Presentation by Rick de Leeuw28 June
The presentation of Blues Peer will be done by Rick de Leeuw. He's a dutch writer, poet, singer, presentator, music producer and active in many other projects...
Rick became famous as the lead vocal and frontman of the rockband 'Tröckener Kecks' from Amsterdam.
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th he'll glue the 14 bands together with his typical 'de Leeuw'-style.
We're in the last weeks before we kick-off the 33th edition of Blues Peer. Do your profit and buy your tickets here. E-Tickets of any kind will allways be cheaper then tickets at the doors or payment during the festival.
Jethro Tull headliner!31 May
With the addition of the British band Jethro Tull on Sunday July 16th, and the two remaining bands Walter Broes & & The Mercenaries (BE) and The King (A) Live (BE), the Blues Peer 2017 line-up is complete. Also as from now the early-bird action has ended and tickets are now only available at their regular prices.
Jethro Tull (UK) is one of the biggest icons in British music history.
Exactly 50 years ago this band was formed as a bluesband. Their style evolved through the years which made them typical. They released more than 40 albums and sold more than 60 million worldwide. Throughout the years, they shared the stages with legends such as Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix.
Walter Broes (BE), the godfather of Belgian root music, is back.
Four years after The Seatsniffers, he releases Movin ‘Up, his own songs with the best of the americana scene – The drive of The Cramps, Los Lobos border town vibe, Louis Jordan blues and Dwight Yoakam’s twist.
Call him the only Belgian guitarist songwriter who was locked up in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico as the real thing. Call him the man who taught his people to comb their hair. Call him David Lynch with a Fender Telecaster. As long as you do not call him retro.
The stage is reserved for him and his band on Saturday 15 July.
On Friday, July 14, the 9-member live band The King (A) Live (BE) teleports to the audience back to Las Vegas in the 1970s, with a tribute to The King.
In August 1977, day to day forty years ago, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll in Graceland, Memphis (USA), died. To honor his music and life appropriately, this tribute band plays a limited number of performances in 2017. Singer Jan Bas, known from the band Rusty Roots, will lead this party!
It’s now or never…!
Johnny Mars & Michael Roach (UK), Barrelhouse (NL) & Rumours, 40 years (BE)18 May
Michael Roach & Johnny Mars (UK), both of African-American origin, will open on Sunday, July 16th
During our first legendary blues festival in 1985, in Peer, the Johnny Mars Band performed just for Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray.
Together with Michael Roach he brings a mix of acoustic country blues and electric blues styles.
The new CD (2016) van Barrelhouse (NL) “Almost There” is probably their most personal album. Not only in the lyrics but also in the songs and the way of playing. The variation is great, as with a live concert.
The texts Tineke wrote are more than ever the reflections of what she experiences: Lonely Together, I Wish I Could Pray, Hard Feelings.
Live performing has become a second nature for Barrelhouse. To the extent that all the pieces were played live in the studio for recording their CD. No headphones, just watching each other and play! The only difference with an event is that there is no stage with fans for that.
Barrelhouse, founded in 1974, already played on Blues Peer in 1995; They’ll be there again on Saturday 15th of July!
On February 4, 2017 it’s exactly 40 years since the legendary break-up-record ‘Rumours’ was released. This Fleetwood Mac album is full of hits such as ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Do not Stop’ and ‘Dreams’.
Rumours, 40 years (BE) takes you back in time on Friday, July 14. An experience like a fly on the wall in The Record Plant, the legendary studio where this Classic Album was recorded in the late 1970s.
Tickets in the pocket yet? The line-up is almost complete. Make your profit and buy your tickets here !
Canned Heat (USA), The Bros. Landreth (CAN) and James & Black (USA)11 May
When Canned Heat (USA) performed at the legendary festivals of Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967) and Woodstock (1969), songs like ‘On The Road Again’ and ‘Going Up The Country’ were already superhits. To date, they still get a lot of airplay.
The core of Canned Heat is formed by the two original members: Fito de la Parra and Larry Taylor.
Blues Peer is very honored that we can meet these Kings of the Boogie again after 7 years on Sunday 16 July!
Don’t forget to boogie!
