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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).


This is the record! The Šumperk festival Blues Alive 2019 is sold out three months before it starts.

The interest in tickets for the twenty-fourth year of the Blues Alive International Festival, which will take place at the House of Culture in Šumperk from November 14 to 16, has surpassed all expectations. Three months before it starts, the organizers report “sold out!” Both one-day and three-day tickets are no longer available.

“It's a new record, we haven't sold out so soon,” says festival director Vladimír Rybička. “We would like to thank all our fans for their huge interest. we take it as the reward for dramaturgy, when we carefully consider every name we are to invite to Šumperk. But it is also the commitment to prepare the festival our best and be a credit to the prestigious American Keeping The Blues Alive Award, which we have won this year, „adds Rybička.

Blues Alive Ticktes

Ticket sales started on 17 June at 2:00 p.m. with the GoOut sales network and at the House of Culture Šumperk.

Festival visitors do not need to print their tickets, just show the ticket code on your phone display. If you have any questions, please contact our customer support at +420 222 70 30 70 or e-mail: info@goout.cz


The Blues Alive 2019 will present great female voices, master guitarists and Louisiana music

Artists such as Lizz Wright, Marcia Ball, Kenny Neal and Ronnie Baker Brooks will play in here.

Šumperk, June 5 - This year's winner of the most prestigious blues award, the Blues Music Award in contemporary blues, Louisiana multi-instrumentalist and singer Kenny Neal. Best contemporary pianist awarded the same prize Marcia Ball, one of the most prominent middle-class blues Ronnie Baker Brooks or the extremely successful gospel-blues singer Lizz Wright. These are just some of the stars of this year's 24th International Festival Blues Alive. It will take place from 14 to 16 November in the House of Culture in Šumperk.

The success of previous years of Blues Alive, especially last year, which was sold out a long time ahead and its program received a great deal of attention from both visitors and the media, has made us very responsible for the upcoming year. We did not want to disappoint our loyal audience and we truly considered every artist we have invited to the festival,” says the director of the festival Vladimír Rybička.

Sixty-one-year-old Kenny Neal, whose concert Saturday night will culminate with, is one of the most famous personalities of the American blues scene. "Playing all kinds of guitars, he is also an excellent harp player, singer and songwriter. He is to arrive in the Czech Republic just in the same year when he won the prestigious Blues Music Awards and has become the Contemporary Blues Mate Artist of the year
, says the festival dramaturgist Ondřej Bezr. The first negotiating between the artist and the festival about his coming to the festival took place in Memphis this January, where the representatives of Blues Alive went to take over the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive Award: during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Kenny Neal and his band led a night guest jam session.

The Louisiana music scene will also be partially represented by the star of Thursday festival night, the legendary seventy-year-old pianist and singer Marcia Ball. “Although she comes from neighbouring Texas, her music is very strongly influenced by Louisiana wamp blues and the local piano tradition. Indeed, she played with the Queen of New Orleans soul Irma Thomas,” says Ondřej Bezr. This year Marcia Ball has won Pinetop Perkins Award, which is awarded to the best keyboard players at the Blues Music Awards.

Ronnie Baker Brooks, 52, son of one of Chicago's biggest blues legend Lonnie Brooks (1933-2017) will be the headliner of Friday festival concert. Ronnie got his first music experience as a bassist and guitarist In his father's band in the 1980s. He made his solo debut in 1998 and today he is one of the major exponents of the Chicago music scene.

Other concert blocks also present very interesting names. For example, the excellent American band Delta Moon will play at Blues Alive on Thursday, featuring a cast with two slide guitars. There will also be a phenomenal Texan guitarist Doyle Bramhall II who, in addition to his own work, is known as a long-time member of Eric Clapton´s backing band and a long-time player in other rock and blues stars´bands - Roger Waters, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John, Gregg Allman and many more. The same evening, the House of Culture in Šumperk will also resound with a truly great female voice belonging to Lizz Wright. The singer, who combines rhythm and blues, gospel and jazz, will return to the Czech Republic a year after her extraordinarily successful performance at the Prague Festival Strings of Autumn, when she filled the ancient Dvořák Hall in Rudolfinum.

Friday program offers several completely different views of blues music. The hard and dramatic French band Dirty Deep will return to the Blues Alive after three years with its raw music based on the deepest roots. A very specific slide guitar will be presented by another legend from the United States, Watermelon Slim, and one of this year's discoveries, group Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse will extend the Louisiana thread. "Their singer Greta Valenti, born in Louisiana, is accompanied by British musicians and the result is a modern soul blues signwriting with a great deal of mysterious" swampy "atmosphere. After all, the title of their debut album, Love & Murder, suggests a lot ...,” adds Ondřej Bezr.

Also, on Saturday festival night, Blues Alive will present several current discoveries of the contemporary scene. One of them is American Noah Wotherspoon Band, whose frontman won the Best Young Guitarist Award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2015, and the generation of guitarists in their 20s will be joined by Matt Long, the frontman of the British band Catfish, who can boast a major British Blues Award , or Zach Day, a blues songwriter from the locality where some of the main stars of the past year, the North Mississippi Blues Project, came from. And it was one of last year's performers Robert Kimbrough, who recommended Zach Day to the organizers of Blues Alive.

