Forthcoming albums, streaming Asian blues radio and Filipino blues musicians on network TV dominate the news this week. Plus an early report from the Japan Blues Festival and spotlights on major talents Ginda Bestari and Wally Gonzalez.
NEW LISTINGS IN BLUES ASIA DIRECTORY
The new Blues Asia Directory allows bands, venues, festivals, radio/TV and various services for musicians to upload their own LISTING to the Directory — and it’s FREE. New band listings over past two weeks: Ashesh & Nekhvam from Nepal, Bandit Blues and Dandy and Kozmic Blues from Indonesia, Blue Way Trio, Luid MK Blues Band and JRI from the Philippines. New venue listings: The Bear Bar from Thailand and Boat Haus from the Philippines. New blues society/group listing: Philippine Blues Society. New media listing: Blues Man Blues Hour.
Have you submitted your listing yet? It is easy to do. Just go to the DIRECTORY PAGE at our website. Scroll down until you see the SUBMIT A LISTING button. Click on it and fill in the simple form. You can also upload 2 images, including logo and photos. In the long description, tell us about your music, band members, where you perform, list of albums — and be sure to add URL’s in the appropriate box for your website, revernation page, FB page. This listing may bring new fans to your gigs, or even invitations to perform.
ELECTRIC SALA TO LAUNCH ALBUM ON AUGUST 3
Electric Sala, a band of four teenage brothers in the Philippines, launches its first album on 3 August at Tiendesitas, 8 p.m. Titled Electric Sala Volume 1, I guess we can expect more from this ambitious band. Electric Sala entered the 1st Philippine Blues Competition a year ago and was judged to be the best youth band [all under 21] in the event. Several band backers joined to raise funds for the band to go to Memphis to participate in the International Blues Challenge last February. The band plays classic rock, with strong blues content.
BLUES ASIA NETWORK GOES MOBILE
One of the features of our new website design, introduced a few weeks ago, is its ability to scale itself for different platforms, from desktop computers with large screens down to smartphones. Now you can carry Blues Asia Network with you wherever you go — and that includes the GIGS & EVENTS calendar, which displays the next upcoming 100 blues gigs around Asia. Using the web browser on your smartphone, go to www.bluesasianetwork.com and just click on the drop-down menu at the top and click on GIGS & EVENTS. You may wish to bookmark this URL so that you can return to it easily. Now there is no excuse to miss the live blues event nearest you!
THE BEATBLEUS TO LAUNCH MINI-ALBUM
Mini Album perdana yang akan kami sebarluaskan melalui tour ini akan kami cetak sebanyak 100 copy.Register dapat dilakukan dengan menguhubungi CP : Adith Rantte 087736550333, atau inbox fb. Juga dapat datang langsung ke Sekretariat Bandung Blues Society di Jl. Cikaso No.52 Bandung.Kami tunggu partisipasi anda, Terima kasih.
Support Your Local Blues Scene,
Regards, The BeatBleus Concepts Band.
GINDA IS BACK!!!
GINDA IS BACK !!! Followers of our network will know about Ginda Bestari, leader of one of Indonesia’s most aggressive blues-rock bands, The White Flowers. We haven’t been hearing much about Ginda lately — and I’ve been told that his band has not been active for several months. I have also recently been told that Ginda is coming back onto the music scene, this time turning back to the blues.
Well here’s proof: Ginda has just posted his recent performance of Everyday I Have The Blues. It is interesting to see musicians drift back and forth between the blues and rock. This rendition of the blues classic is one of the most sensitive I’ve ever heard — very original and mixing back into the blues Ginda’s own rock sensibilities.
WALLY GONZALEZ STILL BURNING WITH WALLY’S BLUES
Wally Gonzalez is THE BLUES LEGEND in the Philippines, leading the band Juan dela Cruz which brought blues-rock into the country in the early 1970′s. He’s still going strong, here playing his original “Wally’s Blues,” which is widely known throughout the country. On this occasion, he is performing at the new Junkyard Rock and Blues Bar in Cavite, a province neighboring Manila — yes, the blues is spreading further and further afield in the Philippines.
ANGELES CITY BLUES COMMUNITY ADDS 2nd BLUES SUMMIT TO ANNUAL SCHEDULE
JESSICA REYNOSO QUALIFIES FOR THE VOICE PHILIPPINES
16-year-old Jessica Reynoso has been the vocalist of Manila-based KATHA, a band mixing a healthy amount of blues into its repertoire. The band was one of the strongest entries in last year’s 1st Philippine Blues Competition.
Jessica’s career has just entered a new phase: She just qualified last weekend for the Philippine edition of THE VOICE. Congratulations to Jessica, and good luck in this important competition.
Here’s a taste of Jessica and Katha from earlier this week — check it out to hear one very powerful voice.
KEITH DELLEVA BACKS UP JOURNEY’S ARNEL PINEDA ON TV
Mid-teener Keith Delleva [hmmm, he must be 17 by now] fronts his own active blues band in Manila. He was honored to be chosen to back up Journey front man Arnel Pineda on his recent spotlight appearance on the major network TV show ASAP. Here’s a video of the rehearsal. I only wish Keith had been given a solo. He’s easy to spot: the guitarist with his trademark long flowing hair.
HONG KONG BLUES AT THE WANCH
Hong Kong’s blues bands do not get frequent opportunities to show their stuff. Amazingly, The Wanch, the most blues-friendly club in HK, will be featuring 3 fine bands within 5 days: Then You Suffer, Blues Expresso and Tommy Chung Blues Band. Check our GIGS & EVENTS Calendar for specific dates and details.
REPORT FROM JAPAN BLUES FESTIVAL
Paul Leobrera and I had an extraordinarily successful trip to Japan. The blues scene up there is truly amazing — but it is virtually unknown to outsiders. We were fortunate to have two knowledgeable guides, both capable blues musicians, who literally opened the doors for us: Chiharu Kawai and Osama-san. We learned that there are over 20 blues bars in Tokyo alone, all of them small and tucked away in hidden corners. We visited 4, and Paul jammed in 3 of them — and we made lots of good friends along the way. I hope this leads to many productive blues exchanges between the Philippines and Japan.
The highlight, of course, was Paul’s performance at the Japan Blues Festival as a duo, with virtually no rehearsal, with Shun Kikuta, former lead guitarist for Koko Taylor for over a decade and recognized as one of the best blues guitarists in the world. Shun is a true gentleman, inviting Paul for this breakthrough opportunity. What transpired between them was pure musical magic, a spontaneous combustion that makes the blues the remarkable genre that it is, available to musicians who travel anywhere in the world.
Here’s a sample. Sadly it is flawed by a steady wind blowing against the microphone — I sure learned a lesson by not providing a wind shield. But still the interplay between Shun and Paul shines through, as well as the mutual respect.
BANDUNG BLUES SOCIETY STREAMING RADIO
The Bandung Blues Society [BBS] is now streams online radio via Caster FM. Radio BBS is requesting bands in the region to submit songs for potential airplay. Send your tracks to the station admin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
RADIO BBS: http://bandungblues.caster.fm/
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