If you’re a Rocker and/or a Blues lover, get your groove on for electrifying Blues & Rock will join forces again at HILLCREST QUARRY in Durbanville on Saturday the 9th of April. Featuring 9 Bands in a huge Marquee on a big stage with 30000 watts of sonic power, this year`s event is set to be a magnificent blast at one of the most incredible live music venues in SA. One of the highlights of the show will be the official (Cape Town) launch of Dan Patlansky’s brand new album ‘Introvertigo’. Patlansky says of the new album: “Fans can expect a unique brand of Blues Rock born out of guitar playing whilst striving for strong songwriting. I am very excited and proud of this album, and honestly feel this is my best release to date.” Patlansky has just completed a hugely successful 2 month European Tour with the incredible Joe Satriani and he has gained huge recognition overseas including being voted as one of the Top Ten best Rock guitarists in the world today. Another great addition to this year`s line-up is Crimson House. Grassroots, soul lifting, foot-stomping, heart moving audio candy, built on a brotherhood that will outlive the timelessness of music they create. The music will take you back a century and right into the modern age within the same bar-line. Rooted in blues, coated in gypsy undertones, blended with early Jazz fuelled by roaring guitars, blazing Brass, sensational saxophones, shredding Banjos, & soul sweeping Harmonica’s, lead by a gravel-paved voice coming out of a hard worked soul. Needing no introduction, the line-up also includes the Gerald Clark Trio, The Blues Broers and Mark Haze among others. Don’t miss out on one of the best live concerts of the year! Food Stalls, Family Entertainment and Blues Rocking Goodness will be yours for 10 hours straight. Doors open at 12h15. We also have a monstrous Lucky Draw worth nearly R24000: A Fender Stratocaster, a Huge Cash Prize and a Paul Bothner Music Voucher will be going home to a lucky ticket holder. You’ll be able to buy a lucky draw ticket at the Festival for R30 but you’ll also get a Free Lucky Draw entry worth R30 with all Computicket bookings. You can collect your lucky draw ticket at the gate on presentation of your Computicket. Tickets: R220 at Computicket BAND Line-up: 13h00 Jesse Jordan 14h00 Natasha Meister 15h00 Gerald Clark Trio 16h00 The Blues Broers 17h00 Crimson House 18h00 Pebbleman with Special Guests 19h15 Mark Haze 20h15 Huge Fender Lucky Draw 20h30 Dan Patlansky (Official Introvertigo Album Launch) 21h45 The Rockerfellas We had a quick chat with organiser Richard Pryor, who also plays for Pebbleman. How long have you been organising the Blues Meets Rock Festival? Well, I have been doing the monthly Blues meets Rock shows for about 5 years now and this is the 2nd Big Blues meets Rock festival. What is your vision for the festival in the future? Obviously, I want to grow it and reach a larger audience but at the same time keep it true to its roots and the music genre. Maybe one day we could afford an international Blues Rock act but at the moment it’s a platform and a festival for local artists and I reckon will always be mostly local. Blues and Rock do not have a lot of commercial support nowadays eg radio airplay etc. Do you think that that will influence new younger bands? Meaning, will the future bands mostly go for Electro and Pop sound? Or do you believe that it will keep going with some steady following. There will always be a place for Blues & Blues Rock music. You’re right it doesn’t have the commercial support but who the hell cares for the commercial support? Lots of people yes I know hehe. But I certainly don’t. I’ve never been driven to provide anything to keep the mainstream flowing or to get radio airplay. There is magic in the music fringe and so much good music out there, you just need to look for the treasure and try find it. There is no fun or reward in finding mainstream popular music. I believe the genre will continue with a steady following. Hopefully, festivals like these can present to the younger upcoming musicians that there is more on the music menu than mainstream popular music. Just Dan Patlansky on his own has re-ignited the Blues Rock fires from yesteryear and inspired a whole generation of Blues Rock Guitar slingers who will want to keep the fire burning for sure. In saying that, are there any younger SA Blues and Rock bands that you enjoy? Well anybody younger than me falls under this banner eh? hehe I enjoy all the so called ‘Younger’ artists that I have booked for Blues meets Rock shows like Natahsha Meister, Johnathan Peyper, Crimson House, The Ballistics etc. How did you choose the line-up for this year’s festival? Well, a festival is like a recipe that promises a wonderful meal. Get some of those ingredients wrong and your meal can taste like Poo. Get them right and it tastes like more. So when putting a Festival like this together it’s good to balance the Flavours and Spice them up at the same time, add Fresh Veggies to the Meat and Potatoes and make sure the final meal is the sum of all the ingredients. This Blues Rock potjie is interesting, tasty, with deep flavours that last longer and nourish the body and soul. What will the highlights of this year`s event be? Well. Dan Patlansky’s Official new Album Launch and him having a rare performance on the big stage in Cape Town. I reckon with him touring with Joe Satriani overseas and leaving again for another UK/European tour shortly after this Fest, we will not see as much of him locally and it may be long while before we see him back on the big stage here in CT. Be sure to get your hands on those tickets ASAP. See you there!