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The line-up of 37. Rawa Blues Festival has been fixed!

The performances of several dozen applicants, including bands from the United States, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Belarus and Sweden showing off very high quality and were a hard nut to crack for the Artistic Council which met in Katowice on April 8 to select bands that will play the Big and the Small Stage of this year's Rawa Blues festival.

Irek Dudek's Big Band at the NOSPR Hall!

Irek Dudek

At the Rawa Blues Festival we cannot miss out on a show delivered by its creator and director Irek Dudek. This year, he will present himself in one of his favorite incarnations: to be at the forefront of an 11-member Big Band. The band will be playing the songs from the "No. 1" album, which was the first English-language blues album recorded by a Polish artist. The musicians will perform on September 29 in the concert hall of Katowice's NOSPR.  

Straight from Delta to Katowice!

We proudly announce the first star who will play on the stage of NOSPR venue: the pianist and the vocalist, Blues Music Award winner, compared to Bessie Smith, Diana Krall and Aretha Franklin. Her names is Brent, Eden Brent.  

Gospel comes back to Spodek Arena!

Three years after the incredible performance of The Blind Boys of Alabama the gospel sounds will fill out the Spodek Arena at the Rawa Blues Festival thanks to Tim Woodson and his band The Heirs of Harmony.  

The great American talent is playing in Katowice!

Marcus King is only 20, but his two albums reached the Top Ten of „Billboard” blues chart. His guitar and vocal skills amazed Warren  Haynes. The work of the young artist is often compared with the legendary The Allman Brothers Band. It is high time to get acquainted with his music before his show at the Rawa Blues Festival.  

The rising star of British blues is coming to Katowice!

"Barras' fingertips have a direct connection to the soul”. Kris Barras is one of the U.K's most exciting blues-rock guitarists. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has een thrilling audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band's unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them one of the 'must-see' blues bands of 2017.  

Slide virtuoso joins 37 Rawa Blues Festival line-up!

Sonny Landreth – the amazing American guitarist was the first star announced at Rawa Blues – the annual jamboree of blues fans in Poland. Slide technique master will also meet with spectators during the exclusive guitar workshop.

36th Rawa Blues – something special for CD collectors!

This year, Rawa Blues – the biggest indoor blues festival – means not only spectacular live shows of Polish and foreign stars, but also the speciall offer of unique records, hardly available in Poland.

Keb 'Mo' & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Krzesimir Dębski)

Without exaggeration we can say that this concert will be a blues event on a global scale! One of the most prominent figures of the contemporary blues, excellent singer and guitarist will present his songs with symphonic arrangements prepared specially for this year's 36th Rawa Blues Festival. Kevin Moore - better known under the artistic pseudonym Keb 'Mo' – accompanied by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will guarantee an unforgettable experience on 30th September 2016.

Albert Lee in NOSPR

From 29th till 30th September 2016 in  hall of NOSPR (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra) will be visited by a guitar virtuoso - Albert Lee. Come and see the guitar master! Albert Lee will tell you about his experiences with guitar, show you the playing technique and answer your questions. The meetings will take place as part of the 36th Edition of the Rawa Blues Festival.

The Queen of the Blues will sing in Katowice!

The full pack of this year's Rawa Blues Festival has almost been revealed. It is time to officially show the final card. Shemekia Copeland - one of the most talented blues singers of recent years. Three-time Grammy nominee, among other for her latest album "Outskirts of Love". Welcome on board!

Shakin' Dudi will shake the Spodek Hall!

Rawa Blues Festival without its founder and artistic director? Impossible ... Thirty years after the huge success of the "Złota płyta" album Irek Dudek once again returns to his artistic pseudonym. This time in a somewhat refreshed formula. Shakin' Dudi will be one of the stars 36th Edition of the Festival!

Great comeback to the Rawa Blues Festival!

This year, the audience in the Spodek Hall again will have the opportunity to see and hear the legend of the Polish blues scene! After more than two decades of absence Dżem ("Jam") will play at the Rawa Blue Festival.

