THREDBO BLUES FESTIVAL
17th - 19th January 2014
Blues lovers, mark the calendar, January 17-19, 2014. It is Thredbo Blues Festival time and this is it's 20th Anniversary.
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 surrounds, electric village vibes and soul soothing blues tunes make the Thredbo Blues Festival one of the top events to attend this summer.
Only a handful of music festivals in Australia can claim a 20 year legacy, and this summer's Thredbo Blues Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. 22 Australian artists will perform over the weekend with headline acts including the iconic Wendy Matthews, the inventive Jeff Lang, explosive Kevin Borich, super-smooth Ray Beadle and renowned Rick Price. Thredbo’s picturesque mountain location is a spectacular 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, from spirituals, praise songs, field hollers, shouts, and chants. From blues music came great artists, such as Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Bessie Smith, 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 first recording of the blues was in 1895. George W. Johnson's recording of "Laughing Song" was the first blues song to be recorded.