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13 sideshows to quench your Bluesfest FOMO

Can't make it to Byron Bay for Bluesfest? Snap up tickets to these sideshows instead

Whether you're in the mood for neo-soul with Corinne Bailey Rae, ukelele stylings with Jake Shimabukuro or R'n'B gems with Mary J Blige, there's bound to be a Bluesfest sideshow to pique your interests. 

Gregory Porter

2017 Grammy award winning jazz musician Gregory Porter is celebrating the release of Take Me to the Ally, the much-anticipated follow-up to his 2013 debut Liquid Spirit, with a performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

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Melbourne Recital Centre , Southbank Tuesday April 11 2017

Joan Osborne

A highly sought after collaborator and guest performer, Joan Osborne has performed alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith during her illustrious career. This April she’s headed to Australia to play Byron Bay Bluesfest and a headline show at the Croxton.

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Croxton Park Hotel , Thornbury Wednesday April 19 2017

Miles Electric Band

The ten-member Miles Electric Band is made up of former bandmates of jazz great Miles Davis and Grammy-winning musicians. They're hitting Australia for the first time and will be complementing their Bluesfest appearance with a special sideshow at Hamer Hall.

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Hamer Hall , Southbank Friday April 14 2017 - Saturday April 15 2017

Rhiannon Giddens

Hitting our shores for her second straight performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest, US musician and two-time Grammy award winner Rhiannon Giddens will bring her solo stylings to the Corner Hotel come April.

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The Corner Hotel , Richmond Tuesday April 11 2017

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the scene in 1979 with her hit ‘Chuck E’s in Love’. With a career that spans decades, genres and two Grammy wins, Jones is set to bring her honest storytelling to Melbourne for an intimate performance.

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Melbourne Recital Centre , Southbank Friday April 7 2017

Roy Ayers

American vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers is among the most respected jazz and R’n’B artists of all time. This charismatic performer will play the Croxton Bandroom on Sunday April 9 in the lead-up to his performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest. 

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Croxton Park Hotel , Thornbury Sunday April 9 2017