The billboard of the XXIII “Hottest Rockin' Holiday on Earth”, as the festival is referred to by its community spread all over the globe, will host incredible international artists who are writing the history of Rock'n'Roll, that will be described in all its forms: R'n'R, Swing, Country, Rockabilly, Rhythm'n'Blues, Hillbilly, Doo-wop, Western swing. A kind of music that has become a cult over the years, which has been passed down from generation to generation, that is timeless and that can make inroads among people of all ages.
But that's not all, because for the first time at the Summer Jamboree there will be the show of the working Fearless Devid Motordrome, that is an antique motordrome dated 1937, from the Netherlands. It is the last and the only surviving motordrome in Italy and is part of a small circle of just 20 examples existing worldwide.
The idea, which dates back to the beginning of the last century, was to re-create in the inside part a giant wooden "barrel" with a diameter of 10 m and a height of 5 m, the motorcycle races that were once visible in velodromes with a wooden track. It is thus an ante-litteram "stunt ridin" specialty, truly prehistoric.
After years of restoration and work, the Fearless Devid Motordrome has come back to life and the Summer Jamboree reproposes for the entire duration of the Festival in Piazzale della Libertà, in front of the Rotonda a mare, this very old spectacle that it is not enough to be described as "vintage": precisely as it was then, one can admire vintage INDIAN motorcycles whizzing around the track, a unique and not-to-be missed experience.
The Show gives a real chance to leap back in time at least 100 years, to a pioneering era where people were beginning to abandon the use of horses as a means of transportation in favor of the first motorcycles. It is no accident, in fact, that INDIAN motorcycles dated 1926 are used in the show. Rock'n'Roll friends and devotees will remember that Elvis Presley also tried his hand at being a motordrome pilot in the 1964 film "Roustabout."
The year 2019 marked the "first" 100 years in the history of motordromes, whose "official" appearance was at the historic Coney Island Luna Park in New York City. The Fearless Devid Motordrome was built in Holland in 1937 at the request of an American team. The same crew then traveled to Russia for an extended tour, but at the outbreak of World War II in 1939 they were forced by the Soviets to abandon everything and return to America. The Russians made Motordrome their own and began taking it on tour to all the countries of the then "Iron Curtain," until the 1980s where it was then abandoned in South Africa. From there it was rediscovered and imported to Holland.
And again among the special guests of edition #23 Pokey LaFarge, US singer-songwriter born in 1983, heir to the great masters of the past and innovator of the genre, highly anticipated by fans, will win over the entire audience with his eclecticism and his easygoing but cultured style that mixes hot swing, early jazz and ragtime blues. Plus Glenn Doran (UK) rising star of the countryside; Pachuco Jose (USA), an explosive mix born in El Paso in the 1940s; Jay Ernest (USA) with an incredible tribute to Johnny Cash; and the reunion of The Di Maggio Bros, the only Italian band to be part of the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Together with them, many artists arriving from all over the world who will give life to a rich bill of great concerts with free entry, with many national and international exclusives. And doing the honors as Festival presenters, as in 2022, performer and choreographer Russell Bruner (USA), and Bump&Grind pioneer in Italy, Bianca Nevius (ITA).
The irresistible Record Hop with international DJs will come back to dance nonstop from morning until late at night thanks to the much-loved, and always sold-out, After Festival at the Rotonda a mare. Then, for those who are just starting out, not to miss the incredible spaces dedicated to dance, with free lessons to learn how to take your first steps and immerse yourself in Swing and Rock'n'Roll dances, and with the Summer Jamboree Dance Camp, a full immersion dedicated to learning Swing and Rock'n'Roll dances with some of the best dancers of the international Swing and Rock'n'Roll scene. You can't miss another must-see event that has now become an icon of Summer Jamboree: the Burlesque Cabaret, Music and Dance Show at Teatro La Fenice on August 4, where the world's most famous Burlesque artists perform every year.
There is also the teeming Rockin' Village Vintage Market, with more than 70 selected exhibitors of vintage clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts and reproductions, modern antiques and collectible memorabilia; the Barber Shop; the Oldtimers Park with Pre-1969 American Cars, featuring the finest vintage cars ever seen including some precious examples from the Nicola Bulgari Foundation; and the Walk-in Tattoo, with non-stop traditional tattoos. Thanks to the specialized Food & Beverage Areas, then, you will be able to stock up on water and provisions so you won't miss the many scheduled events.
By popular demand, after last year's debut, the Hawaiian Beach is also back: along with the traditional daytime event at Mascalzone on the D. Alighieri Promenade from 12 to 7 p.m., in what has become over the years a meeting point for all Festival fans, on the G. Mameli Promenade at number 93, a piece of the Velvet Beach will be transformed into an evocative exotic setting.
The sound of the surf, soft sand and good Hawaiian vibes will welcome the Festival audience from 10 a.m. until the evening cocktail hour to enjoy all the lightheartedness and joy of Rock'n'Roll life, barefoot by the sea. Here, too, there will be no shortage of opportunities for those who wish to learn to dance: on a large dance floor under shade sails every day from 11 a.m. to noon there will be free dance lessons open to all.