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2021 — 2022

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Minko is a Dutch band from a small town called Dordrecht.

About twenty years ago the brothers Dusty & Darryl Ciggaar got to know their good friend Nick Croes (now Sabrina Starke and Jett Rebel among others) and over the years a relationship developed between them.
musical chemistry that is difficult to put into words. A musical chemistry that they are happy to show you, feel and hear. Some of you remember these Ciggaar brothers from the Dry Riverbed Trio show, or maybe you've seen them play with Ian Siegal.

From an early age, Dusty, Darryl and Nick were able to develop musically under the wing of their fathers and uncles. They paved the way for them at a time when everyone still calculated euros back to guilders and sparkling ice tea was the favorite drink.

 

Times have clearly changed. Although they remained good friends, they each went their separate ways. After a long period of musical adventures with many bands and artists and sometimes with each other, during a beautiful starry night in Bali the question arose: shouldn't we play together and make our own music? Tammo Deuling (including Dawn Brothers) joined and the band was complete. They had found their backbone and the man can sing too!

Expect steamy Rock & Roll, blues shuffles, Country Soul, Roots, sentimental punk songs, Rhythm & Blues, and everything in between!

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It was about time we brought Pieter 'Big Pete' van der Pluijm to Haarlem. This passionate singer/harmonica player has been an established name for over a decade. He delivers his music with a no-nonsense attitude that you simply enjoy. It is not for nothing that Big Pete was a regular part of Johan Derksen's theater show called 'The sound of Blues & Americana', which came to an end in mid-2022. In addition, many of you will also know him from the top act Red Devils that he revived, with which he toured all over Europe as a support act for ZZ-Top. Yes, Van der Pluijm is a very strong frontman and representative of the Dutch blues scene at home and abroad.

For the show in Haarlem, he will bring the same all-star band that was previously seen exclusively during Derksen's theater tour. The pumping rhythm tandem of Fokke de Jong on drums with Roelof Klijn on bass form the engine of this band. These experienced guys know how to keep that groove exciting like no other. What about Sander Kooiman on guitar (including Drippin' Honey) and the great Roel Spanjers (including Malford Milligan & the Southern Aces, Frédérique Spigt and countless Americans whom he has accompanied over the years), who have already been seen before has been to Haarlem Blues Club. Namely with his New Orleans Vintage Voodoo Piano solo show and in October 2022 also with Sunset Travelers.

Dear people, we have got one hell of a band here and we are proud to present these great guys on our stage!

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Brand new winners UK Blues Challenge 2022! These purebred musicians will represent England at the European Blues Challenge in Poland at the beginning of June 2023.

Don't be fooled by their young age; these guys rock your night out like no other. The band is formed around the two brothers Marco and Alessandro Cinelli, from Latina, Italy. Their father Domenico, guitarist and great music lover, personally saw to it that music was taught to his sons with the proverbial spoon.

After playing with vinyl records all their childhood, they can be found regularly on stage together again from 2017 and they have since formed a great band with Tom Julian-Jones (vocals, harmonica and guitar) and Stephen Giry (bass , guitar and vocals). Marco also sings fantastically, plays guitar and sometimes bass. Alessandro is a drummer who has no equal in England and dedicates the band with heart and soul. These guys are having so much fun on stage!

After individually winning various awards and nominations, their second album 'Villa Jukejoint' was released at the end of November 2021, which was celebrated with a sold-out 100 Club in London.

One thing about these guys.. their hearts are with blues, soul, R&B and will give you nothing but their truth during their performance!

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  • “Curtis Salgado’s range and power as a vocalist are a tour-de-force...hard-nosed blues, beautifully nuanced R&B, phat and funky” — Billboard

  • “Salgado inspires chills. Upbeat and original…poignant and wise with a great sense of humor” — Blues Music Magazine

  • “Glorious and memorable…Salgado’s voice is center stage just as it should be. Highly recommended” — Blues & Rhythm UK

  • “Salgado’s vocals are soulful beauty. Fresh, unexpected, authentic, percolating…perfectly executed…simply delicious” — Living Blues

Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and ten previous albums, but also for his passionate and insightful original songs. He has been nominated three times for the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year, winning in 2018 for Walk A Mile In My Blues from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” Now, after 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting, Salgado is back with Damage Control, his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with fresh, original material.

