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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2014

Thursday, Apr 17 10:00a
Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW

We are very excited about the upcoming Bluesfest over the Easter Long weekend in 2014, as it will mark our 25th silver anniversary. What a special weekend it will be and we hope that you can join us for this legendary weekend. (Thu 17 - Mon 21 April)

The 25th anniversary will also mark the 5th year of being at our permanent home at Tyagarah - even more reason to celebrate. The move out to the Tea Tree Farm was a dream that finally came true in 2010 for the 21st anniversary, after seeking a permanent
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Robben Ford
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Robben Ford has had a diverse career. He taught himself guitar when he was 13 and considered his first influence to be Mike Bloomfield. At 18 he moved to San Francisco to form the Charles Ford Band (named after his father, who was also a guitarist) and was soon hired to play with Charles Musselwhite for nine months....
Gov't Mule
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Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov't Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years — their Blue Note Records debut Shout!, a breath-taking, exploratory double-disc set to be released on September 17....
James Cotton
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Insatiable showman, blues singer, and ace harp-man kept his high-energy act alive for over a half century. ~ Rovi
Buddy Guy
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Born in Louisiana and discovered in Chicago, Buddy Guy has gone on to define the modern electric Blues sound. Though never a huge commercial success, his artistry has always received critical acclaim from Blues fans and musical peers around the world....
Charlie Musselwhite
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Harmonica wizard Norton Buffalo can recollect a leaner time when his record collection had been whittled down to only the bare essentials: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's South Side Band....
Gregg Allman
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Gregg Allman's most visible contribution to rock music is as lead singer, organist, and songwriter with the Allman Brothers Band, founded by his brother Duane (d. 1971) in 1969. He has never threatened to eclipse the band that carries his family name, but he has found occasional success and popularity with his solo work, which is distinctly different, more soulful and less focused on high-wattage virtuosity....
Jeff Beck
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While he was as innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton, and nearly as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck never achieved the same commercial success as any of those contemporaries, primarily because of the haphazard way he approached his career....
Elvis Costello
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An influential figure in new wave rock, Elvis Costello also occasionally appeared in a few feature films such as Alan Cox's bizarre Straight to Hell . Costello has also appeared in concert in documentary films....
The Doobie Brothers
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As one of the most popular California pop/rock bands of the '70s, the Doobie Brothers evolved from a mellow, post-hippie boogie band to a slick, soul-inflected pop band by the end of the decade....
Aaron Neville
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As a teen, served some time in jail for stealing cars. A longtime fan of  All My Children, he dedicated songs to the character Erica Kane and even appeared on the soap in 1995. In 2000, he was the first major recording artist to have an album ( Devotion ) released in the audio DVD format....
The Paladins
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Bluesy rockers with a touch of punk, the Paladins are led by guitarist Dave Gonzalez. ~ Dan Heilman & Cub Koda, Rovi
Suzanne Vega
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Her literate, artful, and intellectual brand of troubadourism rescued the singer/songwriter tradition from the clutches of sentimentality. ~ Rovi
WAR
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War was a popular music group of the 70's They were known for their eclectic style of music. Their music incorporated funk,jazz,blues,and rock.
Larry Graham
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Graham Central Station was a showcase for the revolutionary pop-and-slap bass guitar of Larry Graham, an alumnus of Sly & the Family Stone largely responsible for originating the percussive groove which typified the progressive funk sound of the 1970s....
Sly and Robbie
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Theirs is the ultimate musical marriage, a partnership that, once formed, re-etched the very landscape of not just Jamaican music, but the entire world's. Such hyperbole is oftentimes rolled out by publicity machines whenever two musical talents come together, but in the case of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, it really was an earth-shattering union....
The Wailers
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There is no more legendary band in Jamaican music history than The Wailers. Formed in 1969, the group has created an extraordinary body of work whose echoes are heard in every corner of the world today....
Candye Kane
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Los Angeles native Candye Kane sings a sassy and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul that takes no prisoners of any persuasion. Kane has been a lot of things in her life, from a mother and serious student to a pinup girl and actress (both on-stage and in risqué movies), and she even did a stint as a serious, full-tilt punk rocker....
Booker T. Jones
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Booker T. Jones was one of the architects of the Memphis soul sound of the 1960s as the leader of Booker T. & the MG's, who scored a number of hits on their own as well as serving as the Stax Records house band....
Walter Trout
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New Jersey-born blues-rocker Walter Trout spent decades as an ace sideman, playing guitar behind the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and Joe Tex. In 1981, he was also tapped to replace the late Bob Hite in Canned Heat, remaining with the venerable group through the middle of the decade....
