The Bellrays

BellRays FB Banner fév-marsBlues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. Quand émotion et énergie, expérience et talent brut, esprit et intellect, se rencontrent, c’est là que des choses passionnantes se produisent. Bob Vennum et Lisa Kekaula ont créé les BellRays en 1991, mais ils ne pensaient pas vraiment à tout cela alors. Ils voulaient faire de la musique et ils voulaient se sentir bien. Ils voulaient que les gens aient ENVIE de se lever, aient BESOIN de se lever, et voir ensuite ce qui pouvait se passer. Se forger une opinion. Réagir. Ils ont donc pris tout ce qu’ils connaissaient : les Beatles, Stevie Wonder, les Who, les Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, les DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, pour ne citer qu’eux. Il n’a jamais été question de créer un «son», ou d’appartenir à une « scène ». Il était juste question de l’énergie qui a fait que toute cette musique est si irrésistible. C’est l’histoire d’AVANT Led Zeppelin qui les a conduit à ce qu’ils sont devenus. Les Beatles pensaient qu’ils jouaient du Rythm’N’Blues, c’est devenu «Rubber Soul». Les Ramones essayaient d’être Del Shannon ou Neil Sedaka et il en est sorti «Rocket to Russia». Avec les BellRays il n’y pas eu un effort conscient de combiner rock et soul parce qu’ils ne les ont jamais considéré comme divisés. Le Blues était le prof, le Punk était le prêtre, et les BellRays ont bien écouté la leçon…

Blues is the teacher. Punk is the preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide.Bob and Lisa made the BellRays happen in 1991 but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React. So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, to name a very few and pressed it into service. It was never about coming up with a ‘sound’, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the energy that made all that music so irresistible. It was the history BEFORE Led Zeppelin that led them to that point. The Beatles thought they were playing R&B. It just came out like ‘Rubber Soul’. The Ramones were trying to be Del Shannon or Neil Sedaka and out came ‘Rocket to Russia’. With the BellRays there was no conscious effort to ‘combine’ rock and soul because they didn’t see them as divided in the first place. Blues was teaching. Punk was preaching. The BellRays were always listening …

Bob&Lisa 2018

The BellRays are back in EU for an extensive tour supporting
their new album PUNK FUNK ROCK SOUL Vol.2.

DENMARK ! NL ! GERMANY ! FRANCE ! PRAGUE !
WIEN ! ZAGREB ! SERBIA ! SLOVENIA ! ITALY !

Tickets are on sale now >>>
May 22 – DK – Copenhagen Loppen Tickets
May 23 – DK – Esbjerg Tobakken     Tickets
May 24 – DK – Aalborg 1000Fryd    Tickets
May 25 – DE – Hamburg Goldener Salon   Tickets
May 26 – NL – Den Haag Sniester festival @ Paard Van Troje Tickets
May 28 – F – Brest Le P’tit Minou Tickets >> TBA
May 29 – F – Nantes Stereolux        Tickets
May 30 – F – Clermont-Ferrand Bombshell   Tickets
June 1 – F – Guyancourt La Batterie   Tickets
June 2 – F – Clénay Wanagain Festival   Tickets
June 3 – DE – Weinheim Café Central   Tickets
June 4 – DE – Stuttgart Goldmark’s      Tickets
June 5 – DE – Essen Freakshow           Tickets
June 6 – NL – Groningen Vera             Tickets
June 7 – NL – Utrecht dB’s                   Tickets
June 8 – NL – Eindhoven Café Wilhelmina Tickets
June 9 – DE – Frankfurt AU Fest
June 10 – DE – Berlin Wild At Heart      Tickets
June 12 – CZ – Prague Rock Café           Tickets >> TBA
June 13 – AT – Vienna Arena               Tickets
June 14 – HR – Zagreb Hard Place     Tickets >> TBA
June 15 – SRB – Belgrade Bad Music Boogaloo Festival
June 16 – SRB – Kladovo Border Rock Festival
June 17 – SRB – Novi Sad Fabrika
June 19 – SI – Ilirska Bistrica MKNZ
June 20 – IT – Brescia Latteria Molloy
June 21 – IT – Arco (Trento) Festa Della Musica
June 22 – IT – Fontanafredda Astro club
June 23 – IT – Sezzadio Cascina Bellaria      Tickets
June 24 – IT – Torino Blah Blah
June 27 – IT – Viareggio, Lucca GOB
June 28 – IT – Roma Traffic
June 29 – IT – Pescara INDIEROCKETFESTIVAL    Tickets
June 30 – IT – Marina Di Ravenna Hana Bi

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