EIGHTH ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR BLUESFEST 2020 IS A BLUES & ROOTS BEAUTY
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS – THE BAMBOOS – THE SENSATIONS
RAY BEADLE [ACOUSTIC] – HENRY WAGONS – PACEY, KING & DOLEY
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE – NATHAN CAVALERI
LITTLE GEORGIA – ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS
ELECTRIK LEMONADE [2019 busking comp winner]
PALM VALLEY [2019 busking comp grommet winner]
Just when you thought the line-up of 57 artists appearing at the 31st Bluesfest this Easter couldn’t get any better– it does! Joining an already out-of-this-world stellar line up are 12 more artists from all around the world placing a big blues & roots driven exclamation mark to this year’s programming for the 31st Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020!
Commenting on the announcement, Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM said “The thrill is coming, and you can feel it as we roll out our eighth artist announcement. Next week we will release our complete artist playing schedule, but right now along with headliners Alanis Morissette, Patti Smith, Lenny Kravitz, Crowded House’s only Australian performance announced this year, along with George Benson, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire and so many more we are pleased to announce that one of the all-time Bluesfest favourites Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will be playing the mainstage on Thursday, our opening night. This is the band that closes New Orleans Jazz Festival every year and was chosen to replace the Neville brothers in that much coveted slot. They are sensational, this will be the 6th time they play Bluesfest and once again we are confident, they will slay the audience. Other artists in the announcements such as The Bamboos who will make their live debut of their forthcoming tenth album, Ray Beadle who recently represented Australia in Memphis where he competed in the International Blues Challenge making it to the finals. Then there’s special one-off performances by local Blues legends Pacey, King & Doley, as well as Ellis Hall, the Clarence Bekker Band and Friends presents Sensational! – The Ultimate Musical Journey. This final artist announcement for Bluesfest 2020 is a Blues and Roots beauty.”
He was once a Bluesfest discovery and now he’s a firm festival favourite returning for the sixth time to blow us all away this Easter. Trombone Shorty & Orleans: part Jimi Hendrix, part James Brown and all New Orleans. Real name Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is a singular artist who puts his own spin on traditional American musical forms. Andrews is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a nine-piece hard-edged funk band that employs brass-band beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. NPR hailed him as “New Orleans’ brightest new star in a generation,” and New York Magazine says “Trombone Shorty takes in a century-plus worth of sounds—ragtime and jazz and gospel and soul and R&B and hip-hop—and attacks everything he plays with festive fervor.”
Debuting brand-new music from their forthcoming 10th studio album at this year’s Bluesfest is the world-renowned nine-piece Melbourne Funk/Soul powerhouse, The Bamboos. Celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a band, The Bamboos are primed to rock the stage this Easter. The band have maintained a fiercely loyal fan base with their unique combination of classic sounds and forward-looking songwriting, and vocalist Kylie Auldist can rightly claim to be one of the great soul voices of Australian music. Collecting five ARIA nominations along the way, they have also collaborated with the likes of Tim Rogers, Aloe Blacc, Megan Washington, Alice Russell, Montaigne and Dan Sultan.
Ellis Hall, the Clarence Bekker Band and Friends present Sensational! – The Ultimate Musical Journey! The Sensations were an American doo-wop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They formed in 1954 under the name the Cavaliers, soon after changing to the Sensations. Specially created and debuting at Bluesfest is their new show The Ultimate Musical Journey featuring the famed USA soul singer, the Clarence Bekker Band and special friends.
Australian Blues Music Award winner Best Male Artist [1998 & 1997], Winner of The Sydney Blues Society / Australian Blues Music Performer of the Year and last month Ray Beadle represented Australia in Memphis where he competed in the International Blues Challenge as a solo act, making it to the finals where eight out of 90 acts were able to perform at the Orpheum Theatre. No stranger to the Bluesfest stage Ray Beadle is the real deal; his music comes deep from the heart and soul, stirring emotions in people with his guitar genius. Ray’s music is rich with a deep history of the Blues; a richness amassed from 20 years of experiences performing Nationally and Internationally. This guy knows what the Blues is about!
Henry Wagons is the mad professor of song. His fierce intellect was hurtling toward a career as a philosopher, but got derailed by a record deal, a thirst for whiskey and an insatiable passion for making music. There is no songwriter or entertainer who casts the same kind of ever curious, startingly present shadow on stage. The man is a master craftsman of the stage and takes his place upon it like no other. With a career in music that has spanned nearly 20 years he has made six albums as benevolent dictator of the band Wagons and two solo albums. This year Henry brings his solo show to Bluesfest for the first time. With a clever wit and a strong sense of song Henry was recently selected as the MC for the Australian Americana Music Honours showcase that recently partnered with and is relocating to Bluesfest this year.
