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The annual 2017 International Blues Challenge


The annual 2017 International Blues Challenge

The annual 2017 International Blues Challenge #33 has started today. Last year I was one of the competitors (2016). It was one of the most important highlights in my entire career as a musician. I was so happy to have made it to the semi finals. The experience was one to never forget. Too bad I can’t be there this year to attend the festival but I know one thing for sure: The Blues Foundation, Memphis, USA has done another great job organizing this massive event.

This year I am proud to see two of my favorite bands and musicians from my country participate; The Detonics (band) and Robert Fossen & Dave Warmerdam (duo) from the Netherlands. I want to wish them the best of luck, but even more, a great time in Memphis, just like I had when I was there during the event.

And this picture; the one on this years’ website of the IBC just couldn’t say more…

Or this one…


The IBC2017 Promo Video:

I was stunned to see these pictures on their website so prominently. It is truly one of the world’s biggest blues events!

I wish you all so much fun at #IBC2017 and good luck to all competitors. Keep on keeping on!

With love, Bo and Vera

PS: saying hello to Marcel, Onno and Nanny!

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BIG BO - General information - short biography


Dutch bluesman Bo Brocken (stage name: Big Bo) plays his Blues from the heart and soul. He has been around for quite a while now, touring Europe and the world for almost 30 years, playing his traditional style Blues. Performing as a one-man-band, using a full foot-operated drum set, acoustic and electric guitars, resonator guitars, Cigar Box Guitars and harmonica, he plays traditional blues in Delta, Piedmont, Misissippi Hills and Ragtime style. (Photo: Jos de Jong) Solo: 1987-now: Big Bo: vocals, guitars, harmonica, foot-drums Bands: 1990-1999: Big Bo and Mr. Bas 1998-2008: Slow Blow Fuse 1999-2010: The Mercymen 2000-2002: Bo and Boiré 2016- now: Big Bo and his Voodoo Machine

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