Zed Mitchell (GER), 20.05.22, 20:00

Zed Mitchell is a musical jack-of-all-trades. His 5-octave voice makes him a singer in a class of his own. He is one of the best guitarists in Europe. And looks back as a composer and songwriter on over 20 published albums. Dive into the world of a musical talent.

Belgrade-born bandleader, singer, guitarist and composer Zed Mitchell began his career as a professional musician in 1970, during which time he played with many well-known bands in Yugoslavia.

In 1974 he had his first international hit single with his own band "LAND" called "SHOSHANA" for POLYDOR Europe. After this great success and many radio sessions as well as TV, he played as support act on tours for bands like "FOCUS", "DEEP PURPLE", "IAN GILLAN BAND" and many more. He played concerts all over Europe. At the end of the seventies he founded the "School for Rock Guitar" in Belgrade.

From 1988 he worked in the ARCO - STUDIOS in Munich, with the producer Malcolm Luker and the film composer Nick Glennie-Smith, the right hand of Hans Zimmer, who received two Oscars. Music lovers, insiders and other artists count him among the spearhead of the blues scene and mention his name in the same breath as artists such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore or Robert Gray.  

His talents were appreciated by artists such as Tina Turner, Phil Collins and even Pink Floyd, who hired him for their recordings, and Eros Ramazotti and Natalie Cole also booked the Sting magician for their studio recordings. German stars such as Curt Cress, Udo Lindenberg and Leslie Mandoki also rely on Zed Mitchell's extraordinary style. Mitchell finally celebrated one of his greatest successes with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, for which he recorded all acoustic and electric guitars and whose CD sold more than one million copies.

Zed Mitchell is the string wizard!
And anyone who has seen Zed Mitchell live with his charming style, who has heard the blues in the notes he played, knows why.

Livestream, 20.5.2022; 20:00

Circle of Mud (FRA), 27.05.22, 20:00

Born from the idea to create a blues/roots formation that combines blues and roots music with contemporary sounds, guitarist Gino Monachello contacted singer, guitarist, composer and writer Flo Bauer (Revelation Blues sur Seine in 2016, winner of PROMO BLUES NIGHT Festival Blues Basel 2018, 1/4 finalist of The Voice in 2014) to win him for this project. The two musicians had already considered working on a joint project in the past. And with CIRCLE OF MUD, the time is now there to put this plan into action.

With Matthieu Zirn (Charles Aznavour, Véronique Sanson, Hugh Coltman, etc.) on drums and Frank Bedez (Charles Aznavour, Charlie McCoy, Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell, etc.) on bass, they quickly found a perfectly matched rhythm section.

The whole thing is directed by a master hand of David Husser (Depeche Mode, Mylène Farmer and others), a prodigy of production who makes this project rise to unexpected heights. CIRCLE OF MUD have understood what Contemporary Blues and Roots music represents.

The music is strong and accessible and for a wide audience. The joy of playing of these outstanding musicians is immediately noticeable after the first notes on stage.

Currently the band is in the studio where they are recording their debut album, which will be released this year and will undoubtedly impress the blues world and fans of roots music will be impressed. CIRCLE OF MUD remember this name!

Line up:
Gino Monachello - Gitarre, Lapsteel
Flo Bauer - Gitarre, Gesang
Matthieu Zirn - Drums
Frank Bedez - Bass


Livestream am 27.5.2022; 20:00

Riccardo Grosso

Ricardo Grosso & Band (IT) l Date: 26.08.22; Time: 20:00

RICCARDO GROSSO BLUES BAND "This is great" (Charlie Musselwhite)

