Paul Simon to headline Bluesfest on Easter Monday!
Yes, it´s time to take a breath and sit down!!
Paul Simon, multi-award and 12 time Grammy winner, has today been added to the supreme Bluesfest line-up of 2013.
Simon will be performing at Bluesfest on Easter Monday but there is more! Festival goers are in for a double treat: Taking the stage before Paul Simon will be the hugely gifted Canadian singer/songwriter & composer Rufus Wainwright.
The 2013 Bluesfest bill is truly shaping up
to be the biggest one yet.
Already headlining the incredible Bluesfest 2013 bill are Robert Plant, the legendary front man of band Led Zeppelin presenting the Sensational Space Shifters, Latin Jazz Rockers Santana, Bluesfest favourite Ben Harper, ex Supertramp singer/song writer Roger Hodgson, reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, punk rock innovators Iggy & The Stooges, awe inspiring rock band Wilco, R & B star Mavis Staples, Sixto ´Sugarman´ Rodriguez and so many more.
For Festival line up and playing schedule
go to http://www.bluesfest.com.au
Festival Director Peter Noble says:
Adding Paul Simon to Bluesfest 2013 is pretty mind blowing, even for me, your Festival Director.
I knew the line-up was going to be massive, but it just keeps getting bigger. So many incredible Artists are going to perform at Bluesfest, it really is every Festival Director´s dream come true and I am so humbled. Announcing Robert Plant a couple of weeks ago and now adding Paul Simon, it´s like: Wow…we are really doing it this time and I actually think we are breaking all previous records. This is going to be the best Bluesfest of all time and guess what? There are at least another 4 announcements to come featuring major Artists.
*** Get in quick, a limited number of Monday Single Day Tickets are available now for $159 - save $20 ***
Tickets are on sale through http://www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310
2013 Artists announced already:
PRESENTS SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
IGGY & THE STOOGES
STEVE MILLER BAND - STATUS QUO
MADNESS - CHRIS ISAAK - BONNIE RAITT
WILCO - RODRIGUEZ - ROBERT CRAY
ROGER HODGSON THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF SUPERTRAMP
JIMMY CLIFF - JOAN ARMATRADING
JON ANDERSON THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF YES
DROPKICK MURPHYS - TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
GLEN HANSARD WITH THE FRAMES
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - MAVIS STAPLES
FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS
ALLEN TOUSSAINT - WANDA JACKSON - GRACE POTTER
FRED WESLEY AND THE NEW JB´S - MICHAEL KIWANUKA
BETTYE LAVETTE - PLAYING FOR CHANGE - RUTHIE FOSTER
NEWTON FAULKNER - TONY JOE WHITE
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK - THE DUKE ROBILLARD BAND
WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE - SHAWN COLVIN
LUKA BLOOM - SETH LAKEMAN - BEN CAPLAN
with more to be announced!
During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (´Bridge Over Troubled Water´, ´Still Crazy After All These Years´ and ´Graceland´) were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, a recipient of their Johnny Mercer Award and is in the Rock n´ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song ´Mrs. Robinson´ from the motion picture ´The Graduate´ was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute´s 100 Years 100 Songs. He was a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named as one of Time Magazine´s ´100 People Who Shape Our World´ in 2006. In 2007, Mr. Simon was awarded the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin, this newly created award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world´s culture, and is given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwin´s. In 2011 Mr. Simon was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Of Mr. Simon´s many concert appearances he is most fond of the two concerts in Central Park in New York (with his partner and childhood friend Art Garfunkel in 1981 and as a solo artist in 1991) and the series of shows he did at the invitation of Nelson Mandela in South Africa: the first American artist to perform in post-apartheid South Africa. In 1998, his performance on center field at Yankee Stadium celebrating the unveiling of Joe DiMaggio´s monument is a treasured memory for this lifelong Yankee´s fan.
Paul Simon´s philanthropic work includes the co-founding of The Children´s Health Fund with Dr. Irwin Redlener. The CHF donates and staffs mobile medical vans that bring health care to poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations around the United States. Since it´s inception in 1986 it has provided over 2 million doctor/patient visits. In the wake of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina it was the primary health care source for those communities decimated by the storms. Mr. Simon has also raised millions of dollars for worthy causes as varied as AMFAR, The Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa and Autism Speaks and The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation.
Although Paul Simon´s unique, carefully constructed contributions to music could be called innovative, he insists that the process has a lot to do with discovery. ´I´m more interested in what I discover than what I invent. You don´t possess it. You can´t control it or dictate to it. You´re just waiting. Waiting... for the show to begin.´
With that credo he brings his fabulous new album to showcase in Australia: ´So Beautiful or So What´. Taking more than a year to perfect Simon has revealed that ´So Beautiful or So What´ reminds him of his very first solo release, his acclaimed 1972 album ‘Paul Simon´. It´s been getting rave reviews, not least from his contemporaries.
´This remarkable, thoughtful often joyful record deserves to be recognised as Paul Simon´s very finest achievements´ – Elvis Costello
PAUL SIMON plays Bluesfest on Monday 1st April 2013
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as ´the greatest songwriter on the planet´ and praised by the New York Times for his ´genuine originality,´ Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film.
Wainwright´s catalogue includes eight albums and two DVDs to date, and he has appeared on numerous soundtracks and compilations, as well as collaborating with artists like Elton John, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash and Keane.
His latest recording, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, was released in April 2010 to critical success with People Magazine dubbing the album Critic´s Choice noting Wainwright ´brings the album to a beautifully intimate level with just voice, piano and some deeply personal lyrics. Bravo.´
And Billboard Magazine thought Rufus´ ´solo piano accompaniment highlights his extremely adaptable voice…a single piano is all that´s needed to show off his immense vocal talent.´
He has composed the music and 11 original songs for a theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare´s Sonnets with noted Director Robert Wilson at the Berliner Ensemble, which premiered in April of 2009 and continues to play to sold-out houses and travelled to various festivals internationally.
Wainwright´s much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The work recently received a 2011 Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera and will make its long-awaited US debut in February 2012 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music´s Howard Gilman Opera House.
Make sure you don´t miss Rufus Wainwright at Bluesfest on Easter Monday. His performance will strike a chord and touch the hearts of everyone in his audience.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT plays Bluesfest on Monday 1st April 2013
Until next time,
Your Bluesfest Team
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