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THE REVIEWER WHO DIDN"T SEE ANY GREAT AU ACTS Options
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 7:53:41 PM
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http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/best-bluesfest-thanks-to-galaxy-of-stars-both-old-and-new-20130402-2h3s5.html

I lasted 3 songs at Grace Potter....just another rock act.
I saw a number of Au female vocalists who I would rate above her..
Karise Eden
Lil Fi
Kylie Audlist
The lady who covered Grace Slick in the H/A show

And there was not two days of heavy rain at Bluesfest...It hardly rained at all and the little we did have made the ground lovely and soft for me to stand in in my sandals.
The soft ground around Mojo was particularly nice.
And there was always lots of nice green grass to relax on,particularly in the Jambalaya/Crossroads area.

"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: Saturday, April 06, 2013 8:39:20 PM

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I've commented re Delta Goodrem and the Nocturnals, that I wish I'd gone elsewhere, just didn't convince me, great looks, many were more than happy.
Susan Tedeschi on the other hand had way more command and presence, a perfect 10


Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
arbee0
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 8:58:01 PM
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TheLoneRanger wrote:
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/best-bluesfest-thanks-to-galaxy-of-stars-both-old-and-new-20130402-2h3s5.html

I lasted 3 songs at Grace Potter....just another rock act.

I was on a bar run when Grace did those first 3 and was in complete agreement it sounded like very average garage pop/rock, and prepared to run just as soon as I got back and distributed the drinks.
But somehow during said distribution, she started another number that made me linger a bit longer. I'm so glad I did. It all got increasingly bluesier and tighter from then.
Maybe I'm not as over the top as the reviewer but I was first in line for her set the next day.
On the whole though, this review mirrors a lot of my opinions too (though I'm even MORE over the top about Bettye L).
One disagreement would be about Paul Simon's vocal "weakness" compared with Robert Plant. D'uh - did this guy ever hear what they were both doing in the 70's?!
Unsurprisingly I reckon Simon's has held up better than Plant's, compared with how they both sounded then.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 8:59:36 PM
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I caught the last segment of TTB on Thursday post Tav Falco.
I entered Mojo to catch the last 4/5 songs with the horn section in full stride and one of their number on vocals.
I am not familiar with their material.
It sounded like Al Green's Love & Happiness.
A couple of songs later,we had Stevie Wonder's Uptight.
I was mightly impressed with this segment and resolved that I had to see the entirity of their second set.
As I said last year,I was real big on Warren Haynes with the sax player,but TTB just didn't do it for me....Cause they are a Blues Rock band.
I'm not into Janis Joplin,Grace Potter or Susan Tedeschi as vocalists.
But the horns give them another dimension.
So I sacrificed Fred Wesley on Friday to catch TTB.
A big mistake for me.
Where was the segment with the horns and the black vocalists.
Missing in action.
I waited and waited and then the show ended.
Shame.
Under-utilisation of their augmentation.

"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
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 9:07:03 PM
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As for Tav Falco,I was not alone in not being able to get a grip on this band.
Tac Falco didn't seem to have it worked out either.
He was all around the place in terms of theme.
I watched the whole set,which was more than some did.
The vocals were very weak.
So didn't bother with the Friday set.
There were a material number of better Au bands than this.

"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
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 9:19:16 PM
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Wards's Xpress left the likes of Tav Falco way behind in the dust.
On another planet.
No wonder Ross has been on stage at 9 Bluesfests.
Bought their EP and had a chat to him afterwards.
He confirmed that his band was one of three to play in the 2 hour Byron Bay Allstars set on my first Thursday at Bluesfest in 2004,in what I remember as a stunning segment of time which emphasized the quality of Au musicanship.
Peter Noble came on to say how Ross used to watch his band when Ross was a teenager.
Peter then stood off stage clearly enjoying what was a world class performance of blues/rock/funk/soul/jazz.
I should have caught their second set on Saturday but elected to see Allen Touissant,whom I could have left till Sunday.
One of my top three Au acts at Bluesfest 2013 along with Grey Ghost and The Bamboos.

"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
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 11:21:51 PM
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The Haight/Ashbury Tribute Show was a great concept.
The Nimbin based narrator did a fantastic job of giving the audience a background sketch of the creation of the H/A scene and of the subsequent move to northern NSW by alternative thinking people.
We were treated to three songs from artists who covered each of Country Joe,Joni Mitchell,Janis Joplin,Grace Slick,Canned Heat and Jimi Hendrix,cooupled with an excellent backing band.
All talented artists and who you preferred was a matter of taste.
The two hours passed very quickly.

"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
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 11:25:02 PM
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I was impressed with the set from Lil Fi & her band.
She was constrained with the Janis Joplin role during the H/A set,and came into her own with the flexibility of voice afforded with her own backing band.
There are some talented musicans in the district.

"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
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, April 06, 2013 11:29:20 PM
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I was impressed with the one and a half King Cannons sets I saw.
Working class music and the singer was a Kiwi.

"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
anitra
Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:26:51 AM
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After reading this review, I really take exception to the reviewer damning Paul Simon with faint praise by describing his show as having 'vocal weakness'. Good grief! The man is 71 and his voice and performance was almost indistinguishable from the man I've had the privilege to previously see in 1983 and 1991. I was really concerned that time and age would have diminished him and we would have been paying homage out of respect and nostalgia (think BB King 2 years ago, or Steven Stills voice even if I did love the chance to finally see CSN live). But Paul Simon was brilliant. His band was fantastic. The audience reaction was probably the most reverential of any BF set I've been present at. And rightly so. Paul Simon was clearly appreciative of his audience and appeared gracious and grateful. I was so thrilled to have my 17 year old son alongside me to experience a live performance that was as strong as the music on the CDs that his parents have been subjecting him to all his life. Thank you SO much BF for giving us Paul Simon this year.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Sunday, April 07, 2013 12:32:02 PM
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How does a newspaper as large as SMH end up with such an poor reviewer.
Clearly the Fairfax group view such a task as unimportant,as if they did,they would delegate the task to someone with the competency to do so.

http://13thfloor.co.nz/reviewsconcert-reviews/wilco-mavis-staples-auckland-town-hall-april-6-2013/

They need to contract a person of the competency of the poster formerly known as Dan,who would write a quality review as does Marty Duda.

Apparantly there is a fearful announcement to be made on April 27th which is that the last surviving NZ independent,the Otago Daily Times,has been sold to Fairfax.
Is nothing sacred.

"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
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Sunday, January 11, 2015 9:42:46 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc5WJD1Y-jM
This was very much of interest to the older folk.
A fantastic show in the spirit of the district.

"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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