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hopciti
Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 5:57:22 PM
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I know it's subjective and subject to change on the day but I'm interested in sharing with others their first thoughts on who they are going to see now that the schedule has been released. I think I ended up following about 90% of my planned timetable last year.

Here is my list

Thursday
Nat Col and Kings
Neil Murray
CW Stoneking
Ruthie Foster
Luciano & the Jah Messenjah Band
Toots & The Maytals

Friday
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate
Raghu Dixit
Eric Bibb
Raul Malo
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Fistful of Mercy
Blind Boys of Alabama feat Aaron Neville
BB King
Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Saturday
U Blues Band
Leah Flanagan
Jeff Lang
Louis King and the Liars Klub
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Michael Franti & Spearhead

Sunday
Hussy Hicks
A French Butler Called Smith
Buddy Knox
Mavis Staples
Irma Thomas
Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
The Snowdroppers
The Cat Empire

Monday
Mojo Bluesmen
Peter Rowan and the Bluesgrass Band
Saltwater Band
BB and the Black Shacks
Joe Louis Walker
Osibisa
Bob Dylan
Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Tuesday
The Mad Bastards
Tony Joe White
Leon Russell
Warren Haynes and His All-Star Band
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
distinctlyme
Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 7:26:28 PM
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gee you work fast, I need more time yet!
CarlosDebacle
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 1:48:55 PM
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This will be my first Bluesfest and have just looked at the playing schedule, which is a bit overwhelming. How easy is it to get from stage to stage? and how long is the average set? Eg: Will it be possible to go from Toots and the Maytals at 19.45 at Mojo to BB King at 2-.45 at Crossroads and then back to Mojo for Grace Jones at 21.45? I suppose what I'm asking is do Mojo and Crossroads overlap, or can you move back and forth between them and see everyone?
Always28
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 1:56:41 PM
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Most acts run about one hour and a quarter with set up time between them and the next act depending on how big the next act is, can be 30 minutes.

The tents are far enough apart to reduce sound bleed as well as posible but close enough to be able to get from one to the other inside about 5 - 10 minutes depending on the foot traffic.

The only problem may be that jumping from one tent to the next means you are not able to get to the front and if you're trying to get into Mojo you may end up having to deal with a scrum of drunken kids smashing their way through the crowd.
johnnymac
Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 3:51:03 PM
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I wore a highlighter out last night trying to sort my schedule out!!!!!!!!

As Arbee says in another subject, you need to train for Bluefest and it should be treated like peaking for a marathon which this broken down body was once used to doing.

Normally my Byron training is to assimilate from Crossroads to toilet to CDs to food to beer to same spot in Crossroads, all within half an hour, but this year looks like I need to do some long distance work for what looks like constant sprints between Crossroads and Mojo which I haven't needed to consider too much over the past couple of years.
They are not making it easy for an old fella!!!!!!!!!!!!!
colinsid
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:52:10 PM
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My provisional timetable is go to Bluesfest from Thursday to Monday from about 2-3pm to finish.
That'll do for now.
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Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 9:51:57 PM
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I'm with you Colinsid. I figure if I make it there every day I'll be doing fine. This old girl is just too excited to think clearly. I just want to see BB and everyone else is a plus. Everyone around me has been sick of me playing his stuff for years and I'm unbearable now I'm going to see him live. :) LOL Jonnymac. It's a bloody nuisance when the old bod doesn't do what the mind wants it to do. My grown up kids are going but don't want to stick around me cos I'm too slow. Bugger 'em I say. I managed last year and I'll do it again this year too. And they don't make it easy for an old girl either.!!!!!!!
CaptainVic2
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 7:25:54 AM
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I'm with you BluesonlyBlues,

Friday, Crossroads, B.B. King.

That's all I've figured out so far!

Bluesfest, you've really outdone yourselves! THANK YOU!

Hey B.O.B., get the young-uns to carry your chair around for you and to fetch your refreshments!
waffles
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ive found as i get older,i have to embrace new technology-some of the chairs around now are incredibly light. ya gotta love aluminium.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
coppinafield19
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 2:16:06 PM
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Thursday

Nat cole and the kings
C W Stoneking
Ernest ranglin
Warior King
Luciano and the jah messenger band
ZZ Top

Friday

Hat fitz
Ruthie foster
Eric Bibb
Trombone shorty and orleans avenue
Blind boys of alabama
BB King
Rodrigo y Gabriela

Saturday

Little Feat
Jack Thompson and the original sinners
Mavis staples
Trombone Shorty
Robert randolph
Derek trucks
Spearhead

Sunday

Ash grunwald
Little feat
Mavis staples
Irma thomas
Trinity roots
The snowdroppers
Little bushmen

Monday

Rockwiz
Tony joe white
The Snowdroppers
Joe louis walker
Warren haynes
Jethro tull
Irma thomas

waffles
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2011 5:27:40 PM
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should be able to catch you for the beer i owe you-remember.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
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waffles wrote:
should be able to catch you for the beer i owe you-remember.


