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The Reykjavík Blues Festival 2016 will be held from the 19th – 25th March.

tickets at the door and on www.midi.is 

In keeping with tradition, the festival will open with “Blues Day” in the city center on Saturday, march 19th. 14:00 at Skolavordustigur. This sets the tone for the festival and includes live blues in different downtown venues, BBQ,  the classic Blues Cruisers and an street concerts. 

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The Hilton Reykjavík Nordica will host three grand performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening, March 23rd – 25th.

The official afterhours Blues Club will be at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica following the three main stage concerts. This is a hotspot where anything can happen and guests can be assured of great entertainment far into the late night hours.

The Blues ticket

The Blues ticket grants entrance to all three of the main concerts at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica. These tickets are in limited amount.

1st concert at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica Wednesday, March 23rd at 8pm

Chicago Beau and The Blue Ice Band, Sigurgeir Sigmundsson & The Dream Band and Primecake

The Reykjavík Blues Festival will start with a bang when Chicago Beau, the festival’s honorary guest, steps on the stage with the Blue Ice Band. Chicago Beau was a frequent guest here in Iceland between 1991 and 1995 when he toured with the Blue Ice Band in Europe and North America. This reunion gives blues enthusiasts a chance to relive the magic.

Before the interval Sigurgeir Sigmundsson & the Dream Band will be entertaining the audience with songs from their newly released album along with classic Deep Purple and Gary Moore songs. The Dream Band includes musicians: Ásmundur Jóhannsson (drums), Jóhann Ásmundsson (bass), Þórir Úlfarsson (keyboard) and Páll Rósinkranz (vocals).

Representing the up and coming new bands is Primecake. A perfect beginning to a great festival.

2st Concert at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, Thursday, March 24th at 8pm

Karen Lovely and Jonn „Del Toro” Richardson, Þorleifur Gaukur and the Berklee youngbloods and Reykjavík Hipshakers

The very talented harmonica player Þorleifur Gaukur will be playing alongside his fellow musicians from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Calling themselves the The Berklee Youngbloods these energetic and highly talented musicians will be kicking off the concert and warming up for Candye Kane and Laura Chavez.

The evening starts with The Reykjavík Hipshakers. This big band will be entertaining the audience with Boogie Woogie and Jamaican Ska with a dash of brass. Blues with a twist.

3rd concert at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, Friday, March 25th at 8pm

Great Icelandic Blues

The final evening concert will be an extravaganza with the crème de la crème of Icelandic blues artists as headliners. Amongst the performers are Andrea Gylfadóttir, KK, Ragnheiður Gröndal, Halldór Bragason, Guðmundur Pétursson, Björn Thoroddsen and many, many others. It’s a celebration of the blues, with love from Iceland.

You’d be hard pressed to find a band as rough and trendy as Hráefni. These musicians will be kicking off the finale this evening with Valdimar Örn Flygerning (vocals and guitar), Þorleifur Guðjónsson (double bass) Bergþór Morthens (guitar) and Þórdís Claessen (drums). Need we say more?

In keeping with tradition, the festival will open with “Blues Day” on Skólavörðurstígur in the city center on Saturday, March 19th.  This sets the tone for the festival and includes live blues, barbequed ribs, bacon and hotdogs from 2pm – 5pm. The Reykjavík Blues Society will also be announcing the 2016 winner of the Honorary Member Award. At 4pm there will be live blues and learning at the Public Library, Borgarbókasafn.

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Reykjavik Blues Festival March 19th – 25th

“Bringing spring to the people”

 

Sunday March 20th 15-16

Reykjavik Library, Hafnarstræti

Bluestales and writers jam- Chicago Beau  and Icelandic writers and Blues lovers Árni Þórarinsson, Einar Kárason and Ólafur Gunnarsson

Monday March 21st  21 – 23

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Strákarnir hans Sævars og Siggi Sig – Sævars Boys with Siggi Sig

Tómas Ragnarsson og Götustrákarnir – Tómas and the Street Boys

 

Tuesday March 22nd 20 – 21

The Bluesbasement, Faxafen 9, underneath the Salatbar – blues jam with the Icelandic Cadillac Club

Davíð Þór Jónsson, Tryggvi Hubner and more

 

Wednesday March 23rd 20 – 01

Grand concert at  Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Suðurlandsbraut

• Chicago Beau & Vinir Dóra

•Sigurgeir Sigmundsson and the Dreamteam

• Primecake

•Festival Club blues jam

 

Thursday March 24th 20 – 01

Grand concert at  Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Suðurlandsbraut

• Karen Lovely and Jonn „Del Toro“ Richardson,

• Thorleifur Gaukur & the Berklee youngbloods

• Reykjavik Hipshakers!

