One of the greatest soul festivals in Italy and the world is back. The thirty-second edition of the Porretta Soul Festival will kick off on Thursday 18 July in Rufus Thomas Park in Porretta Terme (in the province of Bologna).
Taking turns on the stage will be musicians of the calibre of Don Bryant feat. The Bo-Keys, Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra, Willie West, Wendy Moten, Tony Wilson the Young James Brown, Khylah B., LaRhonda Steele, Wee Willie Walker, Scott Sharrard, Chilly Bill Rankin & Jerry Jones, Annika Chambers, Curtis Salgado Band, J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts, Leon Beal with Sax Gordon and the Luca Giordano Band, Re:Funk feat. Pee Wee Ellis, Judy Lei, The Sweethearts and Georgia Van Etten.
Four days to the sound of soul, blues and rhythm & blues with a line-up sourced directly from the big American cities like Memphis (Don Bryant & The Bo Keys, Wendy Moten, Chilly Bill Rankin, Jerry Jones, Wee Willie Walker and Scott Sharrard), New Orleans (Willie West), Chicago(Tony Wilson - The Young James Brown, Khylah B.), Houston (Annika Chambers), Portland(LaRhonda Steele, Curtis Salgado), Boston (Leon Beal, Sax Gordon), but also from Australia(The Sweethearts, Georgia Van Etten) and, for the first time, from Burundi (J.P. Bimeni).
The setting for the event will be the charming atmosphere of Porretta Terme together with the Street Food Village in the heart of the old city centre with free concerts from 11 am to 7 pm. What is more, The Valley of Soul will take place from 16 to 26 July in the area surrounding Porretta, with concerts held alongside the main event, featuring many stars from the festival. The Historic market, held every Saturday, offers a vast array of traditional products from Emilia and Tuscany, and it will run on all four days of the festival.
Thursday 18 July at 8 pm Sweethearts of Australia Re:Funk feat. Pee Wee Ellis Scott Sharrard & The Bo-Keys Don Bryant feat. The Bo-Keys
Friday– 19 July at 8 pm J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts Leon Beal with Sax Gordon and the Luca Giordano Band with Curtis Salgado Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra Khylah B. Willie West Annika Chambers Chilly Bill Rankin & Jerry Jones
Saturday - 20 July at 8 pm Curtis Salgado Band Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra Georgia Van Etten LaRhonda Steele Wee Willie Walker Wendy Moten Tony Wilson – The Young James Brown special guest Judy Lei
Sunday – 21 July at 8 pm The Sweethearts Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra Khylah B. Willie West Georgia Van Etten LaRhonda Steele Curtis Salgado Wee Willie Walker Annika Chambers Chilly Bill Rankin & Jerry Jones Wendy Moten Tony Wilson, The Young James Brown