The Blues Festival is held each year in May on the Gold Coast at Broadbeach precinct. This year was no exception and today the sun shone brightly over the festival and the crowds poured in, in records numbers. Its held over four days and is free to the public with streets blocked off and bands set up at different locations in the area. Broadbeach is a fantastic part of the coast teeming with restaurants and capable of handling the large crowds. It has an eclectic mix of architecture, from old style 60s fibro and wood beach houses to modern high rises.
Today the blues wielded its magic on a mixed bag of people from all walks of life and economic groups bound together by the music. An interesting people watching day if only I was quick enough on the camera to record. I did catch a few interesting people who brought a fun atmosphere with them.
There were numerous bands playing throughout the day and we were spoilt for choice. There were three that stood out for me and I enjoyed them immensely. I am not a hard blues fan but tend to like bluegrass and surprisingly today guitars! Monster Guitars is a powerful duo. Their bio reads “Monster Guitars” fast, furious and passionate blues rock roots duo on slide guitars, loops and sweet vocals amongst the gravel, tar and razor blades”.
Jules Boult Duo has been described as blues performers, blues tradionalists, funky keyboard, great singer, may do a guitar set but always has the house rocking, which they did.
Last but not least was an entertaining harmonica playing musician that also juggles his ‘music balls” in time with the music. A great crowd pleaser and a great way to end a day watching the sun go down.
It was better than expected and I cant wait until next year – I am now a fully fledged blues fan!