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.

EBC 2016 Press Conference


On May 28th a press conference was held in Brussels at the European Parliament to present the 6th European Blues Challenge that will be in Italy, in Torrita di Siena, on April 8th and 9th in collaboration with Torrita Blues Festival.


The EBC was presented to national and international media and a special musical exhibition was a small concert from Italian bluesman Francesco Piu directly at the Parliament. The same evening a big party with a full concert from Francesco Piu was organized at Café Bizon in Brussels. A special delegation from the EBU board was present both at the press conference and the evening party. Looking forward to see all blues lovers in Italy next year!