Fernando Jones Blues Camp Chicago goes Online!

Europe and USA are closer than ever!

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.

Age: from 12 to 18 years old

Deadline for applications: June 1st

Info: https://www.blueskids.com/chicago

Applications: https://www.blueskids.com/early-bird

Blues Camp Online: From July 5th to July 10th

Donations: https://www.blueskids.com/donate


Dear Blues Lovers

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:

Press release 

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.


European Blues Challenge 2020 Participating Bands

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!

From ireland . Crazycrow

From UK – The Achievers

From the Netherlands – Dave Warmerdam Band

From Luxembourg – Ramblin’ South

From Finland – Lumberjacks

From France – Jesse Lee & The Alchemists

From Portugal – The Ramblers

From Greece – Lazytrains

From Estonia – Kaisa Ling Thing

From Poland – Sosnowski 

From Sweden – Ore Island Penitentiary Band

From Bulgaria – Blues Trafic

From Romania – Othello Trio

From Germany – The Bluesanovas

From Czech Republic – WBand

From Switzerland – Justina Lee Brown

From Croatia – Jeremiah’s

From Denmark – Long Line Down

From Hungary – Ripoff Raskolnikov Band

From Belgium – Steven Troch Band

From Italy – Betta Blues Society

From Spain – Mingo, Sanpa & Barez Bros.

From Austria – Marius Dobra Blues Band

From Norway –  Reloaded Norway

From Slovakia- Her Memories