DURBAN INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL

 

The fourteenth consecutive Durban International Blues Festival returns to ZACKS at Wilson’s Wharf this September, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th, where tickets are on sale from Computicket, prices ranging from nightly at R150 and tickets bought at the door will be R160. Blues fans are encouraged to purchase tickets upfront as, although there will be a box office at the venue nightly, the ticket prices at the door will be increased.

LINE-UP:

 

  • Thursday 27th Sep - 7.00 pm: Sycamore Rock Academy, Tiffany Sheppard Band, Alchemy, Bobby and the Dynamites and the East Coast Basement Blues Band.

 

  • Friday 28th Sep - The evening opens at 7.30 pm with the Durban Blues Band which will have been pulled up through the ranks under the mentorship of DIBF Development and Mentoring Director, Pinkie Mtshali. The evening rolls out with Them Dirty Shrikes and Jonathan Peyper – relative new comers to Durban audiences, but musicians who must not be ignored!

 

  • Saturday 29th Sep - The final evening, sees The Smoke Train return to the stage due to their undoubted success at the festival last year so if you enjoyed them- be sure to book early at Computicket as seating is limited and unreserved on all nights. Following The Smoke Train is the formidable new band Black Harbour who are reaching for new heights every performance and who will undoubtedly excite the crowd and get them revved up for Australia’s Fiona Boyes** - the international guest artist who will close the evening and the 2018 festival.

 

Don’t forget to bring extra cash for CD’s on sale for R100 and a selection of generic festival tee shirts available while stocks last – from R150 to R200. There will also be the customary raffle or auction – so be prepared with extra cash! You wouldn’t want to lose out!

Can't wait to see you there!

 

 ** FIONA BOYES BIO

 

 

Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and American reviewers have described her as a ‘musicalanomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’!

A distinctive finger-style guitarist,Fiona’s soulful, authoritative style has earned her unprecedented recognition overseas as an Australian artist. Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, she has toured widely, performing at acoustic, guitar, jazz and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centers in 16 different countries.

Fiona’s new release ‘Voodoo in the Shadows’ follows two previous award- winning albums, ‘Box and Dice’ and ‘Professin’ the Blues’ which, between them garnered 2015 & 2017 The Age Music Victoria Awards for Best Blues Album, the 2017 USA Blues Blast Award for Best Acoustic Album, and final four nominations in the USA Blues Music Awards for Best Album, Best Female Artist, Best Acoustic Artist, and the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Female Artist).

Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you’ll hear Delta slide guitar, single chord grooves, intricate country blues finger picking along with material drawn from the classic blues sounds of New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. ‘Voodoo in the Shadows’ extends her exploration of the musical stylings of Mississippi and Louisiana, featuring swampy electric guitar along with a collection of unique cigar box guitars and a rare National ResoLectric Baritone. As her friend and mentor, the late, great Hubert Sumlin said "She's got it! I've played with all of them - and she's got it!"

“…. one of the world’s best fingerpicking blues guitarists …. her versatility means
she’s impossible to categorise: she’ll jump from Louisiana swamp blues to driving classic Chicago sounds, rollicking New Orleans barrelhouse to wailing laments, and back again, in a 30-minute set” - The Guardian (Sept, 2017)


“Blending tradition with innovation, and showing off her stellar guitar chops and
sharp wit!” – Blues Revue Magazine, USA

 


 

Zack’s which is synonymous with live music in Durban has always been an avid supporter of local musicians and currently hosts live music seven times a week at three of its venues. These evenings besides being hosted by prominent local musicians have proved to be a platform for up and coming artists to express themselves in public. Weekly schedule of Music at Zack’s

 

  • Tuesdays - 1st Tuesday of every month at Zack’s Wilsons Wharf from 7:30pm til 10pm ‘The Blues Train’
  • Wednesdays - Zack’s Windermere at 7:30pm ‘Acoustic Sets’ Hosted by John Chamier
  • Fridays - Zack’s Windermere at 8:30pm ‘Acoustic Sets’ hosted by Steve Fataar

 

Any musicians / bands wishing to showcase themselves are free to contact the following hosts, so as to ensure a spot:


Reg Stuart – 083 726 6330
The Blues Train – Will Wallace – 084 444 8890
John Chamier – 031 202 7755
Tammy Saville – 076 782 3975
Steve Fataar – 079 988 3724

 


 

 

DURBAN INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL

 

The fourteenth consecutive Durban International Blues Festival returns to ZACKS at Wilson’s Wharf this September, Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th, where tickets are on sale from Computicket, prices ranging from nightly at R150 and tickets bought at the door will be R160. 

 

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