Byron Bay Music Photographer ~ BLUESFEST 2012 ~ day three

April 08, 2012  •  Leave a Comment


Halfway already...having a brilliant time, but the body is weary...suck it up've got shooting to do!


A few on-stage technical glitches for day three and a tight schedule because of the delays...missed one or two acts as a consequence of overlaps...hopefully catch Betty LaVette day four.


The day's highlight came watching Brian Setzer and crew having a three way acoustic bass duel....absolutely awesome! Only wish I could have been in the pit and getting pics, but then I wouldn't have enjoyed the music as's all about balance I 'spose. One thing we have noticed as photographers, is that by the time the artists are really pumping and getting into it, we're's a bummer only having that smidge at the beginning of each performance. I am still very thankful to be there at all though.


So, started the day with a dose of Seasick Steve. He had sound problems. This dude is so cool though...first he entertained by just singing unplugged, a-capella, then he had a few swigs from his red wine bottle and then decided to go and meet his fans. Yep...he got down off stage, strode up and started shaking their hands and "thanks for coming"! Wicked dude!

















Sound fixed...good to go...

Then Steve invites his mate out who is none other than John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame...woohoo!

After all that excitement we needed to calm down with the quiet musings of Justin Townes Earle.


Time to up the tempo again, with a trip to Africa with Angelique Kidjo...beautiful woman, beautiful voice.


Angelique was then book ended by Steve Earle, Justin's dad! Remember Copperhead Road?

Remember those runaway boys the Stray Cats? Brian Setzer played with a whole lot of rockabilly raucousness last night which certainly had me jumping in my boots. The three bass duel off was the day's highlight...thank you boys!


Back on the pace roller coaster, it was time for a slow down, so out came sunshine superman himself, Donovan.


Then...drumroll please....the long awaited, highly anticipated...Mr john Fogherty! He was back to doing what he does best...Creedence and last night the crowd was treated to the whole of Cosmo's Factory...woohoo!


I think he enjoyed himself!





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