Beth Hart
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Los Angeles-based blues-rocker Beth Hart began playing piano at age four, later attending L.A.'s High School for the Performing Arts as a vocal and cello major. By 1993, she was a regular fixture of the local club circuit, by 1993 collaborating with bassist Tal Herzberg and guitarist Jimmy Khoury; with the addition of drummer Sergio Gonzalez early the following year, the Beth Hart Band was complete, and after signing to Atlantic's Lava imprint, the group issued its debut album, Immortal, in 1996....
Morcheeba
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The most groove-oriented act in the mid-'90s female-fronted electronica crowd, Morcheeba rely on the sweet, fluid vocals of Skye Edwards and a laid-back mix of fusion, funk, and blues produced by brothers Paul and Ross Godfrey, on beats/scratches and guitar/keyboards, respectively....
Dave Matthews Band
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Formed in the early '90s by South African vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews, the Dave Matthews Band presented a more pop-oriented version of the Grateful Dead crossed with elements of jazz, funk, and the worldbeat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting....
Steve Earle and the Dukes
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Steve Earle & The Dukes includes band member 'Steve Earle'. A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others....
Erykah Badu
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She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers....
Eric Bibb
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Like Josh White, Jr. -- son of folk singer Josh White -- singer, songwriter, and guitarist Eric Bibb was raised in the folk tradition, the son of folk singer Leon Bibb. Bibb's uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, part of the Modern Jazz Quartet....
Trixie Whitley
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Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Trixie Whitley was born June 24, 1987 in Ghent, Belgium, the daughter of singer and songwriter Chris Whitley, which got her music pedigree going early....
Ozomatli
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Brewing a vital concoction of Latin salsa, urban hip-hop, and jazz-funk, Ozomatli formed in Los Angeles in the mid-'90s, eventually settling on a lineup that included Raúl "El Bully" Pacheco, Ulises Bella, Jiro Yamaguchi, Cut Chemist, Chali 2na, Wil-Dog Abers, Mairo Calire, Rene "Spinobi" Dominguez, Justin "Niño" Porée, Asdrubal Sierra, and Jabu....
Kasey Chambers
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In 2000, Kasey Chambers emerged as Australia's first successful country-to-rock crossover female singer. It was just the latest chapter in a unique 25-year life journey. In 1976, hoping to earn a living hunting foxes, Bill and Diane Chambers took their two-year-old son Nash and newborn daughter Kasey into the 100,000 square mile (260,000 square km) sparsely vegetated and generally flat plateau called the Nullarbor Plain....
Chali 2na
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Bearing an identifiably deep baritone voice, Chali 2na (born Charles Stewart, Jr.) became the unofficial point man for West Coast underground favorite Jurassic 5. Originally from southside Chicago, Stewart first gained an interest in graffiti writing before getting into music....
Jack Johnson
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Began playing guitar when he was 14. First two songs that he learned on the guitar: Metallica's "One" and Cat Stevens' "Father and Son." Was a pro surfer during high school, but decided to pursue more grounded activities after a surfing accident left him with more than 150 stitches, a broken nose and missing teeth....
Seth Lakeman
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When the band Equation stumbled to semi-retirement in 2001, Seth Lakeman appeared to be the bandmember least equipped to find solo success. His brothers Sam and Sean teamed up in successful duos with their partners and fellow bandmembers Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts, but few imagined the band's frenzied fiddle player/guitarist would swiftly transform himself into not only one of the hottest talents on the British folk scene, but achieve fame and success well beyond the genre's parameters....
Devendra Banhart
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“…Banhart was born in Texas in 1981, and named by an Indian mystic whom his parents followed. When his folks divorced two years later, he moved with his mom to Caracas, Venezuela, where he was raised amidst the shanties and sweatshops....
Iron & Wine
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Singer/songwriter Samuel Beam, who rose to prominence with a blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk, chose the moniker Iron & Wine after coming across a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" while working on a film....
KT Tunstall
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Born in 1975, Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall -- not short for anything, the KT is just an alternate spelling of Katie -- comes from the quaint university town of St. Andrews. Due in part by being adopted at birth, her imagination and creative side flourished from early on as she thought about how her life could have gone in any given direction....
Kate Miller-Heidke
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Kate Miller-Heidke was fully trained as a lead opera vocalist -- soprano -- and was ready to go into a career of Gilbert & Sullivan roles when pop music beckoned. She has since become a piano-playing singer/songwriter in the Kate Bush mold, popular for her theatricality, mixture of folk and pop, and the touches of comic opera she inserts into her songs....
John Mayer
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Started playing the guitar at age 13. After high school, took time off to practice his songwriting skills while working at a gas station. In 2005, made a surprise visit to his high school for his Hall of Fame induction but was not allowed to attend the ceremony for security reasons....
Gary Clark Jr.
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Texas guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. has been compared to guitar icons like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his playing is a powerful and inspired mix of blues roots with contemporary soul and hip-hop, and when he’s rolling at his best, he sounds like nothing so much as a natural hybrid of both the past and the future of the blues....