 

With Damage Control, Salgado has created what he calls “a rock ’n’ roll record with lyrics that hit.” The 13 songs—12 originals and a raucous cover of Larry Williams’ Slow Down (famously covered by The Beatles)—will surprise and delight longtime Salgado fans. Salgado has crafted a soul-searching, street-smart collection of vividly detailed, instantly memorable songs. From the defiant opener The Longer That I Live to the bouncy New Orleans crime story You’re Going To Miss My Sorry Ass to the foot-tapping history lesson of Hail Mighty Caesar to the plaintive honesty of Always Say I Love You, Salgado’s vocals weave, bob and soar, at times jabbing with nuance, and then striking with unlimited power. Of the title track, he says, “Life is all about damage control...trouble and then some. It’s about dealing with what gets thrown at you and saying, ‘I ain’t finished yet.’”

 

Damage Control was produced by Salgado and recorded in three studios with three different groups of musicians, featuring some of the very best players in the business. At Nashville, Tennessee’s Rock House Recording, top notch support included guitarist George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt), keyboardist Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Delbert McClinton, Tinsley Ellis), singer Wendy Moton (Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton) and special guest Cajun accordionist and vocalist Wayne Toups. At Studio City, California’s Ultratone Studios, guitarist/bassist Johnny Lee Schell (Otis Rush, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt), pianists Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon) and Jim Pugh (B.B. King, Etta James, Robert Cray), drummer Tony Braunagel (B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt) brought the goods. And at Greaseland in San Jose, California, guitarist/bassist Kid Andersen (Rick Estrin, Charlie Musselwhite), bassist Jerry Jemmott (B.B. King, Aretha Franklin) and drummer Kevin Hays (Robert Cray) added their fuel to the fire.

 

Born in 1954, Salgado grew up in Eugene, Oregon with music all around him. His parents’ vast music collection included everything from Fats Waller to Ray Charles, and his older brother and sister turned him on to the soul and blues of Wilson Pickett and Muddy Waters at an early age. He attended a Count Basie performance when he was 13 and decided then and there that music was his calling. After getting his hands on a harmonica, Curtis began devouring the blues of Little Walter and Paul Butterfield, and taught himself to play.

 

By his early 20s he was already making a name for himself in Eugene’s bar scene, first as the vocalist/harmonica player of The Nighthawks, and later as co-leader of The Robert Cray Band. Salgado quickly developed into a player and singer of remarkable depth, with vocal and musical influences including Otis Redding, O.V. Wright, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Howlin’ Wolf.

 

In 1977, comedian/actor John Belushi was in Eugene filming Animal House. During downtime from production, Belushi caught a typically ferocious Salgado performance and introduced himself during a break. Once Salgado started sharing some of his blues knowledge, a fast friendship grew. Salgado spent hours playing old records for Belushi, teaching him about blues and R&B. Belushi soaked up the music like a sponge and used his new awareness to portray “Joliet” Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers, first as a skit on Saturday Night Live, then a best-selling record album (which was dedicated to Curtis) and finally as a major motion picture (Cab Calloway’s character in the film was named Curtis as an homage).

 

Once Salgado joined forces with his friend Robert Cray and began playing together as The Robert Cray Band, he found himself sharing stages with many of his heroes, including Muddy Waters, Bobby Bland, Albert Collins and Bonnie Raitt. After Salgado and Cray parted ways in 1982, Curtis went on to front Roomful Of Blues, singing and touring with them from 1984 through 1986. Back home in Oregon, he formed a new band, Curtis Salgado & The Stilettos, and was once again tearing it up on the club scene. He honed his band to a razor’s edge before releasing his debut in 1991 on the JRS label. After recordings for Rhythm Safari and Lucky Records, Salgado signed with Shanachie Records in 1999, releasing four critically acclaimed albums.

 

Salgado’s Alligator Records debut, Soul Shot, came out in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. Blues Revue said Salgado’s music is “triumphant, joyful, blues-soaked R&B” and declared him to be “one of the most soulful, honest singers ever.” He followed up with The Beautiful Lowdown in 2016 and Rough Cut, the potent, stripped-down acoustic album (with guitarist Alan Hager) in 2018. The albums collectively earned Salgado multiple Blues Music Awards—for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, Soul Blues Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year.

