have taken place in Zaandam April 17 and 18? Volunteers had slept extra and eaten healthy to be fit and do their utmost in offering a spectacular program. Even a cruiseship was berthed next to the venue to make the distance between overnight stay and performance as small as possible. Children would have been schooled in playing the blues and the centre of Zaandam was vibrating with blues-notes. The 10th edition of the European Blues Challenge, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Dutch Blues Foundation (DBF), was going to be a succes.
All that remains now is that bluesy feeling, unworn T-shirts and a useless scenario.
After careful deliberation the DBF and the Blues in Zaanstad Foundation (BiZ) have come to the conclusion that hosting the 10th edition of the European Blues Challenge in 2020 (EBC2020) has become an unrealistic dream. As such what was first declared postponed is now a cancelled event.
DBF and BiZ will propose to the European Blues Union (EBU) to host the event in the years to come. We trust that she will honor this request, but we do not know the outcome as yet.
Information will be conveyed as soon as decisions are taken and location and dates are confirmed.
We are saddend by the severe consequences of the pandemic and hope that we can all pull through with our health intact.
Be and stay safe
Tickets sold will be payed back. Please give us some time to make that possible”.
The whole EBU community warmly thank BIZ and DBF for the amazing work they have done and their continuous commitment to make EBC 2020 happen. More news will follow soon.
Dear all, even if the EBC 2020 has been postponed for now, we would like to share some music with you, and in particular the music of all the bands that were supposed to play in Zaantheater on April 17 and 18. So enjoy these videos and remain connected with us via our webpage, facebook and istagram!