Monday, 21 October 2013

10 years - Blues festival »POSTOJNSKA JAMA«

On October 24th 2013 the Cave Castle near the Postojna Cave kicks off with a concert of the great guitarist TIM MITCHELL, for the beginning of the ninth international blues festival »Postojnska jama«. Thursday night blues evenings on the stage at the Cave Castle will feature five excellent performers from the world blues scene.

TIM MITCHELL BAND, 24.10.2013 (20.30)
Tim Mitchell, as many blues musicians, comes from a big family that used to live with music. He started performing as a child in the five man ensemble called The Famous Musical Mitchell. As a multi-instrumentalist (he plays the guitar, bass and keyboards – but also has a great voice) he became a sought after musician. He played in the group named Stylistics, and had a great experience in the Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and also played with James Brown, Javier Vargas, Carlos Santana, Duddy Guy and even Princem. But it was with his own band that he put forward his singing voice and the talent for being an author of songs. As a singer, songwriter and musician in the broadest sense, he plays all the classic instruments of blues live on stage:  guitar, bass, keyboards and even drums.
MIKE WHEELER BAND, 6. 3. 2014 (20.30)
Mike Wheeler comes from Chicago, so it doesn’t surprise us that he’s a typical representative of Chicago blues. He’s been playing since 1984 and as usual for a musician of his calibre, spent many a night jamming in joints until he got a big break with a tour together with Big James. Later on he went to play with the names like Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Shemekia Copeland, Son Sealsom and others. His current group features four equally represented strong blues musicians.

ERIC GALES BAND, 21.11.2013 (20.30)
Eric Gales is a left handed blues guitar phenomenon of the younger generation. He won the guitar contest in the home town of Memphis Tennessee at the age of eleven! Later he established a group named Left Hand Band. In 1994 he performed at the 25th anniversary of Woodstock, which rocketed him among the greats. He’s under an obvious influence of Jimmy Hendrix, but went on an individual path in the beginning of the new century. He’s very productive and has made 10 albums by the year 2001 and the guitar is always the centre of his productions. This year’s album Ghost Notes is completely instrumental and set for the classical blues trio.
GUITAR SHORTY & BAND, 3. 4. 2014 (20.30)
Guitar Shorty (David Kearney) is among the legends of blues. Born in Houston in 1939, he spent the youth in Florida. He played in schools and clubs while still in high-school. When he performed with the Walter Johnson Band, he got a nickname Guitar Shorty and keeps this as the artistic name. He played with Willie Dixon and Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walkerjem, Big Joe Turner and even Little Richard. In his youth he was a rival to Jimmy Hendrix, so he used to listen to him a lot. Constant playing and performing brought him in touch with other musical styles, such as the music of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and a close friend Keb Mo.
EDDY "THE CHIEF" CLEARWATER,  8. 05. 2014 (20.30) 
Born in 1935 Eddie entered the Chicago scene in 50s by playing in clubs, where he performed with left handed guitarists Otis Rush and Magic Sam. Being left handed himself, his energetic playing picked up many small tricks of great masters. His strong gospel voice only enhances the experience. He used to sing with The Blind Boys Of Alabama. He still performs and his concerts are the top of Chicago blues. His performances are a trip into history of blues and a source of inspiration to future generations. Eddie is a great entertainer who really warms up his crowd. In 2004 he was nominated for a Grammy with Los Straitjackets for cooperation on the album Rock 'N' Roll City.
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Where to find a reasonable price for a bed? 
You can sleep at the Youth Hostel Proteus, in centre of Postojna. It’s only 500 meters from the main bus station and 1,5km from the railroad. The cave is only 800 meters away and the castle just 7km. The nearest bus stop is just 50m away and the local bus in Postojna is free of charge. In the hostel you can find rooms with two or three beds and common bathrooms. Guests can also order breakfast. From Monday to Friday there’s a possibility of ful board (if arranged in advance also during the weekend). Youth Hostel is open every day of the year 24 hours a day. In the reception area there is free internet access and you can also use the kitchenette to prepare a hot meal or coffee.

Youth Hostel Proteus
Welcome to Postojna, where you can – apart from the festival – also visit the world famous attraction the Postojna cave and not to miss the Castle Predjamski grad.

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