THE annual Dundee Blues Bonanza, now said to be the largest free Blues Festival in Europe, is celebrating it’s 18th birthday this weekend.
This year it runs from Friday, June 29 until Sunday, July 1.
With fans and musicians coming from all over the globe to enjoy the famously friendly Bonanza atmosphere, it generates a wealth of tourism, financial benefits and respect for the city.
With it’s unique self funding structure, the Street level Festival will survive. It is the venues themselves (all 32 of them) who pay for the advertising and also for all of their acts.
Through their contacts in the music business, the voluntary committee has succeeded in bringing superb artists of the calibre of Li’l Jimmy Reed, Mud Morganfield, Robert Penn, Otis Grand and ex Ike and Tina Turner colleague Jimmy Thomas to Dundee in order to keep up the international profile part of the bonanza which the fans have come to enjoy.
So it is with many thanks to the Bush Bar and an Arts & Business partnership that they are able to invite Blues/Gospel Diva Deitra Farr from Chicago who will headline the International Extravaganza Launch in the Friary, Tullideph Road on Friday, June (7.30 pm to 1am).
She will be joined on stage by Dago Red, from Italy, Californian born Kat & Co, piano wizard Bob Hall and Australian solo artist Mike ‘Dr Blue’ McKeon.
The Big Bonanza Party on Sunday, July 1 will take place courtesy of the newly re-opened Westport 64-66 North Lindsay Street (7.30 pm till late), who along with another A & B partnership have made this financially possible.
Deitra Farr and band will be joined on stage by Canadian Jimmy C & Blue Dragons, German Werner Lidner & the Stratmen and Streetdog Andersen from Denmark.
All these artists will be involved in workshops during the weekend.