Ever since 1978

Ever since the first Puistoblues event, the shores of Tuusulanjärvi Lake have seen fabulous artists of the blue music and people of this cold Northern country stroll towards the green grasses of Vanhankylänniemi in the city of Järvenpää.

Puistoblues 1978 will remain in history as the only time when all of the leading performers were Finnish. The artists of this first festival were not born yesterday, though. Names such as Albert Järvinen, Dave Lindholm and Nono Söderberg were and still are at the forefront of Finnish blues music.

From that day on, being in Järvenpää at the end of June has meant meeting some of the finest and most charismatic artists in the world. During the years, names like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana and Lynyrd Skynyrd have definitely left no blues lover cold.

The following list will show all the artists who have performed in the main concert at Vanhankylänniemi. Those friends of ”root music” who have already visited Puistoblues earlier will be able to tune themselves to next summer´s blues feelings by reminiscing the names of the previous years.

1978 (19.8.)

Hemmin Verstas (FIN)
Chicago Overcoat (FIN)
Dave Lindholm, Albert Järvinen & Super Blues Band (FIN)
Kojo, Jimi Sumén & The Housebreakers (FIN)
Jukka Gustavson, Nono Söderberg & Eero Raittinen (FIN)

1979 (6.7.)

Varhama & Ansa (FIN)
Super Blues Band (FIN)
Tom Gustafsson Band (FIN)
Redhouse Stoned (FIN)
Chicago Overcoat (FIN)
Eddie Boyd (USA)

1980 (5.7.)

Tom Gustafsson (FIN)
Super Blues Band (FIN)
H. Ojutkangas & Friends (FIN)
Hojas (FIN)
Dave’s Bluesbringers (FIN)
Big Joe Williams (USA)

1981 (4.7.)

Forget-Me-Nuts (FIN)
Pity The Fools (FIN)
Dave Lindholm & Antero Jakoila (FIN)
Stan Webb’s Shicken Shack (UK)
Taj Mahal & International Rhythm Band (USA)

1982 (3.7.)

Blue Train (FIN)
North Pole Blues Band (FIN)
John Hammond (USA)
Eddie Boyd (USA)
Albert Collins & The Icebreakers (USA)

1983 (2.7.)

Raimo Raivo & Pakkopaita feat. J. Karjalainen (FIN)
Jukka Syrenius Band (FIN)
Frisco Frank French & Missisippi Slow Slim (USA)
Champion Jack Dupree & Rosay (USA)
Johnny Copeland (USA)

1984 (30.6.)

Bluesshakers (FIN)
Classique Vibes (Ghana)
Rolf Wikström’s Hjärtslag (SWE)
Katie Webster (USA)
The Jimmy Johnson Band (USA)

1985 (29.6.)

Captain Nemo (FIN)
Panhandle Swing (NL)
Totta’s Blues Band (SWE)
Eddie C. Cambell (USA) & Tip On In (NL)
Roomful of Blues (USA)

1986 (28.6.)

Honey B. & The T-Bones (FIN)
Al Copley (USA)
Luther Allison Band (USA)
Robert Cray Band (USA)

1987 (27.6.)

Oiling Boiling Blues Band (FIN)
Marcia Ball Band (USA)
Taj Mahal Band (USA)
Lil’Ed and The Blues Imperials (USA)

1988 (2.7.)

Eric Hokkanen (USA) & Dave Lindholm (FIN)
The Bhundy Boys (Zimbabwe)
Melvin Taylor and The Slack Band (USA)
Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows (USA)

1989 (1.7.)

Bill’s Boogie (SWE) feat. Jukka Tolonen (FIN)
Buckwheat Zydeco & Ils Sont Partis Band (USA)
Maxine Howard & California Rhythm Blues Explosion Band (USA)
Sonny Rhodes Band (USA)
Lonnie Mack (USA)

1990 (30.6.)

Mike Henderson (USA)
Troy Turner and Third Gear (USA)
Jimmy Dawkins Blues Band (USA)
Otis Clay Band (USA)
The Blues Brothers Band (USA)

1991 (29.6.)

Q.Stone (FIN)
Michael Coleman and The Backbreakers with Melvia ”Chick” Rodgers (USA)
Bo Diddley (USA)
John Lee Hooker & The Coast to Coast Blues Band (USA)
The Robert Cray Band feat. The Memphis Horns (USA)

1992 (26.6.) 15th anniversary

Byther Smith & The Nightriders (USA)
Little Village (Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, Jim Keltner),(USA)

1992 (27.6.) Main Concert

Pepe Ahlqvist & Lurrie Bell (USA)
Sugar Blue Band (USA)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band (USA)
Buddy Guy (USA)
Albert Collins & The Icebreakers (USA)

1993 (3.7.)

Johnny Adams (USA)
Nina Simone (FR/USA)
Luther Allison (USA)
Delbert McClinton (USA)

1994 (2.7.)

Heikki Silvennoinen & The Rest (FIN)
Andrew Strong (IRL)
Robben Ford & The Blue Line (USA)
Junior Wells (USA)

1995 (1.7.)

