The Durban international Blues Festival will again take place at The Plant, Station Drive Precinct in Durban, following its successful change of venue and capacity turn out last year.
Tickets for this two day event, Fri 01 Sep and Sat 02 Sep, will go on sale at Computicket shortly.
Born in 1860’s the Mississippi Delta, the blues transverses a spectrum of emotions and musical styles and whilst it can express “feelin’ blue” it can also be a base to raucous dance music and a celebration of success and pleasure.
“When the festival was staged for the first time in 2005 at Wilson’s Wharf, the intention was to create an event synonymous with Durban alone- making Durban the Blues Capital of SA, hopefully Africa in the end,” says festival director Themi Venturas.
The intention was and still is, to educate music lovers and to encourage their support of this easy listening style. ” We think we have achieved this with a steady growth of fans and attendance every year,” Venturas concludes.
No single person created the blues. This genre was shaped by a number of musicians over time and perhaps explains why jazz and blues interact with each other in different ways where tempo is laid back and the melody and themes are often repeated.
The 2017 program is shorter than in the past as coordinators strive to find the perfect blend of quality and quantity which will also suit the festival goer’s pocket.
Blues is not like a regular musical performance and much like its Jazz cousin, is suited to smaller and more intimate venues where the audience can interact personally with the performers on stage. For this reason The Plant remains the perfect choice of venue as it remains intimate but can accommodate the growing number of audiences- as well as provide cash bar facilities and food vendors on site.
With secure parking around the precinct, the festival goers also have the opportunity to book a pre-show dinner at one of the restaurants.
Whilst most audiences are adults, the event could accommodate families with younger children.
This year’s line-up includes firm favourites as well as International guest artists CHARLIE LOVE and DAN PATLANSKY and his band.