Poduene Blues Band is a Bulgarian blues and rock’n’roll band formed in the 80`s by the composer, songwriter, guitar-, drums- and harmonica-player Vasil Georgiev (also known as Vasko The Patch).
The band is famous for its songs, which contain ideas against the communist regime in Bulgaria, expressing the will of freedom of a whole generation. The band can be seen at all demonstrations, barricades and other events, organized by the democratic opposition in the late 80s. In these memorable years in Bulgaria Vasko the Patch writes and sings songs, which truly express the whole generations’ striving for freedom and thus he becomes one of the symbols of change. At the same time he promotes his own style and he makes the way of blues in Bulgaria, as he is the creator of the first serious blues formation here. He attracts excellent musicians and his music is an unusual mixture of sincerity, hippie unconventionalism, sharp tongue, serious arrangements and instrumental improvisations. Thus Poduene Blues Band becomes the best post-communist Bulgarian rock and blues formation.
Fame and success are followed by the endless tours all around Bulgaria and abroad - in all kinds of places, where it is possible and impossible to play: from the prison in Buhovo to Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture, from a roof on “Garibaldi” Square to the basement of “La Strada” theatre, from the barricades in Dupnitza to the concert at Bill Clinton’s arrival in Sofia, from acoustic concerts for sick children and orphans to noisy festivals of bikers, from the small Eddy’s club to Super Blues Festival -Bucurest 95 with John Mayall as a headliner , where Poduene Blues Band play in front of five thousand people and they are called for an encore three times, from the roof of a moving bus at the festival of old motor vehicles in Plovdiv to Rothmans Blues Fest - Bourgas’99, where headliners are The Blues Brothers Band, from The Festival of Beer in Sofia to the Haineken Brewery in Amsterdam, from the school for diplomats in Bonn to the prison in Koln, from Jazzgalerie in Bonn - Germany to Jazz House in Kansas city, from the basement in Poduene to Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago…
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