Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over the Easter long weekend (17 – 21st of April) at its home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, has announced a sixth additional major stage for its 25th Anniversary – the return of the Juke Joint Stage as well as additional artists to go with it.
Garland Jeffreys will be undertaking his first tour of Australia and will also appear at Bluesfest. The revered New York-based artist, who turned 70 in 2013, recently released the acclaimed, crowd-funded album Truth Serum. His albums from the late 70s Ghost Writer, One Eyed Jack, American Boy & Girl received heavy airplay in Australia. (Jeffreys will be touring the UK in March).
Other artists added to the Bluesfest bill include The Backsliders, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Joanne Shaw Taylor, the Ray Beadle Band, The Mojo Webb Band, Shaun Kirk, Claude Hay,Genevieve Chadwick, Daniel Champagne, Marshall OKell and the Pride and Hat Fitz & Cara.
Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says: “For the first time there will be six major stages at Bluesfest on our 25th Birthday Festival plus our Buskers stage. Of course all the 5 ‘usual suspects’ will be back (from Mojo Stage, Jambalaya, Crossroads, APRA to Cavanbah but we are stoked to be bringing back the much loved and missed Juke Joint Stage.
“What incredible memories we have of this small Bluesfest stage at the Byron Rugby League ground – where the access for musicians was through a large window at the rear of stage – and where over the years some of our best ever shows occurred featuring the legendary Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys, Music Maker, RL Burnside and Ash Grunwald’s first Bluesfest shows, as well as Hat Fitz and so many others.”
Artists already announced performing on the Juke Joint Stage include:
The Charlie Musselwhite Blues Band, North Mississippi All Stars, Music Maker Relief Foundation featuring Pat wilder, Cool John Ferguson and Little Freddie King – WOW, Chain, The Paladins, Eric Bibb, CW Stoneking, Glenn Cardier, Devon Allman, Valerie June, Candye Kane, Nikki Hill, Seth Lakeman and more.
Peter Noble continues: “We have put the BLUES back into BLUESfest – with our best ever Blues & Roots bill of artists so far in our 25 year history.”
Bluesfest artists announced so far:
Jeff Beck • Elvis Costello & The Imposters
• Erykah Badu • Doobie Brothers
John Butler Trio • India.Arie • Michael Franti & Spearhead
Joss Stone • Aaron Neville • Passenger • Iron & Wine
Gregg Allman • Boz Scaggs • Dr John & The Nite Trippers
Gov’t Mule • Morcheeba • Gary Clark Jr
Steve Earle & The Dukes • Kasey Chambers • Jason Isbell
Jake Bugg • Devendra Banhart • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Wailers • WAR • Sly & Robbie and The Taxi Gang
KC & The Sunshine Band • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 • The Black Sorrows
The James Cotton Blues Band • Booker T. Jones • Robben Ford
Jimmie Vaughan • Beth Hart • The Charlie Musselwhite Band
Suzanne Vega • Kate Miller-Heidke • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Chain • Ozomatli • Chali 2Na • CW Stoneking
Allen Stone • Larry Graham & Graham Central Station • Eric Bibb • KT Tunstall
The Magic Band • Grandmothers of Invention
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience • Dyson, Stringer & Cloher • The Beards
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes • North Mississippi Allstars • Walter Trout
Trixie Whitley • The Soul Rebels • Valerie June • Devon Allman
Seth Lakeman • Nikki Hill • The Paladins
Glenn Cardier and The Sideshow • Candye Kane Band
Nahko & Medicine For The People • Saidah Baba Talibah
Public Opinion Afro Orchestra • Cambodian Space Project • Matthew Curry
Music Maker Foundation Feat. Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King
Jack Johnson • John Mayer • Dave Matthews Band