 

Salgado has performed at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival and The Tampa Bay Blues Festival. He has also played The San Francisco Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, Denver’s Mile High Blues Festival as well as on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Internationally he’s toured in Saipan, Guam, Canada, England, throughout Europe, Brazil, Chile, Panama, The Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong. According to Blues Revue, Salgado’s performances “start at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana.”

 

For all of his successes, Salgado is no stranger to adversity. During his career, he has overcome multiple health challenges, battling back from liver cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2008 and 2012. In March 2017 he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He’s not only come back stronger, he’s become one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters, going from writing a few songs per album to writing full albums of original songs. 

 

In 2016, many critics declared The Beautiful Lowdown—featuring 11 original songs—as the best of his career. According to Salgado, Damage Control is even better. He’s excited to bring his new songs to the stage, where the crowd fires him up even more. “I want people to relate to the songs,” he says. “You can dance to it but the words have to carry the weight. I know if a song hits me, it’ll hit others just as hard.” On Damage Control, the hard-hitting songs just keep on coming.

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Last year, this British top musician and entertainer moved from his home in the center of Amsterdam to beautiful Curaçao together with his beloved. Since then he has returned to the European continent every now and then, but a lot less often than we are used to from him. Hence his comeback in Haarlem Blues Club, due to previous great success!

Ian Siegal is a top notch musician and songsmith who balances a unique blend of songwriting, charisma, musical and vocal depth and entertainment. He takes you on a journey to a wonderful combination of 'destinations' in the styles within roots music: blues, gospel, folk, country and soul, with mostly self-penned songs.

His latest album Stone By Stone was released at the end of April 2022 and again received rave reviews and the discs sold like hot cakes. It seems to be a standard with Mr Siegal.

Take this opportunity to see this master at work in the unique atmosphere that Haarlem Blues Club offers in the beautiful Circus Hakim. Siegal's solo performances are very impressive and will stay with you for a long time.

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What a thrill that we were able to get this band from the top shelf for Haarlem Blues Club. Because of their success, these guys are rarely seen in clubs so you really don't want to miss this show!

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Rick Estrin & the Nightcats is a household name in the international blues scene. For decades they have been playing festival stages in many parts of the world, leaving an unforgettable impression. This charismatic band is not resting on its laurels but continues to renew itself and write fresh material. They have also won dozens of Blues Music Awards and a few of Estrin's band members even received a Grammy nomination.

Some of the press quotes:

"Estrin is a soulful lead vocalist, a brilliant original songwriter and an amazing harmonica player. Estrin's harmonica sings alongside blues tunes that entertain audiences like no other in the genre.”
- San Francisco Chronicle

"Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter - DownBeat

Rick Estrin was born in 1949 in San Francisco, California, and grew up as an independent young man. As a 10-year-old boy, he moved to the underprivileged area of Market Street and befriended many neighbors. By the time he was a teenager, Estrin had immersed himself in the urban, African-American culture around him. He got his first harmonica at the age of 15, and by the age of 18 he was skilled enough to play in black clubs in the city. He first jammed with blues master Lowell Fulson and was immediately hired to open five shows for R&B giant ZZ Hill. For nearly a year, he worked five nights a week with guitar legend Travis Phillips in a band chaired by famed pimp/bluesman Fillmore Slim (who was the centerpiece of the critically acclaimed Hughes Brothers documentary American Pimp). Slim introduced Estrin to singer Rodger Collins, the man who would become Rick's first real musical mentor.

Collins taught Rick the intricacies of songwriting and show business. At 19, Estrin moved to Chicago and worked with some of the best bluesmen in town. He met and jammed with the legendary Muddy Waters, who said to Rick, "You outta sight, boy! You got that sound and play like a man! Muddy wanted Estrin to go on the road with him, but Estrin missed Muddy's call and it never happened.

Estrin eventually moved back to the Bay Area, met guitarist Charlie Baty and formed Little Charlie & The Nightcats. When Charlie retired from touring in 2008, Rick brought in guitar virtuoso Kid Andersen to form Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. The fantastic entertainer and former drummer of Little Richard (1995-2007) (!) is now a permanent part of the band.

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