Rock and Blues Weekend 2016 Overview
Another three days in January crammed to the rafters with live music. The mix was lots of Old, something Blue and something New. As ever the weekend created a wall of debate too much blues, not enough rock too many repeats from previous years etc.. Yet, despite the negative chatter thousands turn up every year to party.
Bluesdoodles is concentrating on the positives, yes some of the acts The Animals, Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood etc. are predictable but they draw the crowds and the stages were packed with people enjoying the music and having a fun Butlins Music Weekend. There is always more music elsewhere. The jazz may have drawn negativity but the audiences were large and having fun for Courtney Pine and Snake Davies.
Highlights for Bluesdoodles
Allowing up and coming bands to play in front of large crowds. CD sales after the showcase proved how much they were enjoyed. The opportunity to vote your favourite through in the hope they are invited back to play one of the main stages in 2017. The chance to hear new bands. Everyone who performed were winners in getting their music noticed.
The winners of the vote were:-
Friday: Sugarman Sam and the Voodoo Men
Saturday: Texas Flood
The two performers who progressed from Introducing stage Rebecca Downes and The Della Grants stepped up to the big lights and wowed the crowds. The harmonica maestro Giles Robson & The Dirty Aces gave a twist to the blues that always pleases. The Stumble entertained and everyone was delighted that Sean Webster was back on a UK stage in top form.
This was the stage with some real surprises and highlights. The sound was often dodgy and the pillars prevent views but the vibe was rocking. The surprise delights for me were Manfred Mann’s Earth Band they ripped up a storm and then the eclectic, quirky Arthur Brown put on a show that was solid entertainment. Other highlights were rock bands FM and House of X, they cranked up the volume and blasted out music that got your rocking heart beating. The two rootsy alternative rock, folk blues mix of Babajack and Wille and The Bandits certainly changed the tempo and delighted with their sets. Finally Aynsley Lister bought blues-rock to the stage and his rendition of Purple Rain as ever just wowed the crowd with the power of the guitar.
Jaks is always the place to go if you want to stay up to the small hours and the late nights acts provided the back drop. LaVendore Rogue were the highlight of the venue that always puts on a blues infused mix of bands and performers. The jam is the annual Saturday afternoon destination that listeners and participants always enjoy.
Full review Friday 22nd January 2016 HERE
Full review Saturday 23rd January 2016 HERE
Full review Sunday 24th January 2016 HERE
For Photography Albums – Bluesdoodles Photography HERE
What to find out more about the artists?
Bluesdoodles has reviewed some of the artist music here are the links
Aynsley Lister – HOME
Rainbreakers – Blood Not Brass
The Della Grants – Time for Change
Catfish – So Many Roads
Catfish – When BB Sings The Blues
LaVendore Rogue – Light Up With
Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band – Trouble With The Blues
Babajack – Running Man
Babajack – Live