AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
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The line up includes Apocalyptica, Harry Tavitian, dEUS and Jean-Luc Ponty. Apocalyptica, Deus and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty head the bill of the Stufstock Festival that started on Thursday in Vama Veche and which is set to end on Saturday night. 11 foreign bands and 15 Romanian bands will take part in the three-day festival. A total number of 17 bands will perform on the main stage located in Marina Park. Likewise, 9 young bands will perform on a stage located on the Spice Club secondary beach.
Jean Luc Ponty The famous metal-violinists from Apocalyptica head the bill, having already opened the festival yesterday, followed by the dEUS (August 15) which will present its new ‘Vantage Point’ album, an album launched in April 2008 in Europe, and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (August 16), the one that accompanied Frank Zappa in a fusion jazz-rock project. Stufstock started six years ago as a protest concert, eventually reaching the maturity of a full-fledged festival. The guests that will perform on Stufstock’s main stage come from the most various geographic and musical areas: Air Traffic – indie rock from Great Britain; Konqistador – rock from Australia; Gradwohl – jazz-rock from Austria; Kora Jazz Trio – jazz from Africa. In parallel with the performances on the main stage, a mini-festival for young and very young bands will occur simultaneously. Spice Club will host that project this year. Bands that sing alternative-indie, electro, hip-hop, new-prog and grunge styles have been selected.
Kora Jazz Trio According to the organizers, no live broadcast will take place this year, the show set to be recorded and broadcast at a later date. Crowfish, Konqistador, Survolaj, Apocalyptica, Air Traffic and The Amsterdam sang on the first day of the festival. Persona, Byron, ExNN, dEUS, Kultur Shock, Gerald Gradwohl Trio and The Pixels will sing on Friday. The Others, Farfarello, Harry Tavitian/Cserey Csaba, Jean-Luc Ponty and His Band, Nguyen Le and Kora Jazz Trio will close the festival on Saturday night.
Harry Tavitian Stufstock is an event initiated by the ‘Save Vama Veche’ movement whose goal is to save the seaside resort’s original atmosphere.