Harmonica virtuoso and passionate vocalist Riccardo Grosso couldn't play anything else. He didn't choose to play the blues, the blues chose him, a musician under the wing of the devil. To make a long story short, Riccardo started listening to the blues before he could say "mama", thanks to the records that were played in his parents' house. Riccardo worked hard and conquered and showed his talent on stages everywhere from New Orleans (USA), where he played with multiple Blues Award winner Johnny Sansone, John Fhol (Dr. John). During his stay in the USA he had the opportunity to sit in the garden of Charlie Musselwhite and to play and learn harmonica directly from the master himself. With their music, the Riccardo Grosso Band thrilled their live audience and the in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Croatia and Poland. In 2019, he played with the Original Blues Brothers Band as a special guest at the New Year's Eve concert. Grosso left his secure job to follow his dream of being a full-time musician. Riccardo delivers an energetic show with his music rooted in the urban blues tradition and has his own unique style. The band's music features songs with meaning and lyrics that have an impact and a message that you can relate to. He and his band show off their skills when they improvise during their performances, making each performance unique. The Riccardo Grosso band has the ability to to thrill an audience.  Experience their extraordinary talent when you see them live. These musicians love to play Blues and love to put their on spice on it. A natural path for this approach is the original material. Keeping the band personality on the songs while staying in the Blues frame.

Line up:
Riccardo Grosso - vocals and harmonica
Flavio Paludetti - guitar
Luca Tonanni - bass
Marco Carlesso - drums

Tickets CHF 40.- l Students CHF 20.-

Lilly Martin & Band

Lilly Martin & Band (CH) l Date: 30.09.22 l Time: 20:00

Lilly Martin ist Gewinnerin des Swiss Blues Awards 2020, der erst Ende 2021 verliehen werden konnte! Die gebürtige New Yorkerin stammt aus einer kubanischen Musikerfamilie und ist im Künstlerviertel Greenwich Village aufgewachsen. Sie hat in der Schweiz ihre zweite Heimat gefunden und prägt seit Jahren die hiesige Bluesszene mit. Ihr urbaner Blues und Soul ist von der musikalischen Vielfalt ihrer Herkunft geprägt. Mit ihrer unverkennbaren warmen Stimme und packenden Bühnenpräsenz begeistert sie immer wieder die Besucher ihrer Shows. Ihr neues 5. Solo-Album erscheint im Frühling 2022. Songwriting, Auftritte und Aufnahmen mit den renommierten Schweizer Stars Polo Hofer und Philipp Fankhauser sowie ihre Beiträge als Vocal Coach für "The Voice Of Switzerland" sind nur einige der Höhepunkte in Lilly Martins Karriere. Unter anderem singt sie Backing Vocals für Michael Bublé, Kathrina & The Waves oder Steve Lee. Sie hat 4 erfolgreiche Solo-Alben veröffentlicht und unzählige Auftritte an renommierten Blues- und Jazz-Festivals mit absolviert. Lilly hatte auch das Privileg, vor einem hochkarätigen Publikum aufzutreten, zu dem Persönlichkeiten wie Harry Belafonte und Bob Geldof gehörten.


Tickets CHF 40.- l Students CHF 20.-

Brigthon Blues Cartel, Will Wilde (UK) I 14.10.2022

Brighton is not only a popular seaside resort on the southern English coast, it is also England's unique artists' colony, which has become the preferred place of residence for artists of all branches, and also for well-known English blues musicians, whose art thrives magnificently in this climate. The Brighton Blues Cartel is led by the tornado of blues guitar Danny Giles and his long-time friend and "Hendrix" of the harmonica Will Wilde. The two are joined by the excellent guitarist Steve Brook and a driving rhythm section consisting of bassist Russel Carr and drummer Alan Taylor. These leaders of the Brighton blues community have come together for the unique tour project Brighton Blues Cartel, to bring in the fall of 2022 in Germany and around with their explosive mixture of blues and rock music in the typical BritBlues tradition after the long dormant period the halls and fans to the boil.

