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powerful voices and the history of the blues in concert at the Soblues Festival

For this 11th edition at Le Mans from December 2 to 5, the autumn jazz festival “Le Soblues” has some great surprises in store for the public through concerts of international sizes for enthusiasts and two shows to immerse themselves in history. blues for the youngest!

Three powerful and unique voices: Kaz Hawkins pays homage to Etta James, his idol.

The singer with solar charisma will perform songs from her tribute album to Etta James entitled “Memories of” which she recorded during confinement. This Irish singer from Belfast has had a difficult life. A former drug addict, she tells her story and thanks the policeman, the doctor and her mother for having saved her and helped her in her song “Lipstick & Cocaine”.

Lipstick and Cocaine



©Kaz Hawkins

The African diva Angélique Kidjo in a concert event at Le Mans!

Four times winner of the Grammy Awards, Angélique Kidjo is today one of the greatest artists in international music. A true performer, her striking voice, stage presence and multicultural influences make her one of Africa’s most influential women. She knew how to mix the traditional African sounds of her childhood in Benin with American RnB, funk and jazz sounds, and influences from Europe and Latin America. Back on stage, she will offer a brand new repertoire linked to her new album released in June 2021 “Mother Nature”. On the occasion of the International Environment Day celebrated on June 5, Angélique Kidjo and Sting used their voices to alert younger generations to current environmental issues in the title Mother Nature:

Angelique Kidjo and Sting perform the title Mother Nature (Official Clip)



©Angelique Kidjo

A concert to discover on Saturday December 4 at 8:30 p.m. at the Palais des Congrès et de la Culture in Le Mans – 20 to 36 euros

And Peaches Staten in the Chicago Blues festival!

The principle of the Chicago Blues Festival, for more than fifty years, consists in inviting for a European tour a musician representative of the current scene of Chicago and to invite at his sides instrumentalists-singers outstanding and always a singer. After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Chicago Blues Festival is back this fall with the singer’s energy Peaches Staten, from the madness of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials and the passion of the pianist Ken Saydak.

To discover on Friday December 3 at 8:30 p.m. at the Palais des Congrès et de la Culture in Le Mans – 13 to 27 euros

For the youngest, the festival proposes to follow the history of the blues during two mornings and afternoons through two youth concerts: Les Bellies de Coton or the life of Charley Patton…

Cyril Maguyguitarist and singer and Mathieu Péqueriau on the harmonica and the washboard, a bowed musical instrument that appeared in New Orleans, immerse you in the atmosphere of the cotton fields of Mississippi in the United States in the 1900s and in the history of the blues with that of Charley Patton considered the “father of the delta blues” and one of the best-known figures in American popular music. He traveled from town to town from Texas to Illinois and became popular. Charley Patton on stage was not content to just play pieces of music but he offered his audience a total show where he did not hesitate to clown around, juggle his guitar and challenge the spectators.

To be seen on Thursday December 2 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Palais des Congrès et de la Culture in Le Mans. 4 euros, reservation with Jeunesse Musicale de France

My name is Charly, born in the cotton fields



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… or Smiling Blues, a Le Mans creation

Sylvain Couedel and Astrid Veignetwo musicians from Le Mans offer this musical journey from the roots of the blues to today’s music, from Son House to Robert Johnson, from Etta James to Nina Simone to Prince… They wanted to share their passion for this music was born in the United States around the Mississippi River delta, whose origins go back to the “worksongs”, these songs which were used to restore courage to slaves.

To be seen on Friday December 3 at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Palais des Congrès et de la Culture in Le Mans. 4 euros, reservation with Jeunesse Musicale de France

The Soblues Festival is an event organized by the Le Mans Jazz association and supported by France 3 Pays de la Loire. Find all the information on the Le Mans Jazz website.

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