Byron’s Bluesfest has just made a pre-Christmas announcement of new artists that adds to the scope of the 27th festival to be held next Easter (Thursday 24 March – Monday 28 March 2016).
While the latest announcement contains Washington State’s popular Modest Mouse making a Bluesfest debut, and legendary singer Graham Nash, making his Bluesfest solo debut, perhaps the most exciting addition to the line-up is Los Angeles jazz composer and performer (as well as band leader, pianist, drummer and saxophonist) Kamasi Washington who will be coming to Bluesfest with his band. It is reminiscent of one of the greatest of all Bluesfest bookings of the past – the legendary Pharoah Sanders.
Washington’s triple album (!) The Epic peaked at No. 5 on the US Billboard Jazz Chart and The New York Times gave it the No. 1 spot on their Best Albums of 2015 list. Washington is also responsible for much of the arrangement of fellow Bluesfest performer Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy nominated To Pimp A Butterfly.
Other additions to the bill include Richard Clapton, one of Australia’s foremost singer-songwriters, rising Elle King (whose musical style encompasses Country, Soul, Folk, Rock, and Blues), Ash Grunwald, blues man Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton on his first Australian tour, Dustin Thomas, Ross Ward, front man for Wards Xpress and Singapore’s Raw Earth (made up of a stellar line-up consisting of some of Singapore’s best Blues and Rock musicians).
For information on the full line-up visit bluesfest.com.au