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Porretta Soul Festival - 30th edition

Tribute To Otis Redding - The sweet sound of rhythm & blues

From: 20/07/2017 - To: 23/07/2017

Parco Rufus Thomas - Porretta Terme (Bo)

Phone +39 3356364192

Fax +39 051911541

Date of last update: 25/05/2017, 12:59

The 30th edition of Porretta Soul Festival - Tribute to Otis Redding is on stage July 20th to 23rd, 2017 at the Rufus Thomas Park in Porretta Termein the Apennine Mountains between Bologna and Pistoia. 

Since 1988 the Porretta Soul Festival, a Tribute to Otis Redding has become the most prestigious European event entirely dedicated to rhythm & blues and soul music and particularly to Memphis Sound, the great Otis Redding’s school of music. Over the past 30 years the greatest names in soul have come to Porretta, many of them on their first trip to Europe as guests of the Festival; others, now authentic legends, were discovered in the deep southern “backwaters” of the U.S.A. and introduced to the international public and press who spoke of the “miracle” of Porretta as the musical event of the year. Rufus Thomas, Sam Moore (from Sam & Dave) , Booker T. & The MGs, The Memphis Horns, The Muscle Shoals All Star Band, Denise LaSalle, Percy Sledge, Solomon Burke, The Neville Brothers, Chaka Khan, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Millie Jackson, The Bar Kays, Ann Peebles, Bobby Rush, Latimore, Otis Clay, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Lavern Baker, James Carr, Eddie Hinton, Les McCann, Dan Penn, Billy Preston: these are just a few of the names which have made Sweet Soul Music, Porretta Soul Festival a point of reference for music lovers throughout Europe. This event is organized in perfect synch with the calendar of other important black music events. Porretta has worked its way into the official history and biography of soul’s greatest legends 


Here is the calendar of concerts at Rufus Thomas Park (info tickets/presale): 


Thursday, July 20 at 8pm
Sweethearts (Australia) Special Guest Sax Gordon
The Lucilles (Spagna)
Gaudats Junk Band (Italia/U.K.)
T.B.A.

Friday, July 21 at 8pm
The Original JB’S The Original James Brown Orchestra (13 piece band)
featuring Fred Wesley, Martha High, M.C. Danny Ray
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra with Sweet Nectar
Willie Hightower
Barbara Blue (The Reigning Queen of Beale Street)
Sax Gordon with Toni Lynn Washington
Falisa Janaye
Scott Sharrard (Musical Director of the Gregg Allman Band )

Saturday, July 22 at 8pm
Davell Crawford
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra with Sweet Nectar
Ricky Fanté
Vaneese Thomas & Carla Thomas (Tribute To Rufus Thomas)
Vasti Jackson (Tribute To Johnnie Taylor)
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele with Rob Paparozzi (Blues Brothers Band front man) and
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
Wee Willie Walker

Sunday, July 23 at 8pm
Davell Crawford
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra Show & Revue with
Sweet Nectar
Ricky Fanté
Vaneese Thomas & Carla Thomas
Vasti Jackson
King Louie & LaRhonda Steele with Rob Paparozzi
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
Wee Willie Walker
Willie Hightower
Barbara Blue
Sax Gordon with Toni Lynn Washington
Falisa Janaye
Scott Sharrard

Additional, free concerts are scheduled throughout the day (11am to 7pm) at the Rufus Thomas Café, Piazza della Libertà.


CHECK OUT THE FULL CONCERT PROGRAM OF PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL 2017
Further information and updates www.porrettasoulfestival.it

 

  • From: 20/07/2017
  • To: 23/07/2017

Concerts start at 8:00 p.m.
Daily free concerts from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Euro 15 (concert July 20)
Euro 30 per night (concerts July 21, 22, 23)
4 days pass Euro 90
3 days pass Euro 75
Tickets on line www.vivaticket.it

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