The beginnings of interests in blues in SuwaƂki reach back to the 1970’s when young groups imitated bands from England. But the beginning of 1980’s was the moment when the age of blues began in SuwaƂki. It was the moment when Browar Blues Band (Brewery Blues Band) appeared on blues stage. The group worked at Voivodeship Cultural Centre of that time. The musicians themselves say that owing to such people as Alicja Anuszkiewicz, Ɓucja Wardach and BoĆŒena Wasilewska form Voivodeship Cultural Centre of SuwaƂki they had opportunities to develop and play concerts. The group took part in The Festival of Music of Young Generation in

Jarocin in 1981 and in 1983 they also took part in some other events which were significant at that time including: Olsztyn Blues Nights or Autumn with Blues in BiaƂystok. 

Good reviews were followed by invitations for concerts and recording sessions for Polish Radio Channel 4 in BiaƂystok. In 1983, the group with Janusz Jurgielewicz – a new vocalist and Andrzej Zduniuk – on guitar played in Jarocin once more. One of band’s songs “Kociamber blues” was presented in a blues radio programme titled “A Whiter Shade of Blues”. In 1984, the group played at “1st Olsztyn Blues Nights”, they also gave concerts in PoznaƄ and Warsaw. In the years 1985–1986, Zygmunt Szulc was band’s drummer. BBB played with such bands as DĆŒem, Kasa Chorych, Ogrod WyobraĆșni, Easy Rider and TSA. In 1987, the group was dissolved. ...

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Pictures: Impression of the 5th edition of Suwalki’s Blues Festival © Suwalki Blues Festival