Brighton ist nicht nur ein beliebter Badeort an der südenglischen Küste, es ist auch die einzigartige Künstlerkolonie Englands, die zum bevorzugten Wohnort von Kunstschaffenden aller Branchen wurde, und eben auch von bekannten englischen Bluesmusikern, deren Kunst in diesem Klima prächtig gedeiht. Das Brighton Blues Cartel wird angeführt von dem Tornado an der Bluesgitarre Danny Giles und seinem langjährigen Freund und "Hendrix" der Mundharmonika Will Wilde. Den beiden zur Seite stehen der exzellente Gitarrist Steve Brook und eine treibende Rhytmusgruppe bestehend aus dem Bassisten Russel Carr und dem Schlagzeuger Alan Taylor.
Diese Spitzen der Brightoner Bluesgemeinde haben sich für das einmalige Tourprojekt Brighton Blues Cartel zusammnengefunden, um im Herbst 2022 in Deutschland, mit ihrer explosiven Mischung aus Blues und Rockmusik im typischer BritBlues Tradition, nach der langen Ruhezeit die Säle und Fans zum Kochen zu bringen. Das Konzert in Chur ist der einzige Auftritt in der Schweiz!

Danny Giles - Gitarre, Gesang
Will Wilde - Harmonika, Gesang
Steve Brook - Gitarre
Russel Carr - Bass
Alan Taylor - Drums

Tickets CHF 40.- l Students CHF 20.-

ChilKats (GER) l Date: 18:11.22 l Time: 20:00

Since 2015, the Jump Blues Quartet from the Waterkant has been on the road on stages in Germany and closer abroad, tradition in their luggage, but always with a focus on their own sound. An authentic performance in sound and vision conveys the special feeling of the 50s and 60s and puts a smile on everyone's face. Musically they skillfully process the influences from Chicago, New York and New Orleans and give the right driving rhythm to the titles written by frontman Hendrik Frommhold himself. One has the feeling as if they were created directly in the time of Jump Blues. Hendrik Frommhold's excellent guitar playing bows to the greats of this music. You can hear the driving sound of T-Bone Walker, the electric blues style of BB King or the Chicago rhythm of Buddy Guy. The electrifying sound of the blues harp is perfectly incorporated into the songs and is routinely brought to the stage by blues harp player and singer Jol in an old school harp feel. This brings back memories of musicians like Little Walter, Big Walter Horton and George Harmonica Smith.The whole thing is supported by the fantastic rhythm section Giancarlo Pace on double bass and Boris Borisov on drums, who complete the musical quartet. The music of the ChilKats gets into your legs and is simply fun! The musicians from the Hanseatic city have something to say with their music and everyone who becomes part of a "Chilkat Night Out" experiences that.

Tickets CHF 40.- l Students CHF 20.-

Stefan Grafs Double Vision l Date: 25:11.22 l Time: 20:00

Stephan Graf's Double Vision- Music in the style of Rory Gallagher.

Stephan Graf's Double Vision The german Rock - Trio inspires with unforgettable live performances and meanwhile already seven produced albums in whole Germany and parts of Europe! With their rousing and sweaty show the talented and likeable guys rock every stage. boys rock every stage. The own style of the band, the self-created " Blues'n Roll " is the focus, but also the one, - or other Rory Gallagher song will always be heard live. On the 40th Fehmarn Open Air Festival convinced the trio around singer and guitarist Stephan Graf with an incredible live performance. 2020 Stephan is with Gerry Mc Avoy's Band of Friends on tour throughout Europe, which should be a name to every Rory fan. The fact that he takes over the vocals as well as the guitar with the Band of Friends, reflects recognition by the "highest instance" again The performances of Stephan Graf's Double Vision are a feat of musical talent and have a groove musical talent and have a groove that carries away even the listeners in the back rows. the back rows - sweaty, lots of fun: the term "power trio" hits the mark here!

Hot 'n' Nasty (GER) l Date: 15.03.23 l Time: 20:00

 German Blues Award Gewinner 2020 HOT ‚N‘ NASTY.

Tickets: CHF 40.-  / Students CHF 20.-

Tas Cru (USA) l Date: 14.04.23 l Time: 20:00

Preisträger der Blues Foundation Memphis


Tickets: CHF 40.-  / Students CHF 20.-

Deb Ryder (USA) l Date: 06.10.23 l Time: 20:00

Tickets: CHF 40.-  / Students CHF 20.-