‘Preaching the Blues’ Big Bo Brocken

date :

5 March 2021

sale :


online sale :

time :

2 evening shows

location :

theatre Calypso

entrance :

€ 20

cancelled, corona

If Corona makes it possible, we will organise 2 performances in theatre Calypso on Friday evening 5 March.  Further information will follow at the end of February. 

“Preaching The Blues” is a performance in music, images and storytelling about the origins of the blues in the Mississippi Delta.

Like no other, Bo Brocken (stage name: Big Bo) has mastered the pre-war blues styles from the Mississippi Delta and neighbouring areas. For over 30 years, he has been playing and telling the story of the birth of the blues, now cast in a beautiful theatrical piece. After the successful theatre tour “Trouble Soon Be Over” with Marc Stakenburg and Frédérique Spigt, Big Bo continues his musical journey. In an intimate one-person setting, Bo tells about the origins of the Blues, larded with the music as it was heard in the years from early slavery to the migration to the big cities in the 1950s in the United States.

In an impressive setting with original images, the visitor is taken back to the time of cotton picking by black slaves in the south of the USA and experiences the music. With the passion and fervour that characterises the Blues, but above all what it meant to live in a time of oppression and deprivation, and how this style developed. What it was like to travel, work and survive along the Mississippi River. During the brutal slavery before the Civil War of 1863 and after the Revolution as a freed slave, or during the terrible Jim Crow laws in the southern states. The focus is on the role played by music; blues became the new movement that arose in the Delta at the beginning of the last century. Together with its related movements such as Gospel, Piedmont and Ragtime, but also Jazz and finally Rock’n’Roll, it laid the foundation for today’s Pop music.

Big Bo is a passionate storyteller and musician when it comes to the Blues. For over 30 years, he has been playing and singing this music on stages worldwide. This story needs to be told, the music needs to live on. Because even today, the blues is an anchor, a breath of fresh air as a source of self-reflection but also a confrontational mirror in a time where society and politics are becoming increasingly polarised.