As usual, all three concert nights will be opened by the groups that won this year's and last year's Blues Aperitiv: Kiero Grande, Tony Bigmouth Pearson and Beans And Bullets from Slovakia and Caramel Black, Forsal and Silesian Hammond Group from Poland.

Aside from main concert nights, Friday's double-block in H-Club in Šumperk is worth a special attention. You can listen to the excellent British guitarist Gwenifer Raymond, who has been actively researching in the earliest forms of blues music, and Czech blues singer Jan Fic in a unique project with the personality of alternative scene, Martin E. Kyšperský, prepared exclusively for Blues Alive based on Fic´s debut album Město, which met with extraordinary response

The traditional Saturday themed afternoon will be called Jazz Alive this year. The pun clearly suggests what genre will be in focus this time. Three domestic formations will be play there: Vertigo, Jaromír Honzák Quintet and Muff. “These three bands consist of almost all the greatest personalities of the middle generation of the contemporary Czech jazz scene. Mostly high-quality, well-known and therefore busy musicians. Getting them to one stage in one day is a logistic miracle,” says Ondřej Bezr.

Tickets for the 24th Blues Alive festival will be sold from June 17 at 2 pm in the GoOut pre-sales network and at the box office of the Culture House in Šumperk. Information on accommodation options and other program details can be found at www.bluesalive.cz and the Facebook festival profile.

Blues Alive is the biggest international blues festival in Central Europe. In the 23 years of its existence, it has worked its way up to the position of a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music, the United States of America. This fact has been confirmed this year when the Blues Alive has been awarded Keeping The Blues Alive Award, the most significant award a non-musician can win, by The Blues Foundation, the overarching organization of its genre. Representatives of the festival organizers took over the prize personally on 25 January in Memphis, USA. Since its start in 1996 Blues Alive has been presenting both the absolute blues legends and the current biggest stars, but it has also been seeking fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on traditional blues music, but also on various flashovers, blues-based search projects, and blues-related music. All this with the aim to bring relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of contemporary popular music, to Czech as well as foreign audience, whose number has been constantly increasing.

Programme Blues Alive XXIV

1st Main Concert Thursday 14/11 / 07:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk
Foyer: Kiero Grande – foyer (SK)
Tony Bigmouth Pearson (SK)
Delta Moon (USA)  
Lizz Wright (USA)
Doyle Bramhall II (USA)  
Marcia Ball (USA) 
Admission: 650 CZK

Jam session - 12:00 PM
Pivnice Holba – Kiero Grande (SK)  

Friday 15/11/ 02:00 PM H - Club Šumperk
Gwenifer Raymond (GB)
Jan Fic, Martin E. Kyšperský a další (CZ)
Admission: 140 CZK

2nd main concert Friday 15/11. / 06:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk
Foyer: Caramel Black (PL) 
Forsal (PL)
Dirty Deep (FR) 
Watermelon Slim (USA)
Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse (USA/GB)   
Ronnie Baker Brooks (USA)
Admission: 650 CZK

Jam session - 12:00 PM
Foyer Domu kultury: Caramel Black (PL)   
Pivnice Holba: Forsal (PL)

Saturday 16/11 / at 11:00 AM Cinema Oko Šumperk
Zelená kniha /film USA 2018, režie: Peter Farelly, hrají: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali/   
Admission: 70 CZK

Saturday 16/11 / at 01:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk/ Theme Afternoon
- Jazz Alive
Vertigo (CZ)  
Jaromír Honzák Quintet (CZ)  
Muff (CZ) 

3rd main concert Saturday 16/11 / 06:00 PM Big concert hall in House of Culture Šumperk
Foyer: Beans and Bullets (SK)  
Silesian Hammond Group (PL)  
Noah Wotherspoon Band (USA)   
Zach Day (USA) 
Catfish (GB)
Kenny Neal Band (USA)
Admission: 750 CZK

Jam session - 12:00 PM

Foyer Domu kultury: Beans and Bullets (SK)
Pivnice Holba: Silesian Hammond Group (PL)

Admission: themed afternoon + 3rd main concert - 750 CZK

Permanent pass: November 14, 15 and 16 + bonus CD - 1 700 CZK



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The finalists Blues Aperitiv

The finalists of the jubilee 20th annual Blues Aperitiv are already known. Congratulations!
The final evening will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm at the House of Culture Sumperk.

Caramel Black (PL)
Petr "Djedro" Ritzka (CZ)
Beans & Bullets (EN)
Blackberry Brothers (PL)
Tony Bigmouth Pearson (SK)
Juraj Schweigert & The Groove Time (SK)
Giedi Prime (CZ / USA)

The Peanuts (CZ)
Backsight (CZ)



Blues Alive Ticktes

Ticket sales will start on June 17 at 2:00 p.m. with the GoOut sales network and at the Hous of Culture Šumperk.