Bluesfest London 2017 Announces Full Lineup
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BluesFest returns to The O2 in London in October with a stellar line-up that includes the best-selling duo in music history Daryl Hall & John Oates, award-winning soul and R&B outfit The Doobie Brothers, legendary hitmakers Chic and Nile Rodgers, ten-time Grammy-winning Chaka Khan and chart-topping US crooner Chris Isaak.
The festival has also confirmed that a previously announced concert from Steely Dan, whose co-founding member Walter Becker passed away this month, will proceed as scheduled. The band are lined up to close the festival on a double bill with The Doobie Brothers on Sunday October 29th and Donald Fagen made the following statement:
“Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm.
We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues.
Walter had a very rough childhood – I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter.
His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band.
I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
Also appearing on the bill this year will be Anglo-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti and revered American blues-rock outfits Gov’t Mule and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band in a co-headline show.
BluesFest 2017 will run from Friday 27th October – Sunday 29th October and will once again utilize all areas of The O2 complex, including the 14000-capacity Arena and Indigo at The O2.
Launched in 2011, BluesFest fast became one of Europe’s leading roots music festivals and has since presented concerts from an array of stars from the worlds of blues, jazz, soul, pop and r&b including BB King, Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Bad Company, Jeff Beck, Mary J. Blige, Robert Cray, Tedeschi Trucks, Ronnie Wood, Maxwell, Mavis Staples, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Tom Jones and Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul.
Friday October 27th
Chic feat. Nile Rodgers plus special guest Chaka Khan
The O2 Arena
Indigo at The O2
Saturday October 28th
Daryl Hall & John Oates plus special guest Chris Isaak
The O2 Arena
Gov’t Mule + Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band plus support from JD & The Straight Shot
Indigo At The O2
Sunday October 29th
Steely Dan plus special guests The Doobie Brothers
The O2 Arena
(Many thanks to Joe Baxter at Baxter PR for help with this announcement)
You can read our exclusive article about Steely Dan here: http://bit.ly/2wHMdHf
Tickets are onsale now and can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/2xoTQzD