The Master of Acoustic Blues in Katowice!

Corey Harris

Corey Harris, the extraordinary guitarist and singer who combines traditional acoustic blues from the Delta with spicy African sounds. At some point of his career Corey spent a year in Cameroon which influenced his later work. Over the years the artist has been consistently building his career and position in the contemporary American blues. On 30th September, 2016 he will play in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Hall in Katowice as part of the 36th Edition of the Rawa Blues Festival.

The hope of Chicago blues soon in Spodek!

The latest acquisition of the famous Alligator label. A worthy successor to the great masters of classic Chicago blues. Toronzo Cannon - guitarist and singer from Chicago is another American star at the 36th installment of the biggest indoor blues festival in the world!

Symphonic Keb 'Mo' - specially for the 36th Rawa Blues Festival! Ticket on sale!

Without exaggeration we can say that this concert will be a major blues event on a global scale! One of the most prominent figures of contemporary blues will present his compositions in symphonic arrangements prepared specially for the 36th Edition of the Rawa Blues Festival.
On 30th September Kevin Moore - better known under his artistic pseudonym Keb 'Mo' - will give a performance accompanied by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

36th RBF - gifted artists wanted!

Would You like to become a part of one of the greatest blues events around the world? Play at one of the most unusual venues? Share the stage with blues icons? Meet one of the best blues audience? If You answered „Yes” - don't hesitate. Give yourself a chance and send us the promo stuff >>  

Blues Junkers - addicted to music

Over 60 years ago Champion Jack Dupree recorded the song "Junkers Blues." It is this piece that gave the name to the Warsaw quartet who will play on the 3rd October 2015 at the 35th Rawa Blues Festival in Katowice. Their performance will certainly be a "time machine" that will take us a few decades back to small American music clubs ...  

Get ready for Wielka Łódź in Spodek

"It all began in 1985 when we played at the Rawa Blues for the first time. Thanks to Rawa we gained popularity" - says Krzysztof "Dr. Blues" Rybarczyk, the leader of Wielka Łódź. The band joined the list of Polish performers at this year's jubilee edition of Rawa Blues Festival.

Rawa Blues stars among the Blues Music Awards winners!

The 36th Blues Music Awards were held on May 7, 2015. Elvin Bishop turned out to be the big winner of the gala. Selwyn Birchwood received the award for “Don't Call No Ambulance” album. Both Elvin Bishop Band and Selwyn Birchwood Band are among  the stars of the 35th Rawa Blues Festival.

He’s different from everyone else! You will see him in Spodek on 3rd of October!

As Roman Puchowski puts it - The Rawa Blues Festival helped him making music his profession. The singer, composer and guitar virtuoso will be the next one to join the Polish artists playing at the anniversary edition of Rawa.

Welcome back Sławek!

He started his career with the Festival in Katowice. In autumn he will remind us that he is still down with the blues and looks for no medicine to treat beat the condition. Sławek Wierzcholski - one of the most important figures on the Polish blues scene - along with his band Nocna Zmiana Bluesa (The Blues Night Shift) he comes back after a long break. Good to have you back Sławek!

He beat 125 competitors - You will enjoy his music in October!

According to Rolling Stone he’s “a young, powerhouse guitarist and soulful vocalist". It is by no means an isolated opinion.  Selwyn Birchwood, another "young wolf" of the American blues scene will be one of the stars of this year’s Rawa Blues Festival.

She sang for Obama, in October she will sing for you!

The excellent American singer Bettye Lavette is the first officially announced star of this year's Rawa Blues Festival. The 35th Edition of one of the most prestigious blues events in the world will take place on October 3rd in Katowice, Poland.    

Bands Recruitment for Rawa Blues Festival 2015

Irek Dudek and the Arts Council of the Rawa Blues Festival have announced the beginning of the recruitment for bands interested in performing at the 35th edition of the event, scheduled for October 3rd , 2015 (Saturday). As every year, the artists to perform on the Big and Small Stage will be selected through a competition. More info ».    

