Now that the festival is in it’s second hour, it’s getting pretty busy and the first main act on the biggest stage is a big part of the reason for that. I have to rush to that stage to find a decent spot and only just about manage. Now bring on Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle Of Soul”!
His backingband -the Extraordinaires- is welcomed to the stage by an audience that fills every available spot of the hall and after two funky instrumentals the keyboard player steps up to the mic and introduces the big man himself, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, mister Charles Bradley! It’s an awesome introduction to an incredible performer. Charles and band are steaming. Charles Bradley has the voice, the style and he’s definitely has the moves. Somewhere up there the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” gave an approving nod. Charles came, saw and conquered! What a gig!
In the Kleine Zaal Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express were playing. I was only able to catch a little bit of the performance and based on style and sound a very clear picture of Tom Petty embedded itself in my mind. However there was a lot going on at the moment and I could only stay for so long.
In the Binnenzaal Jaimi Faulkner was busy playing a beautiful set, bit more singer-songwriter orientated from what I felt, but that’s the disadvantage of shooting at a festival: there’s so little time to really listen to a band. But it sounded really good. Will try and see a full show when he’s back over here sometime.
Now however I had to get back to the Foyer, because there one of my personal heroes was on stage: Eric Sardinas. If ever there was a a better showman-like slideguitarplayer out there I dare you to point him out to me. If Charles Bradley is the Screaming Eagle of Soul, Eric surely is the Screaming Cowboy of Blues. With a bass-player that looks as though he parked his Harley in the back this band is an absolute joy to watch. And the sound…. man, I LOVE slide-guitar blues like this. Eric was an absolute highlight of the evening!