|Rainclouds over Bluesfest on Good Friday 2013.|
I had a fairly good Friday at Bluesfest apart from a few minor things that put a damper on my day.
For one thing, I got caught in stop/go traffic which took me 45 mins to get through at the Gold Coast part of the freeway, so it took me over two hours to get down to Byron Bay, a trip that usually takes about an hour and a bit under normal circumstances.
So I missed Hat Fitz and Cara,who I was looking forward to seeing, so the above song of theirs was really appropriate after that debacle, which was my own fault in some ways for not being as organized as I should have been.
|Pirate popcorn sailing the stormy seas on Good Friday.|
|I love that guy's psychedelic pineapple shirt.|
|My life at the Crossroads;-)|
|Jake Shimabukuro at Bluesfest Good Friday.|
Jake Shimabukuro was the first act I caught and what an act it was.
|Jake Shimabukuro at Bluesfest|
He played the two tunes above and a few others.
My UK friend King Uke
would have loved this session.
|Ben Harper playing at the Crossroads tent.|
I got there 15 minutes early by my watch and he was already on.
Not only that, he seemed to be nearly finished.
I thought that there must have been something wrong with my watch.
And there was.
It was daylight savings time in New South Wales, and in Queensland where I live, we don't have daylight savings, so my watch was an hour behind Bluesfest time.
I forgot about that.
And since I couldn't get anywhere near the tent, I just had to walk away, get a drink and get my bearings right for the next shows.
|Joan Armatrading at Bluesfest Good Friday 2013.|
|Joan Armatrading. I need a better camera than my 2 meg cell phone :-(|
I tried to get a photo of her butterfly shirt with my crappy cell phone camera, but none of them really shows the butterflies on her shirt well enough.
It was probably the shirt in the above photo, I think.
Anyway it was a bit of a synchronicity to see that my friend Trish had written this post at her blog, which I read when I got home from Bluesfest -
|Lotus Palace, the new stage at Bluesfest this year.|
|It's like being in a spaceship.|
|Sixto Díaz Rodríguez playing at Bluesfest.|
Next was the performance I was waiting for - Rodríguez.
|Rodríguez playing at Bluesfest Good Friday.|
I picked up the DVD Searching For Sugarman
yesterday at the Bluesfest shop and was planning on getting it signed by him later on in the day.
If you haven't seen this movie, rent it, you'll love it, even if you don't like his music.
It's probably the only reason he was playing Bluesfest, because this movie resurrected his career.
Unfortunately I had to miss The Steve Miller Band to see Rodríguez play.
Can't win them all, I guess?
|This woman was getting her boobs signed by this band. Her bra was on though.|
|Crazy line up for Rodríguez signings in the pouring rain.|
After waiting at the CD table (above) pretending to be deciding which CD to purchase, so that I had a good spot in the tent to get a photo of Rodriguez when he finally turned up, news came through that he wasn't coming over to sign anything, which made the soaked line up really happy, and I was glad that I had decided not to line up :-)
While I was at the CD table there was a band called
Red Dog Star Koko Dies
Now I know what they sing ,but I didn't yesterday.
Yet another band I missed because of Rodriguez. Doh!
|"Nelson and Koko (Red Dog)" by Adam Cullen.|
|Santana from afar at Bluesfest 2013. Sometimes it is a blues fest, too :-(|
At least I could hear him and see the screens.
|Heading past the bright lights and on my way back to Brisbane.|
I hope the rain goes away, but the guy I'm heading down to see is Roger Hodgson, and his forecast doesn't look very promising ;-)I might have to batten down the hatches?-)