Blues Festival Basel — Blues of the Americas

Volkshaus Basel
Saturday, 20 April

This double-header evening pays homage to blues bands from the Americas—namely Argentinian singer, guitarist, and trumpet player Vanesa Harbek, and the U.S. band Cash Box Kings, experts in Chicago Blues.

Anyone who has seen Vanessa Harbeck at one of her shows knows that the 43-year-old musician is a true powerhouse who dominates the stage with incredible power and passion. Harbeck earned the respect of international colleagues, press, and audiences and received the title “Argentinian Queen of Blues.” She was on stage and played with national and international blues greats such as Hugo Mendez, Rubén Gaitán, Igor Prado, Sugar Blue, Dave Riley, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne (Canada), Daryl Taylor, Rico MacClarrin (USA), and many more at international jazz festivals. The granddaughter of German emigrants, Harbek has since moved to Berlin, where she now lives as a musician and painter. The 12 songs on her new album "Visiones"—sung partly in English and partly in Spanish—take the listener on a musical journey through her life. The artist, who also plays the trumpet excellently, underlines this with her very own style of mixing traditional blues with soul elements and tango. (

According to Living Blues magazine, the Cash Box Kings are “one of the best blues bands in the country.” The band is jointly led by Chicago Blues singer and songwriter Oscar “Mr. 43rd Street” Wilson and songwriter, harmonica giant, and singer Joe Nosek, who lives in Madison, Wisonsin. Additional members include guitarist Billy Flynn, drummer Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith, bassist John W. Lauler, and keyboardist Lee Kanehira. Together, the band opens a door to the captivating spirit and sounds of Chicago-based blues of the 1950s and 1960s. The Cash Box Kings play at many major festivals in the United States and Europe. No matter where they perform, they bring the music to get the party going. With Wilson's natural blues vocal power and Nosek's talent for extracting every last drop of emotion from his harmonica, the Cash Box Kings always manage to delight their fans and win new ones with every performance. (

Tickets range from CHF 56.90 for standing-room tickets to CHF 77.40 for the best seats and CHF 97.50 for reserved table seating with service. Die-hard blues lovers can benefit from the Blues Festival 3-day pass for CHF 132.50, which grants standing-room entry for the duration of the festival (not including the Sunday brunch).


Volkshaus Basel
Rebgasse 12-14
4058 Basel

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