Only three weeks after the last announcement, which was headlined by Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds & His Greatest Hits for the last time, this artist release focuses on contemporary musicians, who are fast becoming the avant-garde of music today.
With the addition of two time Grammy Award winner D’Angelo (touring with his current talent-fuelled band, The Vanguard) to the Thursday night of Bluesfest, the tally of Grammy Winners performing at Bluesfest 2016 to date has risen to 10 artists, sharing a total of 22 Grammys between them!
D’Angelo’s star has been rising since he dropped his debut, platinum selling album, Brown Sugar in 1995. His evolution is a joy to witness. From winning two Grammys in 2001 (for Best R&B Album & Best R&B Vocal Performance for his second album, Voodoo) and three Soul Train Music Awards in 1996 to his latest and universally acclaimed album, Black Messiah which marked his triumphant return to music after nearly a decade, debuting at number five in its first week of release on the Billboard 200 music chart. This multi-faceted, multi-talented, genre bending artist fuses the best of R&B, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Jazz-fusion and Psychedelic Rock!
Also added to the Bluesfest bill are Indie Rock and Blues Rock Californian band Cold War Kids, bringing their multiple hits to Bluesfest, including their most recent hit ‘First’ which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and Rock Airplay charts.
Also joining are US Folk Rock & Americana group Houndmouth, Oakland’s Black Roots star Fantastic Negrito, who was the winner of the US National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tiny Desk Concert contest in April for Best New Artist and San Francisco Funk stars Con Brio.
Hawaiian Roots Reggae rising star Mike Love, Iceland’s current #1 band Kaleo and Canada’s exciting new Juno Award winning Americana/Country group The Bros. Landreth are also featured in this latest announce.
This announcement also includes the first round of Australian artists added to the bill and features two artists who have been endorsed by music icon Prince; Future Soul band Hiatus Kaiyote who are nominated for Best Urban Album at the 2015 ARIA Awards and Melbourne’s Harts (who Prince flew out to the US to meet and perform with). Other Aussie artists featured in this announce include Mojo Juju, Kim Churchill, Pierce Brothers and Steve Smyth, who won over many fans at Bluesfest 2015.
- D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD
- COLD WAR KIDS
- HIATUS KAIYOTE
- FANTASTIC NEGRITO
- CON BRIO
- MIKE LOVE
- THE BROS. LANDRETH
- KIM CHURCHILL
- MOJO JUJU
- PIERCE BROTHERS