Celebrating its 28th year, Bluesfest present another glorious round of shows before and after the festival which have become as legendary and popular as the festival itself.
St Paul & The Broken BonesThe Alabama sextet set souls on fire at the 2016 festival with their blistering horn-driven sound and vocalist Paul Janeway's powerful voice and lyricism.
Blending slow '60s soul with modern influences such as Sly Stone and Prince , St Paul & the Broken Bones present a frenzied, high-energy set punctuated by Paul's vocal mastery and on-stage theatrics.
St Paul & The Broken Bones Sideshows
Wed 12 Apr - The Triffid (Brisbane)
Wed 19 Apr - The Metro (Sydney)
Thu 20 Apr - 170 Russell (Melbourne)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans AvenueBrass prodigy and New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the tender age of six, and by the time he was a teenager had toured the world with countless bands and even Lenny Kravitz.
His 2010 debut album 'Backatown' was nominated for a Grammy and his latest album 'Say That To Say This', released in 2013, features jazz and funk elements from his hometown.
Now leader of his own band, Orleans Avenue, Trombone Shorty is set to blow up stages with his brassy funk/rock/jazz/hip hop blend.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Sideshows
Mon 10 Apr - The Metro (Sydney)
Tue 11 Apr - 170 Russell (Melbourne)
Roy AyersVibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers is ubiquitous to the funk and soul genres. Known as the Godfather Of Neo-Soul, he produced classic tracks such as 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine', which has been sampled by modern R&B artists like Mary J. Blige and Mos Def.
He produced the iconic soundtrack for the 1973 Blaxploitation film 'Coffy' and also performed on Whitney Houston's 1988 hit, 'Love Will Save The Day'.
Roy Ayers is acid jazz at its absolute finest and not to be missed.
Roy Ayers Sideshows
Sun 9 Apr - The Croxton (Melbourne)
Tue 11 Apr - The Basement (Sydney)
Joan OsborneIn the '90s she asked 'what if God was one of us?' and now Joan Osborne is a highly-sought after recording artist with seven Grammy nominations under her belt.
The singer-songwriter responsible for the anthemic 1995 hit 'One Of Us', Joan presents a soul revue set for her sideshows where she'll perform the R&B and soul hits of Motown.
See and hear one of music's acclaimed performers play her versions of songs like 'Midnight Train To Georgia', 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Heat Wave' in a special intimate performance.
Joan Osborne Sideshows
Sun 16 Apr - The Basement (Sydney)
Wed 19 Apr - The Croxton (Melbourne)
The StrumbrellasCanadian alt. country/indie rocker The Strumbellas celebrate their Bluesfest 2017 debut with two sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.
They released their debut album 'My Father And The Hunter' in 2012, followed in quick succession by 'We Still Move On Dance Floors' a year later.
Promising bigger and bolder sounds, The Strumbellas released latest album 'Hope' this year, with single 'Spirits' becoming an instant sing-along crowd favourite.
The Strumbellas Sideshows
Sun 16 Apr - Northcote Social Club (Melbourne)
Mon 17 Apr - Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)