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Budda Power Blues

Portugal's finest electric blues outfit, can be booked directly from Slims Blues - fantastic festival band!

Budda Power Blues is a power trio, playing the blues under the mighty influenced of the Jimi hendrix’s Band of Gypsys.

It's not a cover band for the Band of Gypsys, but the core of that mytical band is there. Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles are some of the Gurus for this band. Lots of energy, improvisation blues and powerfull funk.

The Douro International Blues festival “Saturday night opens with Portugal's own blues-rock power trio, Budda Power Blues, featuring guitarist, vocalist and frontman, Budda, with Nico (drums, backing vocals) and Tó Barbot (bass, backing vocals). The group hails from Braga, a town north of Gaia, and demonstrate that the influence of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Muddy Waters is truly international.

Wait a minute, they also do blues-style cover versions of Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" and the Ghostbusters theme. This has to be one of the most entertaining blues-rock power trio cover bands I've ever seen. Great mix of musicality, creativity and humor. Their version of Jimi's "Red House" includes a comedic section where the volume is brought down to essentially zero and Budda acts like he's channeling Hendrix. Sacrilege to purists, but excellent entertainment. It's great to see and hear Budda play the only reverse-headstock Stratocaster I've seen in Portugal. I'm guessing it's the Jimi Hendrix Voodoo model.