Vaiva’s Blues Band
Vaiva’s Blues Band is a Lithuanian blues band which is an interesting mix: a tremendous multi-decade experience of Ltihuanian blues veterans intertwined with a fresh, young voice of Vaiva (who is a blues dancer herself). The sound of this band fills the stage with energy, emotions and invites you to immerse yourself in memories that you may not have experienced yet. Vaiva’s Blues has become an inseparable part of the Lithuanian blues dance community. The band has already played at three Bluesila festivals, “Gryno oro bliuzas” events in Vilnius as well as other shows in Lithuania. Every concert for them is like a celebration, as they believe that feeling the shared pulse of blues with the audience is the best gift that a blues musician can get.
Vaiva Gudaitytė – voc, ukulele
Aleksandr Belkin – voc, perc, harp
Arvydas Meška – keys
Andrius Afinogenovas – bass
Stef Rosen is a guitar player and singer from Berlin, Germany. He is considered one of the most innovative and genuine blues players that have emerged in Europe in the recent decades. His way of composing, playing and arranging is inspired by the soulful electric blues from the 70s, as well as the old acoustic blues from the late 20s.
He looks at the tradition of this music with a personal and respectful attitude. He has performed in blues clubs, festivals and blues dance events all around the world both as a solo artist as well as with bands.
In 2017 he joined a European tour with Tony Coleman, who has been a drummer for many blues legends as Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, Ruth Brown, and for the king of the Blues himself: B.B. King, for more than 20 years.
Stef’s latest recordings received enthusiastic reviews from all around Europe and by the international blues dancing scene:
In 2019, the record “Soul Mining”, produced by RBB Kulturadio Berlin, has been nominated in Germany for “Album of the Year”, next to giants of the blues scene as John Mayall, Watermelon Slim, Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout.
In 2020 he won the “Album of the Year” award for his mixing and mastering work on Ginger Blues record “Unknowable journey”.
His new album “Soulify” has been released in February 2022 for Timezone Records, and it has been nominated for “Best album”
Learn more about Stef here
JOOK HOUSE BLUES
Jook House Blues is a traveling blues caravan from Lithuania. Born as a one-time thing for a blues party, it is a gathering of blues dancers and musicians that evolved into a long term project.
The composition of the group consists of different combinations of acoustic guitar, keys, double bass, percussion, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, cajon and, of course, vocals. That’s why every performance is different. No matter the combination, acoustic guitar, harmonica and blues vocals are always present. JHB’s shows are filled with juke-joint motives and cabaret details, always playful and full of the unexpected.
Vika Ray – acoustic guitar, vocals
Kipras Mikelis – harmonica
Šarūnas Kantakevičius – guitar
Laisvydas Giriūnas – double bass, bass
George Trubnikov – trumpet
Tadas Vasiliauskas – trombone
Matas Bugorevičius – cajon
Vaiva Guidaitytė, Agnė Motiejauskaitė, Meda Viskontė – vocals
Belkin & Sochin duo
Belkin-Sochin’ Duo is part of the well-known Lithuanian and foreign blues, country and rock’n’roll group “THE ROAD BAND”. The duo has more than 30 years of blues experience and has participated in many Lithuanian and European blues and country festivals, such as Suwalki Blues Festival (PL), Mragowo Country (PL), Blues Nights (LT), Visagino Country Festival (LT) and many others. The duo plays blues standards and original blues compositions, as both members of this duo are songwriters as well.
Aleksandr Belkin – vocals, guitars, harp, songwriter.
Olegas Sochinas – Guitars, songwriter.