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Enter for a Blues Aperitiv contest festival 2021!


Blues Aperitiv is an integral part of Blues Alive, which is trying to scout for new talents in blues music from among non-professional bands, regardless of their country of origin.Â

We guarantee playing at the renowned festival Blues Alive2021 for two bands from Blues Aperitiv 2021, The chance for playing at the festival is also for the band, which will have the most votes from the visitors of Blues Aperitiv. The places and times of the winners' performance at Blues Alive 2021 will depend on the possibilities given by the epidemiological circumstances and the resulting form of this year's festival.
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, other Czech festivals or in Poland.

The date for the 22nd Blues Aperitiv is set for Saturday, September 11, 2021, from 7 p.m.
The festival will take place in the large hall of the House of Culture.

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

Bands that are interested in participating in the festival can send applications from now on to horakova@dksumperk.cz.

The application deadline is May 31, 2021!!!

The application form must include the name of your band, names and instruments, a technical rider, a web address, a current photo in press quality, the band bio and two reliable phone and email contacts.
It is necessary to send your demos. without them it is not possible to include the application in the competition. Send at least three samples in mp3 format, or a link to a digital player (but not streaming platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, etc.), together with the application to the above address.

Of course, bands that have completed at the Blues Aperitiv in the past, but did not advance to Blues Alive, can also apply.

From all registered bands, the jury will select 7 advancers + 2 substitutes. Then it's all up to the bands how they will present themselves to a professional international jury composed of music publicists, musicians and spectators.

Important information for the bands selected:

Sound technique, Bass Amp, Basic Drum set will be prepared. Bands will use their own instrumental equipment. Every band has for their gig 30 minutes incl. a sound check. Order will be 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.

 

PF 2021

PF 2021

 

Thank you for all your support in 2020

The year, unparalleled in the modern history of the Czech Republic, is slowly coming to an end. The two-wave world pandemic has literally halted life in the country, including the culture affected by restrictions as one of the most exposed fields of human activity. Unfortunately, our festival was also affected. We have decided to recapitulate the twists and turns of the events surrounding the festival in the last twelve months.

BLUES ALIVE festival had planned the jubilee twenty-fifth year for the year 2020. We started working on it in the second half of 2019, especially at the level of thinking about the overall concept of the memorial or recapitulation part (inviting selected foreign artists who especially were the toast of the audience in previous years, inviting domestic artists who in the past went through the competition part of the festival BLUES APERITIV and Saturday's theme concert, which would be performed exclusively by domestic performers who recently managed to record an album in the United States, associated with three album launches, which were just for the occasion of BLUES ALIVE 2021). The first negotiations with the Museum of National History also began as for a large exhibition of the quarter-century of BLUES ALIVE.

The dramaturgical works intensified after the end of the 24th year of BLUES ALIVE (November 14-16, 2019). Among other things, we invited the audience to decide on a foreign performer in the form of a survey, whom they would like to see again in the 25th year. The American guitarist and singer of Serbian origin Ana Popovic, who was the main star of the festival in 2018, won with a predominance of votes.

In the last weeks of 2019 and the first weeks of the following year the festival dramaturgy including foreign and domestic festival booking was working intensively, so at the end of February the 2020-year program was outlined and contracts with artists from the Czech Republic and abroad were initiated. In mid-March, however, the first wave of Covid-19 began, which not only made a significant part of the planned program uncertain and cancelled in the coming weeks.It also made it impossible to organize the BLUES APERITIV concert in due time (March 28). In January the artists from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland had been selected for the final concert.

