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BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS
A SUBLIME SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT OF
2017 SIDESHOWS

Featuring legends at the top of their game as well as up and coming talent, Bluesfest Touring’s second announcement is here, with the news they will bring a little bit more Bluesfest magic to audiences across Australia in April 2017.
 

THE SECOND BLUESFEST 2017 TOURING ANNOUNCEMENT:
 
BOOKER T PRESENTS THE STAX RECORD REVUE
RICKIE LEE JONES
GREGORY PORTER
LAURA MVULA
JAKE SHIMABUKURO
plus
BONNIE RAITT – BRISBANE SHOW ADDED
 
Bluesfest Touring presents a rare opportunity to enjoy the classic Stax Records repertoire as performed by the man who wrote so many of the songs; the one and only Booker T! Together with his incredible backing singers and a horn section, they will honour some of the greatest soul classics from the legendary Stax Records label including ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ (Otis Redding), ‘Mr Big Stuff’ (Jean Knight), ‘Gee Whiz’ (Carla Thomas),‘Respect’ (Otis Redding/ Aretha Franklin), ‘Hold On I’m Comin’ (Sam & Dave) and ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ (Sam & Dave). After premiering this special show in the U.S, Booker T in conjunction with Bluesfest Touring, is excited to be presenting this journey through soul, blues and R&B in Sydney and Melbourne for the very first time.
 
Dubbed the “Duchess of Coolsville” by Time magazine, Rickie Lee Jones’ hits Chuck E’s in Love and Young Blood topped the charts and helped to define the boho rock sound of the late 70s. She will bring her distinct mix of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ performances to Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Cairns in April.
 
In 2016 Gregory Porter’s sold out concerts created a huge buzz and received glowing reviews. You will kick yourself if you miss his Sydney and Melbourne shows in 2017.
 
Heralded as one of the most exciting new voices in soul music, Laura Mvula is a classically trained vocalist and singer-songwriter. She has been compared to the likes of Nina Simone and caught the attention of her musical heroes Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Prince whilst performing at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2016. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can look forward to her powerful concerts in mid April 2017.
 
Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro’s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangement to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’. Shimabukuro will astound audiences in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
 
Rock and Roll Hall of inductee Bonnie Raitt is more than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter….she has become an institution in American Music. She has added a stop in Brisbane to her national tour.
 

Booker T presents the Stax Records Revue
Proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring…

 
Bluesfest Touring presents a rare opportunity to enjoy the classic Stax Records repertoire as performed by the man who wrote so many of the songs; the one and only Booker T! Together with his incredible backing singers and a horn section they will honour some of the greatest soul classics from the legendary Stax Records label; including  ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ (Otis Redding), ‘Mr Big Stuff’ (Jean Knight), ‘Gee Whiz’ (Carla Thomas),‘Respect’ (Otis Redding/ Aretha Franklin), ‘Hold On I’m Comin’ (Sam & Dave) and ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ (Sam & Dave). After premiering this special show in the U.S, Booker T in conjunction with Bluesfest Touring, is excited to be presenting this journey through soul, blues and R&B in Sydney and Melbourne for the very first time.
 
Outside of the band, Jones made the charts as a solo artist and also lent his trademark keyboards to many artists ranging from Ray Charles to Neil Young. He also produced albums for Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers, Willie Nelson’s Stardust and more.
 
Booker more recently won back to back Grammy awards in the category Best Pop Instrumental Album for his 2011 release The Road From Memphis where he is backed by hip-hop royalty The Roots and for the 2009 album Potato Hole which features guests Neil Young and Drive By Truckers.  Booker’s current album Sound The Alarm (Stax/Concord) is critically acclaimed and features collaborations with some of the finest talents in modern soul and R&B including Mayer Hawthorne, Anthony Hamilton, Vintage Trouble, Estelle, Gary Clark, Jr., Luke James and more.
 

“Booker T. unleashes the blues on Sound the Alarm” Rolling Stone
 
“With…Sound the Alarm marking a brilliant return to Stax Records after 40 years, Jones is currently on tour. Catch him if you can, and change your plans to make it if you think you can’t.” No Depression

Tour Dates:
 
The Metro, Sydney NSW – THU 20 APRIL
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310
 
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – FRI 21 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
melbournerecital.com.au (03 9699 3333)
 

–Also appearing at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017– 
Rickie Lee Jones
Proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring and Eastside Radio

 

“This was one of those nights when live music becomes really live, when the bond between performer and audience pushes everyone further than expected.” – Telegraph.co.uk
 
“Count on Rickie Lee Jones to always burn. Soft or quiet, fast or slow, the woman’s soul has such a depth of feeling that everything she does actually means something.” – themortonreport.com

 
Dubbed the “Duchess of Coolsville” by Time magazine, Rickie Lee Jones’ hits Chuck E’s in Love and Young Blood topped the charts and helped to define the boho rock sound of the late 70s. The two-time Grammy winner exploded onto the pop scene in 1979 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. 
 
Her latest album The Other Side of Desire was written and recorded in the city of New Orleans, where Jones lives.

 
Tour Dates:
 
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – FRI 7 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: melbournerecital.com.au (03 9699 3333)
 
The Gov, Adelaide SA – SAT 8 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310
 
The Basement, Sydney NSW – SUN 9 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: bluesfesttouring.com.au (02 6685 8310)
 
Tanks Art Centre, Cairns QLD – THU 13 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from tanksartscentre.com 1300 855 835

 

–Also appearing at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017–
Gregory Porter
Proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring 
 
“I try to think of another vocalist from any era whose singing carries such a tide of magnanimity, and I can’t. Muddy Waters and Omara Portuondo might be contenders. Truly great artists, in other words, and Porter deserves to be discussed in that league.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

It’s the combination of that massively authoritative voice and the touchingly confessional nature of his songs that has proved irresistible.” – telegraph.co.uk
 

Gregory Porter, the Grammy winning Jazz, Soul, and Gospel singer, will return to Australia after two sell-out dates in his first ever Australian tour!
 
