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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summertyne Americana Festival. July 18

The choices last night were many - Opening gig at the Globe, Paul Edis at the Jazz Café, BBC Big Band at Durham or the Summertyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead.
I opted for this latter event, not least because of the idyllic pre concert open air setting with bands playing on Performance Square.
In Hall One, Earl Thomas and the Royal Guard were billed as the support act and what a support act they were! With a powerful horn section, Nord keys and rhythm they lifted the roof. The charismatic singer dished out the soul as we closed our eyes and moved over to "The Motor City". An absolute gas!
Steven Seagal and his Blues Band had it all to do but, as befits a Hollywood action legend and accomplished blues musician, he, with the help of Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) did it! Taking us from Chicago down to the Mississippi delta and back again. The Hall was heavin'! My only complaint, the back of stage lighting made it difficult to see the performers clearly. Still, hearing was what mattered and we heard!
On this showing I think Seagal could give up the day job!
Lance.
The festival continues today and Sunday - saddle up the mustang, Sally.

1 comment :

Patti (on F/b) said...

Earl Thomas - mmmmmmmm - what a performer! And that top class blues band! Ace ...... cheers Lance!

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