After the first wave of Covid-19 had subsided, we had hopes for the possibility of arranging BLUES ALIVE. At the turn of the spring and summer, we revised the originally planned program, we replaced some artists, especially those from the United States, with the other no less quality musicians, especially from European countries and Great Britain, who were hoped to come to the Czech Republic. We also expanded the domestic program slightly. We started to sell tickets, counting on the maximum allowed capacity of 1000 visitors, which at that time was valid for indoor events. All permanent tickets (one-day tickets were not introduced for technical reasons) were sold out literally within a few days, undoubtedly the fastest in the festival's history. At the same time we planned the large exhibition in the museum, which was to show not only large-format photographs from all previous years, but also other interesting facts, such as almost complete festival merchandising in its entire history, printed publications related to the festival or various curiosities form the audience´s private collections.

The new BLUES APERITIV date was also been set for September 26. We managed to make it happen. Although, only four bands ended up on the stage instead of the planned seven ones for epidemiological reasons, the level was high not only in the opinion of the jury, but also in the responses of visitors. Two very young home groups, The Peanuts and Foxy Mama, won the competition.

At the finals of the BLUES APERITIV, the dramaturge of BLUES ALIVE also outlined a new completely different vision of the program and the overall layout of the 25th year of BLUES ALIVE, the third in 2020. Last September the pandemic situation worsened, various restrictions on the organization of cultural events became effective, at first slowly, and we tried to meet the current conditions down to the last detail. In the end, we completely remade the festival program in record time in favour of a large majority of home performers, whose offer was spiced up by several Europeans and, surprisingly, by Ana Popovic, who was staying in Europe this autumn and whose time options proved in line with the festival date. The main feature of the completely new and historically revolutionary form of the festival was the layout of three parallel active stages (in addition to the traditional House of Culture there was also a cinema and the Monastery Church planned) to meet the requirement of the maximum possible number of visitors to one venue. It must be said that the responses to the new form of the festival were generally very positive from the ticket holders and the organizers felt 100% support from the festival's fans.

The deteriorating epidemic situation finally forced us to announce the cancellation of the 25th year on October 12 and its transfer to 2021. Of course, including the exhibition at the Museum of National History. The statement met with sadness, but also with understanding and hope that the festival will be implemented to the same degree in the following year.

As a big thank you to the fans for their support, we asked some of the agreed home and foreign performers, whose live concerts had to be cancelled, for a home recording of one song, recorded exclusively for the BLUES ALIVE audience. In the end, twenty-five contributions were put together, they were connected into two-hour blocks and broadcast as a stream on the festival's Facebook profile on Friday 13th and Saturday November 14th, when the festival was to take place. On the evening of its planned start on Thursday, November 12th, Czech Television, which is the festival's media partner, provided its edited version of the BLUES ALIVE 2005. This activity was also a great success in the Facebook.

These days, preparations for the BLUES ALIVE 2021 are in motion. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it will return stronger than ever before after a one-year break.

Thank you all for your support and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021.

Vladimír Rybička, BLUES ALIVE director
Ondřej Bezr, BLUES ALIVE dramaturge
Štěpán Suchochleb, BLUES ALIVE booking agent

 

Blues Alive in Šumperk this year will not take place due to a coronavirus pandemic


Šumperk, October 12, 2020 - This year's Blues Alive International Festival, which was to take place from November 12 to 14 in Šumperk, is unfortunately cancelled due to coronavirus measures and the overall epidemic situation.

"We are very sorry, but we have been hoping for a long time that we will be allowed to organize this year, which has been sold out. We have also come up with a new look that would allow the festival to be even in the previous restrictions valid in September. Unfortunately, the situation with the pandemic is deteriorating and the Government measures are constantly tightening. Although we have planned all possible hygiene measures, we feel that it would be irresponsible to gamble with the health of visitors, performers and technical staff now. At the same time, uncertainty about the length of the current ban on cultural events does not allow us to prepare the festival to meet our strict criteria,” explains Blues Alive Director Vladimír Rybička.

The 25th Blues Alive will therefore take place from 11 to 13 November 2021. “We look forward to celebrating our jubilee with the fans even more next year. We also thank them for all their support and interest in tickets. Visitors will receive their full entrance fee,” adds Vladimír Rybička.

Important note: this year's tickets are not valid for the next year, they must be returned.

How to return tickets depends on your method of purchase:
GoOut network: If you have bought a ticket through the GoOut sales network, your entrance fee will be refunded automatically and you do not need to request a refund. If you have paid by a payment card, the entrance fee will be returned to your bank account. In you have bought your ticket in a permanent store, it is necessary to return it to the relevant store.

Box office of the House of Culture Šumperk: Tickets purchased at the box office must be returned there.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of the genre in Central Europe. In the 25 years of its existence, it has developed into a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music in the United States. This was confirmed last year, when Blues Alive received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the American The Blues Foundation, the umbrella blues organization, the most important award a non-musician can receive. Representatives of the festival organizers personally took them over in Memphis, USA. Blues Alive has been presenting absolute legends of blues and its current biggest stars since its start in 1996, but it has also been looking for fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on the traditional performance of blues music, but also on various flashovers, search projects based on blues and music related to blues in the second plan. All this with the aim to bring relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music to Czech listeners, but also foreign ones, who come to Šumperk more and more for the festival weekend.

 

If it is possible to organize music events in mid-November, Blues Alive will take place with a changed program and in more venues in Šumperk


Dear spectators, fans of the Blues Alive festival,
Some time ago, we promised you that this week we will introduce you to the changes of this year's Blues Alive, which respond to all valid coronavirus measures - such as reducing the capacity of indoor events or significant travel restrictions in Europe and from the U.S.A. The changes that would allow the jubilee year to be organized in accordance with all currently valid hygiene regulations while maintaining the highest quality program.

Today's announcement of very strict measures cancelling any live concerts in the next 14 days, however, presented this changed Festival form with a capital IF. Everything we have rethought and put together, and you are reading below, is valid IF after these 14 days of strict restrictions at least the current milder state will be put back into practice. However, we do not want to wait another two more weeks with the announcement of these changes and keep you in suspense until the situation becomes clear. Please take this as proof that we are thinking of you and trying to organize the festival even under these difficult conditions. If the festival can take place in this changed form, all purchased tickets will remain valid. And we would like to be fair with you - if you do not like these changes, you will get the opportunity to return your ticket. If the festival is not allowed to be organized at all, we will of course refund the paid entrance fee as well.

Thank you and keep your fingers crossed!


Changes to the Blues Alive 2020 festival if the strict restrictions are loosened to the current level:

The 25th Blues Alive International Festival will take place in Šumperk from 12 to 14 November! With changes to the program, the main star Anna Popović and at more venues!

Since the announcement of the program in June, new coronavirus restrictions have been constantly increasing, which also affected our festival - whether reducing the possible capacity of indoor events, cancelling European tours of contracted bands or the impossibility of traveling to the Czech Republic in connection with the worsening pandemic in our country. All the time, however, we were determined not to give up and organize the jubilee year - to offer our fans live blues music of the highest quality and not to deprive them of a great festival atmosphere,” says Vladimír Rybička, Director of Blues Alive. “The new form is the result of long and complicated negotiations, changes and production considerations. This is the best we can offer in the current situation. At the same time, a hygienically safe environment and the observance of all regulations and recommendations are essential for us,” explains Vladimír Rybička. All tickets purchased remain valid. "We hope that fans will understand these changes in the current situation. And it will be a great support and appreciation for us if they keep the tickets they have already bought and come to Šumperk in November,” appeals Vladimír Rybička.

The first change is that several originally announced artists from the USA cannot come to Europe in the current state and have been replaced by an even larger number of other, equally high-quality names. In total, more than forty performers will come to Šumperk - mainly from the Czech Republic, but also from abroad. "We respond not only to current circumstances, but also to those regular visitors who ask for more domestic bands every year," says dramaturge Ondřej Bezr, who adds: " We will of course try to bring the bands that could not arrive this year to Šumperk to Blues Alive in the future.