Honey B. & Blues’n’Roots (FIN)
Clarence ”Gatemouth ” Brown with Gate’s Express (USA)
The Neville Brothers feat. Aaron Neville (USA)
George Thorogood & The Destroyers (USA)

1996 (29.6.)

Rhythm’n’ Blues Revue (FIN)
Honeyboy Edwards & Homesick James (USA)
The Muddy Waters Tribute Band (USA)
The Band (USA/CAN)
Lynyrd Skynyrd (USA)

1997 (28.6.)

Chicago Overcoat (FIN)
Lee Shot Williams feat. Pat Brown (USA)
Jimmie Vaughan (USA)
Ten Years After (UK)
Jeff Healey Band (CAN)

1998 (27.6.)

Carlos Santana (USA)
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (USA)
Buddy Guy (USA)
Kapteeni Nemo (FIN)

1999 (3.7.)

Wilson Pickett (USA)
Little Milton (USA)
Buddy Miles (USA)
Stars from The Commitments (IRL)

2000 (3.7.)

Shemekia Copeland (USA)
The Priory of Brion feat. Robert Plant (UK)
Eric Sardinas (USA)
B.B.King (USA)

2001 (3.7.)

Helander Co feat. Esa Kuloniemi (FIN)
Son Seals (USA)
Joe Bonamassa (USA)
The Supremes (USA)
The Temptations (USA)

2002 (29.6.)

Honey B. & T-Bones (FIN)
Jim Weider & Honky Tonk Gurus (USA)
Michael Burks (USA)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds (USA)
Gary Moore (UK)

2003 (28.6.)

Erja Lyytinen
Marcia Ball (USA)
Hanne Boel (DK)
Koko Taylor (USA)
Bonnie Raitt (USA)

2004 (28.6.)

Lil´ Ed and the Blues Imperials (USA)
Coco Montoya (USA)
Walter Trout and The Radicals (USA)
Little Feat (USA)

2005 (2.7.)

The Robert Cray Band (USA)
The Tommy Castro Band (USA)
Popa Chubby (USA)
Rock’n’Roll Band (FIN)
SF Blues (FIN)

2006 (1.7.)

Buddy Guy (USA)
Procol Harum (UK)
Tutu Jones (USA)
Pepe Ahlqvist & UMO (FIN)
Jo Buddy & Down Home King III (FIN)

2007 (30.6.)

Johnny Winter (USA)
Keb Mo (USA)
Billy Boy Arnold & Jody Williams (USA)
J. Karjalainen Lännen-Jukka (FIN)
Super Blues Band (FIN)

2008 (28.6.)

Delbert McClinton (USA)
Duke Robillard (USA)
Big Jack Johnson (USA)
Julian Sas (NL)
Erja Lyytinen (FIN)

2009 (27.6.)

Gov´t Mule (USA)
James Hunter (UK)
Ellis Hooks (USA)
Hoedown (FIN)


ZZ Top (USA)
Eddie Cotton & Band (USA)
John Lee Hooker Jr (USA)
The Balls feat. Fabulettes (FIN)
Micke & Lefty (FIN)


Angie Stone (USA)
John Mayall (UK)
Jonny Lang (USA)
Matt Schofield (UK)
Jo Stance (FIN)


John Fogerty (USA)
Eli ”Paperboy” Reed (USA)
Los Lonely Boys (USA)
Honey B & T-bones (FIN

2013 (29.6.)

Curtis Salgado (USA)
George Thorogood & The Destroyers (USA)
Q.Stone (FIN)
Robert Randolph and the Family Band (USA)

2014 (28.6.)

The Ford Blues Band (USA)
Heritage Blues Orchestra (USA)
Riku Niemi Orchestra (FIN)
Status Quo (UK)
Eric Bibb and The North Country Far (USA/FIN)

2015 (27.6.)

The Robert Cray Band (USA)
Hoedown & Judge Bone feat. Jukka Gustavson (FIN)
Laurence Jones Band (UK/FIN)
Nick Moss Band (USA)
The Northern Governors (FIN)

2016 (2.7.)

Pepe Ahlqvist H.A.R.P. (FIN)
J. Karjalainen (FIN)
Nikki Hill (USA)
Sonny Landreth (USA)

2017 (1.7.)

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul (USA)
North Mississippi Allstars (USA)
Agents feat. Vesa Haaja, Esa Kuloniemi ja Mr. Breathless (FIN)
Micke Björklöf & Blue Strip (FIN)
SF Blues (FIN)
Herra Heinämäen lato-orkesteri (FIN)

2018 (30.6.)

John Hiatt & The Goners featuring Sonny Landreth (USA)
Walter Trout (USA)
King King (UK)
Erja Lyytinen (FIN)
Dr. Helander & Third Ward feat. Little Willie (FIN)

2019 (29.6.)

Wentus Blues Band (FIN)
Joey Landreth (CAN)
Ricky-Tick Big Band & Julkinen sana (FIN)
Laurence Jones (UK)
Larkin Poe (USA)
The Hämpton Dixieband!

2022 (2.7.)

Devon Allman Project feat. Larry Mccray & JD Simo (US)
Shemekia Copeland (US)
Joanna Connor (US)
Gaëlle Buswel (FRA)
22-Pistepirkko (FIN)
The Hämpton Dixieband!