•Festival Club blues jam

Friday March 25th 20 – 01

Grand concert at  Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, Suðurlandsbraut

•The cream of Icelandic Blues : Blues divas and legends Andrea Gylfadóttir, KK, Ragnheiður Gröndal, Halldór Bragason, Guðmundur Pétursson, Björn Thoroddsen, Óskar Logi Ágústsson from Vintage Caravan, Róbert Þórhallsson, Davíð Þór Jónsson. Birgir Baldursson and many more

• Hráefni – Valdimar Örn Flygenring and band

•Festival Club blues jam

 News  Due to unforeseeable circumstances, changes have been made to the Reykjavík Blues Festival events schedule. Blues diva, Karen Lovely and Jonn „Del Toro” Richardson, will be the headliners at the March 24th Hilton Nordica concert. They will be stepping in for Candye Kane and Laura Chavez, who had to cancel their appearance because of Candye Kane‘s health issues.
It’s a stroke of luck to have Karen Lovely at this years’ festival. She is one of the brightest stars on the American blues scene and amongst the best blues vocalists around. Jonn Richardson is a multi-award winning guitarist who has developed his own signature style; blues with a pinch of South American spice. 

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The Reykjavík Blues Festival 2015, March 28th – April 2nd

Tickets at Midi.is and at the door

Celebrating the 100th birthdays of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

Headliners at this year’s festival include:

•     Bob Margolin, Blues Guitarist of the Year 2005 and 2008.

•     Debbie Davis, Blues Guitarist of the Year 1997 and 2010.

•     Bob Stroger, awarded Best Blues Bassist 2011 and 2013.

•     KK band, Björgvin Gíslason, Vintage Caravan, Blue Ice Band and numerous other performers

The Hilton Reykjavík Nordica will host three grand performances on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, March 31st – April 2nd.

In keeping with tradition, the festival will open with “Blues Day” in the city center on Saturday, March 28th. This sets the tone for the festival and includes live blues in different downtown venues from 2pm – 5pm.

The official afterhours Blues Club will be at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica following the three main stage concerts. This is a hotspot where anything can happen and guests can be assured of great entertainment far into the late night hours.

Tuesday, March 31st at 8pm – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica

KK band. Icelanders love the KK band and the way they play the blues. Their unique style and riveting performances captivate audiences every time. This promises to be one of their best concerts to date.

Björgvin Gíslason’s Bluesband. The legendary guitarist Björgvin Gíslason is joined by other top musicians to form the Björgvin Gíslason Bluesband. This is an event that you don’t want to miss!

Músíktilraun 2015 is an annual music awards for young artists. At this evening’s concert we will be treated to a special appearance by the award’s “bluesiest band”.

Wednesday, April 1st at 8pm – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica

Bob Margolin, Bob Stroger and the Blue Ice Band. In commemoration of Muddy Waters’ 100th birthday The Reykjavík Blues Festival is proud to have both Bob Margolin and Bob Stroger on the main stage. Bob Margolin played guitar in Muddy Waters’ band from 1973-’80 and he delivers exciting Blues guitar and an entertaining, friendly stage presence. In 2013, he was nominated for The Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for Traditional Male Blues Artist and won Blues Music Awards for guitar in 2008 and 2005. Bob Stroger is without a doubt one of the best bassists in the history of the blues. His musical talent, showmanship and class are legendary. He’s played with most of the best known blues musicians and was nominated for the best blues bassist in 2011 and 2013. The Blue Ice Band will be accompanying Margolin and Stroger on the main stage and many other Icelandic blues musicians will be putting in appearances.

Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica

Debbie Davis is one of the most influential female blues artists of past decades and she’s a multiple award winning guitarist. Whether performing with her own band, or on stage with other world renowned blues musicians, Debbie is bound to give the audience a show to remember. Debbie Davis will be accompanied by The Blue Ice Band.

Vintage Caravan drove the crowd crazy at their debut at the Reykjavík Blues Festival a few years ago. It was an electric performance and since then, they have been touring around the world. This year, they will be returning to the festival better than ever! Other guests at this evening’s concert include various Icelandic blues musicians.

 

Blues Ticket

Blues Ticket holders may attend all three Hilton Nordica Hotel concerts. Limited number of Blues Tickets available.

Notice: Individual concert tickets will also be sold at entrance.

For more information see:

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City of Reykjavik sponsored event www.visitreykjavik.is/

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Reykjavík Blues Festival 2014, April 12th – 17th

tickets at  http://midi.is/concerts/1/8160 and at the door

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• Blues Pianist of the Year 2013 Victor Wainwright from Memphis, Tennessee. with Nick Black

• The Blues Company: Magnús Eiríksson and Pálmi Gunnarsson with KK and other guests

• Egill Ólafsson plays the blues with his old buddies from Þursaflokkur

• The Blue Ice Band will celebrate their 25th Anniversary with Andrea Gylfadóttir and other exciting guests.

• Tregasveitin plays some brand new tunes

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• Brynhildur Oddsdóttir

• Johnny and the Rest

In keeping with tradition, the festival will open with “Blues Day” in the city center on Saturday, April 12th. This sets the tone for the festival and includes live blues in different downtown venues, the classic Blues Cruisers and an evening concerts.
The Hilton Reykjavík Nordica will host three grand performances on Tuesday-, Wednesday- and Friday evening, April 15th – 17th.