The main star of this year will be guitarist and singer Ana Popović. In addition to being one of the most important blues personalities, she is also an extremely popular performer with Blues Alive audience. In last year's poll, whom the festival audience would like to see at the 25th anniversary of Blues Alive, she was the first. "Visitors have literally" ordered "the main star for 2020," points out Ondřej Bezr. Foreign stars include British harp virtuoso and Blues Music Award winner Giles Robson, British singer Pat Fulgoni, who played at the third Blues Alive in 1998, and the phenomenal Dutch guitarist Hans Theessink, who played in Šumperk in 2003. "Young blood, on the other hand, will be represented, for example, by the British band Jawbone, led by the brilliant guitarist Marcus Bonfanti," adds Ondřej Bezr.

Domestic stars will include, for example, Luboš Andršt's Blues Band in a classical line-up with Ondřej Konrád, Vladimír Guma Kulhánek and mainly singer Peter Lipa. Michal Prokop, the darling of the Šumperk audience, will also arrive in Šumperk with Framus Five. The special repertoire for Blues Alive is prepared by a band of young musicians, including former members of Blue Effect, young guitarists Roman Helcl and Adam Krofian, singer Yannick Tevi from the band Vanua2, but mainly one of the best Czech rock singers of the 60's Viktor Sodoma. Together they will pay tribute to Radim Hladík and the band Matadors. One of the few Czech Grammy Award winners, organist Ondřej Pivec, will introduce a special program with a secret guest. The band Jazz Q led by keyboardist and composer Martin Kratochvíl will play at Blues Alive for the first time ever. Singer Vladimír Merta will return to the festival after many years, this time in a trio with violinist Jan Hrubý and keyboardist Ondřej Fencl. We may be looking forward to foreign musicians living in the Czech Republic - Justin Lavash, Phil Shoenfelt, James Harries, Jamie Marshall or Steve Walsh.

The very popular Slovak scene will also be presented in Blues Alive this year. In addition to popular names such as the projects of Juraj Turtev or Erich Boboš Procházka, or ZVA 12-28 Band, which will bring an excellent wind section, Jakub Ursiny will also play here. The son of Slovak rock genius, Dežo Ursiny, is premiering a live performance of his father's famous album Modrý vrch with the band Provisorium this autumn.

The second change is that during the main evenings the festival will not take place as usual on one stage in the House of Culture, but in parallel at three venues not far from each other - apart from the large hall of the House of Culture, which will be divided into two sectors with separate entrances, in Šumperk cinema OKO and the Monastery Church of the Annunciation, where Blues Alive concerts have been held in the past. In order to reach all visitors with a ticket within the capacity limited by coronavirus measures, all foreign and major stars will play two identical concert blocks at different times. The organizers will release the exact program of the individual stages well in advance.

A hygienically safe environment and the observance of all requirements, regulations and recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the Regional Public Health Authority are absolutely essential for the festival organizers. All concert venues will be arranged for seating and they have a larger capacity than the number of spectators admitted. These are halls with high ceilings, sufficient social distancing will be possible and the entry will of course be allowed only in masks. Sufficient disinfection will also be available.

Purchased tickets remain valid without the need for any exchange. "We will be much obliged to our fans for keeping their tickets. Of course, we understand if they ask for their refund,” adds Vladimír Rybička. Purchased tickets can be returned in the GoOut network or at the box office of the House of Culture according to the current situation within the given period (the buyer will receive the full amount back without service fees of the pre-sale network).

list of all Blues Alive 2020 performers, if the festival takes place:

Ana Popović
Giles Robson & Band feat. Philippe LeJuene & Dexter Shaw /GB/FR/
Pat Fulgoni’s Blues Experience /GB/
Jawbone (GB)
Hans Theessink /AT/
Jumping Matt and his Combo feat. Custom Big Band /HU/
Jack Cannon (HU)
Broken Flowers /PL/

