Blues fans, clear your calendars for next weekend (Friday, November 18th and Saturday the 19th). The Trasienda Club will be playing host to the fifth edition of Buenos Aires Blues Festival from 11:30 PM on both nights. Starting in 2012, this tasty little festival has run every year since then and here’s the why.

The rundown on the two day Blues bout

Friday night will be kicked off by Porteño Blues-lovers “Jorge Nicolas Costales & The Evil Blues Band”. This local group have been rising up in the blues world, this year playing to European fans in Spain, France and Holland. Cordobese band “The Mentidores” will then follow, featuring promising young guitar talent, Ivan Gomez Singh, here’s a little taste of his skills. 

The first night will be drawn to a close closed by Texan singer Annika Chambers alongside the Brazilian Igor Prado Band. These Brazilian boys have quite the sound being the only Brazilian band to achieve a top 10 spot in the USA Living Blues Chart.

The second night will be opened by the “Willy Busquets Band” from La Plata. Willy has shared the stage with renowned US blues names such as award-winning guitarist Jimmy Burns. Up next will be the Argentine funksters “Willy Crook & The Funky Torinos”. Crook has collaborated with some of the biggest names in Argentine music over the years with the likes of Charly García and Sumo. The night will come to a close by undoubtedly a memorable performance from BB King’s right hand man, James Bolden.

Big names to look out for

James “Boogaloo” Bolden

Multi-talented guitarist, singer and trumpet player James Bolden has worked with some of the top dogs in the business like Stevie Wonder, Issac Hayes, The Temptations and James Brown to name a few. Having also played a stint for jazz legend Duke Ellington’s band. For the majority of his career (the last 40 years), Bolden showed off his skills standing beside blues God the late-great BB King. This will be Boogaloo’s first time in the country and he won’t be one to miss.

Annika Chambers

Houston powerhouse Annika is blessed with vocal chords that truly hit home. Wanting to pursue many aspirations, Annika has spent time serving in the army, obtained a degree for TV and Radio Broadcasting and has now turned to pursuing a career in Blues.

The award-winning singer from Texas, will be playing on Friday evening. Here’s a cover of Koko Taylor’s 1978 blues hit, “I’m a Woman”.

You can grab tickets for this year’s fest here.