Dr. John
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Cutting his teeth on New Orleans session work while still a teen in the 1950s, pianist and singer Dr. John (born Mac Rebennack) emerged in the late 1960s with GRIS-GRIS, a blend of snaky rhythms, Crescent City funk, and swampland voodoo flair....
Passenger
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Passenger, a group whose electronica-tinged balladry riffed on the pop pathos of bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol, formed in Brighton, England, as a collaboration between singer/songwriter Mike Rosenberg and composer Andrew Phillips....
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
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After completing work on their T Bone Burnett-produced third album for Ragged Company / Hollywood Records, which is now in its final stages, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will hit the road this summer in a new configuration....
North Mississippi Allstars
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Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson are the sons of producer/songwriter and all-around Memphis legend Jim Dickinson. Equipped with their father's blues-based sense of eclecticism, during the 1990s the brothers honed their chops playing in punk bands, doing session work for the likes of the Replacements and Billy Lee Riley, and getting hands-on coaching from blues legends like R....
Michael Franti & Spearhead
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Franti is the creator and driving force behind Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues.
Valerie June
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"It's been a long night if that's what happened," Valerie June laughs when asked about her seemingly overnight breakout in the UK. By the time she released her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone, the Tennessee native had already performed on Later… with Jools Holland, sung a stunning duet with Eric Church at the ACM Awards, toured with Jake Bugg, graced spreads in top music and fashion magazines, and earned some of the year's most glowing reviews....
Jimmie Vaughn
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Jimmie Vaughn is an actor born in Dallas, Texas on March 20, 1951. He has appeared in 1 films and television shows. He was first cast as the character 'Roland Janes' in 'Great Balls of Fire!' in the year 1989.
The Magic Band
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The Magic Band was the backing group for the legendary Captain Beefheart over the course of his recording career. Of course, the personnel changed over time, so the name simply referred to whomever was backing the Captain at the time....
India.Arie
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Contemporary soul singer/songwriter who won multiple Grammys for her music, rooted in the R&B of the past but grounded in the styles of today. ~ Rovi
Boz Scaggs
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After first finding acclaim as a member of the Steve Miller Band, singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs went on to enjoy considerable solo success in the 1970s. Born William Royce Scaggs in Ohio on June 8, 1944, he was raised in Oklahoma and Texas, and while attending prep school in Dallas met guitarist Steve Miller....
C.W. Stoneking
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Neo-blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist (he also plays Dobro and tenor banjo) C.W. Stoneking (Chris to his close friends) was born in 1974 in Katherine, Australia, to American parents who split up shortly after he was born....
John Butler Trio
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The Man in the Mirror The contradictions in John Butler are evident, and, despite his magnificently successful career (with number one albums in Australia and sell-out tours) his is a troubled soul....
Devon Allman
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Guitarist and songwriter Devon Allman is the son of musician Gregg Allman and hails from Saint Louis, MO. He is the leader of Devon Allman's Honeytribe, whose first incarnation was born in 1999....
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
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Formed in 2007 by Ima Robot frontman Alex Ebert after a brief period of existential crisis, the cultish 11-piece indie rock outfit Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros draw their inspiration from the communal musical communities that peppered Southern California (specifically Laurel Canyon) with positive vibrations during the '60s and early '70s....
Jake Bugg
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Raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the brothers Gallagher, English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg blends the melodious, working-class swagger of the La's and the primal, bluesy simplicity of the White Stripes with the wry, weathered romanticism of Jens Lekman....
Grandmothers Of Invention
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"Great news for Zappaphiles!"..."If you ever dug Zappa, you don't want to miss the GrandMothers of Invention."..."They are THE authentic live version of Zappa's music."..."This isn't just another comeback, this is the reincarnation of the Mothers of Invention!"....
The Soul Rebels
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The New Orleans group the Soul Rebels, which combines elements of hip-hop with a traditional brass band sound, was formed by former drum majors from the marching bands of Southern, Grambling, and Texas Southern University....
Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes
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As flamboyant as their name indicates, Clairy Browne & the Bangin' Rackettes are, at heart, an entertaining retro-soul band with inspirations that include jump blues and doo wop. Formed in 2009, they initially based themselves in a onetime coffin factory located in suburban Melbourne, Australia....
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Byron Bay Bluesfest
BYRON BAY NSW 2481 Australia
Byron Bay, NSW 2481
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Mar 03, 2009 - eiodland on Dave Matthews Band
Another bewildering success story