Celebrating Take Me To The Alley (2016), the much-anticipated follow-up to his sensational 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit; the charismatic Californian will be here to breathe life, vitality, fun, and excitement into the musical genres he has loved from boyhood; ever since Nat “King” Cole entered his heart. 
 
It is this passion and dedication that has led Gregory Porter to sign with Blue Note Records, collaborating with renowned musicians including Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder, building and broadening his audience of music lovers internationally. 

 
Tour Dates:
 
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – TUE 11 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
melbournerecital.com.au (03 9699 3333)
 
Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW – WED 12 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
bluesfesttouring.com.au (02 6685 8310)
ticketek.com.au (132 849)
 

–Also appearing at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017–
Laura Mvula
Proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring

 

“The singer’s baroque soul, now shot through with heartache, has never sounded quite so polished and concise” – theguardian.com
 
“the concert – and indeed Mvula herself – oozed sincerity; a real celebration of original, authentic work in the music industry.” – narcmagazine.com
 
“brilliantly fierce and fiercely brilliant. Mvula has taken personal misery and turned it into musical magic.”
 The Evening Standard

 
As one of the most exciting musical talents to come out of the UK, Laura Mvula has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, BBC Sound poll, the BRITs Critics Choice Award, two BRIT Awards in 2014 (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act); winning an incredible two MOBO’s in 2013 (Best Female and Best R&B/Soul).
 
The classically trained vocalist and soul singer-songwriter – who has been compared to the likes of Nina Simone – caught the attention of her musical heroes Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Prince whilst performing at the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
 
Laura Mvula has since gone on to travel the world, selling out shows and captivating crowds. Her sophomore album The Dreaming Room (2016) is an acclaimed follow-up to the universally adored debut album Sing To The Moon (2013).
 

“Mvula shares considerable DNA with Nina Simone, most obviously in her unyielding charisma, her musical virtuosity, and her profoundly central blackness. Mvula’s voice also shares some of Simone’s rawness, as well as its facility juxtaposing vulnerability and strength.”  – pitchfork.com
 

Tour dates
 
Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW – WED 12 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
ticketek.com.au (132 849)
 
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – THU 13 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
melbournerecital.com.au (03 9699 3333)
 
The Triffid, Brisbane QLD – SAT 15 April 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310
 

–Also appearing at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017—

For more information please visit: http://bluesfesttouring.com.au/

Jake Shimabukuro
Proudly presented by Bluesfest Touring

 

“One of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.” – Rolling Stone

in Shimabukuro’s hands, [the ukele] becomes a powerhouse, crossing the boundaries of musical genres and rocking a concert hall with its energy.” – Stanfordartsreview.com

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro’s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangement to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
 
While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.
 
In the years since, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world.
 
Topping The US Billboard’s World Music Chart numerous times Jake Shimabukuro’s new album, Nashville Sessions, is one of the most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging recordings yet from the man whose music has redefined the ukulele for the 21st century.

 
Jake Shimabukuro tour dates:
 
The Gov, Adelaide SA – SUN 9 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310
 
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne VIC – MON  10 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: melbournerecital.com.au (03 9699 3333)
 
The Factory, Sydney NSW – WED 12 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310
 
Powerhouse, Brisbane QLD – THU 13 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Wednesday 12 October 2017 10:00am AEDT
Tickets from: bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310

Bonnie Raitt – Brisbane date added!

 

“Bonnie Raitt continues to exhibit the hot-blooded enthusiasm of performers half her age.” – Variety US

 
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt is more than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter…she has become an institution in American Music.  
 
The 10-time Grammy winner is returning with her 20th album Dig In Deep (2016), the follow up to her critically acclaimed Slipstream (2012).  Bonnie Raitt will be joined by her long time touring band: James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), and George Marinelli (guitar), along with Mike Finnigan (keyboards).
 

“I’m feeling pretty charged, and the band and I are at the top of our game,” says Bonnie Raitt. “This period of my life is more exciting and vital than I was expecting, and for that I’m really grateful. At this point, I have a lot less to prove and hey, if you’re not going to ‘Dig In Deep’ now, what’s the point?”
 
“I can’t wait to get back out on the road and play these songs,” she continues. “The band has never sounded better… and the best part is that we know how lucky we are to still get to make our livings doing something we love this much.”

 
Bonnie Raitt tour dates:

Proudly presented by PBS 106.7 FM, Eastside Radio and Beat & Brag

 
New show added:
QPAC, Brisbane QLD  – WED 12 APRIL 2017
GP ON SALE Wednesday 14 October 2016 10am AEST
www.qpac.com.au
 
Selling fast:
State Theatre, Sydney NSW  – FRI 7 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Thursday 22 September 2016 10am AEST
TICKETS VIA: ticketmaster.com.au or call 136 100
 
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT  – SAT 8 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Thursday 22 September 2016 10am AEST
TICKETS VIA:  canberratheatrecentre.com.au or call 6275 2700
 
Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC  – MON 10 APRIL 2017
ONSALE Thursday 22 September 2016 10am AEST
TICKETS VIA: artscentremelbourne.com.au or call 1300 182 183 and ticketmaster.com.au or call 136 100
 

–Also appearing at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017–
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