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Booker T, Rickie Lee Jones & More Announce Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Written by Mike Hohnen on October 10, 2016

A couple of weeks back, Bluesfest 2017 unveiled its first batch of sideshows from artists populating the lineup. Now, another batch of sideshows have been announced featuring even more of the event’s world-class roster.

First up is the great Booker T, who will be performing an anthology of songs from the iconic Stax Records repertoire, most of which were written by his good self. Armed with his trumpet and flanked by backup singers, Booker will be paying homage to some of the greatest soul classics from the seminal record label across just two shows.

The proclaimed “Duchess of Coolsville”, Rickie Lee Jones, will also be venturing away from the festival grounds for a run of shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Cairns, spreading the love just about all over our fair nation. Grammy winning jazz, soul and gospel singer Gregory Porter will be doing a much more refined run of just two shows in Sydney and Melbourne.

The UK’s own Laura Mvula has already impressed the likes of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Prince all the while being compared to Nina Simone. You’ll be able to get up close and personal with soulful singer during her run of shows down the east coast.

Ukulele savant Jake Shimabukuro is now locked in for headline shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and due to crazy demand, the great Bonnie Rait has announced she too will be stopping off in Brisbane.

Wrapping up the list is Michael Kiwanuka, who will be backing up his performance at Splendour In The Grass earlier this year with the Bluesfest performance and two headline shows.

Catch all the newly-announced Bluesfest sideshows, below.

Watch: Rickie Lee Jones – ‘Satellite’

Booker T Presents The Stax Record Revue Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Tickets available Wednesday, 12th October

Thursday, 20th April
The Metro, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Friday, 21st April
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Rickie Lee Jones Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Tickets on sale Wednesday, 12th October

Friday, 7th April
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Saturday, 8th April
The Gov, Adelaide
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Sunday, 9th April
The Basement, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Thursday, 13th April
Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
Tickets: Tanks Art Centre

Gregory Porter Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Tickets available Wednesday, 12th October

Tuesday, 11th April
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Wednesday, 12th April
Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Laura Mvula Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Tickets available Wednesday, 12th October

Wednesday, 12th April
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 13th April
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Saturday, 15th April
The Triffid, Brisbane
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Jake Shimabukuro Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Tickets on sale Wednesday, 12th October

Sunday, 9th April
The Gov, Adelaide
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Monday, 10th April
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
Tickets: Melbourne Recital Centre

Wednesday, 12th April
The Factory, Sydney
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Thursday, 13th April
Powerhouse, Brisbane
Tickets: Bluesfest Touring

Bonnie Raitt Adds Brisbane Show

Tickets available Wednesday, 12th October

Wednesday, 12th April
QPAC, Brisbane
Tickets: QPAC

Also performing…

Friday, 7th April
State Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 8th April
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra
Tickets: Canberra Arts Centre

Monday, 10th April
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Michael Kiwanuka Bluesfest 2017 Sideshows

Tickets available Thursday, 13th October

Tuesday, 18th April
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Secret Sounds Touring

Wednesday, 19th April
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets: Secret Sounds Touring

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