It’s past midnight, the hours are starting to count (what idiot decides to take 2 camera’s and 7 lenses along anyway? Oh yeah… me) but two blokes from my hometown are also playing on the festival and I really heed to see them too.
Actually I’m not really sure what to expect as I make my way from the Sadies to Tangarine. I love the guys, but they’re far from a blues band, not to mention “Rhythm&Blues”. Will there actually be anyone interested at them at a bluesfestival or is the hall completely empty? I needn’t have worried, the hall is full, very full. The duo does know how to entertain a crowd with a good sense of humour and fantastic harmony singing. Tangarine has done very well in the Netherlands the past year, touring with Tim Knol, getting ‘the minute‘ on Dutch TV and currently going abroad.
It’s been said so very often: looking at them, hearing them and you can’t help but be reminded of Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan. Acoustic, very lo-fi and very very good! They’re gonna go places, mark my words!
Back to the main hall for the last gig there: the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Unfortunately that didn’t quite work. It was by far the worst light setting of the evening and musically it didn’t do much for me. Working on the photos afterwards I was amazed to see a few photos looking rather well after a lot of editing, but a bit more light (that is: any light at all) would have been much appreciated.
On the other hand this was a good moment to check out the last act in the Entreehal: the Frank Goldwasser Band. This at least looked and sounded like blues. Great rhythm section, lots of good soloing and in all a great gig.
At 02:00am the last three acts start and I’m only going to see one of them, I’m to knackered to go and see the rest. But Pokey Lafarge is a must-see of course. It’s good to see that even at this hour, after already so many hours of fantastic music, there’s still so much enthusiasm for the last stet of acts. Pokey Lafarge is a time-machine bringing us right back to the early twenties of the last century with a ragtime blues style. Acoustic instruments, vintage clothing and a thick American accent make this the perfect closing act of an amazing edition of this festival.