Byron Bay Bluesfest

10 Collabs Between Artists From the Bluesfest 2017 You Must Watch!

15 September 2016

From the sensational 25 stacked bill announced for Bluesfest 2017 so far, we’ve discovered a bunch of artists that have in fact worked together and performed together.  Some years at Bluesfest, artists jump up on stage together....wonder if this is an indication of what’s to come this Easter.

Check out some of these performances and let us know which cameos you’d like to see this Easter in the comments below!

 1. Mavis Staples, Joan Osbourne and Bonnie Raitt

 Mavis Staples, Joan Osborne and Bonnie Raitt perform ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’ - a song Mavis reveals was ‘one she first learnt to sing with her family’, a popular Christian hymn written in 1907.

  2. Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt

Mavis Staples and Bonnie Raitt also teamed up and performed the same song for a Austin City Limits TV taping!

 3. Mavis Staples and Billy Bragg

Mavis Staples invited Billy Bragg up to join her and band at The Fillmore, San Francisco for a rousing version of the Band's classic, ‘The Weight’, a song she has also performed with Wilco, Elivs Costello and Nick Lowe.

 4. Dumpstaphunk and Trombone Shorty

Funk masters, Dumpstaphunk invited Troy Andrews aka Trombone Shorty up onstage for their performance of the ‘ Meanwhile’ ( from 9:00mins) – people, we are in for one helluva funky time this Easter!

 5. Laura Mvula and Snarky Puppy

Laura Mvula performs with Snarky Puppy for her beautiful song 'Sing to the Moon' – what a phenomenal combo!

 6. Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter

And speaking of a great combo, Laura Mvula teamed up with Gregory Porter for ‘Water Under Bridges’ from Gregory’s album ‘Liquid Spirit’. Some electric onstage energy in this performance. Goosebumps!


 7. Booker T. and Mavis Staples

There’s no one more suitable than Booker T. to play keys for Mavis Staples at her White House performance of ‘I’ll Take You There’...


 8. Booker T. and Buddy Guy

And jamming on the Hammond for Buddy Guy (and Jeff Beck) as part of the White House Band!


 9. Beth Hart and Bonnie Raitt

Buddy Guy was honoured back in 2012 at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors with both Beth Hart and Bonnie Raitt + friends jumping up to perform ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, which was hailed ‘one of the best performances at the Kennedy Center Honors yet’.



10. Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band

 Has a father and son feel to it this one. Music kindreds Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown not miss a beat. Let's hope they recreate this onstage at Bluesfest 2017. 


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