I didn't include that in the schedule ...i knew there was something i was missing .... looking forward to it mate
gerardf
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:25:41 PM
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Here's my provisional schedule. The highlighted artists are only playing 1 day and the ones marked in red are the ones I plan on seeing. This all, of course, is subject to change (as it usually does each year on the day) as I had to leave out a lot that I want to see.



Don't you know there ain't no Devil, there's just God when he's drunk
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:35:37 PM
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Very interesting Gerard.

Your schedule demonstates the diverse taste individual posters have,which is essential to a successful festival.

It also emphasizes that Steve can see both Buffy and Leon for a full set

That could be achieved by viewing Buffy on Monday and Leon on Tuesday.

Likewise Jethro Tull and Bob Dylan could be viewed for a full set in each case.

Tull on Monday and Dylan on Tuesday.

If you are a local and are fanatical in regard to these acts,my suggestion would be less costly than incurring the costs of travel & accommodation to a major metropolitan area to catch individual gigs.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
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Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:43:24 PM
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gerardf wrote:
Here's my provisional schedule. The highlighted artists are only playing 1 day and the ones marked in red are the ones I plan on seeing. This all, of course, is subject to change (as it usually does each year on the day) as I had to leave out a lot that I want to see.



Apart from BB and Derek Trucks, our schedules are completely different!
hopciti
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:27:12 PM
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Looks like you have a few red marks playing at the same time Gerard, so still to make up your mind on some of them?

I think we share about half of our selections again as loneranger points out it shows the strength of the variety to choose from.

what's your schedule pentatonic?
gerardf
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 6:28:53 PM
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Just goes to show the diverse tastes of the average Bluesfest goer Pentatonic.

Yes Hopciti there are a couple of clashes. I want to see it all and I know I'll have to make some hard decisions in the next month......... or on the day.

I am so looking forward, as I do every year, to Easter.



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pentatonic
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 7:50:26 PM
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hopciti wrote:
what's your schedule pentatonic?


Thursday

Nat Cole & The King : Nathan Cavaleri playing the rocking blues. His new album is fantastic. YouTube it.

CW Stoneking : This is one unique cat. Love resonator guitars and the 20's vibe he puts out. First saw him in Jyndabye on a ski trip and have been a fan ever since.

Micheal Franti and Spearhead

Ray Beadle : I make it a point never to miss Ray. If you love blues and you love electric guitar and you love long, extended guitar solos played loud and with fretboard mastery, then you gotta check out Ray. I wish he was the act before BB King so that everyone could see what a talent he is. Last year his tent was overflowing....

I will mix it up between ZZ Top, Ben Harper and Toots and the Maytals.


Friday

CW Stoneking...again...perhaps. Too much Handyman blues is not enough. Might check out some others also
Eric Bibb.
Trombone Shorty. After last year, I want to see that energy again!
Los Lobos...maybe. Might be time for a felafel
BB King. This is the whole reason I'm going. To get good position, means I have to sit through the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Looking forward to this one. Heavy metal guitarists turned to nylon strings....Their version of Stairway to Heaven and others are just outstanding.

Saturday

Might get to the site a little later than usual...just in time to see...

Nat Cole and the Kings...again. Love this rocking blues stuff. Saw Nathan play at the Jimi Hendrix tribute a few months ago. Awesome!

Robert Randolf + Wolfmother. Tough one here.
Derek Trucks. Awesome, simply awesome. After BB King, this is the act.


Sunday

Ash Grunwald. Support a local lad
Robert Randolf
Derek Trucks


Monday

Busker comp winner
RockWiz perhaps
Clare Bowditch
Snowdroppers
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Warren Haynes
A French Butler called Smith. With a name like that, I gotta check this out. If no good, Bob Dylan I suppose



curlyloc
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:06:08 PM
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pentatonic wrote:
hopciti wrote:
what's your schedule pentatonic?


Friday

CW Stoneking...again...perhaps. Too much Handyman blues is not enough. Might check out some others also
Eric Bibb.
Trombone Shorty. After last year, I want to see that energy again!
Los Lobos...maybe. Might be time for a felafel
BB King. This is the whole reason I'm going. To get good position, means I have to sit through the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Looking forward to this one. Heavy metal guitarists turned to nylon strings....Their version of Stairway to Heaven and others are just outstanding.

Saturday

Might get to the site a little later than usual...just in time to see...

Nat Cole and the Kings...again. Love this rocking blues stuff. Saw Nathan play at the Jimi Hendrix tribute a few months ago. Awesome!

Robert Randolf + Wolfmother. Tough one here.
Derek Trucks. Awesome, simply awesome. After BB King, this is the act.


Sunday

Ash Grunwald. Support a local lad
Robert Randolf
Derek Trucks







Pentatonic - I am only there Fri - Sun but we have the same plan (except Toots + Maytalls instead of Blind Boys on Fri). What are the chances of two people picking pretty much exactly the same acts!


Buddy Guy is without doubt the best guitar player alive.......the way he plays is beyond anyone. Amen
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