JJ Band (PL) Sue Foley (CA) Brandon Santini (USA)

  • J.J. Band

  • It was created in 2001, when the vocalsit and guitarist Jacek Jaguś (from whose initials the name of the band comes) during the blues workshop in Bolesławiec met the harmonica player Bartek Łęczycki and offered him participation in his project.
  • A year later, the band performed at several blues festivals, winning the Grand Prix of Olsztyn Blues Nights, the Ryszard Riedel Music Festival of in Tychy and Autumn with Blues in Białystok.
  • This is one of the most important and most successful Polish blues bands. They played several hundred concerts at major Polish festivals, such as: Rawa Blues, Jimiway, Bluestrations, Toruń Blues Meeting, Toruń Harmonica Bridge, Blues Nad Odrą, Sopot Blues Festival, Olsztyn Blues Nights, Rysiek Riedel Festival, Autumn with Blues, Galicja Blues Festival, Blues Nad Bobrem. They also toured abroad, including in Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovakia and Hungary.
  • Band members:
  • Jacek „Jogi” Jaguś – guitar, vocals
  • Bartek „Boruta” Łęczycki – harmonica
  • Piotr Michalak – piano, Hammond
  • Andrzej „Stagracz” Stagraczyński – bass
  • Bartek „Mr Shuffle” Niebielecki – drums

Sue Foley

Awarded many times, one of the best blues and roots artists!

She is a triple threat as a leading guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. She is also known for ignoring conventions and inspiring young artists.

She began her career in Austin, Texas, at Antone – a well-deserved blues label and historic nightclub that helped launch Stevie Ray Vaughan and many other artists. In 2001 she won the “Canadian Grammy”, or Juno Award. She is a record holder in the Canadian Maple Blues Awards competition, she has won the Trophees de Blues de France three times, as well as several nominations for the Blues Music Awards from The Blues Foundation.

The latest album, “The Ice Queen” (2018) is Foley’s return to her Texas roots and reunion with old friends. The special guests on the album included legendary guitarists from Texas – Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F. Gibbons from the band Z.Z. Top and Charlie Sexton, as well as many other Lone Star State stars.

  • Band members:
  • Sue Foley – vocal, gitara
    Tom Bona – drum
    Leo Valvassori – bas

Brandon Santini

Vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is one of those young blues performers whose careers are worth observing. The artist combines love and respect for traditional blues with a contemporary and colorful style of play. His name is mentioned among the names of stars such as James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling and Charlie Musselwhite.

He was raised in North Carolina. When he was 15 years old, in 1997 he bought his first harmonica. In 2003 he founded the band Delta Highway and moved to Memphis, where he absorbed the music and culture of the region. He honed his skills night by night, playing in local clubs, just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters or B.B. King decades before him Today he gives over 100 concerts a year worldwide and has five Blues Music Award nominations!

His latest album “The Longshot” is a deviation from the traditional blues that Santini drove hundreds of miles. Someone may be surprised that the 37-year-old artist is inspired by such rock legends as The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band or Creedence Clearwater Revival to the same extent as Little Walter, Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf. From the opening song ‘Don’t Come Around Here’ to the final acoustic ‘Broken Bones’, Santini combines blues and rock to create an introspective energetic album.

  • Band members:
  • Brandon Santini – vocals & harp
    Timo Arthur – guitar
    Jeff Cunningham – bass
    Ron James – drums