Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Blues & Roots Festival

I always have the most wonderful time in Byron Bay and especially when the Blues Festival is on.

Byron Bay is home to my Bestest Friends and Loved ones so i love spending time there, and the East Coast Blues & Roots festival is truly one of the most special festivals i have ever attended.

I started going to the festival when i was still in High School and have been going most years ever since. Its a wonderful ALL Ages festival, so inclusive of all sorts of people, its a real melting pot of musical tastes and cultures and attracts some wonderful musicians every year. I always leave having discovered new favourite music that has a permanent spot on my play list.

Musicians like Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ben Harper, John Butler (all who have played the festival more times than i could count)  Paul Kelly, Taj Mahal, Angelique Kidjo, Blue King Brown, Archie Roach, Xavier Rudd, Blind Boys of Alabama, Seasick Steve, Eric Bibb, Tony Joe White and so many many more. 

This year highlights for me were Seasick Steve (seriously if you haven't heard of this guy check him out NOW!) Eric Bibb (an absolutely AMAZING blues gospel performer), Fishbone (Scary but totally cool Funky Rock) and AYO (gorgeous German Nigerian singer who can only be described as completely JOYFUL).

Cant wait to see what next year brings!

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