Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Fifth Bluegrass Jamboree! a great success

Above: Rainer Zellner (front row, right), of the Music Contact agency, with members of the Foggy Hogtown Boys (CAN), the Carper Family (USA), and Red Tail Ring (USA). Rainer reports below on the growing success of the Bluegrass Jamboree!:

Sunday 15 December was the last show in Roth/Nürnberg for the Bluegrass Jamboree! - Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music on tour. Nineteen shows in nineteen days all over Germany plus a show in Prague.

The fifth edition of the touring project was a breakthrough as we reached new heights in attendance (ca. 5000 tickets overall) and introduced many visitors to the richness of American roots music with a bluegrass/ country/ folk flavoured programme. Media supported the tour with intense radio and print promotion, and legendary label Bear Family Records added programme flyers to their orders.

Many of the theatres and art centres were close to being sold out, the highlight beeing the Berlin show in the prestigious Classic/World music venue Passionskirche, which was packed. All shows ended with enthusiastic audiences, asking for more, many times with standing ovations and long lines at the merchandise table.

On 6 January at 20:05-22:00, CET WDR, the largest radio station in Germany, will broadcast/stream almost two hours of music and interview recorded at the Dortmund show.

On YouTube there are many videos taken by the audience; more links will be published soon on the website, as well as the Facebook page of the project, which is the main source for keeping updated.

Planning of lineup and shows for the sixth edition has begun; we are still looking to expand the tour into countries that share a border with Germany.