Every spring the entire Moscow is singing! A Cappella International Festival takes place in the city as a part of the Moscow Seasons street events. Solo performers and vocal groups from all over the world are singing at the most unusual concert venues across city. This year I was lucky to see and photograph 3 great bands who are very different from each other and each of them has their unique style.
The Alley Cats, a sunny Doo Wop group from the sunny California. All of their shows are absolutely amazing, full of great sound, positive vibes and tight harmonies. They are performing hits of the 1950 and 60s. It is always a pleasure to see them and listen to their music. Audience loves this band so much, that’s why they won a fan favorite prize!
Just 6 is an amazing band from Johannesburg, South Africa. They are singing some traditional African tunes which sound very unique and some kind of psychedelic. The band is appreciated for their crisp vocals and unforgettable melodies. These guys walked away with the Second Place Prize. 🙂
Six Appeal Vocal band from Minneapolis, USA won Grand Prize this year as well as last year. Their shows are always very dynamic and energetic, their sound is electrifying and fresh. Both the band and audience are having much fun singing along and dancing!
Mike has his own unique style which combines blues rock, psychedelic rock, delta blues, Chicago style blues. His live shows are really worth to experience, because they are filled with unique music, powerful voice, virtuosic guitar playing, great sound quality and charismatic performance. Mike takes listeners on a detailed history tour of incredible music beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment.
Mike has been working with many musicians including Black Crowes founder Rich Robinson and country legend Steve Earle. His own albums sound really fantastic and inspiring, it’s absolutely necessary to check them out for every fan of great unique and stylish music.
Maslenitsa, also known as a Pancake week, is celebrated on the last week before the Great Lent. It is a symbol of Russian folk festivals full of fun, games and of course different kinds of pancakes! Today Russia celebrates Maslenitsa the old way showing the original traditions and history to the young generation and tourists of course. Public spaces are decorated with straw, stalls with national food, bright and colorful carousels etc. Also there are different kinds of performances held everywhere in the streets. Maslenitsa ends with the burning of the figure of the Winter, symbolically it means the end of winter cold and the beginning of the spring. Maslenitsa ends with the burning of the figure of the Winter, symbolically it means the end of winter cold and the beginning of the spring.
A very talented young musician Quinn Sullivan usually joins his mentor Buddy Guy on stage at Legends during Buddy’s residency in January, this year wasn’t an exception! Also Quinn was playing his own set, opening for Buddy. It’s a great pleasure to see him performing, he is a great blues guitar player, but he also tries to mix different music styles, improvising and always developing his skills. Quinn is 19 years old, but he has already shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa and opened for B.B. King. It seems that he is playing guitar all the time, on and off stage, which makes him a great professional! Quinn definitely enjoys playing for the audience, and the audience definitely enjoys seeing him play, listening to his music.