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Porretta Soul Festival 32nd Edition

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From: 18/07/2019 - To: 21/07/2019

Rufus Thomas Park

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Date of last update: 24/07/2019, 17:41

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

Rufus Thomas Cafe Stage (Free concerts)

Thursday 18 July
4 pm Henry Hooks Orchestra H2O (Pianoro) 
5 pm Nicolas’ Groowers (Sanremo) 
6 pm Cristina Russo & NeoSoul Combo (Catania)

Friday 19 July 
4 pm NoName Band (Modena)
5 pm Ele-Menti (Florence)
6 pm Dejablues Band (Reggio Emilia) 

Saturday 20 July 
11 am The Sweethearts (Australia) 
12 pm G and The Doctor (Emilia-Romagna)
4 pm Good Ole Boys (Versilia)
5 pm Flower’s Blues Band (Finale Emilia)
6 pm Piaggio Soul Combination (Pisa)

Sunday 22 July 
11 am Soul Busters (Verona)
12 pm Curtis Salgado Band (USA) 
4 pm Urban Soul Band (Perugia) 
5 pm Soul Nassau (Turin) 
6 pm RBF Band (Cento)

Info www.porrettasoulfestival.it tickets: www.vivaticket.it

  • From: 18/07/2019
  • To: 21/07/2019

Every night from 8pm. Free concerts from 11am to 7pm.

Porretta Soul Festival 32nd Year