25. Rawa Blues Festival

October 8th 2005


Final concert

James Blood Ulmer & Vernon Reid (USA), Guitar Shorty (USA), Irek Dudek Big Band

Main stage

Sławek Wierzcholski, Cree & Sebastian Riedel, Arek Korolik, Riders, Blues Flowers, Magda Piskorczyk, Easy Rider

Small stage

Styropian Blues, Mizia & Mizia, Boogie Chilli, Big Fat Mama, Vacat, Marek Wojtowicz, Teenage Beat, Hoo Doo, Krystian


James Blood Ulmer & Vernon Reid

Guitar Shorty

Irek Dudek Big Band

Duża scena


People come to the Rawa Blues not because of stars, but because of the unique atmosphere. Old friends sometimes meet once a year, just at Rawa (...). Anyway, it's great that Irek Dudek doesn't forget about music and every year tries to offer something new and important - wrote of one the journalists. 

The same words we could also write about 25th edition of the festival. There were a few artists who played there for the first time. The main prize got Boogie Chilli. 

The series of concerts on The Main Stage opened Easy Rider, the festival age – mate. Next appeared: Blues Flowers with some guest musicians, The Riders and one of the records holders in playing at the RBF - Arek Korolik. The great applause accompanied the entrance of  Sebastian Riedel with his group Cree and Sławek Wierzcholskiego & Nocna Zmiana Bluesa. 

That year, Irek Dudek came back to the Big Band formula and the piano solo in of the tracks played his teen daughter Agata. 

The American part of the festival began Guitar Shorty, playing classic tune of Hendrix „Voodoo Chile”. After that, spectators could meet with James Blood Ulmer vision of blues. The artist, sitting by the microphone and using magic strings of his guitar and with his deep and gruff voice, forced thousands of spectators to be focus on the performance. There was no such blues at the festival before... Thanks to excellent musicians, with Vernon Reid from Living Colour among the others, the definition of blues found new dimension. Funky, boogie, psychodelic – all in the one pot. It was really surprising, that such sophisticated music had so positive reception.