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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 33 | volume VI | July-August, 2003



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 33July-August, 2003
Sound Reviews

Skopje Blues & Soul Festival, 2003

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Vasja Ivanovski

    Seventh edition of “Skopje Blues & Soul Festival” which took place on July 1st and 3rd in “Colosseum”, nice outdoor venue in City Park, has proven once again its credibility among blues lovers as respectable event in global family of world blues festivals. With participation of artists from USA, Italy, France, Russia and Macedonia, festival offered various layers of blues segments which created positive vibes in the audience which came in large numbers when blues called!

    Conception of the first evening was thought out as a blues and rock oriented happening with disparate artists such as “Juke Joint Express” from Macedonia, Russian “Blues Cousins” and Alvin Youngblood Hart’s “Muscle Theory” directly from USA. Local favourites “Juke Joint Express”, young and promising band that has been together for only one year, took the stage and did a short dynamic set which has confirmed their potential. Their club tested material went very well among the audience and which was based on their love for Texas blues enriched with highlights of British blues boom of the late sixties. Their own songs combined with those of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and “Fleetwood Mac”, Naum and his friends (including special guest Christian Cvetkovski on guitar) has justified their being on stage with temperamental and inspired performance creating fine atmosphere. Legendary “Albatross” by Peter Green which included short song intro by Italian Tolo Marton dedicated to Stevie Ray Vaughan was a perfect end of “Juke Joint Express” performance. It’s quite obvious that this young band has its own attitude to the idiom which should bring their potential to the fullest.
    After a short break Russian “Blues Cousins” took the stage and proved once again why they are the first band from this big country that will soon tour the USA, where it all began! Fronted by their leader, incredible guitarist Levan Lomidze, these cousins in blues did a set which will be talk of the town quite for some time among local blues fans especially guitar players and their air-guitar counterparts. There’s no much philosophy in “music of “Blues Cousins”, from the first moment it’s get-go situation which suggested there would some additional sweating among blues fans in that already humid Summer night. Band’s repertoire is successful combination of electrified Robert Johnson, old Chicago blues style of masters like Otis Rush, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters with due respect to B.B.King and some contemporary

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