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jinx09
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 3:15:36 PM
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i thought it might me fun on a sunday afternoon if we updated the earlier, similar thread. as before, i'm sure there'll be a wide range of views!

i've been to the past 17 festivals and my top 6 (in no special order) are:

iris dement (98)
wilco (13)
bonnie raitt (06)
sly and robbie w michael rose (03)
emmylou harris (01)
&
rem (05).
bambambam
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:41:55 PM
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the paladins
cousin harley
joe bomamassa
brian setzer
johnny lang


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repete
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 1:30:20 AM
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Solomon Burke (2004)
Burning Spear (2000)
North Mississippi Allstars (2004)
Irma Thomas (2011)
Buddy Guy (his 2006 show at Red Devil)
George Clinton Parliament/Funkadelic (2005)
Amadou and Mariam (2006)

Oh, that's seven...sorry. Very special mentions to Afro Cuban Allstars, the Funky Meters, Fred Eaglesmith, Junior Brown, Lil Band o' Gold, Emmylou Harris, Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias, Big Jack Johnson, Jimmie Vaughan with Lou Ann Barton, Sly 'n Robbie with Michael Rose, Robert Randolph, Pharoah Sanders, Ray Davies, Ruthie Foster, Mavis Staples, Galactic (with Cyril Neville and Corey Henry), Trombone Shorty and Grace Jones. Apologies to dozens of other great artists who should also be included!!

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timcook123
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 7:45:21 AM

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no particular order

Roger Hodgeson (Any set)
The Avett Brothers (Both sets 2010)
Blitzen Trapper (Both sets 2012)
Warren Hayes (2011)
Steve Miller Band (2013)
Buddy Guy (2010 but any set from buddy was great)

ask me again tomorrow and you'll probably get a new list haha

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littlewillie
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 8:25:19 AM
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R.L Burnside
Ray Davies
Imelda May
Black Keys
John Fogerty
Vegas Kings
colinsid
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RL Burnside
Michelle Shocked & The Annointed Earls(1998)
John Fogerty
Buddy Guy
Joe Bonamassa

No particular year for Burnside, Guy or Fogerty as I have enjoyed all their performances.
Michelle Shocked has never repeated the exceptional performance from 98 still one of the most memorable gigs ever, in fact has been a bit of a let down of late.
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No particular order. Hard to whittle it down to six.

Gogol Bordello (Jambalaya set) 2010
My Morning Jacket 2012
Earth Wind & Fire 2012
The Avett Brothers 2010
Grace Jones 2011
Dropkick Murphys / Iggy & The Stooges 2013

jinx09
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 12:50:33 PM
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jinx09 wrote:
i thought it might me fun on a sunday afternoon if we updated the earlier, similar thread. as before, i'm sure there'll be a wide range of views!

i've been to the past 17 festivals and my top 6 (in no special order) are:

iris dement (98)
wilco (13)
bonnie raitt (06)
sly and robbie w michael rose (03)
emmylou harris (01)
&
rem (05).


ps: actually bonnie raitt was 07, rather than 06. i got that wrong. and i totally agree with repete and colinsid above about amadou and mariam (06) and michele shocked and the annointed earls (98) respectively. they were really great!

and one i overlooked yesterday - rodney crowell (09).

guess my six just became nine!
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 6:31:04 PM
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Very subjective :
First time viewings versus repeat viewings
Legends viewed for the first time
The package chosen by the artist for the show
The specific point in the career of the artist at which you view them
Length of set...short,medium or long impacts on the capacity of the artist to deliver,particularly when they have an extensive songwriting history
Something going wrong..eg sound issues or a band member unable to make it
Size of tent and viewing spot able to be attained.
All you can do is look at the top sets you have most enjoyed from each year you have attended,and try to cull it down :

Ray Davies[2008] First time viewing of a legend and first time I have been hoarse at Bluesfest.Read my mind and started with the obscure "I'm not like Everybody else",and just pumped out all the songs you could possibly want to hear,with a couple of young rockers on guitars playing for all they were worth.
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic[2005] 3 hour mindblowing set on the funky mothership with its 13 vocalists.My first exposure to them.
Kenny Neal Band[2004].First exposure to the guy who moves from blues and just cranks it up in a sublime display of supreme funky guitar skills.
Maceo Parker[2008].What a show with the big funky band at their most supreme.First viewing.
Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings[2005].First exposure.Such a fast player.My favourite slide.
Chris Isaak[2013] First viewing. A set of supreme class.To be able to correctly choose and cover the two most poignant Elvis songs the way he did displays a unique talent,as well as his own atmospheric songs.The ultimate showman.


