Porretta Soul Festival, 31st Year.Swamp Dogg, Don Bryant feat. The Bo-Keys, Spencer Wiggins, Percy Wiggins, Wee Willie Walker, Booker Brown, Lacee, Ernie Johnson, Charlie Wood, Missy Andersen, Terrie Odabi, Larry Batiste, John Ellison, Chris Cain & Luca Giordano Band, Fabrizio Poggi & Mitch Woods and many others. In addition to these names there will be the return of the house band from San Francisco, The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra feat. Sax Gordon.
Already defined in most part the rose of the protagonists of the Porretta Soul Festival, which as usual will give life to an unmissablefour-day event for all fans of soul music. Someone has already said that Porretta Terme, a town on the Apennines between Bologna and Pistoia, will become "the soul heaven", or the paradise of soul. From July 19th to 22nd, 2018, the 31st edition of the festival dedicated to classic soul will host exclusive European legends such as the aforementioned Swamp Dogg, Don Bryant feat. The Bo-Keys , Spencer & Percy Wiggins (for the two brothers it is the third Porretta presence) that together with Willie Walker will pay tribute to the legendary Memphis Goldwax label, as well as John Ellison, former leader of Soul Brothers Six. Among the women there will be Lacee, the beloved "bad girl" of Southern Soul and Terrie Odabi. The house band of eleven members will also see the participation of Larry Batiste, music director of the Grammy Awards. In addition to the four days of the festival will be revived The Valley of Soul, the initiative that from July 17 to 30 will see collateral concerts around Porretta, with many protagonists of the festival.
Porretta Soul Festival - Tribute to Otis Redding " the sweet sound of rhythm & blues" 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 the Memphis Sound, the music school of the great Otis Redding, to whom the festival is dedicated. Over the past 30 years the biggest names in soul have come to Porretta, many of them especially for the Festival on their first trip to Europe; others, authentic legends, were discovered in unknown spots in the Deep South of 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.