Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels September 1963 concert flyer
Original first printing double-sided concert flyer advertising the American Folk Blues Festival at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels [Belgium] on Sunday, 29th September, 1963. Performing artists included Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bill Stepney, Willie Dixon, Matt Guitar Murphy, Memphis Slim, and Big Joe Williams. It was legendary Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau who were responsible for the festival since its start back in 1962 where they stuck upon the idea of bringing a cross section of American blues musicians to Europe for a package tour. Dubbed “The American Folk Blues Festival,” the shows were a major success and played a vital role in exposing American roots music to a new and appreciative audience abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, where the concerts proved to be a significant eye-opener for the founding members of the British blues-rock boom. Lippman and Rau turned the tour into an annual event and, fortunately, arranged for their artists to appear on a series of television specials recorded for German television.
The flyer measures 14.4 x 19.9 cm and is printed in purple and black inks on thin, uncoated card stock. In excellent unfolded and unmarked condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the flyer available on request.
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