Congratulations to Ed & The Gators as winners of Belgium Blues Challenge 2017! They will represent Belgium at the 6th European Blues Challenge next March in Hell (Norway)
At this moment countries have already confirmed their participation at 2018 European Blues Challenge in Hell and most of them are now running the band selection process. Here is the list of participant countries:
13.- United Kingdom
21,. Czeck Republick
EBC awarding festival Swing Wespelaar in Belgium celebrates its 30th Anniversary in August!
To commemorate such important date they have prepared an interesting line-up with amazing artists like Jimmy Burns, Popa Chubby, Detonics, The Bluesbones, Kaz Hawkins Band, Chris Cain, Earl Thomas, Bernard Allison Group, Gospel Mass at the Church, featuring gospel choir “Karibuni”, Tensfield, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, JJ Thames, Billy Branch, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat andHeritage Blues Orchestra.
Congratulations for their 30 years work and… let’s have a party!
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.