Mojo Blues Band (AT)
The Mojo Blues Band is a 5-piece international Band playing traditional Chicago Blues, Louisiana Blues, swinging R&B, rollin’ Boogie Woogie & also influences by the Louisiana sound of Zydeco that can also be heard.
Founded back in 1977, the Vienna based band must have done something right. The band travelled half of the world with it’s typical straight ahead sound for nearly 40 years. Playing the Blues & capturing people with strong feelings, the music always made an impression on its audience.
The Mojo Blues Band understands itself as a preserver, and more importantly, not as a conserver of precious music traditions. The “Mojos” scooped out a part of the endless history of the Blues and, nevertheless, by cooperating with so many legends of the international Blues scene, they became a part of it. Almost no other band can appear with such a large variety of material for sessions with endless Blues artists & most of it is issued. including cooperations with Legends such as Champion Jack Dupree, Jimmy McCracklin, Big Jay McNeeley, Katie Webster, A. C. Reed, Bob Gaddy, and many others.
Blues should not be interpreted, but the musicians want to let their life & personality flow into the music with all of their passion. The tears & the laughter, the pain & the joy … feelings that every one of us experienced are writing the songs themselves.
Not only being proficient at being great musicians, the Mojo Blues Band is also one of the best acts in entertainment … keeping their audience in pace with every beat!
Erik Trauner – voc, guit, slideguit
Siggi Fassl – voc, guit, lapsteel
Charlie Furthner voc, piano, guit
Herfried Knapp – bass
Didi Mattersberger- drums
Miss Mikey May & Jakub Zomer Piano Duo (CZ)
Born with the blues and paid her dues, Miss Mikey May is a powerful, soulful vocalist with a background in theatre, cabaret, burlesque, and social dancing. Her mission is to serve up a wild ride to the roots of blues, jazz, and soul in a dancer-friendly package.
This year Mikey will be joined by Jakub Zomer on piano and vocals. Jakub is one of the top Blues and Jazz pianists in Czech Republic, as well as the band leader for the Ray Charles tribute orchestra and Blues Bond projects and a master Hammond organ player.
Jörg Danielsen's Vienna Blues Association (AT)
Founded in 2008, Jörg Danielsen’s Vienna Blues Association is now one of the big names in the Austrian blues scene. After countless appearances with changing formations and guests, the band around Jörg Danielsen released the debut album “Vienna Blues Association” in 2016.
After some tours through clubs in Europe and South America, the live album “Live from the Jazzland” was released in the spring of 2018 which, as the name suggests, was recorded in the legendary Jazzland in Vienna.
Marked by the blues of the 60s to the 90s, the PowerTrio covers
Jörg Danielsen, Walter Walterson & Christoph Karas from a wide blues style palette. Their enthusiasm and energy on stage, as well as the resulting free jam passages make every listener’s heart beat faster and even die-hard seat concert fans rock their legs.
Stefano Ronchi (it)
Stefano “Slidin’ Wolf” Ronchi is an Italian blues guitar player and singer living in Berlin. His way of composing and arranging is grounded in old black folklore music from the 20’s and 30’s, from Delta Blues and Piedmont Blues, through old Spirituals, stomp and “swamp” sounds.
Passionate about slide guitar, he looks at the tradition with his personal, modern and respectful attitude. He is constantly touring around the World, playing in blues clubs, Festival, and blues dance events as solo artist or collaborating with other great musicians, as Tony Coleman, Dan Nash, Marcos Coll, Micha Maass, The Ragtime Millionaires, Jessie Gordon, and many more: Berlin Blues Explosion, Blue Note (Milan), Buddy Guy’s Legend (Chicago), Q- Factory (Amsterdam), Banana Peel (Belgium), Tiny blues weekend (Dresden), Blues up the backyard (Berlin), Big mama swing (Madrid), Blues baby blues (London), Ballo Blues (Pistoia), Blossom blues (Zurich), Summer Blues Camp (Lucerne), Petit ESBF (Madrid), Blues River Notes (Milan), Bread Jar Blues (Tel Aviv), Atlantic Blues (Porto), Vienna Sugar Blues (Austria) and many others blues events in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, France, Portugal.
He is currently touring in Europe with Tony Coleman, who has been drummer for many blues legends as Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, Ruth Brown, and for the king of the Blues himself: B.B. King, for almost 30 years.
In 2012 he recorded guitars on the record “Come il suono dei passi sulla neve” by Zibba & Almalibre. The album won the famous Italian award Premio Tenco, as Album of the Year.
In the first days of 2018 he has recorded “Soul mining”, a live album in studio with Micha Maass and Klaas Wendling, produced and recorded by RBB Berlin. He also started collaborating with the German band ” The Baseballs”.
His new album, “IN CLOSE EMBRACE” is out now, available on ITunes and other digital stores, and at every live concerts.