Little Steven In Milano

We had the chance to meet Mr Van Zandt, aka Little Steven, for his concert in Milano at The Alcatraz, with his band, The Disciples Of Soul on June 13th and, thanks to Jeremy Tufano of Renegade Nation, discuss briefly with him some aspects related to the Little Steven Blues School that will be held in Notodden at the end of July.

His wise suggestions related to expand the educational projects to othe european festivals will be soon discussed with the Board and we will work on it as from 2020. We are happy that Mr Van Zandt, also with his project teachrock is promoting the musical culture all around the world, as his live exìhibitions clearly demonstrate!

EBC Winner in Hell

Kyla Brox EBC 2019 Winner, will be in Hell next September!

After The Azores in Norway for one of the many gigs thanks to the  European Blues Challenge Awarding festivals!

Bluesfest Eutin Welcomes EBU Board Members

Two of our board members attended at the 30th Bluesfest Eutin (Germany) where a huge European blues community coming from Denmark, Norway, Poland, Latvia, Spain, France and of course Germany is present every year.

For their 3 decades of involvement in the blues, Barbara Bloch, Helge Nickel and all the volunteers imagined a nice program with contestant and past winners of the European Blues Challenges like Richie Arndt (2011, 2019), Latvian Blues Band (2013), Fried Okra (2018) and The Ragtime Rumours (2018) but also with European and American acts like Jonathon “Boogie” Long, Sean Chambers and Dustin Arbuckle. Thanks to Eutin Bluesfest to Keep The Blues Alive!

European Blues Union at Bluestracje in Chorzow (Poland)

The Bluestracje in Chorzow – Poland has become a tradition amongst the blues events in Europe. The previous edition took place from 26 until 28 April.

The Bluestracje in Chorzow, Poland, has become a tradition amongst blues events in Europe. The latest edition took place 26 – 28 April. The following bands performed at MDK Batory venue on 26th April: Nico Chona & The Freshtones (Fr), Vanesa Harbek (Arg) and Jo Harman (UK). Polish awards were distributed the following night during “Gala Blues Top 2018” at the Chorzowskie Centrum Kultur. Following artists performed: Natalia Kwiatkowska, Sebastian Riedel, Roman Puchowski, Bartłomiej Szopiński, Michał Kielak, Krzysztof Scierański, Blues Junkers, Blackberry Brothers and Willie Mae Unit. The festival ended on Sunday 28 April with a “Blues Brunch” at Sztygarka Club accompanied by the divine voices of the female trio “Ornery Broad”. The EBU community was also represented, among the attendants our efficient Board assistant Jorden Wouters (Brussels Blues Society). Naturally the hosts and organizers of the event, the Matysik family (Delta Blues), were there whom we congratulate and thank for their enthusiasm and supporting the blues in Poland and Europe!

Letter from Kyla Brox

Here is the letter Kyla Brox, winner of EBC 2019 in Ponta Delgada, has forwarded to the EBU with some of her impressions after the Challenge:

Our Experience at the 9th EBC

I’m so proud to have represented the UK Blues Federation at the 9th European Blues Challenge and thrilled that we won! The response from the crowd, the judges and our fellow musicians was amazing and it feels great to receive this huge accolade. I can’t stop smiling!

The event itself was truly brilliant. It went so smoothly; everything seemed to run exactly to time and exactly as planned, at least from my point of view. Congratulations must go to the European Blues Union and the Santa Maria Blues Festival Association for doing such a great job of organising it all.  Held in Ponta Delgada, The Azores, we couldn’t have wished for a more beautiful setting: an amazing venue on a gorgeous island. I loved every minute. 

The occasion and the dramatic venue demanded that we came on stage at the top of our game. The full weight of support and the pressure of expectation definitely spurred me on. Not only did we need to deliver our best performance, we had to make sure that we weren’t over or under time. As we got to the end of our last song, “Honestly Blues”, we still had over a minute left on the clock and I decided I wasn’t going to stop! I hoped the band would follow me and just carried on singing. It was that moment of improvisation, flying blind, when I really felt like we were playing out of our skin, purely in the music and the crowd could feel it, too. I dedicated the whole performance to Blues broadcasting legend, Dave Raven, who we lost to cancer so recently, and I’m pretty sure he was shining a light on me through the whole thing. 

We are already reaping rewards from our win in the Azores; many new opportunities to play in countries we haven’t visited before, more DJs playing our music, some great press coverage. Taking part in the UK, European and International Blues Challenges has been an emotional rollercoaster, but it has definitely been a good thing for my career. Many thanks to the UK Blues Federation, the European Blues Union and The Blues Foundation for their dedication to the Challenges and the Blues. I’m so happy!

Love Kyla

 

EBC Winners 2019

9th European Blues Challenge 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 6th European Blues Challenge 2019:

  • 1st place: Kyla Brox

  • Awarding Ceremony

  • 2nd Place: Geir Bertheussen Blues Express – 3rd Place: The Dynamite Blues Band

Dave Raven

For all of us, EBU board members, it has been an honour and a pleasure to know and work together with Dave Raven, who passed away last Friday. We will always remember his positive attitude and the enthousiasm he put in all the projects we did together. Thanks Dave for the good moments you have always given and shared with us.
Goodbye Dave!!

A book of condolences, thanks to the UK Blues Federation, where people can post messages, memories etc, can be accessed at http://bit.ly/2HGTEmH