Friday 23.09.2022 / Saturday 24.09.2022 / 20:30 h
The Blues Superstars Are Back Again!
The New Blues Giants (USA)
feat. Mike Zito, Kid Andersen, Lisa Andersen, Albert Castiglia, Willie J. Campbell & Jimi Bott
In 2017, Groove Now put together an all-star group based on the 1985 project, in which blues greats Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland got together and released "Showdown," for which they won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album the following year.
Forty years have passed since “Showdown”. The blues has not only evolved since then, but is embodied by many musicians who have a broader musical background than the big names of the time. All the while, their music is based on their role models.
For the Blues Giants project, Groove Now will be bringing together some of the best blues musicians of the world – musicians who base their music on their role models and know the tradition of the blues very well. At the same time, they represent the present and future of the blues.
The Blues Giants reinterpret well-known and lesser-known blues standards and also incorporate their own compositions.
The “Blues Giants” project that was started in 2017 by Groove Now was so well-received that it was repeated two years later – for the 2019 project, the original line-up was brought back together with the exception of Mike Zito, who was replaced by Nick Schnebelen. The project then followed both Basel appearances with extremely successful tours through Europe.
Now they are coming back to Basel, but this time, only for two exclusive concerts presented by Groove Now. Due to the extremely busy schedules of the musicians, each heavily involved in their own projects, there will be no additional concerts in Europe or the US this time.
For the third edition of the project – The New Blues Giants – in 2022, there will again be a slight change in the line-up. In addition to Albert Castiglia and probably the best rhythm group in modern blues – Willie J. Campbell and Jimi Bott (formerly Mannish Boys, etc. and now The Proven Ones) – Mike Zito will be back again. Unfortunately, Sugaray Rayford couldn’t be present for this edition. However, in addition to the two singers, Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia, the project will for the first time include a great female voice in the band – Lisa Leuschner Andersen. And last but not least, Lisa’s husband - Kid Andersen – one of the absolute best blues guitarists in the world will also be present. Kid is not only a great guitarist, but a multi-instrumentalist and well-known producer. It is not without reason that many musicians call him a child prodigy. Kid is also the musical director of The New Blues Giants.
The audience can once again look forward to a double dose of blues and soul, interpreted by the best contemporary blues musicians in the world. A breathtaking show with lots of surprises is guaranteed.
Lisa Leuschner Andersen: Vocals
Mike Zito: Guitar, Vocals
Albert Castiglia Guitar, Vocals
Kid Andersen: Guitar
Willie J. Campbell: Bass
Jimi Bott: Drums
Friday / Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2022
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Door opening: 20:00
Concert start: 20:30
Tickets: CHF 69
No seating guaranteed!