The story of BluesShack begins in a cosy local pub, on the corner of a small street, hidden just outside the city centre. In this little cafe, run by volunteers, a group of people come together every third Thursday of the month to celebrate the blues in dance and music. One by one, the people drop in; musicians, dancers, blues music lovers and regulars. They order a drink and find themselves a seat at the bar, a quiet corner in the back or a hotspot on the dancefloor. Soon the band will start playing, the blues dancers are starting to get restless, and the temperature slowly rises. Perfect conditions for a little magic to happen.
On this tiny 5m2 stage, the members of BluesShack met in 2018, and the band slowly started to take on its current form. Since then, the blues dance evenings have led to more and bigger gigs, international attention and shows on blues (dance) festivals. The first album, `Live in Moskou`, was recorded in 2019, and the second one, `Hold on Tight`, was released in the spring of ’21. An album with some great classic blues covers and the band’s first original song, ‘Hold on Tight’ A BluesShack gig, will transport you right back to the old Blues and Jazz Clubs of the 1930s and ’40s. Get enchanted by the jazzy-soul sound of the lead vocalist Loes Jongerling in songs like ‘Stormy Monday’ and ‘The Sky Is Crying’.
The band will pick you right up for some up-tempo swing with ‘My Babe’ or ‘Juke’ lead by a mean harmonica played by Simon Bullock. They will bring you back down with some Delta Blues classics where Ies Wiechers leads with vivid solos on songs like ‘Hoochie Coochie’. The rhythm is in the experienced steady hands of Marcel Poeze on drums. Christian Johanson keeps it cool and funky behind the keys, and we can always count on a groovy bass by Mich Buschman.
Every now and then we get accompanied by Ton Beukelman (Hammond), Wouter van Breugel (Drums) and Jeroen Bresser (Bass). All the mentioned musicians joined the latest album, ‘Hold On Tight’!
Founders Ies Wiechers and Simon Bullock are set to keep the music spontaneous, pure and fun. The band never rehearses a show in advance. All the band members bring a different kind of style and energy to the stage, and that will guarantee a dynamic night out.