Rui Manuel Gaudêncio Veloso, commonly known as Rui Veloso, CavIH (born 30 July 1957, in Lisbon), a Portuguese rock and blues singer and musician headlines CALHETA Festivals on the 24th June.
Although he was born in Lisbon, his family moved to the northern city of Porto when he was just three months old. This composer and interpreter had a great impact on the Portuguese music scene with the record, Ar de Rock (April 1980), which influences were Eric Clapton and B.B.King. This album is considered a landmark of rock music in Portugal, and the one that started the boom of rock music in Portugal in the 1980s.
Songs such as Chico Fininho and A Rapariguinha do Shopping became instant classics when the album was released in 1980. His lyrics, normally written by Carlos Tê, are strongly influenced by the Porto culture. An unconditional lover of the blues, he has played with B.B. King several times. He became one of the most productive and renowned Portuguese musicians, as his discography clearly shows today.