Durban International Blues Festival 2015

BLUES_FEST_WEB28 - 29 Oct 2015
Blues Music

The Durban International Blues Festival will celebrate this year’s event with a new format.  “We agree that for the ticketed evenings, a venue with more capacity is needed than that of the traditional venue, Zack’s at Wilson’s Wharf,” says Festival Director Themi Venturas. “For this reason, ticketed concerts will take place at the University of KZN’s popular Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, whilst the non-ticketed (free) evenings will continue at Zacks’s, Wilson’s Wharf as it has for the last decade.”

“Blues” lovers can enjoy the first concert on Wed 28th October which is entitled “Wailin Blues” and features the international guest artist from Chicago, USA –Khalif Wailin’ Walters.  Walters is one of the Chicago Blues music Scene’s next generation and he brings to the stage his own unique style of funk infused boogie blues.  Calling the European market his home base now, Khalif “Wailin’” Walter’s stormy guitar work and brash New Orleans style vocals surely define his sound which is reminiscent of the greats like Albert King, Otis Rush and Albert Collins.  Fusing contemporary style and innovative original arrangements, Khalif “Wailin“ Walters delivers foot stomping, finger snapping Blues that sets the roof on fire.

The second ticketed evening on Thursday 29th October will be The BB King Blues Summit which is a tribute show incorporating the blues festival’s traditional Blues Summit and which sees some of the ‘best of the fest’ mixed with a tribute to the late and great blues legend, BB King.  This tribute show will feature Durban’s ever popular, The Reals as the backing band for the performance and will include a variety of music from the life and history of this great blues master.  So why his favourite guitar was called Lucille? What did he think of that other great, Muddy Waters? For fans of the great blues maestro this will be an emotional and nostalgic evening which is simply not to be missed.

Tickets cost R150 per person per night, with season tickets covering both evenings available at R250.  All advance booking (and season tickets) is through Computicket.