“Porretta belongs on every serious blues and soul festival-goer's bucket list, a confluence of positive forces to be honored and treasured.”
Dick Shurman, Paul Harris Living Blues 2017

ART DIRECTOR Graziano Uliani


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Alice Palmieri


Mural #4 Sam Cooke

One of the most important and influential singers in the history of soul. Indeed, many define him as the man who invented soul. Big hits like You Send Me, Twistin ‘the Night Away, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Bring It On Home to Me and “A Change Is Gonna Come” are among his most popular songs. Cooke died at the age of 33 under mysterious circumstances on December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles from three gunshots fired by a motel manager. Charismatic singer and precursor of that crossover that would be the first to break down all racial barriers.

Mural #14 Rufus Thomas

Representing the essence of Memphis music for over 50 years. From vaudeville to rhythm & blues to funky, he was also an example of life for dozens of musicians. First D.J. to broadcast on W.D.I.A., the black radio of Memphis the newcomer Elvis Presley. One of the classics of him Walking The Dog was also taken up by the Rolling Stones. He taught Otis Redding how to move on the stage of the New York Apollo. Among his hits Do the Funky Chicken, Push and Pull and The Dog. Porretta where Rufus Thomas performed 6 times, dedicated the park where the festival takes place to him, while he was still alive. He is the father of Carla and Vaneese Thomas.


Alice Palmieri