Let the blues begin! – The Post

Let the blues begin!

Toronzo Cannon (photo: Chris Monaghan)
September 25th, 2016 7:00 pm| by Sohini Kumar
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The Copenhagen Blues Festival is back for its 16th edition! The six-day event is a chance to enjoy the blues scene in Copenhagen, where a range of international and local artists will gather to provide as many as 60 concerts at various venues.
The festival promises to bring a variation of styles to the spotlight, and this year, several acclaimed artists will take the stage. The line-up includes Chris Thomas King, who has sold more than 10 million records in the US and has won awards including Album of the Year at both the Country Music Awards and Grammy Awards; The Blues Overdrive, who won Album of the Year in the European Blues Awards 2015; Blues Music Award nominee Toronzo Cannon; and Grammy nominee Earl Thomas.
Also performing are Damon Fowler, Samantha Antoinette, Steve Gadd, Nisse Thorbjorn, Sahra da Silva, Ole Frimer and Lea Thorlann.
Awards will be presented during the event, including Danish Blues Act and Album of the Year. And that’s not all! Additional events are also a part of the program. The documentary film Hail! Hail! Rock’n’Roll will be screened on September 27; there will be a blues jam with an open stage; and a dance workshop will be offered, alongside other activities.
In short, it will be an opportunity to discover artists, celebrate the blues, and see your favourite performers live. The full program is available on the festival’s website – check it out and book your tickets!
Toronzo Cannon
Sep 29, 20:00; Bartof Station, Solbjergvej 3, Frederiksberg; 200kr, billetto.dk
Blues Award nominee Toronzo Cannon is known for his distinctive sound, which the Chicago Tribune has praised as “razor-sharp guitar and compelling, forceful singing”. He has toured Europe and the USA multiple times, playing at the Chicago Blues Festival nine times, and his debut The Chicago Way has been commended by many.
Damon Fowler 
Sep 30, 20:00; Bartof Station, Bartof Station, Solbjergvej 3, Frederiksberg; 200kr, billetto.dk
Damon Fowler’s debut with Blind Pig Records gained positive attention, whilst his debut with his band in 2013 reached number 9 on the US Billboard Top Blues Album chart. His sound is a mix of rock, blues and sacred steel. Amongst others, he has been praised by Billboard for his guitar skills.
The Blues Overdrive
Sep 30, 20:00; Bartof Station, Bartof Station, Solbjergvej 3, Frederiksberg; 200kr, billetto.dk
The Danish band’s album Clinch won the European Blues Awards’ Album of the Year 2015 in a cinch. Amongst their recognitions is also a Debut Album of the Year (2012) awarded by music magazine Wasser Prawda. They are known for mixing classic Chicago blues with a more contemporary sound.
Chris Thomas King
Sep 29-Oct 1, various times and venues; 200kr, billetto.dk/slotsbio.dk
Country Music Awards and Grammy Award winner Chris Thomas King has challenged primitivism in the blues, innovating 21st century blues. Although his revolution got him banned across the USA, he has made a name both there and in Europe, and has has sold more than 10 million records in the USA.
Earl Thomas
Oct 1, 20:00; Bartof Station, Solbjergvej 3, Frederiksberg; 200kr, billetto.dk
Called a “blues and soul superstar” by Blues Blast Magazine, Earl Thomas has released 14 albums and won the San Diego Music Award four times. His music combines blues with soul, rock and funk and he has played with the likes of BB King and Elvis Costello.

Copenhagen Blues Festival


Sep 27-Oct 2; various times, venues and prices; copenhagenbluesfestival.dk