Michal Prokop a Framus Five
Luboš Andršt Blues Band Reunion + Peter Lipa /CZ/SK/
Tribute to Radim Hladík feat. Viktor Sodoma (Matadors)
Jazz Q + Jana Koubková
Vladimír Merta, Jan Hrubý, Ondřej Fencl
Ondřej Pivec and guests
Kratochvíl, Koubková, Ackerman, Zangi - Znění & Snění

ZVA 12 28 Band + wind section /SK/
Bluesweiser /SK/
Erich Boboš Procházka & Sitra Achra /SK/
Dura & Blues Club /SK/
Jakub Ursiny & Provisorium: Modrý vrch live /SK/
Erich Boboš Procházka & Marek Wolf /SK/
Beans and Bullets /SK/

Jamie Marshall Acoustic Amplified Band /GB/CZ/
Justin Lavash /GB/
Phil Shoenfelt & David Babka /GB/CZ/
The Spermbankers /FIN/NL/CZ/
James Harries Trio /GB/CZ/
Charlie Slavík Revue feat. Steve Walsh /CZ/USA/

Blue Shadows
Ondřej Konrád & Mrakoplaš
Marek Hlavica and Full Flavour Band
Hoochie Coochie Band
Band of Heysek
November 2nd
The Bladderstones
Kingsize Boogiemen
Sketa Fotr
Jana Šteflíčková
Jan Fic
Petr Bubák Bublák
Jiří Míža
Míra Kašpar
Jakub Kořínek
The Peanuts
Foxy Mama

 

BLUES APERITIV 2020 RESULTS

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)

 

We will present the new form of the festival at the beginning of next week.
Thank you for your patience. Blues Alive Festival Team.


Blues Alive with reduced capacity has been sold out. Such legends as Luboš Andršt with Peter Lipa, Ondřej Pivec or Marek Hlavica are to play there


Šumperk, July 21 - The jubilee twenty-fifth year of the Blues Alive International Festival, which will take place in Šumperk November 12 to 14 this year, has sold out its reduced capacity allowed by coronavirus measures. At the same time, it announces the Czech program, on which it places great emphasis this year.

"This is not only because our regular visitors ask for Czech musicians, but also because we wanted to support the Czech blues scene after many months of quarantine," says festival director Vladimír Rybička. That is why both main accompanying concerts, i.e. Friday afternoon in the H-club and Saturday thematic afternoon in the House of Culture, are compiled without exception from domestic sources, and therefore Czech bands and musicians are also to be heard in the evening concert marathons.

In the main evening blocks, Luboš Andršt Blues Band Reunion will play the with the Slovak singer Peter Lipa, i.e. legends of the genre in a classical line-up with Ondřej Konrád (harmonica) and Vladimír Guma Kulhánek (bass guitar), who meet only on very special occasions. "Their debut album Blues z lipového dřeva was the first Czech blues record ever released," notes Ondřej Bezr, the festival dramaturge. During the concert Ondřej Konrád will celebrate a significant life anniversary and the biographical book Ještě hraju vestoje by Ondřej Bezr and Luboš Andršt will be christened. Another Czech legend Michal Prokop will take on the role of godfather and he will also sing, of course.

Marek Hlavica, who is known to the audience as a long-time moderator of Blues Alive, will also perform with his Full Flavor Band at one of the evening main concerts. "This year we would like to remind you that he is also an excellent singer who has performed at the festival with the bands Tucet and Žáha in the past. His current repertoire is based on the album Solitaire, which Hlavica christened at last year's Blues Alive,” says Ondřej Bezr.

Three more launches await visitors on Saturday's thematic afternoon. Harp player Charlie Slavík recently recorded an album with musicians from Robben Ford's band in Nashville, USA. It will be christened now at Blues Alive; the guest of his band will be the excellent American guitarist and producer living in Prague, Steve Walsh.

The second launch is being prepared by Band of Heysek. "During their visit to the USA last year they recorded two albums with local musicians, well-known from concerts at Blues Alive, right in the center of the hill country blues," says Ondřej Bezr. The album with R. L. Boyce is called Juke My Joint and was released a few months ago. The second album is timed to appear on Blues Alive and the Band of Heysek recorded it with guitarist Kenny Brown.

