MIKE SANCHEZ

Mike SanchezBritish singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking suit, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him. The June 2014 authorised biography ‘Mike Sanchez-Big Town Playboy’ by Michael Madden with a foreword by Robert Plant and published by Music Mentor Books is available from Amazon and all good bookstores. Mike has been busy promoting his new book as well as preparing his next new album release Mike Sanchez featuring Albert Lee ‘So Many Routes’ as a follow up to his critically acclaimed album ‘Almost Grown’ featuring Imelda May. Mike spent four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, fronting the band alongside Georgie Fame, Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie Floyd on their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released their album ‘Just for a Thrill’ and a fabulous DVD entitled ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, both featuring Mike’s extensive role as a member of the ex-Rolling Stones bassist’s touring band. In December 2007 Mike was invited to appear as a guest vocalist with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings at one of the most publicised musical events of the year – the Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 Arena, a tribute to the memory of the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records. Mike performed alongside such soul legends as Solomon Burke, Ben E King, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore.

Mike is currently involved in a number of touring line-ups, most notably his 6-piece outfit Mike Sanchez and his Band featuring Tom Bull on guitar, bassist Nick Whitfield (both Tom and Nick hail from Leicester’s Drugstore Cowboys), Mike’s long term drummer Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) and Martin Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison). This band’s performances continuously receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and rockin’ scenes across the UK and Europe. A 2009 recording project was Mike’s second collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen The Beat From Palookaville, creating the hot rockin’ album ‘Babes & Buicks’ out on Mike’s own Doopin Music. In 2003 Mike released a debut 2-hour DVD titled ‘Red Hot …Live!’ featuring live shows of his own 4 and 7-piece band and The Mike Sanchez Rhythm & Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 50s style show starring doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and Imelda May who shortly thereafter became a household name. Mike Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez in London’s East End to Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February 1964. At the age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire in the West Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing a strong love for 50s’ American roots music through his high school years. As a teenager he taught himself guitar and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly trio. Shortly after, Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown and Steve Gibbons’ multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues. Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner’s Andy Fairweather-Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town Playboys for two years in the 1990s. Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood is another good friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans wherever possible. Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic Gene Vincent/Cliff Gallup tribute album ‘Crazy Legs’ with guitar-great Jeff Beck in 1993. The Big Town Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at London’s Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European music festivals, backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Lonnie Brooks, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson, Carey Bell and the great Little Willie Littlefield. Over the years, Mike has also been involved in movie soundtrack producing and recording, most recently for the movie ‘I’ll Be There’ (2003) starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson. The well-established magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike ‘UK Keyboard Player of the Year’ for four consecutive years (2000-2004). Mike’s main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his electrifying stage performances from new and old fans of all age groups across the world. He is now a family man living with his wife Sarah and their baby son Louie Ray in the Sierra Gredos near Madrid considering the next significant step in his colourful career. Latest album release – ‘So Many Routes’ Doopin 05 MIKE SANCHEZ featuring ALBERT LEE released on Mike’s own UK label and on-line store at www.mikesanchez.com.

LADYVETTE

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Combining the charm of old times’ Divas’ and an unexpected female irony, “Ladyvette” create a new style of show mixing new songs in vintage style, the classics of the 80s and 90s pop music reinterpreted in a swing mood and comic sketches.

Learning from the 50’s, a period of great creative renaissance in opposition to the war, three actresses / singers, in this unstable world, decided to laugh in the face of crisis becoming what they always wanted to be:

Sugar, Pepper and Cherry, three little Divas. In two years Ladyvette were guests of the Summer Jamboree, the Summer Vintage Rome, the Casa del Jazz in Rome, Micca Club, Cotton Club, Kino, the Library of Cinema, Fabrique du Cinema , the RAI tv program “Community”, they shot commercials for Wall’s and the movie “Radio Cortile” directed by Francesco Bonelli. They played at the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s in London. Next February they will be part of the tv show “Italia’s got talent”. They collaborate with the british stylist Vivien of Holloway, specializing in 50s clothes. They just made a photoshoot for her clothing line. All the prestigious magazines, like Corriere della Sera and Repubblica, acclaimed them as the ironic Divas of today. They have collaborated with artists such as Giorgio Cuscito, Antonio Sorgentone, “Greg” Gregori and many more. All music and arrangements are by Roberto Gori, winner of a Golden Disc Award 1996 “Nino Rota” in 2010.

SUGAR DADDY AND THE CEREAL KILLERS

sd&ck foto con logo2015The band have been founded in 2009 in Milan by Simone Caputo, aka Sugar Daddy, with the valuable support of the drummer Francis Needham and the double bass player Roberto Boldi at the time involved in some different blues projects since a long time.

The band has gronw including an incisive and very compact brass section, composed by Luigi Napolitano, Roberto Dibitonto, Cosimo Pignataro and with Alessio pamovio at the piano. The result in term of sound is a mix of Rhythm’n’Blues, Jive, Boogie and Rock’n’Roll based on a selection of unreleased songs and covers from Classic Blues, Soul and Swing, written by artists of the caliber of Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Little Richard, and Luis Prima.

