7th Zagreb International Blues Festival


7th Zagreb International Blues Festival was held during five days April 26 to 30 2016.

First day was held in Hard Place club in Zagreb. Performed Ben Dover band, Tomislav Goluban and Tibor Nadj from Novi Sad, Serbia, who also promote his book Healing power of the Blues. Evening closed by Boris Hrepić Hrepa and session with performance of Ms Harmonica.

Second day in Hard Place club performed Eric Sardinas. opening by Eduard Jimy Matešić

Thrid day also in Hard Place club performed Eric Sardinas, this time opening by Tony Lee King.

Fourth day in Pivana club performed Sunnysiders. Same day Eric Sardinas performed in Judino drvo club in Split.

Fifth day in Bikers Beer Factory club performed B#, BEHAVE and Crossroard. Same day Eric Sardinas performed in Kaštel in Pula.


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.

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