The Ramada Encore Hotel and the blues is a story which started 14 years ago when blues passionate Laurent Gilliéron and Ramada director Erik Wagenaar started a partnership for the first Geneva Blues Summit at the Salle du Faubourg in Geneva.
The next concerts took place at the hotel's Event Center, from 2006 to 2010. World class bands like Dave Specter & The Bluebirds, John Németh & Jr Watson, Darrell Nulisch, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Lurrie Bell, R&B Caravan, Tad Robinson, Mike Morgan & The Crawl, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Raphael Wressning & Alex Schultz, JW Jones, and Swiss bands like Bluecerne, Blues Rooster, Marco Marchi & the Mojo Workers, Little JC and Walter Baumgartner played great concerts. A big success artistically but a financial failure due to the insufficient ticket sales.
After a 5 years break, Laurent and Erik have decided to launch a new concept named Ramada Blues Nights: organizing free admission concerts at the hotel's restaurant. The concert is presented by a sponsor, inviting its clients and employees, and access is free for blues lovers. People can have dinner - a special blues menu is proposed by the hotel - and enjoy the music very close to the musicians.
Sugar Ray Norcia playing in the crowd - November 22nd, 2018
After a first full season in 2018 which has featured BB & The Blues Shacks (D), T-Roosters (I), a tribute to Little Walter with Jesus on a Tortilla, Little JC and Egidio "Juke" Ingala (I-CH) and Sugar Ray & The Bluetones with Little Charlie Baty (USA), we are proud to present the 2019 program:
March 21st - Johnny Rawls (USA)
May 9th - Junior Watson feat. Mitch Kashmar (USA)
September 26th - R&B Caravan feat. Tommie Harris & Kai Strauss (A-CH-D-USA)
October 31st - BB & The Blue Shacks (D)
It's recommended to book your table at +41 22 309 50 00. It's also possible to attend the concert from the back of the room where you can stand up and have a drink. The hotel offers rooms at special rates for the crowd, call the above number for more info or visit the hotel's website: http://www.ramada-encore-geneve.ch/
A big thank you to our sponsors and partners: Hotel Ramada Encore Geneva, Aprotec SA, Python Sécurité, Bolloré Logistics, GLG Logistics System SA, Crystal Club, RPP Communication.
If your company is interested in sponsoring a blues night, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are looking forward to welcome you at the Ramada Blues Nights!