34. Rawa Blues Festival

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

When Robert Randolph talks about his new album, Lickety Split, a few words come up over and over—"joy," "freedom," "energy." Which is no surprise, really, because those are the same things that immediately spring into a listener's mind when these twelve tracks from the virtuoso pedal steel guitarist and his longtime accompanists, the Family Band, explode out of the speakers.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

This is one of the longest running gospel bands on the market. The Blind Boys of Alabama is a six-time Grammy Award winner and a four-time winner of Dove Award - the highest form of appreciation in the gospel world. Three successive presidents of the United States Bill Clinton (in 1994), George W. Bush (in 2004) and Barack Obama (in 2010) invited the Boy's to play in the White House. After seven decades of their presence in the music business The Blind Boys of Alabama have gained the top music brand status. With their rich history and accomplishments they constitute a living monument of the sacred culture of the African-Americans.

Shawn Holt & The Teardrops

Shawn Holt is a representative of the younger generation of the Chicago blues players. The son of the legendary bluesman Magic Slim, who for 35 years led the band The Teardrops. The unique sound and explosive energy of the Magic Slim band is duly presented by Shawn Holt & The Teardrops.

Irek Dudek & Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Ireneusz Dudek is one of the most recognizable figures in the world of the Polish blues. He is a composer, singer and instrumentalist playing the harmonica, violin and guitar. He is a precursor of symphonic blues.
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra is a showcase of Polish culture internationally - an ambassador and promoter of Polish music. Dudek together with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will set off the inaugural concert of the 34 Rawa Blues Festival at the new premises of the Orchestra in Katowice (Concert on Friday, 10.10.2014, Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia in Katowice)

Eric Bibb

An artist of extraordinary musical achievements cultivating the African-American traditions.
Among the sounds of Eric Bibb's music you can year country blues, gospel, jazz and folk. The artist merges all of those genres into a spiritual but not pious, traditional yet contemporary sophisticated mix. (Concert on Friday, 10.10.2014, Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia in Katowice)

The Fox Street All-Stars

Listening to the rough, beautifully dirty vocals of Jon "Skippy" Howard accompanied with lazy rhythm and whining guitar sounds it may seem that we are dealing with a southern band. The truth is the quintet Fox Street All Stars comes from Denver, Colorado.

Concert for Ryszard

Concert in memory of Ryszard Riedel has been prepared by guitarist and composer Leszek Winder. The performance will involve famous Silesian bluesmen including Krzysztof Głuch, Andrzej Rusek, Michał Giercuszkiewicz, Irek Dudek.

Sebastian Riedel & Cree

The band was formed in 1993 in Tychy. The founder of the band was a then 16-year-old guitarist and vocalist Sebastian Riedel, the son of the renowned Polish artist Ryszard Riedel (the singer of the band Dżem). Ryszard Riedel also came up with the name his sons' band.

Grzegorz Kapołka Trio

His long-term activity on the music scene, composing of works marked by a large span of stylistic interests - from blues and rock to jazz, and above all his uncommon qualities as an instrumentalist have made him one of the best guitarists in Poland.