“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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Giorgia at the Porretta Soul Festival

Avery young Giorgia arrives in Porretta for the 1994 edition, accompanied by her father Giulio’s band, Io Vorrei La Pelle Nera. Giulio Todrani, aka Alan Soul, who made his debut with the Julie & Julie duo, then he had created this Rhythm & Blues band.

The band was formed by guitarist Marco Rinalduzzi and organist Maria Grazia Fontana, as well as the young Giorgia, who later became one of the most popular voices on the Italian music scene. The first is a well-known session man, who has collaborated with many Italian artists including Cocciante, Patty Pravo, Mina, Lucio Dalla, Ron, Gianni Morandi, Antonello Venditti, Claudio Baglioni; the second, after a collaboration with Giorgio Gaslini, Noemi and Domenica In has recently become the talent coach of RAI 1 Tale e Quale Show. Giorgia was already a talent. Sharing the stage with some of her myths like Mavis Staples and Rufus Thomas galvanizes her and her show was epic. She played Etta James’ Tell Mama and Eddie Floyd’s Knock On Wood, but it is with Tower Of Power’s Don’t Change The Horses In The Middle Of The Stream that she exceeded herself.

in February 1995 Giorgia participates in the  Sanremo Festival winning it with Come Saprei and the first thing she says to the press was: “Guys! I wanna go back to Porretta!”