Twenty-seven years. Four band members. Two brothers. One album. The Bros. Landreth (CAN) is a Canadian alternative country and folk band formed by the brothers Joey and David Landreth in 2013. Two years later, they released their debut album “Let It Lie”. The same year they received the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year. The typical voice of Joey strongly reminds us of Lowell George. Superb!
“Put Govt. Mule and Little Feat in a blender, add 2 shots of Patron, and a splash of good ol’ leaded gas an’ you got some Bros. Landreth.” Bruce Ladan – CBC
This promising Canadian band will be released on the festival grounds on Sunday 16/7
The American duo James & Black (USA) titles their musical creation with “Guerilla Soul”.
Guerilla Soul stands for a mix of New Orleans Soul, R & B and contemporary hip hop. Bruce James’s voice immediately reminds Tom Waits’s raw voice.
Currently their second CD will be finished which will appear in the summer. During their European tour, they are surrounded by a number of Belgian top performers, including Selah Sue.
They’ll kick off their European Tour on Friday July 14 on Blues Peer. Let’s party!
Tickets in the pocket yet? The Early-Bird action is running out of time. Make your profit and buy your tickets here !
Jon Cleary (USA) & SaRon Crenshaw (USA)27 April
Jon Cleary (USA) on Cleary (USA), a musician from English Kent, decided to go to New Orleans 35 years ago. Under the influence of Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, he became a master in the New Orleans Funk. In 2008 he played the Peers audience with an unforgettable concert.
Meanwhile, he left Bonnie Rait’s band to focus on his own music. On Saturday 15th he will bring the ethnic folk music of New Orleans – especially funk – with his 4-string band to the stage in Peer. It will be a hot NOLA party!
SaRon Crenshaw (USA) leart to play guitar at the age of ten in New Jersey. He shared several stages with talented artists such as Lee Fields, Roy Roberts, Denise Lasalle, Bobby Rush, Jessie James, Tyrone Davis and Chuck Roberson. Saron’s great love – the Blues – was inspired by BB King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy. SaRon plays a Gibson “Lucille”, signed by his great idol BB King.
Saron is a powerful entertainer, with a typical voice sound that will guarantee an atmospheric show on Sunday 16/7!
The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA) & Winterland ’76 (B)12 April
The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA) perform worldwide for decades with their inspirational music of gospel and blues which goes back to the roots. The eight-piece band, including four blind singers, already passed at Blues Peer, 25 years ago. . From the fifties they were successful thanks to their unique gospel sound and their connection with Martin Luther King and his fight for equal rights for blacks.
The Blind Boys have been immortalized in the “Gospel Music Hall of Fame”, toured across all continents and were even regular guests at the White House.
The Blind Boys of Alabama are programmed on Saturday July 15th.
Winterland ’76 (A Tribute to the Music of The Band) ; on November 25 1976, the legendary group The Band entered the stage in their original occupation for the last time. The iconic venue Winterland was the setting for a spectacular show named “The Last Waltz”.
Many fellow musicians such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Michell and Van Morrison came to sing a song. Martin Scorsese filmed the whole event, and made a film that is widely considered one of the best concert recordings ever.
This magical evening took place 40 years ago, but the legacy of The Band still reverberates through the contemporary musical landscape. A couple Flemish musicians with Band-blood in their veins thought it was the perfect time to tribute this unique group. The official launch took place on November 25 last year in the AB Club in Brussels. It was a memorable party with Belgian guest musicians who brought the historic concert evening of ’76 back to life.
Winterland ’76 is not a cover band; it is a tribute, which means that the music and the typically fun of playing will be brought back to life with a completely unique character. The six remaining faithful to the original band and bring a personal interpretation of the musical heritage that The Band has left us. Come and satisfy yourself on Friday, July 14th!
Mike Zito (USA) & The Red Devils (USA)5 April
Mike Zito (USA) and The Red Devils (USA) are added to the Blues Peer line-up.
Mike Zito (USA) was honored in the past decade with numerous “Blues Music Awards”. This year he was nominated for the “Contemporary Blues Male Artist Award” and the “Rock Blues Album Award”. His twelfth album “Make No War Blues” (2016) is more than enough reason to bring him back to Blues Peer. Mike Zito is co-founder of the super band Royal Southern Brotherhood and frequently asked producer. On Sunday he will play for us his love for life and the pursuit of happiness through his unique guitar and vocals.
