One of Italy’s most celebrated live music events, the Pistoia Blues Festival has continued to transform the heart of the historic city into a modern stage for performers such as Hozier, Passenger, and Mumford & Sons, who have all performed at Pistoia Blues in previous years.
For the 38th edition of the festival, fans of the genre can expect an exciting blend of professional musicians hailing from Italy and around the world.
Highlights include a July 4 appearance by Little Steven, “A Born in the U.S.A.” music artist with his own Independent Day celebration. Apart from his ongoing gig since the start as a guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Little Steven (aka Steven Van Zandt), who will present songs from his latest work, “Soulfire,” is a songwriter, producer, actor and activist.
The same evening Milanese band Audyaroad will interpret selections from their new album “What is the Price?” On Friday, July 7, there will be a special Italian Blues Night with free admission, featuring a surprise selection of Italian blues and rock groups.
This year’s program also includes esteemed singer-songwriter Tom Odell (July 14), who won the Critics Choice at the Brit Awards; and American electric blues artist Charlie Musselwhite, nominated for multiple Grammy awards and a member of the Blues Hall of Fame (July 15).
Finally, as part of the event’s strong lineup, which caters to diverse tastes in music, there will be concerts by jazz icon Stefano Bollani (July 9) who is venerated even in the United States, where he received an honorary doctorate from the Berklee College of Music; and the eclectic Roman singer Mannarino (July 8) whose multiple influences include blues and Brazilian compositions.
For a complete list of performers and for ticket information visit: www.pistoiablues.com. (sheean hanlan)