Big City Blues is inviting Sam Ghezzi Quintet on Friday night to open the festival with a kick-ass night!

The quintet based in Amsterdam is composed by lead singer Sam Ghezzi, Vincent Pino on guitar, Jerome de Vijlder on harmonica and guitar, Cesar Puente on double bass and Joe Korach on drums. The band revives a specific style of blues called “Chicago Blues”, an electric style that was played by musicians at rent parties and in the streets of Chicago Illinois in the 50’s, and “Jump Blues”, an up-tempo and swinging style with many influences from the jazz of the 40’s.

Blazing horns and brooding percussion set the tone of this deeply grooving and sensual blues band, brought together by our blues legend Tiny Legs Tim.

In the background, a honky-tonk piano pounds away, while voice and guitar tell a universal story.
Drawing from the tradition of the blues, the orchestra reveals itself as an intriguing variety that evokes authenticity and musical impressions on a journey through New Orleans, contemporary Nola funk and hints of Soul, Rumba, Americana, Touareg blues, Louisiana Swamp and Woodstock Rhythm & Blues. We are all set to make this evening as steaming as possible.

We have a reputation to keep up so you’d better keep your Sunday night and Monday morning free.! We’ll end the festival in absolute Juke Joint party fashion..! Expect a crazy night of raw, sexy and wild blues.

For Sunday Night we invite 2 legendary trio’s that will play together later on. 

Dirk Van der Linden (organist, pianist and guitarist) has been among the Belgian jazz top. 

Not what the average age of this trio suggests, they sound playful and adventurous. With their own work and standards just a little bit different. Swing, blues, Latin and funky groove moods. Be surprised. 3 generations. Play.

They say blues came straight from hell. Well, in a way it did. Yet the Paradise Stompers will shoot you straight into the devil’s paradise with their deep, bluesy, sassy tones. Double bassist Karel Algoed, Matti De Rijcke on guitars and harmonica player Oliver Vander Bauwede bring groovy songs that take you back to the magical days of old blues and jazz.