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Nordic blues explosion

While most people associate the blues with the steamy bayous of  Louisiana and the cotton fields of Mississippi, lovers of the devil´s music may be surprised to hear that there is also a thriving scene in Scandinavia. At the heart of this Nordic blues explosion are the WENTUS BLUES BAND, who hail from Kokkola in central Finland.
And while the pinestudded wilderness of their homeland is about as far as you can get from the jukejoints of the Deep South, there´s no doubting  their musical credentials. Established in 1986, the band have acquired a reputation as the hardest working in Scandinavia and play around 150 gigs a year.
The Wentus Blues Band has toured in 17 different countries, released 10 albums, done several TV-shows, headlined festivals and toured with many great bluesmen. Expect explosive blues and frantic rhythm and blues, played with laid back stylishness.


Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

Here´s the Finnish version of Like A Rolling Stone with Pelle Miljoona and Wentus Blues Band  


Kuoleman Kauppiaat – Video with Paleface / Wentus Blues Band

Video with No 1 Rap-artist Paleface with Wentus Blues Band out on Youtube now! The song Kuoleman Kauppiaat is a new version of the Bob Dylan classic Masters Of War with Finnish Lyrics by Paleface. The song is taken from the Dylan Suomeksi album to be released on Friday 20th of May a few days...


Dylan Suomeksi – Bob Dylan in Finnish

Yhdysvaltalainen laulaja-lauluntekijä Bob Dylan täyttää 75 vuotta toukokuun 24. päivä tänä vuonna. Nippu nimekkäitä suomalaisartisteja haluaa kunnioittaa tätä yhtenä kaikkien aikojen merkittävimpänä pidettyä lauluntekijää julkaisemalla albumillisen Dylanin kappaleita suomeksi laulettuna. Levyllä mukana ovat Anssi Kela, J. Karjalainen, Paleface, Mariska, Mika Kuokkanen & Ninni Poijärvi, Jukka Gustavson, Pelle Miljoona, Eero Raittinen & Tero Pulkkinen, Aija Puurtinen &...


New Video!!

The New Wentus Blues Band album Lucky Strike Mama had received a lot of good reviews and airplay all over Europe.. Especially the song 5 Nights at Freddy´s has received a lot of airplay in Beneleux and France, so we made a video with some live footage from our shows last week in Sweden.. Here...


Support for ZZ Top

Wentus Blues Band will be playing as support for ZZ TOP and WILKO JOHNSON in Seinäjoki on Saturday 16th of July. Throughout the years Wentus has been fortuned to play as support or with many of their heroes and this is definitely a dream come true show. In our early years we used to play...

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“Sitting alone in a dark room with the Family meeting footage, I was moved to tears and laughter over and over again just by watching the musicians that have seen and done it all.”

– Director Heikki Kossi

FAMILY MEETING tells a unique story about people behind music. The film was shot during the fall 2006, in and around the 20th anniversary concert of the Wentus Blues Band, also on their home turf in Ostrobotnia, Finland. It’s a delicious mash-up of backstage life and passionate stage performances. The film features an impressive line-up of rock and blues legends, such as Eddie Kirkland and Louisiana Red, ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Kim Wilson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar Dykes from Omar & The Howlers, Barrence Whitfield, Eric Bibb, Lazy Lester, Sven Zetterberg and Clas Yngström from Sweden, Lester from the States, deep south. All of the above-mentioned guests have a long history with the Wentus Blues Band. The film is about the family meeting of these musicians, joy, tolerance, and above all the immortal, shared moments within the Blues are intertwined. The meeting between the cottonfields of Mississippi and the potatofields of Finland..

This warm hearted story about friends brings a smile to your face and you can not do anything but enjoy the atmosphere. For once everyone is given the chance to experience the feeling of being on stage and backstage together with musicians famous worldwide. Family Meeting is not only an extraordinary film of what being a musician is really about, but it also captures valuable essentials about music from the cultural history
standpoint: “Play that you feel, feel that you play!”

The film is directed by Heikki Kossi, and produced by Mokul Filmi Oy. The film has been funded by the Finnish Film Foundation, AVEK, Svenska Kulturfonden, YLE FST5, SVT Sveriges television and the City of Kokkola.

The Film had it´s Cinemarelease in Finland in November 2007. The Cinemarelease in Sweden started at the Gothenburg Filmfestival 2008 on February 1st.

The Film was nominated for a JUSSI – the finnish version of OSCAR for best documentary 2007 and also nominated for a VENLA – best musicprogram on TV 2008.

Film festivals: Past screenings:
Midnight Sun Film Festival, Sodankylä, Finland, 2007
 – Rakkautta ja Anarkiaa, Helsinki, Finland, 2007 – 
Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden, 2008 – 
Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 2008 – Malmö Filmdagar, Sweden, 2008 – Blue Sea Film Festival, Finland, 2008 
North by Northeast/NXNE, Toronto, Canada 2008 Moffom – Music on Film Film On Music Prague, Czech 2008 CIMM – Chicago International Music & Movies Festival. USA, 2009

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