And for the third time in the thematic afternoon, an EP of their new songs will be christened by November 2nd, the band that has given many concerts and has recorded in the USA and it also played at the IV. Blues Alive in 1999.

The regular guests of the festival also include the protagonists of Friday's concert in the H-club. Blues singers Jiří Míža, Míra Kašpar and Jakub Kořínek went through the Blues Aperitiv competition in the past, but later established themselves as soloists or leaders of their own bands. "Each of them represents an original creative personality of the Czech blues scene," emphasizes Ondřej Bezr.

Ondřej Pivec, a world-famous Czech electric organ player, will perform at a special Friday concert in the Monastery Church with a so far secret guest. "Pivec performed with his Organic Quartet at Blues Alive in 2008, then moved to the USA, where he gained a lot of experience not only by playing in clubs, but also by accompanying gospels in African-American Baptist churches," says Ondřej Bezr. In recent years, he has been a member of the backing band of the phenomenal singer Gregory Porter, and as a member of this band he is also one of the few Czech Grammy Award winners.

As for the foreign artists, the audience can look forward to the legends as Chicago blues leader Lil 'Ed Williams, Chicago slide guitarist and vocalist, former member of the Muddy Waters backing band John Primer, funk, jazz and rhythm & blues saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis with his formation, or the famous pianist and organist Bruce Katz with his band and harmonica player Giles Robson. Other foreign guests include Dutch blues singer Hans Theessink, the phenomenal Hungarian accordionist Mátyás Pribojszki with a big band or as discoveries, American blues singer Jontavious Willis and Chicago guitarist and singer Corey Dennison.

At the moment, the capacity of the House of Culture reduced to permanent passes has been sold out Depending on the current situation with the permitted number of visitors to mass events, the organizers will or will not sell more permanent passes and one-day tickets for individual main evening concerts.

More information can be found at www.bluesalive.cz and the festival profile on Facebook.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of the genre in Central Europe. In the 25 years of its existence, it has developed into a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music in the United States. This was confirmed last year, when Blues Alive received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the American The Blues Foundation, the umbrella blues organization, the most important award a non-musician can receive. Representatives of the festival organizers personally took them over in Memphis, USA. Blues Alive has been presenting absolute legends of blues and its current biggest stars since its start in 1996, but it has also been looking for fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on the traditional performance of blues music, but also on various flashovers, search projects based on blues and music related to blues in the second plan. All this with the aim to bring relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music to Czech listeners, but also foreign ones, who come to Šumperk more and more for the festival weekend.

Blues Alive Ticktes

Ticket sales started on 25 June at 2:00 p.m. with the GoOut.net sales network and at the House of Culture Šumperk.

At the moment, only permanent tickets are on sale. The permanent ticket includes a bonus CD. of last year.

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


dalsi fota: 2020_BA_plakat_A2

 

25th Blues Alive in Šumperk is going to take place! It will offer foreign legends and an emphasis on Czech musicians


Šumperk, June 23 - The 25th anniversary of the Blues Alive International Festival, despite the difficulties associated with coronavirus measures, will take place this year in the usual extend in Šumperk from 12 to 14 November. The audience at the House of Culture may be look forward to foreign legends such as Chicago blues leader Lil 'Ed Williams, Chicago guitarist and singer, former Muddy Waters backing band member John Primer, funk, jazz and rhythm & blues saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis with his formation or the famous pianist and organist Bruce Katz with the band and accordionist Giles Robson. Other foreign guests include American guitarist Bernard Allison, Dutch blues singer Hans Theessink, phenomenal Hungarian harp-player Mátyás Pribojszki with a big band or American blues singer Jontavious Willis and Chicago guitarist and singer Corey Dennison. As the representatives of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, for example, Luboš Andršt Blues Band will play with Peter Lipa, there will be November 2nd, the Band of Heysek, Charlie Slavík Revue featuring Steve Walsh or Marek Hlavica. Limited tickets are available from June 24, 2 pm, in the GoOut network and the box office of the House of Culture.