34th Edition of the Rawa Blues Festival - Photos

Check out the photos from this year's edition of the Rawa Blues Festival - visit the photo section section of our site!

Stars of 34th Edition of Rawa Blues Festival confirmed!

Upon receiving the award for the Event of The Year (Rawa Blues Festival 2013) at the "Twój Blues Magazine" gala Irek Dudek revealed the details of this year's 34th Edition of the Rawa Blues.  

Rawa Blues 2014 - Complete line-up for 2014!

It is all clear now. On the 9th of May The Art Jury consisting of Irek Dudek, Marcin Babko, Jan Chojnacki, Ryszard Gloger, Marek Jakubowski and Łukasz Kobiela revealed the names of the 9 winning bands that took part in the recruitment proceedings. The chosen artists will join the stars of Rawa Blues on the 11th of October 2014.    

Keb Mo invites to Rawa and... recommends the artists!

Exclusively for the Rawa Blues Festival fans, Keb Mo recorded  a video invitation! The headstar of this year's edition invites fans to the festival but also... recommends other artists, especially Ruthie Foster and Otis Taylor! Look it up now!

Rawa Blues Festival artists full line-up set!

The Rawa-Jury has selected  the artists who will play during 33rd edition of Rawa Blues Festival. Before the Final Concerts starts Hoodoo Band and The Jan Gałach Band will show what they've got. The list of 9 bands of Side Stage is as follows: Willie Mae Unit, 2 Late, Paweł Izdebski Akustycznie, Robert Kordylewski, Harpagans, Cheap Tobacco, Open Blues, The Blues Experience, Tymkoff Trio.

Keb' Mo' - the main star of 33rd Rawa Blues Festival!

His position in the modern history of the blues, or rather - African-American popular music in general - has been confirmed with three Grammy Awards (for "Just Like You", "Slow Down Keep It Simple") and 5 nominations in 1997-2002 for this prestigious trophy  and the title of "Blues Artist of The Year " (WC Handy) Blues Awards. He will come to Poland for the first and only concert! Read preview and see videos »

Otis Taylor, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Ruthie Foster, The Stone Foxes, J.Blood Ulmer & Irek Dudek Duo

This year's 33rd edition of Rawa Blues Festival will feature an exceptionally large number of leading blues artists. We already know that Otis Taylor, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Ruthie Foster, The Stone Foxes and an extraordinary duo - James Blood Ulmer & Irek Dudek will play at this year's concert. The Artistic Council of The Festival will soon decide who should play before the stars after considering all of the applications sent for the recruitment to Rawa Blues Festival.

Recruitment for the edition 33

Irek Dudek and the Arts Council of Rawa Blues Festival have announced the beginning of the Rawa Blues Festival recruitment for bands interested in performing at the 33nd edition of the event, scheduled for October 5, 2013 (Saturday). As every year, the artists to perform on the Big and Small Stage will be selected in a competition.

Robert Cray invites fans to Rawa Blues Festival!

Robert Cray

Although he has many promotonal activities due to new LP being released in these days, Robert Cray found some time to record a special invitation to all Polish fans! See the invitation published on YouTube!

"I want to take country blues to brand new places"

The Reverend's Peyton Big Damn Band

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is a country blues trio from Indiana, that will play during upcoming Rawa Blues Festival. On August 6th their new LP has been released. We had an opportunity to make brief interview with their leader, Josh "Reverend" Peyton about the new album, about never-ending tour, about inspirations and YouTube fascinations.

Tickets sale starts

Starting from May 14th the tickets for Rawa Blues Festival 2012 are available! In 2012 the tickets for edition 32 of Rawa Blues Festival are available through Ticketpro selling network. Please see the Tickets section for more details.

Robert Cray Band will play during Rawa Blues Festival 2012!

Robert Cray Band

According to the announcements from the festival director, Irek Dudek, during this year Rawa Blues Festival we will find exceptionally strong blues bands representation. The stars that will play include: Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues, Eric Sardinas, Davina and The Vagabonds, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Irek Dudek Big Band. That all and more on October 6th in Spodek, Katowice, Poland!