6th Zagreb International Blues Festival

6th plakat B2 finalThis year, the sixth in the series, “Zagreb International Blues Festival”, brings a lot of good blues through four days in three different Zagreb club. This year we have guests from Slovakia, Switzerland and Mauritius, and there are “strong Croatian blues forces”.

The first day of the festival will be held on Tuesday, April 28. Club Hard Place where we will host two young bands and one of the old masters. Last year’s winners of the sixth “Croatian Blues Challenge” Rolin Humes, who represented Croatia in Memphis in January this year and the winners of last year’s 18th “HGF”, the biggest demo festival in the country, Soul Radio. Concert is hosted by by Ben Dover who has been held in Zagreb’s blues scene alive by hosting a variety of blues musicians every Tuesday at Hard Place club.

On Wednesday, April 29 the Mojo Bar will host the first foreign guests of the festival. From Slovakia is emerging as a “project” under the name of Slovak Blues Project. Behind this name “hide” the three great musicians – two of the “old guard” and one young. Two veterans, Lubos Bena and Bonzo Radvanyi for years playing as a duo throughout Europe and their duo sounds like a big band! For hosting the 6th IBF-to have joined forces with a young and promising guitarist Jergus Oravec whose album “Just Above The Surface” ranked among the top 20 albums samoproduciranih the world on “International Challenge” in Memphis in 2013’s. For exclusive Zagreb’s performance they will be joined our “first traveler to Memphis” Tomislav Goluban on harmonica.

On Thursday, April 30 in Bikers Beer Factory club will perform our second international guests – The Two. It is the attractive duo, which is based in Switzerland, consisting of two guitarists – Yannick from Mauritius and Thierry from Switzerland. The winners were the Swiss Blues Challenge and represented them in Memphis, where they reached the semi-finals. An interesting blend of roots blues with Creole influences, a unique blend of the Mississippi and the Indian Ocean, will be listened  for the first time in Croatia. With The Two will play two local artists – Sunnysiders and Marko & Darko. Sunnysiders have represented Croatia at the International Blues Challenge 2011’s and got into the semi-finals, and Marko and Darko are last year’s winners Demo Hr competition with their “new blues”.

As every year, and this time we have ZIBF away – so Slovak Blues Project on Thursday April 30 guest appearances in Rijeka at the club Nad Urom.

The festival ends on Friday May 01 at Hard Place club with the Vedran Božić supersession band and B# blues band. The best-known, longest-running and probably the best Croatian guitarist of all time, Vedran Božić will, especially for this occasion decided with his supersession band on 6th ZIBF, play in the dedication of Eric Clapton and Cream group. Awesome Clapton blues probably no one in Croatia good as well as Vedran performes. Concert will open by B# blues band with it’s cover repertoire.

It is important to note that the entrance to all festival days is free!

Delta Blues Gang


Delta Blues Gang, winners of the 4th Croatian Blues Challenge and
semifinalist of the 29th International Blues Challange held in Memphis, USA
in Feb, 2013.

Delta Blues Gang, band from Pula, Croatia plays its own unique version of
blues based on delta root sound to electric and texas blues. In their own
compositions, “gang” improvising and energetic performance style with
powerfull slide resonator guitar and exlposion bluesy vocalist with dynamic
rhythm section.

For his first album “It aint Nothin But the Blues” – live recorded, and
second album “Electric Driving Blues” (own issue) band recieved very good
reviews. Delta Blues Gang is one of the best Croatian blues band dedicated
for mission to promote his own unique blues style and ready to jump on stage
or play in the street at any time. In March 2014, Croatian music label SPONA
release a new album of Delta Blues Gang called <American Mile>. This year in
March 2015, bend represent Croatian state on 5th European Blues Challenge in
Bruxelles (Belgium).

Members of the <Gang>:
Aleksandar Kajtez aka Texas Alexander – acoustic and electric slide guitar
Kristijan Kajtez aka Alabama Gus – bass guitar
Elizabeta Petric aka Angel Lee – vocal
Livio Benčić aka Ben Lee – drumms and percusions

Band mission
Living with the Blues and promotion of Delta Blues, Electric Blues and Texas
Blues music genere in EU and USA.

Rolin Humes

RolinHumes2Rolin Humes is a band that is on top of their artistic strength and vitality, bursting with young blood spilled all over themselves and the audience. Words can´t really describe what is going on here – there is a feeling of a dark, crazy, mind blowing wedding ceremony directed by the four nutcases – or a funeral gone terribly wrong, everybody drunk, laughing and just gone wild, but at the same time everybody in pain, suffering. Of what, you ask? Of art, of course.

The band was formed in 2011. during a blues session in a small jazz club. Shortly after Rolin Humes had its first concert. In 2013. they self-released their critically acclaimed first album “Rolin Humes welcomes you to the Penultimate Supper 6/8“. Alongside many concerts, Rolin Humes has won some prestigious awards.

Recently they have recorded their second album „Rolin Humes presents Rolin Humes“ which will be released in march 2015. The first single from the album can be expected in december 2014.

Zack Dust & Jura Geci

Zack&JuraZack and Jura go way back, since high school,where they met in their hometown Varaždin, Croatia.
They were both driven by the passion and admiration for music,especially blues,country and rock.
After forming a band in 2006. together,music was the weapon of their choice.
Many gigs were played and albums were made,some together,some separately.
In 2014. ,they reunited to form a blues duo spiced with country and rock influences.
The power and energy of Zack’s voice,songwriting and both Jura’s and Zack’s versatile guitar playing techniques,amplified with energetic,
confident and convincing live performance will leave no man indifferent.
Their true love and dedication to music leaves a promising future and a certain place in the world of music for both Zack and Jura.

2 Porins for Blues for you – Tribute to Dražen Buhin Buha

CD compilation album „Blues for you – Tribute to Dražen Buhin Buha“ won two awards on 21st annual Porin ceremony. Porin is Croatian national phonogram industry award and like Grammy honoring last year musical achievements. Statue is more than 3 kilos weight and named after 2nd Croatian opera composed 1897 by Vatroslav Lisinski.

Blues for you-Porin



Tuesday, 5 27 2014 HARD PLACE
Blues for you – Tribute to Buha day

Wednesday, 5 28 2014 SAX!
New CRO Blues day

Thursday 5 29 2014 BIKERS BEER FACTORY
Memphis Day

Friday 5 30 2014 HARD PLACE
Album promo day

Saturday 5 31 2014 SC Movie Hall
Final day