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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The Notodden Blues Festival 2017 – Saturday with Little Steven, Buddy Guy, Joss Stone and more

Buddy Guy 05082017-28Saturday at Notodden was the day with the big headliners playing at Hovigs Hangar. But there were plenty of other highlights during the day and night, and also many good concerts I missed because they were playing parallel to the ones I saw. Here are the concerts I saw Saturday at the Notodden Blues Festival. (Photo above: Buddy Guy)

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The Notodden Blues Festival 2016 – Highlights From Thursday

Amund Maarud Little Steven © Per Ole HagenThe 29th Blues Festival at Notodden in Norway is over. Four days with blues and related music styles all day and parts of the night. The official start is early night Thursday, and the festival ends with a concert Sunday at noon. Here are photos of the artists I saw Thursday at Notodden. (The winner of the Bues Prize 2016, Amund Maaraud and Little Steven)

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Austin Music Awards and More at SXSW

Escovedo Sexton Newcombe © Per Ole HagenWednesday night during SXSW is the night for the Austin Music Awards. The readers of the Austin Chronicle have voted for their favorite artists, musicians, venues, and what have you. In earlier years it was held at the Austin Music Hall but moved two years ago to a ballroom at the Convention Center. The show was sold out, and this year it was better and tighter than earlier years, even if the old venue had better atmosphere. After the show, I ran up to the Continental Club to see the end of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, plus the Waco Brothers. (Picture above, Charlie Sexton, Scrappy Jud Newcombe, Alejandro Escovedo during the Ian McLagan tribute)

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The Boss Reunited With Little Steven

Bruce Springsteen © Per Ole HagenLast night Bruce Springsteen played the Telenor Arena in Oslo with his band. For five months they have played with Tom Morello instead of Little Steven, since he has been busy filming the second season of the TV series Lillyhammer. What I saw during the three first songs we were allowed to photograph told me this would be a top Springsteen concert. Here are some pictures from the concert.

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