12th Vienna Blues Spring Festival March 20 - April 30 2016

From a media release:

12th Vienna Blues Spring Festival
March 20 - April 30, 2016

Check out the program

Going to be in or around Vienna over the next six weeks or so? You're probably thinking "opera" - but Vienna has the blues too, with the world’s longest-running blues festival coming up. Hundreds of musicians fill various venues across Vienna with all variations of the genre during Vienna Blues Spring from 20 March to 30 April.

There’s classic Delta and Chicago blues, rock and soul blues, as well as boogie, interpreted by international stars and the best of the Viennese scene.

The opening gala will be held on 20 March at the Theater Akzent, with the Mojo Blues Band taking over the reins for “A Soulful Journey from New Orleans to Chicago”.

Most of the concerts are held at the Reigen. They include Louisiana Bluesman Larry Garner (pictured; Mar 22), the Rob Togoni Trio (Mar 25), Natascha Flamisch (April 1) and local blues giant Norbert Schneider (April 8) who is honoring Vienna Blues Spring with his presence once again. Conny Lush (April 13) and Ian Siegal are traveling over from Great Britain, with the latter joining up to perform with American Jimbo Mathus (April 25). Ryan McGarvey, born in the US state of New Mexico, plays great guitar and is currently winning massive acclaim (April 30).

Larry Garner - photo by Dietmar Hoscher
Martin Pyrker and Joachim Palden are inviting guests to a “Boogie Night on 2 Bösendorfers” at the Radio Kulturhaus: Sabine Pyrker provides the rhythms, Betty Semper the vocals, with Tom Müller on the saxophone (April 27).

Other gigs will be held at the House of Music where Hermann Posch and guests will play.  He is a poster child of the domestic scene, whose slide play on the guitar is considered excellent.

This is how the blues feeling is created in the midst of springtime in Vienna.

While you're there...

House of Music (Haus der Musik)
The Sound Museum
Seilerstätte 30 , 1010 Wien
+43 1 513 48 50 - info@hdm.at
Haus der Musik is an interactive sound museum which provides a new approach to music on a playful as well as scientific level. For the last 15 year the aim has been to provide knowledge and understanding as well as open-mindedness and enthusiasm when dealing with music. Since its opening in 2000, Haus der Musik has welcomed over 2,7 million visitors.

Schönbrunn Palace by Arian Weger
Hotel Picks:

Hotel Viktoria
Address: Eduard-Klein-Gasse 9, 1130 Wien, Austria
Phone:+43 1 8771150
This well-reviewed 3-star hotel is in a convenient location close to the venues and a mere 3-minute walk from Hietzing U-bahn station. The family-run hotel is also 11 minutes on foot from Tiergarten Schönbrunn (zoo) and 1 km from Schloss Schönbrunn (castle).

Parkhotel Schönbrunn 
Address: Hietzinger Hauptstraße 10-16, 1130 Wien, Austria
Phone:+43 1 87804
If you're in the mood and have the budget for a treat, this 4-star hotel boasts charmingly ornate architecture and a palatial ambience. Just a 10-minute walk from the 18th-century Schönbrunn Palace, the hotel dates from 1907 and is only 6 km from the Vienna State Opera and 10 km from St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Sydney Ellis is the special guest vocalist for opening night