“As a festival that has been promoting music with deep roots in the United States for twenty-five years, we have had a much harder time preparing for this ´coronavirus ´ year. However, we are sure that the festival as we present it now is going to take place. I believe that we will maintain the tradition of the event, which has seen only very exceptional program changes in the past,” says festival director Vladimír Rybička at the beginning. The basis of the festival program was completed before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. "After the coronavirus had conquered not only Europe, but especially America, we had to cancel a number of program points or move them to the coming years," says festival booking agent Štěpán Suchochleb.

" Despite the difficult situation I believe that we managed to compile a very attractive program that will present both the blues legends and completely fresh discoveries and promises for the future," emphasizes the festival dramaturge Ondřej Bezr, adding: "This year we have put an emphasis on home scene. Not only because our regular visitors ask for Czech musicians, but also because we wanted to support the Czech blues scene after many months of quarantine.” For this reason, the two main accompanying concerts, i.e. Friday afternoon in the H-club and Saturday Thematic afternoon in the House of Culture, are compiled without exception from domestic sources, and therefore Czech performers are also included in the evening concert marathons.

So, what musical personalities are going to perform at the three main festival evenings? Slide guitarist Lil 'Ed Williams and The Blues Imperials have repeatedly won or been nominated for Blues Music Awards and are coming to the Czech Republic as representatives of the modern form of Chicago blues. John Primer, a guitarist and singer from Chicago, a former member of the backing band Muddy Waters, also has experience with Czech musicians. "Michal Prokop, Luboš Andršt and Jan Hrubý played with his band when they have been the only Czech representatives to perform at the Chicago Blues Festival so far," adds Ondřej Bezr.

Pee Wee Ellis, a funk, jazz and rhythm & blues saxophonist and bandleader, will come to Šumperk as the head of his Funk Assembly. "He was a support of the legendary brass section of James Brown band in the second half of the 1960s and then a long-time close associate of Van Morrison," adds Ondřej Bezr.

Two Czech-Slovak legends will also meet on stage in Šumperk: Luboš Andršt Blues Band and Peter Lipa, who will thus restore the now de facto non-existent band, whose debut album Blues z lipového dřeva from 1984 was actually the first Czech blues album. As part of this performance, the biographical book by Luboš Andršt and Ondřej Bezr Ještě hraju vestoje will be christened. Another Czech legend Michal Prokop will take on the role of godfather and he will also sing, of course.

This meeting of legends will not be the only one. Pianist and organist Bruce Katz and harp player Giles Robson will also play together. “Bruce Katz has played with just about everyone in the blues scene, he has won many awards and nominations; among other things, for last year's joint album with Joe Louis Walker and harp player Giles Robson,” says Ondřej Bezr.

Guitarist Bernard Allison is well known to Czech fans, he performed here for the first time as a guest in the program of his famous father Luther Allison in Prague in the very early 1990s. Dutch blues singer Hans Theessink is a lover of wooden blues styles and musical instruments. He already played in Šumperk in 2003. The phenomenal Hungarian harp player Mátyás Pribojszki will arrive in Šumperk as the head of his big band, which will give his music a wide sound and an extraordinary swing. The formation is called Jumping Matt and his Combo featuring the Custom Big Band.

Šumperk will not miss young discoveries - for example, a 23-year-old blues singer from the American Georgia Jontavious Willis. "He is one of the most talked about people on the world blues scene in the last year. His album Spectacular Class was nominated for a Grammy Award in the traditional blues category this year,” emphasizes Ondřej Bezr. Corey Dennison Band, nominated several times for the Blues Music Awards, will also be present at Blues Alive. "It represents one of the most watched acquisitions of the Chicago scene in the last five years, led by the excellent robust guitarist and singer Corey Dennison," concludes Ondřej Bezr.

