The 10th Anniversary Kiev International Festival KYIV BLUES FEST is an event of unprecedented scale and the main blues festival of Ukraine in 2019. The festival will be held on November 8 and 9 in the Moscow Cinema House, and in honor of the anniversary, the audience will be offered a two-day blues masters program from 7 countries and all shades of blues - from the beginnings and traditions to modern experimental innovations. The first day of the festival will feature headliners from the United States - guardian of the traditions of acoustic blues, guitarist and vocalist MICHAEL ROACH, and the brightest representative of the Chicago modern guitar blues, entered in 2014 in Chicago's Hall of Fame in Chicago MIKE WHEELER.
The festival will begin with the representative of Ukraine - Max Vatutin (Kolomyya) - guitar, vocals. He will present an acoustic program consisting of classic blues hits from the repertoire of the Taj Mahal, BBKing, Ray Charles and other legendary performers with a range of sounds ranging from Delta blues to filigree possession of the instrument in its inherent manner mixed with jazz and folk music.
The first branch of the Belarusian-Ukrainian project Olexiy Yarovenko Band will continue. The team, assembled by a charismatic actor of theater and cinema and an outstanding musician Alexei Yarovenko, will present the program of author compositions based on funk, traditional blues and soul music to the audience of the festival.
Then, after a short break, performers from the USA will appear on the stage.
Michael Roach is one of the last custodians of the traditions of a variety of blues, based on ragtime and a soft but technical manner of picking - Piedmont blues. It’s not by chance that this artist’s master classes in guitar and vocal enjoy well-deserved success around the globe. Visitors to these lessons celebrate the incredible accessibility and soulfulness of knowledge, revealing the meaning of the blues even to beginners. This feature adorns his concerts. At the festival, Michael Roach (vocals, guitar) will present an acoustic program that will take the viewer into the genre's time of birth and, with its ease of sounding, will present indescribable sensations and harmony.
One of the masters of modern Chicago blues - guitarist and vocalist Mike Wheeler, with the support of the best Ukrainian musicians who regularly tour with foreign bluesmen on their Ukrainian tours, will close the program of the first day. This songwriter and outstanding performer, introduced to the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, performed on the same stage with Koko Taylor, George Benson, Buddy Guy, BBKing, Jimmy Johnson. His songs are played by almost all of the Chicago blues community, and his mastery in the performance of any well-known song, which makes the viewer forget about the original, is indisputable.
On the second day of the tenth anniversary KYIV BLUES FEST, the spectators will enjoy an equally bright and diverse program from performers from Poland, USA, Canada and the UK.
So, the tenth anniversary Kiev International Festival KYIV BLUES FEST X is looking forward to meeting you, wanting to give the powerful and unfading energy of real blues and an ocean of positive emotions.
THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT!