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jeffowen06600000
Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 4:07:39 PM
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My favs for this year 2017, (Sat-Monday)
1. St Paul: what a showman.
2. Devon Allman, great guitarist and again great showman
3. Nikki Hill: even better with the extra guitarist
4. Vintage trouble: Another great entertainer
5. Blind Boy Paxton: Great old blues and very funny man
6. The Record Company: great rockers, maybe a bit Black Keys with a bass player
7. Zac Brown Band: Very talented singers and musicians
8. Santana where great, funny when Carlos tried to play blues he couldn`t help himself throwing in the 1000 mile an hour lead
9. Tony Joe White: Same old but still great
10. Buddy Guy great until he goes into the I can play other people thing.

Great festival, thought the activation fee for the drinks tags a bit rich. No pies or dagwood dogs, running out of rum Monday nights. But gee the getting out at night the team have that running well. From past events where its taken an hour at the end of the night 20 minutes tops.
littlewillie
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:47:35 AM
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Doobie Brothers - excellent
Madness -the name says it all - even did an attempt at Highway to Hell
California Honeydrops - last night show got down amongst the remaining crowd after the stage power had been cut at midnight for an inpromptu jam - legends
Bonnie Raitt - one of the best voices and guitarists ever
Billy Bragg - Still has the fire and great stories with an amazing voice
Patti Smith - Horses never really did it for me but the show after that was great
Courtney Barnett - Fantastic set
Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow - somewhere between Dylan and Dave Alvin , mesmerising set
Ivy - Peter introduced them and gave them a big wrap and rightly so. Heavy melodic stoner blues rock - loved it!
Styx1954
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:08:29 AM
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St Paul & Broken Bones - saw them twice
Vintage Trouble - caught the end of one set and made sure we saw all of the next
Jethro Tull - for old time sake. Ian Anderson's voice is shot but it was worth it for the finale of Aqualung and Locomotive Breath
Nikki Hill - great performance
Mavis Staples - first goosebumps moment of the festival
The Record Company - great blues rock performers
Santana - wonderful performance
Buddy Guy - if I could play the guitar (which I cannot) I would wish I was playing as great as he was in my 80s
Courtney Barnett - may she have a long career because I want to see her again and again the best Australian female rock performer since Suze DeMarchi (Baby Animals) and Chrissie
Patti Smith - it was an honour to be present for the performance of Horses
c0kebloke
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 10:30:42 AM
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littlewillie wrote:

Madness -the name says it all - even did an attempt at highway to hell

A very bad attempt....but fun.
They put shit on each other most of the set.
I still recall the line - there's no I in efuceekay off!


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mccin0000
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:11:49 AM
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No particular order

Doobies (never knew how good they were)
The record company
Natcho (should have his own tent)
NAS/Soul Rebels
Gallant
Vintage Trouble
Rhiannon Giddens
Buddy (chair central)
arbee0
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:46:52 PM
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A clear top 4 for me …
Doobies
Patti
Beth Hart
Zac Brown Band

Then not too far behind, my 4 ¨discoveries¨
Laura Mzula
The Suffers
Eric Gales
Melody Angel
..and ...
St Paul & TBB
Ian Anderson (I had trouble acknowledging them as Tull)
Tony Joe and Mavis as good as I´ve seen either of them

Also enjoyed what little I was able to catch of Davy Knowles, Yirrmal, Playing for Change, Dumpsaphunk



TheLoneRanger
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:59:16 AM
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This was a much better lineup than 2015 or 2016.
I didn't need Neil Young or Barry Gibb.
Lots of quality relatively unknown acts.
Bluesfest has nailed it with having fewer acts but focusing on quality.
I could list 20 acts of significant personal interest,but to limit it to 10.
Booker T presents The Stax Show
California Honeydrops
Gallant
The Suffers
Roy Ayers
Madness
Nikki Hill
The Soul Rebels
Vintage Trouble
Michael Kiwanuka
I did not view
Gregory Porter
Sir Rosevelt




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bucetti1
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:22:06 AM
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I agree with your comments entirely.
The diversity of acts was fantastic.
I have nothing but praise for this year's festival.

When they go low-we go high.
lyndalgoodman0000
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:33:28 PM
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Santana - blew the lid off Crossroads. Outstanding!!
Zac Brown Band - love the harmonies and amazing guitar pickin'
Bonnie Raitt - her voice is as good as it was 30 years ago
Jimmy Buffett - always fun
Jethro Tull - Ian Anderson is one hell of a flautist
tedhadson
Posted: Friday, April 21, 2017 3:21:33 PM
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Rhiannon Giddens
The Strumbellas
Nikki Hill
Jimmy Buffett
Billy Bragg........THE HIGHLIGHT
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry
Booker T
Tony Joe White
Glen Cardier
Kasey Chambers
rstroud
Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017 12:15:06 PM
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My Baker's Dozen for 2017 and in no order. I know that's cheating, but...

1 Dumpstaphunk (3 times !)
2 Eric Gales
3. Gregory Porter
4 Rhiannon Giddens
5 Snarky Puppy (2 times)
6 Miles Electric Band (2cnd spot on Monday, after the atrocious sound mix on Thursday)
7 REMI
8 The Suffers (2 times)
9 Ellis Hall and Vasti Jackson (1.5 times)
10 California Honeydrops
11 Beth Hart
12 Booker T and the Stax Revue
13 Mavis Staples

davidabrown
Posted: Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:13:51 PM

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1 Jimmy Buffett- I’ve seen Jimmy a few times before and I have to say that was the best set I have seen him play, it was shorter than his normal set but fantastic.