The charisma of the singer/guitarist Sugar Daddy and the overall sound of the band provides the audience with the typical energy and impact of the afro-american scene of ’40 and ’50 proposing very animated and engaging live shows.

Sugar Daddy & the Cereal Killers had the occasion to perform a lot of live shows all over the Italian territory and abroad with a story of more than 200 gigs in a few years.

The band have gained the honor to participate some events like Vintage Roots Festival (Ita), the Dolce Vita Vintage Festival (Croatia) and Twist and Shout®, sharing the stage with some actual vintage artists known internationally like Si Cranstoun (UK), Cherry Casino and the Gamblers (GER), Polecats (UK), Roy Collins Hot Club (GER) and Good Fellas (ITA).

In 2014 has been released the brand new LP “Easy Tiger!”, available at Cereal Killers gigs and on the main online music stores

Contacts:

Web: www.cerealkillers.it e-mail: info@cerealkillers.itbooking@cerealkillers.it

Facebook: Sugar Daddy and The Cereal Killers

https://www.facebook.com/sugardaddyandthecerealkillers

Twist And Shout! (ITA)

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Thousand people attend every weekend at their shows all around Italy. Their set is just pure entertainment. They will arrive in the beautiful beach of Rovinj for one show only! After the sensational selling out in all the most important cities of Italy, it comes to Croatia the event that changed the way of dancing of thousands people all over their country!

The advice still is: put on your best suit, polish your shoes , grab your partner by the arm and come to enjoy the most explosive show ever seen in town!

 

 

 

THE JUKE JOINT ROYALS

JB-2014-01-23-00007A seven-member international band, The Juke Joint Royals, can convincingly prove that in Vienna, except for the waltz, you can play great rhythm & blues. This band dedicated itself to the passionate sound of the 40s and 50s. All the same whether it is Boogie, Blues, Jive, Rhythm & Blues or Rock & Roll, the Royals will ignite fireworks made up of well-known classics and lesser-known gems of the legends of that era, such as Louis Jordan, The Treniers, Louis Prima, Big Joe Turner, Bill Haley and others. When The Juke Box Royals play, the earth shakes!

The Juke Joint Royals feel the best on stage where, already from the first notes and with a rolling rhythm section and fiery saxophones, the JBR show thrills the audience and pulls it into the atmosphere of that magnificent musical epoch. The frontman and “The King” JJ Capone is a sovereign ruler and conductor of the heated dance floors, and already after a short time the audience wants one thing only: to dance… dance… dance!

The Royal line-up:

„The King“ JJ Capone    vocals

„The Lord“ Thomas    drums

„The Tzar“ Vanja    bass, backing vocals

„The Duke“ Mathias    guitar, backing vocals

„The Queen“ Šarka    tenor saksofon

„The Count“ Niklas    bariton & tenor saksofon

„The Emperor“ Erich    piano

SWINGERS

Plakat-SWINGERS---galerija-Pepkasa-bez-trakeSwingers are a nine-member band from Zagreb that originally started as a band called Phantoms. Robert Mareković is the one who runs the band that bases its shows on the tradition of American music, swing, jive, rock and roll and twist. They perform the music by artists such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc. Swingers perform in English, Italian, and of course in Croatian. After 15 years of existence, and the experience based on performing in nine countries (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia…), they can single out concerts at the European Championship in football in Geneva in 2008, in Nove Zamky with Gypsy Kings, and thirteen years of continuous New Year’s Eve performances in the most prestigious Munich hotel called Bayerischer Hof. They are also awarded the most valued Croatian Music Award Porin for the album The Melody Haunts – Tribute to Ivo Robić in 2008. This year at Dolce Vita, as a special guest, Marko Tolja will join them on stage!

JOHNNY AND HIS ROCKIN’ TUNES

Johnny & his Rockin TunesThis four-member band specialized in performing the classical and popular repertoire of the ‘50s. With great charm and success, they perform rockabilly, rock and roll and R&B. Their repertoire features heroes such as Bill Haley, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and others. This year their special guest is versatile and unique Mario Petreković!

HENRY

dj HenryHe worked in radio program from approximately 1979.

In the mid-90s on Radio Popolare, he have conducted Shout! together with Gianni Del Savio, famous journalist of black music. Then for a decade, he worked at the Radio Lupo Solitario and now he works with “C’era Una Volta O Rei”, he is in charge of microphone every Thursday on Radio Milan Inter for a program that deals with the nostalgia, street life, subcultures and music associated with them.