"Due to the situation, we could not take into account the visitors´ wish lists from last year's survey. We believe that we will be able to bring musicians from at least the top ten to one of the next years,” adds the festival's director Vladimír Rybička.

Limited tickets will be available from June 24, 2 pm, in the GoOut network and at the box office of the House of Culture. More information can be found at www.bluesalive.cz and the festival profile on Facebook.

Blues Alive is the largest international festival of the genre in Central Europe. In the 25 years of its existence, it has developed into a world-renowned show, respected in the cradle of blues music in the United States. This was confirmed last year, when Blues Alive received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the American The Blues Foundation, the umbrella blues organization, the most important award a non-musician can receive. Representatives of the festival organizers personally took them over in Memphis, USA. Blues Alive has been presenting absolute legends of blues and its current biggest stars since its start in 1996, but it has also been looking for fresh discoveries at home and abroad. It focuses not only on the traditional performance of blues music, but also on various flashovers, search projects based on blues and music related to blues in the second plan. All this with the aim to bring relevant information about the current state of blues, which is the root of all contemporary popular music to Czech listeners, but also foreign ones, who come to Šumperk more and more for the festival weekend.

Dear fans of Blues Alive,

as you well know, this year marks the jubilee 25th year of our festival. The situation in its preparations is complex and rather confusing due to the ongoing pandemic and subsequent restrictive measures. Nevertheless, we are absolutely convinced that we will actually meet you at the House of Culture in Šumperk on November 12-14.

At the moment all depend mainly on the possibility of grouping in a larger number of people. We firmly believe that in that in half a year the government will allow at least such a number at which the organization of our festival will make sense.

As for putting the program together, we are currently in a very operational stage preparing three variants of Blues Alive. The primary one is as you know it from previous years, i.e. with artists from all over the world, with big stars and legends and fresh discoveries of the blues scene. But we are also ready that only musicians from European countries will be able to come. Even in this case, we will offer you the highest quality. And thirdly, If the borders are closed, we are also working on a purely Czech variant, when we would try to bring the absolute top of Czech blues and similar music to Šumperk.

Whatever the result, we believe that the program offer and consequently the atmosphere at the 25th Blues Alive will please you as every year and that together we will forget all the sorrows of this strange year for at least those three days.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for each other.

Vladimír Rybička, festival director
Ondřej Bezr, dramaturge
Štěpán Suchochleb, booking agent

 

Blues Aperitiv has been put off. The new date will be announced later.

 

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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)

Backup:

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)
BLUES TIME (PL)
Blackberry Brothers (PL)
Gang Olsena (PL)
Back to Roots (CZ)
Nazdárci (CZ)
Sweet Pepe (Spain)
KSW 4 BLUES (PL)
Patt Berry Trio (CZ)
CALVADOS BAND (SK)
Mo/Fo Cat Clarion (CZ)
PBK Blues (CZ)
Diapositive (PL)
No Frames Band (PL)
COTTON WING (PL)
THE ROAD DOGS (BELARUS)
CRIMSON TOWN PLAYERS (CZ)
Bluewine (SK)
ELECTRIC LADY (CZ)
Večery v jednom (CZ)
The George Dyer Band (PL)
The PeaNuts (CZ)
BACKSiGHT (CZ)
Blue Willmingtons (PL)
Nové struny (CZ)
CROSSROAD (CZ)
The Blues Butcher´s Band (CZ)
The Shookies (CZ)
FREE BLUES BAND (PL)

 

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News

Blues Aperitiv

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22.07.2020

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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23.06.2020

Preparations for the 25th year of the festival

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12.05.2020

Blues Aperitiv has been put off

The new date will be announced later.

10.03.2020

The date of Blues Alive in 2021 is known

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

31.01.2020

The date of Blues Aperitiv in 2021 is known

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

31.01.2020