The afterhours Blues Club will be at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica. It opens following the evening main stage concerts. This is the place where anything can happen, often providing great entertainment far into the night.

Tuesday April 15th at 8pm. – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
The Blues Company. Magnús Eiríksson and Pálmi Gunnarsson with guest KK will fire up the audience at this year’s Reykjavík Blues Festival. The band also includes Agnar Már Magnússon, Benedikt Brynleifsson,Óskar Guðjónsson and Kjartan Hákonarson. Magnús and Pálmi have led The Blues Company for almost 40 years and this band just keeps getting better.
Tregasveitin led by father and son Pétur Tyrfingsson and Guðmundur Pétursson will be debuting new material at this evening’s concert.

Also appearing at this evening’s concert will be a number of promising young and talented new artists from Iceland.

Wednesday April 16th at 8pm. – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
Victor Wainwright.
Victor is a raucous, powerful performer and the winner of various awards, including the 2013 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year award. Though his career began with genuine honky-tonk rock n’ roll, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years and today his music represents virtually every corner of the blues. Victor is “a force to be reckoned with on a piano. He IS honky-tonk and boogie, with a dose of rolling thunder. Wainwright’s playing is simply beautiful madness,” (American Blues Scene 2013). Victor will be at the Blues Festival along with his guitar player, Nick Black.
Also appearing at tonight’s concert will be the Jonni Ólafs Bluesband, Spottarnir, Johnny and the Rest and various other promising young Icelandic artists.
Thursday April 17th at 8pm. – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica
Egill Ólafsson and members of the band Þursaflokkur, which includes Tómas M. Tómasson, Ásgeir Óskarsson and other surprise guests. We may even get to hear some of the old songs with a Blues twist. The Blue Ice Band will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary at tonight’s concert and they’ll be flaunting their best with Iceland’s Queen of the Blues, Andrea Gylfadóttir and other special guests.

Brynhildur Oddsdóttir and other fresh new talent will be appearing at this evening’s concert.

Ticket prices the same, third year in a row!

More information at www.blues.is

The Blues Ticket
 “Blues Ticket” holders may attend all three Hilton Nordica Hotel concerts. Limited number of “Blues Tickets” available.

Notice: Individual concert tickets will also be sold at entrance.

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City of Reykjavik sponsored event www.visitreykjavik.is/

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The Reykjavík Blues Festival  2014 dates are April 12, 2014 – April 17, 2014

the festival opens with “Blues Day” in the city center on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This sets the tone for the festival and includes live blues in different downtown venues. The highlights include surprise performances downtown city center from 2pm – 5pm.

The Reykjavík Blues Festival’s main stage at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Official afters hours blues club will be at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica and will be open following the evening main stage concerts .

info bluesfest@blues.is

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The Reykjavík Blues Festival 2013  March 23st-March 28st 

With Spring comes the Reykjavík Blues Festival

The 2013 Reykjavík Blues Festival  will be held March 23rd – 28th. The headliners at this year‘s festival are Lucky Peterson, his wife Tamara Peterson and the guitar legend Guitar Shorty.

Lucky Peterson is a contemporary blues master and Guitar Shorty is a living legend deeply rooted in traditional, old school blues.

Three evening concerts will be held at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tickets at http://midi.is/concerts/1/7476/ and at the door

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Tuesday, March 26th – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica at 8:00 pm
Lucky Peterson and Tamara. This duo will bring the house down at this year‘s Reykjavík Blues Festival. For Lucky, the blues runs in his blood. Considered a child prodigy, he started performing at an early age and had released his first record by the age of five. Tamara is a top niche blues singer and amongst the best!

Also appearing are some of Iceland’s best young blues artists.

guitar-shorty1Wednesday, March 27th – Hilton Reykjavík Nordica at 8:00 pm
Guitar Shorty is a living legend. A former guitarist for Willie Dixon, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles, Guitar Shorty is one of the most popular and respected bluesmen in the world.  A multi-award winner, Guitar Shorty has performed with the best, including his brother-in-law Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Junior Wells and James Cotton.

Also appearing are some of Iceland’s best young blues artists.

Thursday, March 28th –  Hilton Reykjavík Nordica at 8:00 pm
The Reykjavík Blues Festival’s 10th Anniversary celebrates the best in  Icelandic blues.

This concert will include performances by top-notch Icelandic blues artists such as Andrea, Blue Ice Band, Bjorn Thoroddsen, Ragnheidur Grondal, Langi Seli and The Shadows and many, many more – a “must see” for music lovers.

The festival opens with “Blues Day” in the city center on Saturday, March 23rd. This sets the tone for the festival and includes live blues in different downtown venues. The highlights include surprise performances at Harpa, the Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Center, from 2pm – 5pm.

The Reykjavík Blues Festival’s official club will be at the Hilton Nordica and will be open following the evening concerts on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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 “Blues ticket” holders may attend all three Hilton Nordica Hotel concerts. Limited number of “Blues tickets” available.

info bluesfest@blues.is

Tickets at midi.is and at the door info bluesfest@blues.is