Torrita di Siena European Blues Challenge 2016

The European Blues Challenge will take place from 7th to 9th April 2016, in Torrita di Siena, with the best Blues bands coming from 21 European countries.

Torrita di Siena has been nominated European Capital of Blues for the year 2016 in collaboration with Associazione Culturale Torrita Blues, the patronage of Tuscany Region, Province of Siena and the Union of municipalities of Valdichiana Senese will host from 7 to 9 April the Sixth edition of European Blues Challenge. After the success of previous editions which were held in Germany, France, Latvia and Belgium, in 2016 the European Blues Challenge will be held for the first time in the heart of beautiful Tuscany.
The best blues bands coming from twenty-one European countries will have the possibility to be appreciated from the great public and to compete for the title of Winner of the Sixth edition.
The winner will have the honor to play at the International Blues Challenge, world final of blues artists held for several years in the town of Memphis (Tennessee, USA).

The European Blues Challenge represents the most important appointment for blues’s lovers in Europe. That Festival is an unique appointment where you can meet and compare styles and traditions from different countries and different realities, expressions of the widest and differentiated interpretations of this important musical style. The real cultural movement of Blues was born in America where has represented for years the only expressive vehicle for the minority of immigrants and marginalized social groups.

In Torrita di Siena it begins Thursday 7 April at 8 p.m at Palazzetto dello Sport with “ Gran Galà del Blues” presented by Carlo Massarini, where will be present the best Italian bluesmen of the moment: Nick Becattini with his House Band, Luca Giordano, Maurizio Gnola, Mario Insegna, Tolo Marton, Marco Pandolfi, Fabrizio Poggi, Gennaro Porcelli, Angelo Leadbelly Rossi, Mike Sponza, Linda Valori & Maurizio Pugno.

Friday, April 8 th, at 8 p.m the competition will go on with the first part of European Blues Challenge. On the stage will exhibit: Blues Junkers from Poland, Bluestream from Bulgaria, Red Butler from United Kingdom, Tanel Padar Blues Band from Estonia, Gas Blues Band from France, Juraj Schweigert & The Grove Time from Slovakia, Christian Bundgaard Trio from Denmark, Mojo Workings from Hungary, Johnny Fontane And The Rivals from Switzerland, Ida Bang & The Blue Tears from Sweden and Johnny B Beast from Latvia.

Saturady April 9 th, from 8 p.m second evening of Gala, on the stage: Tiny Legs Tim from Belgium, Lena & The Slide Brothers from Finland, Ulrich Ellison & Tribe from Austria, Paul Venturi & The Junkers from Italy, Eric “Slim” Zahl and the South West Swingers from Norway, Wax & Boogie Rhythm Combo from Spain, Budda Power Blues from Portugal, WellBad from Germany, Phil Bee’s Freedom from Holland and Zamba from Croatia.

At the end of exhibition the E.B.U. 's jury will decree the winner of 6° European Blues Challenge. Inside the area devoted to the EBC 2016 there will be bars, restaurant and gastronomic stand, open during all three days of the Challenge.

If you wish to take part at this incredible event choose a Villa, Farmhouse or Apartment where to stay in the days of the Festival and why not also do a few days of vacation in the beautiful Tuscany.