Eric Gales
You want the blues? "Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free", says Memphis born Eric Gales. "Now, I feel the most free I've ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid", he opens up. "You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else."

It's well documented that Gales was a child prodigy and heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix when he released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 14 studio albums in total ahead of 'Middle of the Road' album.

The next comments need no further explanation:
"One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world" Joe Bonamassa
"He is absolutely incredible" Carlos Santana
"How Eric Gales isn't the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery" Dave Navarro
"This guy could be the best player on Earth" Mark Tremonti

Travellin' Brothers
2015 European Blues Challenge winners are here! The Travellin' have forged themselves over the years; they are six friends, six brothers and their affinity is one of their great virtues, something one can easily feel when they are on stage. Travellin' Brothers have a remarkable musical knowledge. They have been touring non-stop for ten years, always on the rise, always committed to self-improvement. Six albums and more that 700 concerts are good proof of it.


Earl Thomas
Deemed "one of the most important blues artists of this decade" by the Best of Blues Awards, Earl Thomas began his professional career when he migrated to southern California after graduating with his degree in Music from Humboldt College. A two time Grammy nominee, San Diego Music Award winner has also taken home some of the highest honors at the Best of Blues Awards, including Best Male Vocal, Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Best Album, and Best Songwriter. His songs have been covered by icons such as Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin" Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones.






Shakura S'Aida
Born in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in Switzerland. A long-time Canadian who lives in Toronto. That's Shakura S'Aida, a truly international artist whose involvement in the Canadian music scene has been ongoing for the almost 25 years. Along the way, she has enriched the jazz, blues and classic R&B communities with her soulful voice, enthusiastic personality and commitment to her deep soul music.
Her latest release 'Time', a double CD that gives her growing international audience tastes of her different musical approaches to blues, soul and rock and roll.


The Capricorn Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band tribute, The Capricorn Brothers Band makes its debut gig at Rauma Blues festival.
The band features the top Finnish musicians; Jarmo Nikku (guitar), Olli Haavisto (steel guitar), Jukka Gustavson (keyboards + voc), Maria Hänninen (bass + voc) and Anssi Nykänen (drums).
Jarmo Nikku and Olli Haavisto have visited Rauma Blues Festival several times playing in various groups and they both feel very excited being back again introducing the new band and
the great music from the legendary Allman Brothers Band early years.
The audience will love these guys and their music.


The famous Friday Blues Clubs kick off the 32nd Rauma Blues Festival in three local restaurants.

You can start your bluesy Friday evening in Café Sali, featuring Maisteri T. and Pastori Välipakka –duo (FIN) at 7 pm, FREE ENTRANCE.

Next logical destination is restaurant Buena Vista, where you can check out Blue Stone (FIN) at 8:30 pm, FREE ENTRANCE.

Great way to end the evening is to party at restaurant Ravintola Kallio where The Firebugs (FIN) puts fire on your feet from 10:30 pm onwards. ENTRANCE FEE 10 €.


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