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Efes Pilsen Blues Festival

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Efes Pilsen Blues Festival in Istanbul kicked off on the 24th October and runs through to the 3rd December 2009. There's still time to catch Watermelon Slim, Sharrie Williams and John Lee Hooker Jr in action. The festival is being held at Mersin Mer-Yat Armada Centre.

Bill 'Watermelon' Slim's 2006 self-titled release was listed as #1 in MOJO magazine top Blues Cds, and also scored an Independant Music Award for Blues album of the year. Watermelon Slim has received rave reviews for his music and will be fantastic to see live.

Sharrie Williams has grown up with music surrounding her. In 1997 she began singing with The Wiseguys and toured through Europe then went on to a record deal with a Canadian based label. With influences such as Etta James, Aretha Franklin and the one and only Billy Holiday, Sharrie's set is one you don't want to miss.

John Lee Hooker Jr has been performing from the age of 8 years old. He is the son of John Lee Hooker and has played alongside Blues greats such as B.B King, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed and Etta James. His debut album, Blues with a Vengeance, was released in 2004 with much acclaim, gaining a Grammy nomination. The follow up album, Cold as Ice was released 2 years later and showed his Motown roots as well as adding in some jazz, funk and R&B to the mix. The next release, titled All Odds Against Me, has original tracks on it and confirms John Lee Hooker Jr as a true contemporary of the Blues genre.

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City: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Published on 24-Nov-2008
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