I give them points for making a pretty successful career off of smarmy, mindless songs. They're proficient at playing their respective instruments, but are unable to craft songs that stimulate any more than a few brain cells. With this in mind, Dave Matthews Band would be more suitable as studio musicians or fill-ins for more talented artists.

Mar 31, 2008 - fandango on Morcheeba
Warning - Skye no longer with Morcheeba

As the intro states, Skye Edwards was a big factor in the "smooth" trip-hop sound of Morcheeba. But read thru to the end; realize that she is no longer part of the band, and that the tour does not include her.

Nov 14, 2007 - johnmarkos on Suzanne Vega
Talent and depth

Suzanne Vega is a musician of wide-ranging talents and interests, who has gone far beyond her folk roots.

Nov 09, 2007 - Tharrah on Dr. John
This guy looks like a pimp!

You have to respect that in this day and age. Especially when they put Dr. in their name. Event his background makes his sound awesome. He apparently lost his ring finger on his left hand from a gunshot wound. Thats pretty hard core if ask me. I would see him if only because he sounds like he's got great stories, that I hope he tells in between songs.

Sep 26, 2007 - mmelmon on KT Tunstall
Now, that's a rock star website, baby!

Check out her home page: art deco apes, flyboys, stolen diaries, a big black horse and a cherry tree. What's not to like about this hot rock mama? Yeah, that's right. Nothing!

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Jul 30, 2007 - pobrien on Dave Matthews Band
Caught them at a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park

I'm not so much a fan of listening to their music which sounds too similar but I think they're outstanding in concert, a great live band that you can just hand out and enjoy.

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Jul 12, 2007 - pobrien on KT Tunstall
KT rocks

Her style is pop rock with a subtle blend of funk, blues, and upbeat dance. I know, how can it be all that?? She's a blast to listen to and I can't wait to catch her live.

Jul 04, 2007 - josh on Dave Matthews Band