Pull up to the bumper Bluesfest
GRACE Jones has been added to the bill for this year’s Bluesfest in Byron, which runs from Thursday to Monday, April 21-25.
Grace Jones will do her exhilarating thing on the Friday night, April 22. A Grace Jones performance is not just a concert; it’s an event that’s part musical tour de force, part runway fashion show and part theatrical drama full of outrageous extravagance. (Her appearance at the 2009 Sydney Festival is still being talked about.)
A live showstopper, musical powerhouse, enigma and inspiration to so many artists from Annie Lennox to Lady Gaga, Grace Jones in concert is spectacular from first to last.
Bluesfest goers will hear a voice that spans two-and-a-half octaves, from her commanding speak-singing to her soaring soprano, plus music from across her whole career – including tracks from her 2008 comeback album Hurricane, plus her hits Pull Up to the Bumper, Love Is The Drug, I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango), Slave to the Rhythm and I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You).
Bluesfest tickets are selling faster than ever this year so get them while you can – otherwise, come Easter, you’ll be living in regret rather than enjoying some of the best musical acts from all the four great lands.
Five-day tickets are already on the verge of selling out.
There are still single day tickets for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday tickets are sold out.
To buy tickets, visit the Bluesfest website at www.bluesfest.com.au.
And just so you know, other acts announced for Bluesfest so far are – take a big breath – Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Cat Empire, Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Fistful of Mercy, Mavis Staples, Xavier Rudd, Trinity Roots, Kate Miller-Heidke, Washington, Little Bushman, Tony Joe White, Indigo Girls, Eric Bibb, Ash Grunwald, Ruthie Foster, C.W. Stoneking, Jeff Lang, Saltwater Band, and RocKwiz Live. (Another breath...)
Jethro Tull, ZZ Top, John Legend, Gurrumul, Toots & the Maytals, Funky Meters, Irma Thomas, Booker T, Los Lobos, Kasey Chambers, Pete Murray, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band, The Dingoes, Diesel, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, B.B. & the Blues Shack, Joe Louis Walker, Phil Jones & the Unknown Blues, The Snowdroppers, Ray Beadle, Nat Col & the Kings, and Barrence Whitfield.
Phew. That’a big line-up. I’m exhausted...