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Aperitiv Blues Alive


The following bands are advancing to the main Blues Alive program (Ĺ umperk 12 - 14 November 2020):
Foxy Mama (CZ)
The PeaNuts (CZ)

Audience price:
Foxy Mama (CZ)

The following band ise advancing to the main Blues Alive program (ChorzĂłw 15 November 2020):
Mo / Fo Cat Clarion (CZ)

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The finalists of the Blues Aperitiv competition, in which young promising bands are selected for the November Blues Alive, are known

Another year of the Blues Alive International Festival in Šumperk is still nine months ahead, but there is already a selection of young and promising blues bands that will be presented live in November in the main part of this prestigious show. In the second half of February, as part of the 21st edition of the Blues Aperitiv competition, an expert jury selected seven groups to play at the final concert on Saturday 28 March in the concert hall of the House of Culture in Šumperk.

Two winners of the competition will be nominated by the festival's organizers for the main Blues Alive program, which takes place from 12 to 14 November 2020. The bands advoncing to the competition concert are: Blue Willmingtons (Poland), The PeaNuts (Czech Republic), Diapositive (Poland) ), Mo / Fo Cat Clarion (CR), Patt Berry Trio (CR), Blackberry Brothers (Poland) and Foxy Mama (CR). Substitutes are Tommy G Band (Czech Republic) and Fingerstyle Bob & The Blues Society (Poland).

This year's Blues Aperitiv was very rich in several ways,” says Ondřej Bezr, chairman of the jury and dramaturge of Blues Alive. The number of bands entered was record-breaking and they entered the first round of the contest by four more than last year, ie a total of thirty-four. Also the countries of origin, when the traditional Czech, Slovak and Polish musicians were supplemented by competitors from Belarus and Spain. “Moreover, a generation scope featuring several bands proves that the blues phenomenon also appeals to musicians at the beginning of their musician and life career. And also a wide range of styles, from acoustic forms of blues and music derived from it, through fully electrified bluesrock, to various experiments with atypical instruments or song forms, ”adds Ondřej Bezr. "I believe that the live performances of the finalists will confirm that the level of the Blues Aperitiv this year was high and there will certainly be some interesting talents with a promise for the future," Bezr concludes.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of its genre in Central Europe. During its 23 years of existence, it has worked its way up to a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music, the United States of America. This was confirmed last year when Blues Alive received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award from the American Blues Foundation, the umbrella organization of blues music. Representatives of the festival organizers personally collected the award in Memphis, USA. Since its inception in 1996, Blues Alive has been presenting both the absolute legends of blues and its current greatest stars, but it has also been seeking after fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on traditional blues music, but also on a variety of conquests, blues search projects and blues-related music in the second plan. All this with the aim of to providing relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music, to Czech and foreign listeners, who are more and more to come to Šumperk at the festival weekend.


The finalists of the 21st year of the Blues Aperitiv competition are already known

In mid-February an expert jury, consisiting of music journalists, active musicians and festival promoters, selected seven groups to perform live at the final concert of the Blues Aperitiv international competition on Saturday, March 28, from 7 pm at the House of Culture in Šumperk.

There will be two winners, who are guaranteed to perform in the main program of the renowned Blues Alive festival, which takes place from 12 to 14 November this year. However, experience from previous years gives hope to more than two bands!

Bands qualifying for the final concert Blues Aperitiv XXI.

Blue Willmingtons (PL)
The PeaNuts (CZ)
Diapositive (PL)
Mo/Fo Cat Clarion (CZ)
Patt Berry Trio (CZ)
Blackberry Brothers (PL)
Foxy Mama (CZ)


Tommy G Band (CZ)
Fingerstyle Bob & The Blues Society (PL)


The bands applied for this year's Blues Aperitiv festival

Tommy G Band (CZ)
Christine & The Blue Drags (PL)
Jurajski Oddział Bluesowy (PL)
Štěpán Axman (CZ)
Fingerstyle Bob & The Blues Society (PL)
Foxy Mama (CZ)
Blackberry Brothers (PL)
Gang Olsena (PL)
Back to Roots (CZ)
Nazdárci (CZ)
Sweet Pepe (Spain)
Patt Berry Trio (CZ)
Mo/Fo Cat Clarion (CZ)
PBK Blues (CZ)
Diapositive (PL)
No Frames Band (PL)
Bluewine (SK)
Večery v jednom (CZ)
The George Dyer Band (PL)
The PeaNuts (CZ)
Blue Willmingtons (PL)
Nové struny (CZ)
The Blues Butcher´s Band (CZ)
The Shookies (CZ)

Do you want to play at Blues Alive XXV.?

Enter for a Blues Aperitiv contest festival!

Blues Aperitiv is an integral part of Blues Alive, which is trying to scout for new talents in blues music from among Czech, Slovak, UK or Polish bands.

We guarantee playing at the renowned festival Blues Alive for two bands, which traditionally welcome the visitors with their concert in the foyer of Culture House. The chance for visiting Blues Alive is also for the band, which will have the most votes from the visitors of Blues Aperitiv. This band will start one of jam sessions, that are in pubs and clubs in Šumperk during Blues Alive.

Previous experience from past years gives a chance to more than three bands. The other bands, that will capture the jury´s or the audience´s attention, may get an invitation to play at side stages of Blues Alive, another Czech festivals or in Poland.

The final concert of Blues Aperitiv contest will be held on Saturday, March 28 at Culture House in Šumperk from 7.00 p.m.

Conditions which will give you a chance to be chosen for Blues Aperitiv:

Closing date: 12.1.2020!!!

If you want to take part in the festival, send the application form to horakova@dksumperk.cz. It must include the name of your band, names and instruments, a band bio, a technical rider, a web address, a current photo in press quality and two reliable phone and email contacts. It is necessary to send three songs as mp3 or web link by mail. From all entry bands 9 will be selected (7x qualifiers, 2x stand-in), seven will perform in front of an international jury and spectators.

Important information for Bands:

Sound technique, Bass Amp, Basic Drum set will be prepared. Bands will use their own instrumental equipments. Every band has for their gig 30 minutes incl. a sound check. Order will by decided by lots. We will give you a contribution for petrol and also reserve accommodation for you. If you want, we may reserve the accommodation for your friends too (they will pay it individually).



Blues Aperitiv

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Ticket are available from June 25 at 2 p.m.

Through the pre-sale network GoOut.net and in the pre-sale DK Šumperk.

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Preparations for the 25th year of the festival

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Blues Aperitiv has been put off

The new date will be announced later.


The date of Blues Alive in 2021 is known

XXVI. Blues Alive will take place from 11th to 13th November 2021.


The date of Blues Aperitiv in 2021 is known

The Blues Aperitiv in 2021 will take place on March 20.