John Lennon once said “The blues is a chair, not the design for a chair, or a better chair… It is the first chair.” Hip-hop guru Chuck D agreed – “Rap is the furniture, blues is the damn house…”
Future Juke Festival intends to present some of the finest chairs.
“When I get the blues, I get me a rocking chair…” Big Joe Turner
Fantastic Negrito, Dingwalls – Friday June 1
Winner of a 2017 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and noted as one of the most electrifying performers you will ever encounter. Fantastic Negritois Bernie Sanders’ favourite bluesman and Chris Cornell personally asked him to be opening act on his final tours.
“The Last Days Of Oakland’ was heralded “The first great album of the post-Ali, post-Prince world.” – The Daily Mirror
Supported by Miraculous Mule, a power trio who have revitalised British alt.blues-rock.
Still only in his 20s, Paxton delves deeply into the history African-American musical traditions. A multi-instrumentalist, performing and thrilling audiences globally with guitar, banjo, piano, violin, harmonica and percussion – an evening of profound insights and a joyous entertainment. Jerron was a highlight of the BBC’s recent American Epic series and is a legend in the making.
Support comes from Nia Wyn, an extraordinary young talent – blessed with a keening country/blues voice and mean guitar-picking skills, she developed her love of roots and soul music sifting through second-hand shops in her native Llandudno. She describes herself as a hip-hop soul in a blues body. Her star is on the rise.
Steve Buscemi, legendary director & actor sites Jake La Botz as “a true American classic, and a musical resource that is a joy to be discovered time and time again.” Need we say more? The Chicago-born bluesman is a deeply compelling performer who learned at the feet of blues pioneers David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards and ‘Homesick’ James. His latest album, ‘Sunnyside’ is a masterclass in rootsy, grooving songcraft.
Sister Cookie is an in demand DJ and an amazing soul-blues voice with the stage presence to fill a stadium. She’s performed at festivals all over the world, belting out a mixture of originals and covers from the classic eras of swing and R&B with ebullience, class and pizzazz.
Chanteuse extraordinaire, Annie Bea helps head up The Rotten Hill Gang and Fjokra (whose fleet-fingered accompaniment also graces Annie’s solo performances). Annie is equally at home with punk, funk, prog and jazz – but blues is the natural home for her enthralling, evocative, smokey tones.
The soul blues don of the latter day. Eli Paperboy Reed honed his skills in Mississippi jukes and Chicago gospel choirs. He has the voice of a classic 1960s R&B belter with superb guitar and harmonica skills to boot. He is joined on this occasion by the wonderful, 10-piece High & Mighty Brass Band to perform this heavenly racket. Blues-rocker Marcus Bonfanti one of Britain’s very best, a young gun guitarist who will make for fine support.
Aidan Connell, Husky Tones and Mudlow The Islington – Thursday May 31
Representing different strands of the vibrant British alt.blues-rock scene. Aidan Connellshares guitar pyrotechnics and scintillating brand of garage-psych, gracing stages with Gary Clark Jr and Iggy Pop. His debut album Grio, is a sonic stunner.
The frenetically enthralling, Husky Tones launch their sonic rollercoaster of an EP, I Don’t Give A Damn Anymore at this gig. A stand-up drummer and a swaggering, swirling guitarist – boy/girl alchemical punk-rock-blues at its finest.
Brighton-based Mudlow bringdusty, gritty Americana – evocative and enthralling. Their new retrospective, Waiting For The Tide To Rise is proof that they are stars in a parallel universe.