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Porretta Soul Festival 2016

From: 21/07/2016 - To: 24/07/2016

Rufus Thomas Park - Porretta Terme (Bo)

Phone +39 335 6364192

Date of last update: 01/06/2016, 14:41

Since 1988 the Porretta Soul Festival, Tribute To Otis Redding has become the most famous European appointment fully dedicated to soul music and  rhythm & blues, with a particular attention to Memphis Sound, the music school of Otis Redding.
The festival was born on December 10th, 1987 on the initiative of Graziano Uliani, who is still the director of the festival. Keen of soul music, he participated in the celebrations for Otis Redding’s death anniversary, in Macon - Georgia, and decided to organize a festival in honour of this great musician.
In the last 28 editions, the Porretta Soul Festival hosted the most famous artists of soul music, most of them coming in Europe for the first time on the occasion. Others were discovered in isolated small towns in the deep south of the States, and then presented to the public and to the international press, during the music event referred to as the “miracle” of Porretta.

Here is the programme of the 29th Porretta Soul Festival, in the Rufus Thomas Park - Porretta Terme, from July 21st to 24th, 2016:

Porretta Soul Festival 201621 July, at 8 pm
Soul Confluence (Denver)
Groove Trader (Denver)
Gloria Turrini Band
James & Black Band – ” Tribute To Allen Toussaint “
Groove City – “Road To Memphis”
CD Release Party

22 July, at 8 pm
Fred Wesley & The New Jbs
George McCrae
Stan Mosley & Theo Huff
Falisa Janaye
Jerry Jones (from Home Grown Funk)
Bey Paule Band feat. Sweet Nectar

23 July, at 8 pm
Bobby Rush
John Ellison (from Soul Brothers Six)
Toni Green
Stacey Merino
Bey Paule Band feat.
Sweet Nectar
Vasti Jackson

24 July, at 8 pm
Bey Paule Band Soul Revue with Bobby Rush, Toni Green, John Ellison, George McRae, Stacey Merino, Stan Mosley, Theo Huff, Falisa Janaye, Jerry Jones, Sweet Nectar, Vasti Jackson.

Downtown, in Piazza della Libertà, on the open stage of the Rufus Thomas Cafe there will be free concerts from 11 am to 7pm. The Soul & Streetfood Village will propose delicious street food both of the Italian, and world cuisine.

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  • From: 21/07/2016
  • To: 24/07/2016