"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
glenboss
Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2013 10:05:35 PM
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Top 5 acts Foreign
Robert Randolph. Head and shoulders above every other act I’ve ever enjoyed at Bluesfest. Walls of Rhythm. The most brilliant covers of both the Beatles and Hendrix. No one else has come near to them in my view
Eric Bibb & Stefan Astner. I walked out of that concert in a euphoric state. Had the return to our campsite, boil the billy, and sit a while.
Rodriguez – The first show last year at Jambalyaa. I purchased my first Rodriguez record 38 years ago. I saw him a few years before and thought he was terrible This concert was just a really wonderful experience
John Fogerty – One of the surreal moments. I used to be right into his music when I was in grade 11 & 12 at school. That was about 40 years ago. Here I was at his last show at Bluesfest absolutely thoroughly enjoying his music when I looked at my sons, 26 & 21 years old, and they were enjoying the music as much as I was. It was like a time warp.
2 acts I would like to mention are Rodrigo & Gabriela & Joe Louis Walker but I need to reserve the last spot jointly for Santana (whom I’ve seen numerous time over the years but he just seemed to add that something extra last year) and Robert Plant. Both those show were at the brilliant levcel.
Top 5 Australian acts
John Butler Trio – don’t need to say anything here
The Audreys – Saw their early show one year. Haunting melodies, hypnotic music. Just unbelievable. Really really enjoyed that show. It is the one and only Audreys concert I’ve ever been too but it was up there with the absolute best I’ve seen at Bluesfest
Mason Rack Band – I’ve seen several of their shows. One in particular was a standout. I think it was a Sunday afternoon in Jambalaya and maybe it was the mood I was in but shit it was good.
Wolfmother – My sons dragged me off to it one night. I think it was payback for all the shows I dragged them off to. Didn’t want to go but I’m glad I did. What an awesome concert.
Melbourne Ska Orchestra – They can be a little repititous but the very first night I saw them At Bluesfest – they were incredible
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Steve Earle
John Fogerty
Paul Kelly
Taj Mahal
Grace Jones
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TheLoneRanger
Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:46:52 PM
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Best six Au sets

Johnny Greens Blues Cowboys
Any of the years they had either Flash or Killer on guitar,with Johnny & Grunter.
Iin fact I think one year they had the five guitars on board.
Country,Blues,50's retro and any band that plays Telstar & Pipeline in the same set is a winner

Mojo Webb[any set]
Channels the spirit of Buddy Guy
My kind of Blues
The sax is a huge plus

The Bamboos
Any of the years they have played.
Pumping out the funk with Kylie out front,lots of smiles & dancing.
Horn section a huge plus

Hat Fitz & Itchy[2005]
Captain Beefheart is transformed into an Au bushranger on speed.

Ross Ward and band[s]
Veteran musican who has played a material number of times at Bluesfest.
I single out Byron Bay Blues Allstars in the Juke Joint[2004] as it was the first Au set I saw at Bluesfest and Wards Xpress[2013]
Inclusion of a sax is a huge plus

Grey Ghost[2013]
Performed two simply stunning sets.
Can he keep it up.

Pete Cornelius & the Devilles any of the years they had a sax player,and Andy Cowan[2005],prolific songwriter,the Au Tom Waits/Van Morrison are other contenders.
The year Pete played with the sax player at Narooma i told him it was the best Au set[s] I had ever seen..


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"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
waffles
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 10:10:20 AM
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lets hope grey ghost is back again for 2014.

just watching some hiphop on rage and thinking about him.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 11:57:43 AM
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Applause
waffles wrote:
lets hope grey ghost is back again for 2014.

just watching some hiphop on rage and thinking about him.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMxMl-27P_g

One of the dudes has got a double bass....cool

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"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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