2 Madness

3 Patti Smith (both sets)

4 Kasey Chambers

5 Nikki Hill- So good to see Laura Chevez playing in her band.

6 Davy Knowles

7 Billy Bragg/Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

8 The California Honeydrops

9 Bonnie Raitt

10 Rhiannon Giddens


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pod2006
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 8:40:12 AM
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My favourite stretch of BF is along the Tooheys Bar conveniently located next to Delta, Juke and a sprint to Jambalaya. Saw so many great parts of different acts in and around there. These acts were the salad to my main meals. Loved the vibe... and the Tooheys black.
The LHS of the big tents watching the Easter moon rise in the autumn evenings. And my 10 most engaging:
1.Gregory Porter
2.Santana
2.Joan Osborne.
3.Laura Mvula
4.Patti Smith - Horses
5. Billy Bragg...bruvver
6. Bonnie Raitt
7.Booker T
8.Mud Morganfield
9.Remi
10. Corrine Rae Bailey
phobkirk
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 8:57:40 AM
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1.Snarky Puppy
2.Dumpstafunk
3.Rhiannon Giddens
4.Patti Smith - Horses
5.St Paul & the broken bones
6.Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
7.Santana
8.Bonnie Raitt
9.Nikki Hill
10.Beth Hart

I could go on... best Bluesfest for me in 8 years
Flegal08
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 5:57:48 PM

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Devon Allman Band
Rhiannon Giddens
Joan Osborne (if you doing covers, then Dylan s fine by me)
The California Honeydrops (wow wee)
Busby Marou
Ellis Hall and Vasti Jackson
Patti Smith
Jimmy Buffett (hope he comes back)
Bonnie Raitt
Jeff Lang
Ray Beadle
The Wilson Pickers
Jake Shimabukuro
Irish Mythen
Beth Hart (best performance yet)
The Doobie Brothers
Max Jury
Lloyd Spiegel
The Record Company (my pick of best new act at Bluesfest, just pipped California Honeydrops)
Jethro Tull
Eric Gales (watched him over Santana and was not disappointed, more please)
Zac Brown Band (they are headliners)
Nikki Hill
Round Mountain Girls
Tony Joe White (could be the quickest 60 minutes at the festival)
Neil Finn

Thank you Mr Noble and Bluesfest.



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BC1987
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 6:57:02 PM
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my top 10 favourite performances from this years bluesfest would be:
1. santana
2. zac brown band
3. beth hart
4. nahko & medicine for the people
5. st paul & the broken bones
6. buddy guy
7. gregory porter
8. the suffers
9. trombone shorty & orleans avenue
10. busby marou
freexone
Posted: Sunday, April 23, 2017 7:23:40 PM
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There were so many great acts, its hard to pick favorites, but I will go for..
Trombone Shorty - an excitement machine!!
Santana - has still as good as ever..
st paul & the broken bones
Bonnie Rait
Zac Brown Band
Jake Shimabukuro was amazing - he could make a Uke sing and fully demonstrates how well a Ukelele could be played.
Kasey Chambers, a real trooper I hope she comes back for another 10 years or more.
And still only 40 (or so she says...)

And I have to mention Neil Finn's performance, so many great songs from Split Enz and Crowded House.
The band played so well and it seemed like they gave us an extra long set.
The lightshow was one of the best I have ever seen.
Unlike most, the lights were set to an Asymetric pattern, the likes of whick most would have never had the opportunity to see.
Especially when supporting world class musians
barryjmoore
Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017 8:25:33 AM
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I had a 5 day ticket and attended every day but due to some last minute non Bluesfest commitments I was only there for a relatively short time on some days. So I couldn't see some of the big name acts playing Bluesfest for the first time eg Patti Smith, Jimmy Buffet, etc and I decided not to see some of the other big name acts whom I had previously seen at Bluesfest eg Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Doobie Brothers, Jethro Tull etc.

So most of the acts I saw were either new to me or I'd only seen them once before. So here are my favourite performances in no particular order:

Rhiannon Giddons and band
Nikki Hill and band
Snarky Puppy
Gregory Porter and band
Ellis Hall/Vasti Jackson and their band
Roy Ayers and band
Booker T Jones and the Stax Revue
Mud Morganfield and band
Devon Allman Band
California Honeydrops
Bonni Raitt and band
Turin Brakes

I've been to many Bluesfests over the years and I particularly enjoyed the variety of music on offer this year. The performances of some of the musicians in the bands were extraordinary eg the two multi instrumentalists with Rhiannon Giddons, the keyboard player with Roy Ayers, the saxophone player with Gregory Porter and the keyboard player with Bonni Raitt to mention just a few of the amazing musicians whom I had the pleasure of seeing and hearing.

And I've already bought my 5 day ticket for 2018 so let's hope for the same beautiful weather we had this year. And until then happy listening to all my fellow Bluesfesters.
waffles
Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017 8:45:33 AM
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ditto to bjm. sometimes I wonder do we really need the BIG names.they quite often disappoint.
with the quality of lesser known bands...and peter noble always finds great lesser known bands...I get greater satisfaction from the new finds.
yes the BIG names draw the crowds and sell tickets,but the also cost big money to get.
its hard to get that balance right...good luck peter noble.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
c0kebloke
Posted: Monday, April 24, 2017 9:05:12 PM
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I love both the legends & the lesser knowns @ bf.
Bluesfest has given me the chance of seeing so many music legends that I never had the chance to see before & all in one place.
Those lesser known artists continue to just blow me away!
I love the balance of both.
I'm with you Waffles as just every now & then I find a set from a relative unknown can be even better than some big names.


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