Thredbo Blues Festival
Thredbo NSW Australia
16th – 18th January 2015
Blues lovers everywhere, mark this date on your calendar, January 16-18, 2015. It is the 21th Anniversary of the Thredbo Blues Festival and if you know your music festiuvals there are very few that can lay claim to that sort of legacy. You know you’re onto a good music festival when the very people who form the backbone of it, the artists, call it their personal favourite. Clear and crisp mountain air, beautiful alpine surrounds, electric village vibes and soul soothing blues tunes make the Thredbo Blues Festival one of the top events to attend every summer.
This summer’s Thredbo Blues Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. some of Australia’s finest blues artists will perform over the weekend with headline act the legendary Russel Morris plus others including the iconic Jeff Lang, super-smooth Ray Beadle, the renowned Rick Price and more. With performances across both public venues and intimate dining environments, the festival will once again fill the Thredbo Village with the sounds of Blues music like it does every January. Thredbo’s mountain location is a spectacular picturesque setting to enjoy a diverse range of Australian Blues acts, with over 100 performers playing a fresh mix of Roadhouse, Chicago, R&B, Soul, Funk and Delta Blues.
The blues is a vocal and instrumental music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure, hence the term 12 bar Blues. It evolved in the United States in the communities of former African slaves, the missisippi delta, from spirituals, praise songs, field hollers, shouts, and chants. From blues music came great artists, such as Muddy Waters, BB King, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Bessie Smith, the modern day persona of Eric Clapton Stevie Ray Haughan, The Faboulous Thunderbirds and Robert Cray and others. The blues influenced later American and Western popular music, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, hip-hop, country music and pop songs. The known first recording of the blues was in 1895.