COPENHAGEN BLUES FESTIVAL
14th edition Sept. 24th - 28th 2014
Copenhagen plus Autumn equals Copenhagen Blues Festival.
And so it does this year - the 14th festival season.
From Sept. 24th to 28th once again the Blues will sound all over Copenhagen,
and we invite all blues fans to visit the city's many clubs and venues for 5 days
of world class international blues, and not least, some very good homegrown blues.
Our musical ambition is to cover all blues style variations in the best possible way,
and to present The Blues in a fine balance between tradition and new expressions.
So, as always, you'll find seasoned blues veterans performing alongside
some very talented young artists, who carry the torch into the future.
Again this year the festival's annual Blues Award Night presents two awards,
"Danish Blues Musician of the Year" and "Best Blues Album of the Year"
The nominees for best album release of the year are:
Blues Jamboree: Ride Train Ride og Grab a Root an’ Growl
Delta Blues Band: Stonewashed
Ole Frimer Band: Blålys
Paul Banks: Blackberry Wine
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado: Too Many Roads
The event takes place at Huset, Sept. 24th at 8 pm and marks the
opening of this year's festival.
Last years Danish Blues Artist award went to the guitarist Ronni Busack-Boysen,
and the award for the best Danish Blues release went to Thorbjoern Risager.
See the videoes from last year's award ceremony on the festival's Facebook page.
FESTIVAL PROGRAMME 2014
This year's festival programme offers 55 blues concerts at 18 venues all over town.
The time schedule offers fine opportunities to attend two or three exiting acts per day.
Please find the full programme in the top left menu, click the concert names to see
articles and photos. Note: several venues have direct links to on-line ticket sale.
If you click the blue picture top right, you'll find the printed festival catalogue,
but only in Danish.
Most of the international acts can be found downtown at the central venues:
Mojo, Huset, and in the afternoon, at Roedovre Centrum and some smaller clubs.
At Huset-KBH we present great Chicago Blues with John Primer & Copenhagen
Slim, Larry McCray Band, the former harmonicaplayer with Muddy Waters for
several years, Paul Oscher, who performs several concerts at the festival.
Funk and soul blues with Bag Of Blues, Janice Harrington's new band with a.o.
Kenn Lending, and the excellent folk-blues musician Cary Morin from Colorado.
Mojo presents super Texas blues with the young, very talented Hamilton Loomis,
the Danish-Swedish band Kokomo Kings, and a host of great Danish blues acts.
Obediah Parker, somewhat of a folk-blues cult ikon, performs at Pilegaarden,
and later in the week Pilegaarden holds a history night about Lead Belly, who
wrote some of the greatest and most covered songs of folk and blues music.
The festivals closes Sunday night with one of the best, absolutely rockin' slide
guitar players in the world, Rick Vito & the Lucky Devils. Don't miss that !
As usual, the city is crawling with Danish blues acts in all styles, forms, shapes and sizes:
Delta Blues Band & Miriam Mandipira
Thorbjoern Risager & the Black Tornado
Mama's Blues Joint
Waitin' for Janis
René Evald Band
and many more.
The festival’s collaboration with the city's biggest shopping center,
Roedovre Centrum, runs in it's 9th year with 8 short, afternoon blues
concerts at the big main stage, 'Festpladsen'. Admittance is free !
"Artist Talk" - Thursday afternoon there's an exciting opportunity to
hear 1 hour's unique stories from the Chicago blues scene in the sixties and
seventies, told by Paul Oscher, who played harmonica with Muddy Waters
for several years. Later that evening he plays a full concert at Bartof Café.
Be there !
Brunch & Blues - Saturday the community house Prismen offers a blues festival lunch.
This time René Evald and his band delivers the musical spices.
Church Blues - on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, Grundtvig's Church holds their traditional
Blues sermon with a bluesy theme and a matching concert.
Enjoy the festival !
The Festival board wishes to thank all,
who contributes in making this festival possible.
Thanks to our sponsors and partners,
to our many venues around town,
and to members, co-workers and volunteers.
and not least to all the great musicians !
Hear news about the festival on Radio Blues Time and on Radio Jazz in September.
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