Extra Bluesfest Shows!

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In addition to D’Angelo‘s previously announced Bluesfest performance on Thursday March 24, he will be joining a huge and varied line-up on Saturday March 26, including The Decemberists, Joe Bonamassa (performing exclusively at Bluesfest), Kamasi Washington, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Elle King (whose hit Single ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’ is up for two Grammy Awards and came in at #5 in ARIA Single Chart this week).

D’Angelo’s debut album Brown Sugar has recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, while his second album Voodoo won two Grammys in 2001 (for Best R&B Album & Best R&B Vocal Performance) while his latest album Black Messiah is also nominated for a 2016 Grammy.

Improvisational gospel-jazz supergroup The Word, featuring pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski and all three North Mississippi Allstar’s; guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson, have also added new shows at Bluesfest on Friday 25th March and Monday 28th March in addition to their previously announced shows on Thursday and Saturday. Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real have also added two new shows and will now be performing every day of the festival.  Nelson, alongside the band and his brother, Micah Nelson, recorded with Neil Young on his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years (June 2015), and continue to perform with Young as his touring band.

Alabama Soul sextet St Paul and The Broken Bones have also added an additional performance at Bluesfest on Friday March 25.

Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble recently described leading man Paul Janeway as “The best white Soul singer since Van Morrison”. The band recently opened for The Rolling Stones and their high energy performances have amassed a huge following world-wide.

There will also be four chances to see blues singer Janiva Magness, who has announced two new performances on Thursday March 24 and Saturday March 26 in addition to her Easter Sunday and Monday plays.

Festival Director Peter Noble, who was just awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Australia Day, said: “With three 2016 Grammy nominations, fans of D’Angelo will be over the moon to hear he is playing an additional show at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th March. D’Angelo is one of the great live performers, comparisons have b een made to James Brown and Prince. On top of this Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Word and Janiva Magness have all announced additional performances.

“We are overflowing with talent at Bluesfest this year, and with only eight weeks to go before the festival begins, we are pleased to say that in a year where festivals have experienced much lower than expected sales, and in some cases cancellations, that we are right on track to deliver one of, if not the best, attended festivals so far.”

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 (rrr.org.au) 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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