Legendary Lithuanian festival BLIUZO NAKTYS this summer (7-8th of July) will celebrate 25th anniversary. Today it’s announced few more names of bands and artists.
Big intrigue hangs on “Kris Barras Band” from UK. Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning 10. Now behind him – more than 20 years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live. The UK based guitarist has extensive experience touring in various bands, throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as both a solo-artist & session-musician.
“My biggest musical influence when growing up, was always Gary Moore. After a few years of playing jazz-rock instrumentals, I feel like I have returned to my roots, playing the style of music that inspired me to play in the first place”, says Kris.
His last album appeared in April 2016. It is called ‘Lucky 13’ and it is very close to describe an artist himself. Kris has always had an unusual side-job alongside his music career. Although recently retired, Barras had a successful 10 years professional mixed martial arts career, which saw him compete and train in Las Vegas, Thailand and Singapore. With a total fight record of 14 wins 2 losses and 1 draw.
“People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages, risking damage to my hands. Truth is though, I always enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more opportunities than the Music industry. I got to fight in front of 8000 people in Asia… I would’ve much rather had played to them instead of getting punched in the face!”, explain the guy, who has Rock’n’Roll in his venous.
Next interesting trio of the fest: Matt Tedder (US) ft. Keegan McInroe (US) & Aleksandr Belkin (LT). Aleksandr is well known bluesman, kind of live monument of this genre in Lithuania and the author of “Bliuzo naktys” anthem as well.
McInroe used to play with Belkin couple years ago at BLIUZO NAKTYS, and that was one of the most beloved duo of the fest. This time their crew will join young guy from the States – Tedder, who participated at the world popular TV show “Voice of USA”, catching attention of Adam Levine himself. His age can easily be forgotten when listening to his music. Matt has often been called an old soul because of his music, which sounds like Tom Waits or Jackson Brown.
Another float of young generation will reach the festival from Estonia side. This is „Argo Vals Band“. Words and feelings like „freedom“, „playful“, „dreamy“, „clarity“, but also „anxiety“ can give you some hints to imagine music that they makes. This genre definetly will be a fresh wind. And this is great.
Also will be great opportunity this year to meet Italian bluesman Marco Pandolfi. He has performed with some of the most famous bluesmen worldwide, such as Richard Ray Farrell, Paul Oscher, Bob Margolin, Harvey Brooks, Willie King, David Lee Durham, Paul Cox, King Edward, Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Mickey Rogers, among others. In 2008 he was the only European musician invited to the Delta Groove All Star Blues Revue in Clarksdale, Mississippi and the special guest at the Rocky Mountain Harp Blowdown in Denver, Colorado. He was the international guest at the Way Of Blues Revue in Jackson, Mississippi.
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