He has performed on the DJ sets in the most important Italian clubs. He is also often invited from abroad to present his selections of sixties and fifties (London, Madrid, Barcelona, Valladolid, León, Athens, Larissa, Thessaloniki, Berlin, Frankfurt, Monaco, Munich, Nice, Zurich, Winterthur, Pula, Gothenburg). He was a part of some very famous festivals from International Summer Jamboree in Senigallia, at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Purple Weekend in León, Tear It Up Rockabilly Festival in Pula, Croatia. He is the creator of the historical 2Do The Pop” Friday evening in Milan with the live bands. He collaborated on compilations of sixties music for the Japanese King and compilations like “Holding A Dream” for Boss-A-Tone Records and “Dirty Livin’” for the City Boy Records in the style garage, psychedelic and popsike. As DJ he has collaborated with ZOO MAGAZINE and CALVIN KLEIN and ZEGNA. He has been active as music journalist at known magazines such as Il Buscadero, Jam, Noise, Namboree and The Blues-Founder of ROLLIN’ and Tumblin’ R&B CLUB, the evening Shanty Town (Ska&Northern Soul) and the evening On The Real Side specially on sounds and soul of LA Psychedelica Company (Freakbeat- Garage-Popsike-Progressive-Psychedelic), of MilanoMods. Every week he organize’s concerts in clubs in Milan, giving the possibility to the whole scene fifties/ sixties/ vintage Italian to perform live. In 1996, at the Blueshouse Milan, he organized the thirtieth anniversary of the Italian Beat. For years he worked in the record company. He was label manager at White’n’Black, where he was in charge of obtaining the exclusive foreign labels for the Italian market. Afterwards he worked at Venus, where he was managing online sales of the entire catalog of Italian progressive music.

PIERRE LA QUA

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Girls watch out!!! The hottest strollers, wildest rhythm’n’blues and knee shakin’ jivers will let every womans heart beat a little higher. When DJ Pierre La Qua is spinning the wax, the dancefloor is heating up! He is rockin’ and rollin’ the floors since more than 20 years with hot rhythm ‘n’ blues, wild boppin’ rockabilly, groovin’ western swing, the jives of the 40’s and 50’s and some unforgettable strollin” soul-tunes. When the dance floor is starting to get crazy, be sure, it’s Pierre!

TOMO RICOV

Tomo RicovThe pioneer of vintage scene in Croatia. He organized the first rock ’n’ roll party in Zagreb, in the mid-1980s. He was the editor and host of numerous retro radio shows, as well as club programmes, from the legendary Blue Moon in Kulušić to Pepermint Twist in Pepermint. He is the founder of the Dolce Vita Festival.

ROBERT MAREKOVIĆ

Robert MarekovicHe is best known for his radio shows on Croatian Radio 2, “Povratak u budućnost” and “Dolcevita”. At the legendary Blue Moon programme he established himself as a DJ. He has most often performed in Zagreb and München. He has also hosted the recent Pepermint Twist programme at club Pepermint, in the centre of Zagreb. His repertoire covers the 50s, rockabilly, R&B, twist and the beat wave of the 60s.

BRONCO

bronco1Started DJ-ing at the early age of 16 in clubs in his home town of Zagreb, a year later had his own radio show and has been DJ-ing ever since. He started in many club nights in Zagreb and also DJed in Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Czech Republic, and many other places spreading the gospel of rock n’ roll. This passionate record collector, music lover and all around party animal will get you skippin’, boppin’, jumping, jiving, strolling and shaking your ass to the rockiest tunes when he’s spinning the wax! Preeeacchh!

GOGO

djgogoDJ Gogo plays all kinds of 50’s and early 60’s music (rockabilly, rock’n’roll, hillbilly, country, soul, rhythm and blues). For now he plays only from cd’s and sometimes combines with vinyl. Usually he plays at all kinds of rockabilly and rock’n’roll parties in the region (Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland etc.). Last year he played at Big Rhythm Rumble festival in Germany and he also plays every year at Tear It Up Festival in Croatia.

MARTIN 13

martin13 1 BT(2)Born in 1977, a year that Elvis died and punk exploded. He devoted his life to music at an early age and started maniacally buying rock ‘n’ roll records. Specialized in rockabilly, swing and rock’n’roll his DJ debut was at Gromka, Metelkova Ljubljana, Slovenia almost ten years ago. Since then he was responsible for the swing dance craze in Ljubljana and has dee jayed at more than 500 record hops in Slovenia as well as abroad (Norway, Croatia, Austria etc.). He is one of the resident DJs at Slovenia’s famous rock club Orto Bar where he and his friends host Rock’n’Roll Saturday Nights every week. When he is not DJing he promotes rockabilly music, books bands and releases albums by bands such as EightBomb and The Bananas on his own record label Street13.

 

 

* DOLCE VITA 2015 reserves the right to change or modify Program

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Friday

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    Dolce Vita StageMain Square Rovinj

    Pepermint LoungeOld Factory

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Saturday

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    Dolce Vita StageMain Square Rovinj

    Pepermint LoungeOld Factory

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Sunday

    Vanjski StageOld Factory

    Dolce Vita StageMain Square Rovinj

    Pepermint LoungeOld Factory

    Rockin' RoomOld Factory