Benjamin Booker Adds Sideshows


New Sydney and Melbourne sideshows have been announced for Benjamin Booker, one of the stars of this year’s Bluesfest.

Based in New Orleans, Booker draws his influence from post-war electric Blues, and garage punk. In 2017 he released Witness an album that he created in response to the racial tensions facing America in 2017. The title track features civil rights icon and Bluesfest favourite Mavis Staples and is an anthem which demands listeners to answer the question: “Am I going to be a Witness?”

Prior to the album’s release Booker wrote an essay which detailed the experience that led him towards writing the album’s title track. The title track’s references to police brutality and activism garnered Booker coverage in politically-leaning outlets. Since the album’s release WNYC has described Booker as “a punk & grit-infused songwriter whose ecstatic and soulful sounds channel vintage soul-rock, gospel, and blues.” 



Thursday March 29, 2018
The Factory Theatre


Saturday March 31, 2018 – The Corner



Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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