There were a few blues bands from The Hague, but the major breakthrough of the blues came from an unexpected corner. From Assen and especially from the village of Grolloo where the now legendary Cuby & the Blizzards came from. Led by founder and lead singer Harry “Cuby” Muskee, the Netherlands suddenly got a serious counterpart for the blues force from England that stormed the continent. Muskee cherished the reputation as the best and most passionate blues singer of the continent until his death. This status continues to this day in his hometown Assen and also in Grolloo where a true museum was even opened, dedicated to him and his Blizzards.
This Festival aims to position itself for this music genre as the Monterey of Europe. It will be the stage where old and especially young blues gods can showcase their talents to the world. Where stars and ambassadors are born. For a musical expression that has been too long and unjustly in the shadows of other music genres. A form of music that will make its breakthrough and get the international recognition it deserves. Finally, many decades later.
And what other place in the Netherlands can best claim that role and with due pride?
It has to be Grolloo, the New Orleans, the Mississippi, the Alabama (or Chicago?) of Europe.
There, during the edition of Holland International Blues Festival on June 3 and 4, 2016, the first step was made towards a grandiose musical adventure. An adventure that will continue on June 9th and 10th 2017.