Thirteen years on and still going strong, The Durban International Blues Festival will again take place at The Plant, Station Drive Precinct, Durban following its successful change of venue and capacity turn out last year. Tickets for this two day event, Fri 01 Sep and Sat 02 Sep will go on sale at Computicket shortly.
Born in the 1860’s in the Mississippi Delta, the blues transverses a spectrum of emotions and musical styles and whilst it can express “feelin’ blue”, it can also be a base to raucous dance music and a celebration of success and pleasure.
“When the Festival was staged for the first time in 2005 at Wilson’s Wharf, the intention was to create an event, synonymous with Durban alone and to make Durban the, Blues Capital of South Africa – hopefully the Continent of Africa eventually,” says Festival Director Themi Venturas. “The intention was and still is, to educate music lovers and to encourage their support of this easy listening style and we think that we have achieved this with a steady growth of fans and growing attendance every year,” Venturas concludes.
No single person created the blues as this genre was created and shaped by a number of musicians over time and perhaps this explains why jazz and blues interact with each other in different ways and where tempo is laid back and the melody and themes are often repeated.
The 2017 Program is shorter than in the past as co-coordinators strive to find the perfect blend of quality and quantity which will also suit the festival goer’s pocket.
Blues is not like a regular musical performance and much like its cousin Jazz- is best suited to smaller, casual and more intimate venues where the audience can interact quite personally with the performers on stage. For this reason, The Plant remains a good choice and looks to be the home for this event for quite some time into the future.
With secure parking around the precinct, food vendors such as Renegade Kitchen and The Roast Co amongst others on site as well as the opportunity to book for dinner before the event at one of the precinct restaurants, a cash bar facility for beers and soft drinks and a few select other drinks, the evening is suitable for the family too.
This year’s line-up includes firm favourites as well as international guest artists, Charlie Love and Dan Patlansky and his band.
1. Charlie Love 2. Dan Patlansky