“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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Info: www.porrettasoulfestival.it
Tickets: www.vivaticket.it
Thursday – 35€ | Friday – 35€ | Saturday – 35€ | Sunday – 35€
4 days pass – 90€
3 days pass – 75€

Thursday July 21, 8 pm

Dear James Brown
Fred Wesley & The New JB’s
Martha High & The Italian Royal Family
Leon Beal & Luca Giordano Band

Friday July 22, 8pm

J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s
Selassie Burke
John Ellison
Chick Rodgers

Saturday July 23, 8pm

Johnette & Scott
Curtis Salgado Band
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Larry Sprigfield
Ernie Johnson
Terrie Odabi

Sunday July 24, 7pm

Ural Thomas & The Pain
Johnette & Scott
Curtis Salgado Band
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra
Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s
Larry Springfield
Ernie Johnson
John Ellison
Selassie Burke
Terrie Odabi
Chick Rodgers


From Thursday July 21 to Sunday July 24 (11am – 7pm)



Hotel Helvetia, Porretta Terme, Wednesday 20 July – 4.30 pm


Day of study. Speakers: Gian Paolo Borghi, Graziano Uliani, Renzo Zagnoni, Charles Bernardini and the exceptional presence of Scott Billington
at the end concert by Johnette & Scott with music by Alan Lomax.
Nuèter Study Group, Porretta Terme – Lo Scoltenna Academy, Pievepelago.
In collaboration with: Unione Apennino, Ecomuseo Montagna Pistoiese, Municipalities of Sambuca Pistoiese and Alto Reno Terme, Pro Loco di Treppio, Susano.



Hotel Roma, Porretta Terme, Friday 22 July – 6.00 pm
Antonio Baciocchi presents “Soul, la Musica dell’Anima” Ed. Diarkos




11 am.Chiesa dei Cappuccini, Joy Gospel Choir special guest Nona Brown
12 pm Grand Hotel Helvetia, Discover Making Tracks, Scott Billington new book:
A Record Producer’s Southern Roots Music Journey by Scott Billington




Free traveling concerts with the protagonists of the Porretta Soul Festival

Monday July 25 9pm: Vergato, Piazza Capitani della Montagna
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra Revue
Tusday July 26: Tolé, Piazza Giovanni XXIII
Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra Revue

Anthony Paule – guitar
Endre Tarczy – bass
Eamonn Flynn – organ & keyboards
Kevin Hayes – drums
Tom Poole – trumpet
Charles McNeal – tenor sax
Derek James – trombone
Larry Batiste – background vocal (and a few lead vocals too)
Omega Rae – background vocal (and a few lead vocals too)
Nona Brown – background vocal (and a few lead vocals too)

#PSF34 starts in

Porretta Terme, Bologna - Italy

Porretta Soul Festival 34th edition 21 – 24 July 2022

Previews, concerts, exhibitions, awards. In the name of Otis Redding, the 34th edition of the Porretta Soul Festival returns, from 21 to 24 July in the spa town of the Bolognese Apennines.

Between well-known faces and first appearances, there will be over 200 artists who will alternate in concerts at the Rufus Thomas Park in the town of Porretta Terme, on the Apennines between Bologna and Florence, in the squares and neighboring towns, in the extension of the festival to the Valley of Soul.

The recent broadcast on RAI5 of the award-winning film dedicated to the festival “A Soul Journey”, currently available on RaiPlay, has given further visibility to the event.

Ural Thomas, John Ellison, Curtis Salgado, Terrie Odabi, Ernie Johnson, Larry Springfield, J. P. Bimeni, Selassie Burke, Chick Rodgers, Fred Wesley, Martha High, Leon Beal & Luca Giordano Band, Mitch Woods and many others.

In addition, there will be the presence of the house band from San Francisco, the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra which this year has four nominations at the Blues Awards. Among the ten elements is the presence of Larry Batiste, former musical director of the Grammy Awards.

On July 20, preview of the festival, dedicated to “Alan Lomax in the Apennines between Emilia and Tuscany twenty years after his death” with the presence of producer Scott Billington.

The great American ethnomusicologist stopped at the festival sites in the winter of 1954, collecting and cataloging popular songs published by Scott Billington’s Rounder Records. At the end, a concert by Johnette & Scott with the music of Alan Lomax.

From July 21st to 24th, the festival dedicated to classic soul and rhythm & blues, will host in European exclusive, authentic legends such as John Ellison, former leader of the Soul Brothers Six. In 1967, his Atlantic Records hit “Some Kind Of Wonderful” topped the charts.

Chick Rodgers, Larry Springfield and Ernie Johnson confirm Porretta’s love for “old school” and Memphis Sound. Among the women there will be Terrie Odabi who has just been nominated as “Female Soul Blues Artist 2022” at the Blues Awards, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s boogie champion. Luca Giordano returns this time with the talented Leon Beal. Selassie Burke (one of Solomon’s 21 children) will return to Porretta to pay tribute to their father.

By great demand, present in the latest edition, the explosive Curtis Salgado mentor of John Belushi and inspirer of the Blues Brothers accompanied by his Soul Shot and Burundi J.P. Bimeni & The Black Belts, the artist who best interprets the spirit of Otis Redding.

The first evening will be dedicated to James Brown, a tribute to the godfather of soul, with his former band leader Fred Wesley & The New JB’s and Martha High & The Italian Royal Family, James’s personal vocalist for 35 years.

The evocative atmosphere of Porretta Terme will be the setting for the event together with the Street Food Village, street food with focus on typical products of the Bolognese Apennines. All in the context of free concerts by rhythm & blues bands starting at 11 am on the “Rufus Thomas Cafe Stage” in the central Piazza della Libertà.

Furthermore, on 25 and 26 July, in the surroundings of Porretta, there will be The Valley of Soul, an initiative that will see collateral concerts with many protagonists of the festival.

Porretta Terme is also worth a visit for the series of 13 murals that tell the story of the festival and soul music. A curiosity: the town in addition to the park dedicated to Rufus Thomas, has Otis Redding Street, Sam Cooke alley and Solomon Burke Bridge.

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  • 35
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  • 3 Days Pass
  • 75
    Per Person
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  • 4 Days Pass
  • 90
    Per Person
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