Kvarner newsletter / no 31

Kastav Blues Festival 2010
In memory of “Philadelphia” Jerry Ricks

The Kastav Blues Festival 2010 runs from the 6th to the 9th of August and will include a series of concerts and musical workshops for all lovers of blues. This year’s festival will include performances by several renowned blues musicians in and around Kastav.

The four-day programme of the third international Kastav Blues Festival runs from the 6th to the 9th of August not only in Kastav, but also in its surroundings. This attests to the great popularity of both the festival and the blues as a musical genre, which has many fans here in Croatia. One of the basic features of the Kastav Blues Festival, which continues to attract many blues lovers to this town, is the idea around which the festival emerged in 2008.
The festival was established in honour of the American blues musician Philadelphia Jerry Ricks, one of the most prominent exponents of traditional blues (country blues) and the last author who connected the so-called first generation of blues musicians. This has a particular significance because this great musician chose Kastav as his final resting place. He died in 2007.
As already mentioned, some of the concerts and musical workshops within the festival will take place in Matulji and Viškovo.
The festival will be opened by the Tomislav Goluban Band (last year awarded as one of the most significant new instrumental music performers in Croatia) and Damir Halilić Hal – local musician and artistic director of the festival. One day later, on Saturday the 7th of August, the Matko Laginja Square in Kastav will host the concert by the Eddie Martin Band (one of the most popular British blues guitarists and signers) and the Josip Pepi Forembacher Big Band – a famous supporter of the big band sound from Kvarner.
On Sunday, the festival moves to Viškovo, where Eddie Martin will give a concert and lead a big musical workshop. The festival will close in Kastav with the concert by the renowned American blues singer Michael Roach, who will present the long-forgotten blues style from the 1920s. After that follows the performance by a contemporary author from Texas –Elisabeth Lee with her Cosmic Mojo band, who will play modern Texas rock combined with elements of the blues.