Madness, Miles Electric Band, Patti Smith Band Acoustic, Slightly Stoopid & Many More Joining The Bluesfest 2017 Line Up!
Today, Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s iconic and award winning 5 day Easter Festival (13th to 17th of April 2017), which has proudly been nominated once again as ‘Best International Festival’ by the US based Pollstar Awards, adds 12 more incredible artists to its ever-growing Festival bill. In Bluesfest tradition they are an eclectic group, what they share in common however is true artistic vision and talent. This round marks the 6th Announcement for the 2017 Festival, and with more exciting announcements planned for coming weeks Bluesfest really is on a roll.
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Added to the Festival line up today are English Ska icons Madness, who will bring their blend of ska, British pop and soul to Bluesfest for the first time coming Easter. Starting out as the North London Invaders in 1976, Madness have remained a British Phenomenon completing the ‘ultimate invasion’ by performing their momentous hit ‘Our House’ on the rooftop of Buckingham Palace at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert, as well as bringing down the house at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
Bluesfest is honoured to be bringing the nine member, all-star concert experience Miles Electric Band to Australia for the first time. The band has been created in association with the Miles Davis Estate to bring his music to new generations. The group features Miles Davis alumni including Grammy nominee Robert Irving III, legendary Parliament Funkadelic guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, Munyungo Jackson and Grammy winner Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Davis’ nephew) on drums. Darryl Jones, recognised for his recordings with Davis, Sting and decades long tour duty for the Rolling Stones provides the bass backbone. Finding a trumpeter to join this illustrious group was no small task, but when the Davis Estate heard Grammy winner Christian Scott play, they knew he was worthy. True Jazz fans won’t want to miss the rare chance to see this collective of Jazz icons playing together.
Patti Smith and her band will grace the Bluesfest audience with a powerful acoustic set on Good Friday 14th of April. This is in addition to the performance on Bluesfest opening night (Thursday 13th of April) when Patti Smith and her band perform Horses. Bluesfest Fans are going to be in for a real treat enjoying the intimacy of this performance which allows Patti Smith to connect with her audience in a way that honours the spirit of her hallowed poetry and music.
Legendary British political songwriter Billy Bragg, who is already performing at Bluesfest on Saturday 15th of April, will be teaming up with American songwriter, singer and producer, as well as Grammy Winner Joe Henry for a celebration of the great American railroad, the songs it inspired, and some favourites from their own classic catalogues on Easter Monday (17th of April).
THE THIRD 2017 BLUESFEST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT includes:
MILES ELECTRIC BAND
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND ACOUSTIC SET
BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY
TONY JOE WHITE
THE RECORD COMPANY
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
2017 ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED:
NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REEL
ZAC BROWN BAND
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES
MARY J. BLIGE
BUDDY GUY EXCLUSIVE
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
MAVIS STAPLES EXCLUSIVE
TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE
RICKIE LEE JONES
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
NAHKO AND MEDICENE FOR THE PEOPLE
BETH HART EXCLUSIVE
BOOKER T. PRESENTS THE STAX RECORDS REVIEW