Posted: September 26, 2013
From Sept. 25th to 29th the Blues once again sounds all over Copenhagen. This is our 13th season, and we invite all blues fans to visit the city's many clubs and venues for 5 days of world class international blues, and some great homegrown blues too.
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 traditional and new expressions. So, as always, you'll find the seasoned blues veterans performing alongside some very talented, young artists, who will carry the torch into the future.
This year's festival program offers 59 concerts at 19 venues all over town. The time schedule offers fine opportunities to attend two or three exiting acts per day. Most of the international acts can be found downtown at the central venues of Mojo, Huset, and Amager Bio, and in the afternoon, at Roedovre Centrum:
- From Australia, the eminent roots duo Fingerprint at Bartof
- From L.A., the phenomenal singer and harmonica player Mitch Kashmar featuring his friend, West Coast guitar ace John Marx,
- From England /Northern Ireland, two great blues-rock talents, Simon McBride and - Aynsley Lister in double concert at Amager Bio
- From Chicago, not one, but two of the city's best blues acts: Linsey Alexander and Jimmy Burns
- From Ohio, super blues & jump guitarist Sean Carney at Mojo
- From Portland, Oregon, Franck "Paris Slim" Goldwasser, well known from The Mannish Boys
- To top the bill on Saturday at Huset, also from the American West Coast: Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Since 2002 the festival's annual award, "Danish Blues Musician of the Year", has been a permanent event during the festival week. This year we have an exciting addition: The "Best Blues Album of the Year" award has been revived after several years' absence, and now becomes part of an even bigger Blues Festival Award ceremony, taking place on Friday Sept. 27th, 8 PM at Huset.
This initiative was taken by the two major rhythmic music organizations ROSA and JazzDenmark, who say:
”By reviving this award we hope to give Danish Blues a push forward, not just in Denmark, but in the rest of the world as well. It deserves that”.
Of course, the city is also crawling with Danish blues top acts in all forms, shapes and sizes:
Thorbjoern Risager, Delta Blues Band with Miriam Mandipira, The Deepers, The Blues Overdrive, Waitin' for Janis, Jake Green Band, Kenn Lending Blues Band, The Fried Okra Band, Mike Andersen & Jens Kristian Dam, Risager & Balsgaard, Hans Knudsen & Ronni Boysen, Troels Jensen & Paul Banks and many more.
The festival is happy collaborating with the city's biggest shopping center, Roedovre Centrum, presenting a series of short, afternoon blues concerts at the main stage, "the Festplads' - admittance is free !
- Thursday - Fingerprint and Mitch Kashmar & John Marx
- Friday - Jimmy Burns and Linsey Alexander
- Saturday - Steve James and Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
- Sunday - Miriam Mandipira with Delta Blues Band and Franck "Paris Slim" Goldwasser
Most acts can also be heard at night at the venues around town during the festival week. We encourage the afternoon crowds to come out and get some more!
Copenhagen's main library invites to an "Artist Talk" with Chicago blues man Linsey Alexander. It's Thursday at 5 PM, where Mr. Alexander will tell his stories from a long life as an American blues artist.
Brunch & Blues - Saturday the community house Prismen offers a blues festival lunch. This time Kjeld Lauritsen's smooth organ-jazz trio featuring Almaz Yebio delivers the musical spices.
Blues Cruise - a new event this year is a Blues Cruise with Canal Tours around the canals and inner harbor on Saturday & Sunday afternoon - of course with some great blues music during the 90 minutes cruise.
Church Blues - on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, Grundtvig's Church holds their traditional Blues sermon with the theme: “The Highway Blues and the Heavenly Journey”. After the Sermon there's even a concert with Kenn Lending Blues Band.
Jam - As every year, the blues fest closes with a traditional acoustic Roots'n'Blues Jam at Mojo Sunday night. Mojo Blues Bar, by the way, celebrates its 30th anniversary on Oct. the 30th, the day after the festival. Well done!
We wish everyone a great Blues Festival!
See you there.
Copenhagen Blues Festival