THE DECEMBERISTS // MELISSA ETHERIDGE // TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND // ALLEN STONE // RHIANNON GIDDENS // VINTAGE TROUBLE // SONGHOY BLUES // JACKSON BROWNE // ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES // NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE // SHAKEY GRAVES // THE WORD//
With more Bluesfest announcements rolling out each month, the ever growing temptation to make the trip to Byron for Easter is inescapable. However – if you can’t make the pilgrimage, you don’t need to miss out all together – we are bringing a selection of the very best of the festival to your doorstep. Presales for the next wave of headline performances have just started so you can secure the best seats in the house!
‘I defy anybody not to enjoy their live show’ – The Line of Best Fit
‘One of the best modern bands around’ – Pop Matters
**** ‘Perfect pop melodies’ – The Music
“What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World strikes a note of pop concision and maturity, building on what worked on The King Is Dead.”- New York Times
**** ‘Another fantastic, emotional album’ – the Guardian
“majestic…cinematic…rollicking…” – Post Gazette to your template.
Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW – WED 30 MAR 2016
Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like ‘Come to My Window’, ‘I’m The Only One’, ‘Bring Me Some Water’, ‘Like the Way I Do’and ‘I Want To Come Over’. Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence; Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. Presale starts tomorrow Wednesday 28 October at 9am.
“A wall of talent on stage” – Denver Westword
With 3 albums under his belt, US soul-sensation Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. He has performed on the likes of The Late Show with David Letterman, graced the pages of the New York Times, performed withMacklemore, and even landed a gig as the opening act for soul legend Al Green.
“2015’s Next Big Thing” – The Wall Street Journal
The GRAMMY Award–winning lead singer of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens is heading our way for the first time. Having stepped out on her own, Rhiannon displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocal prowess throughout her Nonesuch solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.
“Some shows you just will never forget. This was one of them.” – Nippertown
“The band is the real deal, playing old-school rhythm and blues mixed with a bit of rock, pulling off some amazing stage antics and some outfits lifted right from the fifties.” The Scene Magazine
Live-wired, straight-shootin’, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke music.
“This resulting debut is a MASTERPIECE” – NME
THE World Music band on everyone’s lips: Songhoy Blues are touring Australia for the very first time. Credited at bringing world music to a whole new audience, their unique, and powerful desert rock effortlessly combines Rock, RnB, and Blues layered over Malian grooves. Produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) & and Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K‚naan), Songhoy Blues debut album “Music In Exile” marks the arrival of a powerful and truly unique new band. See Songhoy Blues blending the traditional and the modern, the homegrown and the foreign, the youthful and the ancient – It’s infectious, mesmerizing, and simply danceable.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne announces 2016 Australia and New Zealand tour dates to support his studio album, Standing In The Breach. Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones“Alabama’s next big success story” – Nashville Scene
“He’s a cat that can do an Otis Redding.” – Keith Richards
Another Australian debut – Alabama sextet St Paul & The Broken Bones are a daring young collective representing the new generation of blue-eyed soul. They’ve built rapid fervour in audiences around the world, playing for major festivals including Lollapalooza, Coachella, and recently opening for The Rolling Stones. Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling. these are the promises of a great soul band. Grab tickets in the first release before prices increase & be swept up in the inescapable joy that their roof-raising live shows promise.
Nahko & Medicine for the People
“Nahko is quickly becoming one of the biggest, most releva. His lyrics are inspiring and life changing.” – Dove Liddle
World/Folk/Hip-Hop/Rock music collective Nahko & Medicine For The People will be sharing their spiritual, socially conscious message with their fervent ‘tribe’, as they call their fans. Known for their truly uplifting performances and impossible-not-to-dance-to-music has resulted in inevitable comparisons to the likes of Michael Franti and Xavier Rudd – join the nt artists of our timeTribe next March in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.
“Each song bursts with relentless energy. Even during gentler songs there was passion in each word sung, his guttural wails contrasting with the dreamy plucking of his guitar” – NZ Herald
Emerging Artist of the Year 2015 (Americana Awards) Shakey Graves is returning to our shores after rave reviews on his last tour, bringing with him his brand new album And the War Came. The Texan one-man-band has not only caught the attention of Australian audiences, with NPR Radio describing him as “astonishing… unclassifiably original, and frighteningly good“. Shakey will be performing with The Decemberists in Melbourne and headlining his own performance in Sydney.
The Basement, Sydney NSW – THU 31 MAR 2016
“genre-splicing instrumental dexterity on full display…exuberant gospel-jazz boogie” – Rolling Stone
After a 14-year absence, the jazz-jam-band-meets-sacred-steel group The Word is reunited and heading to Australia. The highly acclaimed supergroup includes pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski and North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson, The Word plays the hymnal of the electric improvisational church.
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC – MON 28 MAR 2016
FULL TOURING LIST/ ALSO TOURING:
ALLEN STONE // THE DECEMBERISTS // // JACKSON BROWNE // MELISSA ETHERIDGE // NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE // RHIANNON GIDDENS // THE SELECTER // SHAKEY GRAVES // SONGHOY BLUES // ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES // STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES // STURGILL SIMPSON // TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND // VINTAGE TROUBLE // THE WAILERS //THE WORD//