Yaron Ben Ami
Yaron Ben-Ami is a veteran of the Israeli Blues scene. He’s been playing traditional blues, from ragtime to Chicago, from boogie to shuffle, on numerous stages, festivals, and clubs for over twenty years.
In his younger days he roamed the southern United States immersing himself in blues culture, playing everywhere from dive bars in San Francisco, bus stops in Mississippi, and even at the steps of New Orleans Cathedral. While he strongly denies being a blues scholar, asking him a question about blues history always yields a very satisfying answer.
Yaron has played and performed with some of the blues greats, including Robert Belfour, Rev KM Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, and Jeron “Blind Boy” Paxton. His album “Blues in the Canaan” was released in 2015.
Aside from playing for us on both Friday and Saturday night, Yaron will also be running lectures on blues music during the daytime.
Miss Mikey May
Born with the blues and paid her dues, Mikey is a natural entertainer and a powerful, soulful vocalist. She spent most of her life on stage as a singer and actress, and in 2012 joined the ranks of swing and blues dancers. Her mission is to serve up a wild ride to the roots of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel in a dancer-friendly package.
Mikey is based in Prague but roams around Europe singing with Blues and Jazz projects for dancers and muggles alike. In 2016 she released her debut album ‘Swing Out the Blues’ and became the singer and band leader of the Hammond-organ based swing and blues project ‘The Organ Grinders’.
For this year’s EBI she will be accompanied by Jan Kořínek, who is the co-founder of The Organ Grinders, as well as a master Hammond organ player and one of the top Blues and Jazz pianists in Czech Republic.
Dan’s music harks back to the roots of early rent party/juke playing. Dan’s performances encompass the whole acoustic blues genre from the rough-edge bottleneck blues of the Mississippi Delta to the intricate finger-picking styles of Texas and the Carolinas. He focuses on rare and standard blues classics by bluesmen such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
Dan has performed extensively in the USA, both with contemporary blues players and as a solo act. He gravitated towards the deep South in early 2007 whilst making a documentary on the history of blues and has since spent 16 weeks playing around the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas. During his travels, he met and interviewed blues legends David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, Henry Gray and Hubert Sumlin as well as members of both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters’ family.
Anders is a familiar figure in the European blues scene whether DJ’ing, teaching, playing acoustic blues sets, or just on the social dance floor.
For EBI he will be creating immersive musical soundscapes combining mixing techniques from electronic music and sample culture with genres and mash ups of tunes familiar to the alt-blues scene to push the boundaries of the sounds we dance and party to. All of this will be happening live at our Sunday late night party