Artur Menezes: The vibrant colors of the blues
Artur Menezes can boast at his young age for being one of the most exciting bluesman to ever come out of Brazil. His mastery at the electric guitar and his charm as an entertainer famed him as “the rising star of the blues”.
Wowing mixed audiences across the Western hemisphere, Menezes became a highly requested act and achieved an undreamed legendary status preceded by a successful career that spans over 15 years. His latest recognition was for being handpicked to open for none other than Buddy Guy at his last concerts in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Menezes has constantly been on the top line-up of the main blues and jazz festivals in Brazil, including Rio das Ostras Jazz and Blues Festival and Guaramiranga Jazz & Blues Festival, two of the largest and most important events dedicated to these music genres in Latin America – Always with sold-out concerts, massive crowds and memorable performances. He has also made a blues pilgrimage in Chicago where he shared stages with living masters of the blues and performed at vibrant venues in the area.
From a guitar prodigy to a widely acclaimed blues revolutionary, Menezes is a truly exotic melting pot of styles: Building tunes up from the purest Delta Mississippi wellsprings, ripping through electrifying funky grooves, and transcending into his musical roots from Northeast Brazil – he is celebrated for abducting listeners from all ages to sonic voyages with his unique sound.
His latest CD takes his brilliance up a notch by featuring reggae, fusion and country-rock elements to his stew. Way ahead of his time, Menezes blends styles with an unheard ease prompting fresh compositions with sweet vintage tones that pay homage to the blues greats that set his path.
Artur Menezes knows like very few how to put down some serious blues on the table while keeping his cool with an unmistakable mischievous smile.