Pacey, King & Doley This is a not-to-be-missed show created especially for Bluesfest 2020. Three legendary Australian artists rolled into one proudly represent the finest in Australian performance Blues. Shane Pacey a Blues/Funk Australian legend [Bondi Cigars,The Foreday Riders and The Shane Pacey Trio] along with Sally King Sydney blues royalty [ Jacky Orzarsky, Dynamic Hepnotics, Cyril B Bunter Band, Sally King Band, Lead Vocalist “RESPECT The Story of Aretha]. Add Clayton Doley a nationally and internationally in demand master musician, singer, songwriter, killer boogie woogie piano player and a super funky Hammond player with a passion for creating new works. Backed by stellar Rhythm Section David Green on Bass and Davo Fester on Drums this show is pure Blues heaven in paradise.
The story goes that the young Australian singer/songwriter and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne first picked up his instrument as a five-year-old. He began writing songs at 12, training classically and performing solo, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school and hit the road. The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and his homeland Australia. Returning to Bluesfest this Easter Daniel is now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel has relocated to North America where he continues international touring and recording music.
Nathan Cavaleri is an Australian Blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, and a former child actor. He was first introduced to Australia aged seven, when the Today show covered his meeting with his guitar hero Mark Knopfler. By age eight he was playing guitar on national TV hit show Hey Hey It’s Saturday. While it may have been a novelty to see a kid playing guitar, before long it was clear this was no gimmick. By age 12 Nathan was basically a veteran touring the world where he befriended his hero and blues legend B.B. King. In 1995 King asked Nathan to perform for him with Bonnie Raitt, Dr John Etta James and Joe Lewis Walker at his Presidential Award ceremony in 1995 at the White House.
Prepare yourself for an experience as Little Georgia’s latest release (due out March 11th) is a six minute psyched-out, grunge-tinged epic produced and engineered by award winning American producer Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Powderfinger) coupled with an other worldly cinematic experience, directed and filmed by award winning American cinematographer Matt Kleiner. After the release of the bands debut album “All The While” in 2018 (also produced by Nick DiDia) they have spent the last year and a half touring between Australia and North America, growing their sound and their audiences including sets on the main stages of Byron Bay Bluesfest and appearances at Americana Fest (Nashville) and Folk Alliance (New Orleans). 2020 is set to be another exciting year for Little Georgia, which will involve new releases and tours as they step into a new sonic chapter.
It’s been over a decade since a congregation of part time musos got together in a shed on Round Mountain in the most northern part of NSW to form Round Mountain Girls. Hundreds of shows on, and they’ve played on Australia’s biggest stages at the nation’s biggest festivals, alongside some of the world’s biggest names. It’s been a whirlwind of heady times for the unorthodox five piece. They’ve opened the main stage at the iconic Bluesfest for Zac Brown and Santana. They’ve just returned from their second UK tour having been invited back to three major festivals. If Mumford and Sons, The Pogues and Metallica had a three-way lovechild it would be a Round Mountain Girl. Coined in the press as the ‘finest purveyors of Celta-billy-punk-folk-roots-grass in the southern hemisphere’, they can take you to places you didn’t know existed. Fast and furious, tender and humorous, great playing, great songs. You’ll forget you’ve got a mortgage, forget your dogs just died and ignore, for a moment that the ice caps are melting.
Electrik Lemonade [2019 Busking comp winner] In funk they trust is their slogan…This merry band of funklords play a repertoire of funk, hip hop, blues, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Since their debut in December 2010, Electrik Lemonade’s live performances have rapidly grown as they play to crowds at premiere live music venues and festivals. They’ve been lucky enough to be aired live on national TV including Weekend Sunrise and Channel Ten show The Project.
Palm Valley [2019 Busking comp grommet winner] is the fresh and exciting indie-rock project from local young duo Ryan Smart and Arden Booker. Aged 18 and 16 respectively, their youthful age provides an exhilarating on-stage energy, backed by their heavy riffs, heartfelt lyrics, and dynamic set style. Armed with a selection of new singles slated for release in 2020, their return to the Bluesfest stage is a sign of big things to come for the young band.
The Bluesfest 2020 Lineup So far:
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – CROWDED HOUSE – ALANIS MORISSETTE
LENNY KRAVITZ – PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND
GEORGE BENSON -KOOL & THE GANG – THE GIPSY KINGS
GUY SEBASTIAN – BRANDI CARLILE – JOHN BUTLER
XAIVER RUDD – THE CAT EMPIRE – ALLEN STONE
MORCHEEBA – DWEEZIL ZAPPA – TORI KELLY
ANI DIFRANCO – BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
TROY CASSAR-DALEY – THE WAIFS – YOLA – LP
THE WATERBOYS – EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – ZUCCHERO
JIMMIE VAUGHAN – JOHN MAYALL – CHAIN
LARKIN POE – THE MARCUS KING BAND – CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM
HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX – MICKI FREE
FRANK TURNER – CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES
ASH GRUNWALD – THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND – WALTER TROUT
HERE COME THE MUMMIES
THE WAR & TREATY – AMADOU & MARIAM
ERJA LYYTINEN – TAL WILKENFELD
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – JOACHIM COODER
STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS – DIRTY HONEY
ROSHANI – MY BABY
HUSSY HICKS – LAMBROS
AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS
Saturday on The Crossroads stage
John Butler – Troy Cassar-Daley – Kasey Chambers – Ash Grunwald – Hussy Hicks
The Waifs – The War and Treaty
HOST: Henry Wagons