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LAC AND SONGS Festival

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18.19.20 JULY 2019
DATES AND PROGRAMME 2020 TO COME
COURT OF THE ECOLE DE PRUNIERES

‘‘ 3rd edition of the Lac & Songs Festival of Blues & American music
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Paul Benjaman Band – Tulsa Sound

Thursday 18/07 at 9 p.m.

Paul, leader of the group Paul Benjaman Band was born in Tulsa and grew up in neighbouring Inola.

He discovered an album by JJ Cale, and it changed his life! He discovered the specific sound of musicians from Tulsa. It was Junior Brown who taught him to play the guitar when he was 13. ‘He introduced me to blues, surf music, honky-tonk and Jimi Hendrix. This was what finally changed me and I’ve scoured all styles of American music ever since. It was JJ Cale’s records that finally gave me a sense of direction. They gave me a framework that somehow assembled all of the places I had been and a kind of voice that seemed natural,’ he explains.

Each of his songs is based on the classic Tulsa sound where the rhythm is so important. Paul Benjaman was happy to share this with the musicians who were part of JJ Cale’s group and gained their approval, but he also adds his own touch just like Cale who never played the same song twice in the same way. The group widened its style based on groove to include most styles of American music, including rock, funk, country and blues. In short, Totally Tulsa!

Since their first appearance, the group has been relentlessly touring the Midwest regions, the Rockies and the South West, putting on a live show that is not to be missed. Often festival favourites, they have also played and toured with everyone: Jason Isbell, Lucero, Sonny Landreth, Heartless Bastards, Ian Moore, Lucinda Williams, Buffalo Killers, Junior Brown, Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights, The Steepwater Band, Greyhounds, Farine de maïs, Split Lip Rayfield and A Love Electric by Todd Clouser.

Strongly recommended for fans of J.J. Cale, Warren Haynes, Leon Russell and Wilco.

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Practical Information

Light catering on site Full price: €20, Discount price: €18 (up until 15/06/2019) 3-concert pass: discount price concerts! Don’t forget your seat / Online booking recommended
Information and bookings http://www.helealea.com/evenements
Possible to buy tickets on site (cheques and cash only)

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Javier Vargas Blues Band – Blues Latino

Friday 19/07 at 9 p.m.

A return to the French stage for Bluesman ‘Javier Vargas’, the biggest Spanish blues star who has earned 8 platinum albums since 1991.

At the forefront of international guitarists, since 1990 Javier has been working on his own projects, his own discography and devoting himself to the music he loves most, Blues. An electric guitar expert and virtuoso, he accepts the musical tradition while seeking warm rhythms. Javier Vargas offers an entirely original, mixed blues.

Vargas managed what is most difficult by having his blues albums purchased by an audience that does not usually buy blues records, but is drawn by the unique guitar sound, which reminds us of Carlos Santana’s better days. However, the real surprise and major recognition were to come with the luxurious ‘Blues Latino’, the 1992 album and collaboration with Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Flaco Jiménez or Andrés Calamaro‘s voice on the magnificent ‘Black Poppy’.

To Javier’s delight, Carlos Santana, with whom he had become very close (‘brothers’, as he likes to say), recorded his ‘Latin Blues’ on one of his albums. In the following years, Santana invited Javier to participate live in some of his concerts in Paris and Madrid. He also had the opportunity of sharing the stage with B. B. Roi another undisputed father of blues,

Over the years, the Vargas Blues Band has appeared on the world’s major stages. Accompanied on stage by 4 or 5 musicians and sometimes featuring John Byron Jagger, Bobby Alexender and Steve Hunter, the Latino Blues and rock packs its full punch live

A date not to be missed

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Practical Information

Light catering on site Full price: €25 / 3-concert pass available
Don’t forget your seat / Online booking recommended
Information and bookings http://www.helealea.com/evenements
Possible to buy tickets on site (cheques and cash only)

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Ahmed Mouici – Blues

Saturday 20/07 at 9 p.m.

If Ahmed’s face seem familiar, it’s quite normal: he sold more than 3 million albums in the 90s with the group Pow Wow before playing Ramsès in the musical ‘The Ten Commandments’ for almost ten years.
Now aged 50,
Ahmed has decided to revisit his early musical tastes: soul, blues and rhythm ‘n’ blues.

This true showman started again from scratch with a single idea: to stand up for the music he loves.
For our closing night, he will be accompanied by Cisco Hezhaft, a tireless adventurer who used to accompany John Lee Hooker when he was just 22.

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Practical Information

Light catering on site Full price: € 25, Discount price: €22 (until 15/06)
3-concert pass available
Don’t forget your seat. Online booking recommended
Information and bookings http://www.helealea.com/evenements
Possible to buy tickets on site (cheques and cash only)