By Rosine Alleva and Jose Oliveira, Journalist-Photographers, Rock At Night France, Switzerland.
Music will take over Basel, Switzerland from October 21st to November 9th
BALOISE SESSION is pleased to annonce the 32th edition of their wonderful Swiss Festival.
As always, the programming is magnificent and will feature performances with CHRIS REA, KOOL & THE GANG, NELLY FURTADO, MADNESS, MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND, GILBERTO GIL and many more. But the big star of this year edition will be ALICIA KEYS performing 2 days in a row ! The BALOISE SESSION keeps providing an unrivaled entertainment in a very intimate ambient which is also part of its particularity.
Each of the evenings will please everyone and music promises to make people travel around the world!
At the time of this writing, most of the tickets have been sold!
Discover some of the artists who will perform :
CHRIS REA, the artist who sold 30 million albums, known for many hit songs like Josephine or Let’s Dance, will open this 32th edition, and will present his new ballads album “Road Songs for Lovers”. He will be supported by IMELDA MAY for this opening night. She performed with many artists, including Jeff Beck present at the Baloise Session 2016.
The rockabilly singer will come with a brand new soul, blues rock style and will present her new album «Life, Love, Flesh, Blood».
NELLY FURTADO, the Portuguese-Canadian singer and songwriter with her new release “The Ride” first gained fame with two top 10 singles; “I’m Like a Bird” and “Turn Off the Light” from her her debut album “Whoa, Nelly!”
MADNESS, no need to present the famous English ska band from London anymore. Formed in the late seventies, with 15 singles in the charts, they still perform with the original line-upand will present their last album “Can’t touch us now”
MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND
The rock English band, formed by the South African Manfred Mann in 1971 will perform on the same “Mad Mann’s” evening. Mick Rodgers is the other musician from the original line-up. The band has been very innovative introducing Afro elements into rock music.
KOOL & THE GANG The American funk and rhythm and blues band sold 70 million records and had the most disco hits in the 70’s! Who doesn’t know their songs…
They still make the old fans and now the new generations rush on the dance floor and will for decades to come! No doubt it will be a big celebration!
is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He innovated a musical style incorporating influences of Rock music, Brazilian styles including samba, African music and reggae. It will be a wonderful way to travel the world.
ALICIA KEYS, the superstar of the Swiss Festival with two sold out evenings! She sold 30 million records, received 15 Grammys. She is not only a wonderful singer, songwriter or pianist but also producer and actress ! Among the greatest artists of the 21st century, her style includes contemporary R&B, Soul, Hip-hop and Jazz.
Alicia Keys will be supported by two wonderful and “ local” female singers:
Ira May, the soul-pop singer from Basel will offer her beautiful voice on the first evening and the alternative pop Annie Goodchild from New York (living now in Basel) will open on the second evening.
For the complete Festival line-up, show times, tickets availabilities and other informations, visit www.baloisesession.ch
Photos Courtesy of Baloise Session
From Belgian and Italian parents, I grew up with music, dance and big fun! I love singing since I'm a little girl, I still am, haha. When I was 14, I saw my first concert: T-Rex. Later it was FrankZappa, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Fela, Canned Heat, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Earth, Wind and Fire ....
I dreamed to have a chat with each of them 😀 Before interviewing bands, I used to sing (and still do) and met lots of great musicians. I had the chance to be the support band to Joe Cocker in 2007. I love to communicate and meet people (Italian blood).
Working for magazine, a few years ago, l met José Oliveira! We were working at the same festival in Colmar. 2 people from the South with the same passion just recognized each other...and we stayed in contact since then. Here I am! Enjoying concerts, covering interviews and articles with José for Rock at Night!!