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Baby's got the blues.

The Dubai International Jazz Festival starts tomorrow with a nine-day blues fest. Here are some of the acts you'll see on stage

Urging people to get the blues seems a bit of an odd request, but be warned -- it's exactly what we're about to do.

This year's Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival starts tomorrow with a nine-day blues fest.

A fantastically fresh concept, Chillout Jazz World brings jazz artists -- each with a touch of the blues -- to Jumeirah Beach Residence's The Walk for a series of free concerts. Two outdoor concerts feature each night.

If you love music, or even if you just appreciate quality entertainment and real fun, here are the artists (in their own words) you really shouldn't miss this week.

Blue Light Collective ?UK?Thursday, January 20, 8pm

Our music in one sentence: Soulful flavours with hues of blues and jazz.

Don't miss us because: It's all about the song, delivered with unquestioning honesty and passion.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "It occurred to me, you must have fallen from the people tree." It's about serendipitous meetings, how sometimes special people seemingly enter our lives out of the blue, as if they were fruit that had fallen from a giant tree.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: We will have a rare opportunity to be completely creative, performing songs that have special resonance for us.

Eddie Misk Band?Lebanon?Friday, January 21, 8pm

Our music in one sentence: Rock'n'roll music you can't help but move to it, you just can't stand still.

Don't miss us because: Early rock music and particularly Rockabilly style is fun to hear. It's very rhythmical.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: Nothing poetic really, it's just words that describe when rock'n'roll is been played.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: It's one of the most reputed cities for entertainment. It's good exposure for any artist.

Marwan & The Mojos?Lebanon ?Saturday, January 22, 8pm

Our music in one sentence: Oldies music rendered in a modern way.

Don't miss us because: Each song is an open Jam session for the band and we never know how it will end.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: Although we play cover songs, my favourite lyrics are, "I have become comfortably numb."

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: you get to play for a multinational crowd.

Paul Lamb & Band ?UK?Saturday, January 22, 9.30pm

Our music in one sentence: Heartfelt, passionate and exciting.

Don't miss us because: This passion and feeling I have for my music should not be missed. Pure entertainment.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "My baby changed the lock on the door" has a double meaning. She won't give me the keys to the house or to her heart.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: I've only ever had a great vacation in Dubai, so it will be an honour to return and play my music.

Exceed?UAE?Sunday, January 23, 8pm

Our music in one sentence: Reflective ballads which uplift moods

Don't miss us because: We are a soulful band which can put a smile on your face, stir your emotions while interacting and responding to the crowd's vibe. You definitely shouldn't miss the opportunity to share this unique experience.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "Well she's walking through the clouds, with a circus mind that's running round."

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: This amazing city is the melting pot of so many different cultures providing the perfect platform to use the universal communication medium that is music.

Marc Tee & Band?Belgium?Sunday, January 23, 9.30pm

Our music in one sentence: Authentic soulful blues from the heart.

Don't miss us because: You will get true blues from the heart performed with soul.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "We're stepping in a stinky pile from a giant horse", referring to a political person against a certain former American president who left the world in chaos after his step down (in our opinion!).

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: I'll have the chance to express my way of playing for the people in Dubai.

Flipside?UAE?Monday, January 24, 8pm

Our music in one sentence: Melodically Universal Sound Intentionally Chosen (MUSIC -- clever!).

Don't miss us because: We put across our music well enough to captivate any audience.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "Midnight at the oasis, sing your camel to bed" = The shopping mall is not open at midnight, so sing your husband to sleep.

Playing in Dubai will be unique: There is always a great atmosphere created by surroundings, people, producers and the musicians.

Larry Garner & Band?USA ?Tuesday, January 25, 9.30pm

Our music in one sentence: My music is a little of the old styles mixed with new ideas and a beat you can't stop dancing to.

Don't miss us because: Every now and then you need to have something to talk about for days after it's over.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "Leave the heavy pieces alone." It means when you are getting your life back together after it falls apart, don't bring along the same baggage which hurt you in the first place.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: I have never been there before. I have dreamed of seeing the sail hotel.

Gordon Beadle?USA?Wednesday, January 26, 9.30pm

Our music in one sentence: Fun songs and a wild rockin' sax.

Don't miss us because: It's gonna be a great show, unlike anything you've ever seen before.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: "Just like the tadpole told the trout, baby you knock me out." It means... you'll just have to use your imagination to figure out what that tadpole was thinking.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: My feeling about music and playing sax is like the feeling of adventure. Amazing things happen in Dubai.

Sergio Bikhazi Blues Band Lebanon ?Thursday, January 27, 8pm

Our music in one sentence: All forms of traditional and rock blues styles. Lots of focus on dynamics and emotions.

Don't miss us because: We perform blues covers in a unique and powerful style. As a Lebanese national, oriental rhythms blend unconsciously into my music.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs: No strange lyrics, as they come straight from the heart and deal with real situations.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: The season has a great cosmopolitan audience who will appreciate blues music. My jazz fest performances are always a remarkable achievement in my live musical career.

Larry Garner, Blue Light Collective and Flipside.

Sergio Bikhazi, Gordon Beadle and Eddie Misk.

Paul Lamb and Marc Tee.

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Mike Andersen & Band Denmark ?Friday, January 21, 9.30pm

Our music in one sentence: Rooted right where soul and blues meet. Passionate, powerful, soulful rhythm and blues.

Don't miss us because: I'm going to put my heart and soul into every word I sing and every note I play.

Strangest lyrics in one of our songs? Writing means a lot to me. I'm sure I've written some strange s**t, but to me it all makes sense. I believe in telling it like it is and with as few words as possible.

Playing in Dubai will be unique because: I have never been in Dubai before, and I always find it exiting to play in a new city.

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