September 5, it’s time for the big blues party at Hell in Trøndelag, Blues in Hell. As always, festival manager Brovoll and his staff have put together a rich and good blues program. This year, the women’s side is particularly well represented with names such as Dana Fuchs, Silya, Tora, Kyla Brox, Jo Harman, Among Lynx, Never The Bride and Ladyva Boogie Woogie Diva.
As it has been in recent years after the festival moved back from the area at Hell Station and back to Scandic Hell Hotel, it is the marathon nights in the hotel that gather the most people. Friday is “Magical Friday” from 14.00 with 14 bands distributed over the four stages, Saturday starts at the same place at 12 pm with a whole 22 different bands during the day and evening.
But before it breaks loose in the hotel, the festival begins with several good deals for the residents of the district. On Thursday there are Senior Blues in the main hall of Kimen Kulturhus with jazz and rockabilly. “Young Blues” is an event for the students at Ole Vig High School, where German band Chris Kramer & Beatbox’n Blues serve their modern twist on blues music. There will be an art exhibition in the lobby at Scandic Hell from Thursday, and a free concert will be held for those shopping at the Industry at Hell’s shopping center on Friday at 1 pm. Here the rockabilly trio The Swamp Shakers plays.
Saturday also contains some good deals. At 9 in the morning there is breakfast at Hell station with a subsequent concert with British Peter Price. The dancers will also be greeted with lightning lessons in swing and rock & roll dance in the hotel from 12 to 14. There will also be breakfast blues in the lobby of Scandic with Diz Watson & Tony Utler and Norwegian Caravn Joe.
It is Norwegian Silya who gets the honor of opening the ballet at the big scene in the hotel on Friday. Since winning Stjernekamp in 2013, she has traveled around Norway and won people’s hearts. On Hell she has her big band with three blows, which will probably provide a panning of Friday. Guy Forsyth is, as we know, popular on Norwegian scenes, this is American blues and root music from the top shelf. Furthermore, it will be the rotten Mississippi Blues with Vasti Jackson. It’s been 25 years since he last visited Hell, then with Katie Webster. Jontavious Willis is a new name for most people. He is a 22-year-old representative of the music traditions that Keb Mo and Eric Bibb, among others, have continued.
Friday also includes a number of Norwegian names such as Reidar Larsen, Dr. Bekken and Little Andrew, before the end of the evening is clear for the winner of this year’s European Blues Challenge, Kyla Brox. People can rejoice, she and her band made a fantastic appearance during this year’s blues festival at Notodden.
“Young Blues” Friday is a great deal to accommodate the younger guard. Here Tora, the Union band Maldito, Swedish Among Lynx and German Chris Kramer & Beatbox’n Blues.
Kyla Brox Band, winner of this year’s European Blues Challenge.
Saturday in Scandic Hell is opened by Steinar Albrigtsen and his Allstar Band. The popular singer is finally back on the scene after a period of illness.
The Saturday program also includes several artists and bands with a large audience appeal, such as Dana Fuchs, Kyla Brox Band, BB & The Blues Shacks, Never The Bride and, not least, a joyful reunion of the R&B music of British King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys. British blues guru Paul Jones (Manfred Mann / The Blues Band) has said that playing after this band is more difficult than passing on the job Moses did when he shared the Red Sea. Here there are swinging jumpblues and great party atmosphere!
There will be swingblues and soulblues with American singer John Németh, who is finally back in Norway.
Norwegian bands are also well represented this Saturday. Among other things, we hear Spell Prize winner Jørgen Sandvik, always energetic and amazing Amund Maarud, Mr. Blues himself – Reidar Larsen, NBF Award winner Dr. Bekken, home favorites Jolly Jumper & Big Moe and the party band from Fosen, Blue Aspic.
The Jump Blues band King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys is finally back in Norway.