Covid-19: EBC 2020 Postponed

The EBU Board received this last official communication  and we share with you all.


The European Blues Challenge 2020 and the Covid-19 virus: update March 17

We regret to announce, as endorsed by the EBU as well as the DBF, the postponement of the European Blues Challenge 2020, due to the uncertainty regarding the status of the measures to be taken in the battle against Covid-19. It is unwise to persevere in continuing the Challenge. Also several countries have informed the EBU that they will abstain from participating, either as precautionary measure or because of the restrictions imposed by their respective governments.

We emphasize that the Challenge is only postponed, not cancelled. We hope that the developments in the Covid-19-situation will make it possible to convey to all an alternate date before the summer holidays. Tickets bought will remain valid and the value transferred to the new date. We will keep you informed.

We deeply regret being forced to take this step, but the Covid-19-pandemic confronts us with an extraordinary situation with far reaching consequences.

With the blues in mind and full regards

The board of the Blues in Zaanstad Foundation

10th European Blues Challenge

The 10th anniversary edition of the European Blues Challenge is approaching! Next April we will be in The Netherlands, more precisely in Zaandam. Thanks to the collaboration with the Dutch Blues Foundation  and Blues in Zaanstad,  Blues bands and fans from all over Europe will be under the sea level!

The main EBC 2020 event will be in the Zaantheater on Friday and Saturday, 17 and 18 April. Even on the preceding Thursday Zaandam will hopefully be the place to attend live blues shows in a number of bars and other venues.

Prepare to enjoy European Blues at the 10th anniversary EBC 2020!

Nearest airport is Amsterdam. More information here: https://www.ebc2020.nl/

And here you can find useful info:

EBU and Blues Foundation in Lucerne

A great meeting took place during the Lucerne Blues Festival last November, some EBU board Members, Davide Grandi, Pertti Nurmi, Roser Infiesta and Jostein Forsberg, met Barbara Newman, BF president, and Michael Freeman, new Chairman from the Boaard Of Directors, to discuss some aspects of the mutula collaboration started some years ago to develop an interchange of blues musicians between USA and Europe. Our work keep on going and together we will be stronger!

The 10th European Blues Challenge

We are proud to announce that the 10th European Blues Challenge will be held in The Netherlands, and more precisely in Zaandam next April. Organized by Blues in Zaanstad and Dutch Blues Foundation, the EBC 2020 will take place on 17th and 18th of April, at the Zaantheater.

Reserve your tickets here: https://ebc2020.entranz.nl/

So prepare to join the European Blues!

 

Nearest airport is Amsterdam. More information here: https://www.ebc2020.nl/

 

Italian Band for EBC 2020

During the Italian Blues Challenge, that was organized in Torrita di Siena by the Italian Blues Union and he Torrita Blues Festival, the four bands were playing for a great blues night. On the stage of Teatro degli Oscuri we had the pleasure to listen to Martin’s Gumbo Blues Band, Gospel Book Revisited, Betta Blues Society and Big Man James Trio.

After more than 2 hours of music, and a special solo by Max Lazzarin,  the hard work of the Jury decided the winner: The Betta Blues Society will be in Zaandam on April 2020 for Italy! With the charismatic Maulo at the helm, the band live and breathe the genre in a fresh and original way, without resorting to simple reproduction. Betta Blues keeps the spirit of the blues alive and kicking whilst making it accessible, widening its appeal beyond a niche of passionate followers. A key strength of the band is the blend created by musicians hailing from different musical backgrounds. They fearlessly intertwine blues, swing and rock, putting on an involving and exciting show with a modern twist. In January 2018 the band reached the final at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (Tennessee, USA) organized by The Blues Foundation, for the first time for an Italian artist.

Harp Attack VI

Last weekend Bulgary had become European’s capital of harmonica hosting two triple-harmonica shows. The event was called Harp Attack, organized by Boris Totev, and put together 3 european harp players taking turns on stage, supported from a backing band. The band was composed by Miroslav Naydenov and Marcello “Billy” Tempesta on guitars, Youlian Traykov on bass and Pablo Leoni on drums. The first show took place in Delta Blues Bar, Sofia on October the 25th. The day after the show moved to Rock n’ Bar, located in Plovdiv. The harmonica players involved were Andrea Capurso (Italy), Andras Kőhalmi (Hungary), Franco Limido (Italy).

The shows has been opened by Andrea Capurso, a young italian harmonica player (24 years old) that proposed a classic Chicago blues set, playing classic songs by Sonny Boy Williamson II, Big Walter Horton, Little Walter and James Cotton. Andrea Capurso wanted to pay tribute to the Chicago harmonica masters, with this set that have seen him for the first time leading a band and singing, backed by Marcello “Billy” Tempesta on guitar, Youlian Traykov on bass and Pablo Leoni on drums. Andras Kőhalmi ran another classical set presenting traditional blues songs like “Caledonia” and “Talk To Your Daughter” but playing in a more modern and technical way, due to his impressive playing skills renewed those masterpieces.

Andras Kőhalmi is cooperating with Miroslav Naydenov from several years, they played with Youlian Traykov and Pablo Leoni. Last but not least Franco Limido presented a full range set that spaced from blues classics such as “Sloppy Drunk” to songs written by himself. The set covered all shades of blues, with funky, Rhythm & Blues and classic roots blues sections. Franco Limido has a great live experiences and toured Europe many times with different projects, among the others the band is running with his brother Marco Limido: Limido Brothers, a duo with Nathan James, Gene Taylor. Franco Limido played with Marcello “Billy” Tempesta, Youlian Traykov and Pablo Leoni. Miroslav Naydenov is an experienced guitar player and singer that played in many european venues and festival in the last years, crucial exponent of the Bulgarian blues scene. Marcello “Billy” Tempesta is a Sofia based young italian guitar player (25 years old) that in the last few years is getting more and more appreciations for his style of playing.

Youlian Traykov is a bass player that took part of the most important blues experiences in Bulgary, he is running different musical projects, among others one with Miroslav Naydenov and a power trio with Marcello “Billy” Tempesta on vocals and lead guitar. Pablo Leoni is one of the most important italian blues drummers, he played with many of the greatest european and world blues representatives such as Sugar Blue, Andy J Forest, Jerry Dugger, Fiona Boyes, Kayla Brox, Giles Robson. At the end of the shows a final jam session took place involving all the musicians that played together a couple of tunes.

Czech Blues Challenge

Thanks to Lucie Kalabova, board member of EBU and president of the Czech Blues Association, Kjell Inge Fischer Brovoll and Fred Delforge were invited in Strážnice to attend the 1st Czech Blues Challenge.
Four bands were in competition, Tom Jegr & Gang, The Peanuts, Mo/Fo Cat Clarion and WBand and after jury deliberations, the winner was WBand, a 5 piece act from South Moravia, at the border between Czech Republic and Slovakia.
WBand will represent Czech Republic next april in Zaandam for the 10th European Blues Challenge. Congratulations to the participant bands and thanks to all volunteers of the Czech Blues Association for the organization of this first national challenge and for their warm welcome!

Participant countries at EBC 2020 in Zaandam (Netherlands)

 

 

Despite the holiday season, most countries have already confirmed their participation at the EBC 2020 in Zaandam, Netherlands, 17-18 April 2020. Few ones have already finished their challenges to select the act representing them at the EBC. We kindly remind that the deadline for notification of participation of a country is 10 September!

Here is the list of confirmed countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czeck Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxemburg
  • Netherland
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom