The Notodden Blues Festival 2018 – Bonnie Raitt, Vintage Trouble, Gov’t Mule and many more

Vintage Trouble 04082018-24The 31st edition of the Notodden Blues Festival ended on Sunday. It has been a long weekend with music from early in the day until 2 AM, and a lot of friendly and smiling blues fans all around town. This year Ry Cooder was the biggest name together with Bonnie Raitt, and then a lot of other great artists after these two. Here are my photos from the festival. (Photo above: Ty Taylor from Vintage Trouble)

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My first visit to the Notodden Blues Festival was in 1994, and except for 1998, I have been visiting every one, making this my 24th festival. I have seen it grow from small to big, and more professional. The festival has been through some crises, but has always landed on its feet. In 2010 the Notodden Blues Festival was voted the Best Blues Festival in the World and got the Keeping The Blues Alive award. Here you can see all the artists who have played here until 2010.

Amund Maarud 03082018-03Amund Maarud got his star in the Walk of Fame. Here with festival boss Jostein Forsberg

The festival has worked hard to get the two headliners, Ry Cooder and Bonnie Raitt, and both came this year. The same did Gov’t Mule, Vintage Trouble, Sugaray Rayford, Lowell “Banana” Levinger, Knut Reiersrud, Ana Popovic and several more artists from Norway and abroad. You can see the program from this year here. In addition to all the concerts there are blues talks, this year with Bernard Purdie, Popa Chubby and The Welch Ledbetter Connection, the Union Blues Cup is arranged, and Little Steven’s Blue School is held before and during the festival, teaching young people to play the blues.

NB! Ry Cooder allowed no photographers. Here are my photos of the artists at this year’s festival:

Bonnie Raitt

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Gov’t Mule

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Vintage Trouble

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Knut Reiersrud Band

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Sugaray Rayford

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Ana Popovic

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Poppa Chubby

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Lowell “Banana” Levinger

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Welch Ledbetter Connection

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Dana Fuchs

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Barbara Blue & Bernard Purdie

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Doug McLeod

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Little Steven filming for the documentary Bluestown Rising

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Little Steven 1957 Cadillac 01082018-17Little Steven with the Mayor of Notodden, Gry Fuglestveit

Maldito, winner of the Union Blues Cup 2018

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Ed Murphy, the winner of the Blues Prize 2018

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Rita Engedalen and Margit Bakken

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HM Johnsen Band, the winners of the Union Blues Cup 2017

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Audience 02082018-01The audience at the opening

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All photgs are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.

2 thoughts on “The Notodden Blues Festival 2018 – Bonnie Raitt, Vintage Trouble, Gov’t Mule and many more

  1. Hello I’m Ronnie K STEWART executive director of the West Coast Blues Society Oakland California, United States of America Our organization was created to perpetuate Blues Jazz and gospel as an art form indigenous to America we have presented numerous programs We HAVE presented three major festivals for the last 19 years Hayward Russell City Blues Festival City of Oakland Art & Soul Festival,,RED, WHITE and Blues Festival Alameda County Fair We created the only Blues WALK OF FAME in the USA I Would love to bring over the very seasoned Oakland Blues Divas,who is very POPULAR AND will have an audience on their feet also they would be willing to do workshops on different pool styles found in the United States this would be a very entertaining show an educational Form

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