Michael Eugene Archer, better known by his stage name D'Angelo, is an American R&B; and Neo soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.
Michael Eugene Archer, better known by his stage name D'Angelo, is an American R&B; and Neo soul singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. Gregory Harris

More acts confirmed for Bluesfest 2016

TWO-time Grammy Award winner D'Angelo (touring with his current talent-fuelled band, The Vanguard) has been announced for Bluesfest 2016.

D'Angelo fuses the best of R&B, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Jazz-fusion and Psychedelic Rock.

D'Angelo's star has been rising since he dropped his debut, platinum selling album, Brown Sugar in 1995.

From winning two Grammys in 2001 (for Best R&B Album & Best R&B Vocal Performance for his second album, Voodoo) and three Soul Train Music Awards in 1996 to his latest and universally acclaimed album, Black Messiah which marked his triumphant return to music after nearly a decade, debuting at number five in its first week of release on the Billboard 200 music chart.

Long list of new bands

Also added to the Bluesfest bill are Indie Rock and Blues Rock Californian band Cold War Kids, bringing their multiple hits to Bluesfest, including their most recent hit First which peaked at #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart and Rock Airplay charts.

Also joining are US Folk Rock & Americana group Houndmouth, Oakland's Black Roots star Fantastic Negrito, who was the winner of the US National Public Radio's (NPR) Tiny Desk Concert contest in April for Best New Artist and San Francisco Funk stars Con Brio.

Also new to the line up are Hawaiian Roots Reggae rising star Mike Love, Iceland's current #1 band Kaleo and Canada's exciting new Juno Award winning Americana/Country group The Bros. Landreth.

Australians

This announcement also includes the first round of Australian artists added to the bill.

Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote.
Melbourne band Hiatus Kaiyote. Contributed

Other Aussie artists featured in this announce include Mojo Juju, Kim Churchill, Pierce Brothers and Steve Smyth, who won over many fans at Bluesfest 2015.

Lukas Nelson

Previously announced Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real (son of music legend Willie Nelson) have added a third Bluesfest performance on Thursday, March 24, 2016, and moved their Monday performance to Good Friday. 

The band, alongside Lukas's brother Micah Nelson, recently became Canadian musician Neil Young's accompanying band on his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years (June 2015), and its tour that followed.

The Monsanto Years debuted in the Billboard Charts at #21 and on the Australian ARIA albums charts at #23. 

Many of the new artists added today will be performing on the opening night of Bluesfest, Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Check out the daily playing schedule on www.bluesfest.com.au.



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