25 years after the release of their live album “King King” The Red Devils (USA) decide to visit Europe again with their original band. We won’t just let this reunion pass our stage. The band, born of The Blasters, Bill Bateman, Paul Size, Jonny Ray Bartel and Mike Flanigin was expanded with the Dutch Big Pete who will take the harp on his behalf since Lester Butler died in 1998. “The Red Devils return to Europe” will give an exclusive performance for Belgium on Saturday on Blues Peer.
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (UK) and The Magpie Salute (USA)5 April
Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and The Magpie Salute are added to the Blues Peer line-up.
Almost ten years ago Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra built a major party in Peer. This composer, pianist, band leader and British TV personality will give an exclusive concert for Belgium this summer. Along with other great artists like Gilson Lavis, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall & Beth Rowley he will fill the stage with 21 musicians on Sunday.
The Magpie Salute is an exciting new band that features musicians who have played together for decades throughout various projects and share a musical bond. The band brings Rich Robinson, the guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, together with two key members of Crowes fame – guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien – alongside drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The Magpie Salute also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. The Magpie Salute is playing an exclusive Belgian concert on Sunday 16th.
In the weeks following more bands will be announced on this site and our news-letter.
ZZ TOP headliner and ‘early bird’-tickets2 March
We are proud to present the legendary blues rock band ZZ TOP as one of the headliners of Blues Peer. This Texan band – already 47 years with its original band members – will give an exclusive concert for Belgium on July 15.
In the coming weeks, we’ll announce more bands on this site. During the month of May the line-up will be complete.
As from now ‘early bird’-tickets are available here during the month of March. Take your profit!
We’re looking forward to a refreshing blues weekend in July.
Winners Meet & Greet2 February
After last years successful Fire Sale we randomly nominated the following 10 visitors for a meet & greet. The winners will be contacted personally for more information.
- Jan Dirk Löffler, Dieburg (D)
- Jaak Coolen, Maaseik (B)
- Pierre Heurkens, Boxmeer (NL)
- Ludo Verschueren, Stabroek (B)
- Liselotte De Mey, Heverlee (B)
- Nicole Benoot, Snellegem (B)
- André Komorniczak, Recquignies (FR)
- Karel Beckschebe, Venlo (NL)
- Rebecca De Meyer, Wontergem-Deinze (B)
- Robert Verheyen, Merelbeke (B)
Fire Sale ended21 December
All Fire-Sale tickets (public as well as backstage) for Blues Peer 2017 are sold out. The next low budget priced tickets together with the first headliners will be available in February in our Early Bird action.
The winners of the meet-and-greet -action will be announced in January 2017 on this website and will be contacted personally.
Stay tuned to our website.
Blues Peer wishes you happy holidays and a bluesy 2017.
Fire Sale Combi Weekend Tickets sold out!25 November
The Combi Weekend Backstage Tickets of the Fire Sale are sold out! You can obtain tickets of this type in the Early Bird-action in February 2017! Stay tuned to our website
Combi Weekend Tickets of the Fire Sale are still available. After closing down the Fire Sale we will elect the winners of ‘meet-and-greet’.
Fire Sale tickets!3 November
On Thursday November 10th starting at 10 am. we will launch a Fire Sale. We have 600 low budget Combi Tickets available:
- 450 Combi Weekend Tickets € 156,-
- 150 Combi Backstage* Tickets € 271,-
No banking- or reservationcosts are made and wire transactions are free.
On top we will randomly invite 10 quick decision makers for a meet-and-greet with one of the artists!
The offer is limited. Online sales will stop once the first 600 festival visitors have bought their Combi Ticket.
* What comes with Backstage:
- Free entrance to the special backstage area, which you share with the artists and many nice people. Free access to the backstage restaurant with a variety of food and drink services. The backstage area is connected tot the festival tent.
- Enter at the Backstage entrance.
- Free Backstage parking.
VRT News honors 80-year-old Buddy Guy20 July
Blues Peer is currently being stored away until next year.
The last thing we want to share with you before we go on holiday is this report by the VRT news about Buddy Guy.
See you next year!
Blues Peer would like to thank all visitors for the major blues-party last weekend.
Thanks to all volunteers who made this 32nd edition of Blues Peer possible.
Here some pictures.
See you next year!
Photography ©Sonja Sleurs