Adelaide Blues Festival

Posted: October 10, 2009 in Adelaide Events
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Yes, I have been a bit slack in updating the blog, but lets get back on track with a few Big events that just hit Adelaide

First up was the annual Adelaide Blues festival – Juke Joint at Queens. This is the second year it has been run and this year extended out over 2 nights  rather than just a single night.

Its a great venue for a show like this with lots of atmosphere. Numbers seemed down on last years 1 day event and I can only put that down to being on a long weekend as the quality of the performers on this years bill was awesome

Friday Night – Cal Williams Junior and Kory Horwood kicked the evening off, followed by Heather Stewart Trio and then Fiona Boyes ( Who I caught at the Guitar Festival last last year ). Mojo Webb was the next act up and after him being pumped up by the MC for the evening – James I was expecting to hear some great Blues and wasnt dissapointed. Definitely the highlight of my Night. It was getting late in the night when the  Jesse Deanne Freeman Trio graced the stage and with my Stamina lacking I stayed for half dozen songs then took off to catch some sleep.

Saturday Night – Met a mate of mine there outside who commented that “This band sounds pretty good ” – walk inside to find the “band” is a Solo musician ( Kirk Special ) who had won the Killing Floor Blues competition. I’m sure we will be seeing more of him in the future. The second act to come on literally blew away the cobwebs in the building. Jackson firebird were a 2 piece “Spiderbait” influenced band. Some interesting percussion sets them apart though with some songs played on a Washboard and Recycling Tub – A very entertaining Duo.  Then there was the Blues vs Hiphop which was a performance designed to show the similarities between the genres and the influence on Blues to modern music. For the most part the excercise worked. Next up we had Mojo Webb back on again – this time with his backing band. Once again a great performance. As an entertainer he certainly knows how to work with the crowd. Final Act for the evening was Dallas Frasca with the long red dreads. I didnt stay right till the end but it was a popular Set with some good crowd interaction.

Lets hope this event continues as this years had a great line up. I do fear though that unless Crowd numbers pick up the future of the event might be in Jeopardy. If you werent there then Why the hell NOT. It was a Great event and well organised, Impressive sound and lighting and the lineup was superb and varied. What more can you ask for ??

Full gallery from the 2 nights is up here

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