Welcome to the 19th Annual Dundee Blues Bonanza (DBB),which will be held on the traditional last weekend of June 28,29 30th.
In these doom laden times,when "there is no money,there is no money ",thanks to it's unique structure,the Bonanza survives.We live to fight another year.
With over 30 venues,again self funding the street level festival,which plays host to over 125 live acts,during the Saturday and the Sunday,legend has it that it is the largest free Blues festival in Europe.
Fans and Musicians ,in excess of 12,000,return every year from all over the world,to greet old friends ,meet new people ,and enjoy the Blues Buzz.
This certainly focuses a lot of attention on Dundee,not withstanding the influx of revenue for smaller Businesses ,who so badly need it at present.
Against the odds,and again with the help of private sponsors,and with no funding from the Scottish Governments Arts and Business incentive,this year,the committee are able to bring the Iconic Blues Guitarist Lurrie Bell ,from Chicago to Dundee.Lurrie Bell is the son of famous harp player Carey Bell,who was for a while ,part of Muddy Waters Band.
In past years the committee has brought such illustrious blues artists such as, Mud Morganfield(eldest son of Muddy Waters)Lil' Jimmy Reed(from Alabama)Robert Penn(Detroit City)award winning guitarist Otis Grand, Jimmy Thomas(ex Ike and Tina Turner)and Chicago Gospel/Blues Diva Deitra Farr, which has helped to put Dundee firmly on the International music map.
Lurrie will be in evidence throughout the whole weekend ,starting with the Friday night International Kickstart to the weekend,hosted by 20 ROCKS.(formerly the Doghouse and culminating in the Sunday party which will be held in the WESTPORT BAR.
Thanks to the enthusiastic participation of the Wellgate,the usual Friday media launch,with the International artists,starting at 2pm.will be extended .this year to include youngsters ,veterans from previous Junior workshops,who will put on a special performance along with the other performers.
The Wellgate ,are also for the first time, including acts on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons.A whole new shopping experience.
With the ever expanding recognition of Blues Music (Hugh Laurie has another excellent blues programme on TV,following closely on the heels of Trevor MacDonald's trip down the Mississippi ),and the fact that the DBB is deemed to be one of the top ten events in the Citys calender,which has certainly put Dundee on the International Music map,it may even go someway to help establish Dundee's bid to be the next City of Culture.
All media are invited to attend the Media Launch in the Wellgate on Friday 28th at 2pm and the Committee can be contacted for interviews by ;-
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