Opening the Mojo tent for the day was twenty-one year old American artist Max Jury. Max started off his set on the piano, with his sweet track Grace and his supporters were swaying along as his dulcet tones washed over the crowd. At the same time powerhouse Nikki Hill was getting groovy on the Crossroads stage. Performing tracks like Heavy Hearts Hard Fists and LUV, Nikki is aptly referred to as one of the queens of soul.
Vintage Trouble played their last set for Bluesfest 2017 on the Crossroads stage and they were in fine form, with lead singer Ty bringing his usual mesmerizing stage presence to play. While Beth Hart connected with her crowd on a spiritual level, bringing on friend Eric Gales for one of Bluesfests infamous on-stage collaborations. At the same time the stunning Corrine Bailey Rae was captivating the Mojo stage, with her second Bluesfest set of her first Australian performance. Her soaring vocals carried songs like Been to the Moon and her show is as visually gorgeous as she is.
American rock trio The Record Company brought the energy to the Jambalaya stage, with a sound reminiscent of bands like The Black Keys. For a rock band they have a great soul sound, with the band dynamic showing that a lead, a bassist and a drummer has been a winning combination for years; tracks like Off the Ground show exactly why bands without a strong bass are missing a magical element.
Every day gets bigger and bigger with Bluesfest and Saturday was no different. Legend Buddy Guy held the audience spell bound on the Crossroads stage, while vets The Doobie Brothers rocked out on the Mojo stage – closing Bluesfest with a bang!
Christie: St. Paul & the Broken Bones! My god they never fail to entertain, with great visuals, epic sound and a show that is always memorable. Opening with Crumbling Light Posts, Pt 1 from their 2016 release Sea of Noise they have expanded to an octuplet this year and their sound was bigger than ever.
Gina: Billy Bragg was so raw and honest, with his ‘fuck you’ attitude filling his set with personality. He did a few covers, making them his own, changing Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A Changin’ to The Times They Are NOT A Changin’. He also covered Anais Mitchell’s Why We Build the Wall, getting the crowd chanting and roaring.
Photo credit: Gina Martin