Raalte, June 8th, 9th, 10th 2019
Written by: Maggie Oliva MFEELINGSFMUSIC
Pictures by: Walter Wouters
The days before the Festival seemed too long, expecting the biggest and free entrance Roots and Blues festival of the year. We noticed it because the enthusiastic announcements at Instagram and more social media growing faster and faster the last months.
On our way to Raalte from Spijkenisse it was still raining so we arrived to our cute decorated and peaceful B&B place to stay. Parking nearby and the short walk was unbelievable under the nice sunshine. Mother Nature knew that the Festival will start and order immediately to stop the rain and as a present for ALL, this weather held till the very end of this gorgeous happening in the Netherlands.
It was great to see the presenter, the well known face of the festival year after year again with his friendly smile Mr. Jaap Harsem who enthusiastic announced the brilliant line up of this First Day Live Music. Gov’t Mule, Blackberrysmoke and My Baby.
This time, he remarked the Delta Club as a new attraction initiative at this Edition.
Warren Haynes – Gov’t Mule
And there they were again: Gov’t Mule (USA) launching Ribs & Blues 2019 with the song Hammer & Nails “It takes more, more than a hammer and nails, to make a house a home, followed by great compositions as Mule, Pressure, Banks, Rev. come, Blue Sky, Stone Cold Rage, Confess and one of my favorites because my memories at HIBF in Grolloo 2016 Live SOULSHINE, but then came the expected moment for Warren Haynes, lead singer-songwriter and guitar player of the band to announce his special guest on stage: Charlie Starr lead singer and guitar player of Blackberry Smoke. It was the high moment of his show which the audience responded with a passionate applause. I personally love the musicians interactions happenings on stage of the last times in live music.
Between the huge audience were many people I know from music organizations and festivals, some friends and also many social media contacts, it was nice have a quick meet and greet with many, I believe that there is always a right time to meet those who you will be happy to see.
Once at the Colorful Delta Club, described as burlesque shows. including parody, beautiful girls dancing, acrobatics- entertainment, who transported us in something different and original, many happy faces and whole families enjoying that.
Charlie Starr BlackBerrySmoke band & Warren Haynes
Charlie Starr /BlackBerry Smoke
Up to the Main Stage second band of the night with the Blackberrry Smoke
With their long, lank hair, dynastic beards and denim jackets, pushing the boundaries of their chosen genre, and dragging it into a new decade from the very first note.
They carry at least the DNA of the Allman Brothers. It was amazing for me to see them for the first time live performing. Two “Number One” Country albums under their belts. Men would immediately feel they are authentic and the lead singer, guitar player Charlie Starr delighted us with songs from their last album : “Find a Light” but another audience favorites too like: Fire In The Hole, Nobody Gives A D, Thunder, Good One, Let it Burn, Medicate, Big Boss Man, Ain’t wasting time, Sleeping Dogs. Run Away and more.
Just beautiful, some open-heart lyrics and some mournful pedal steel guitar, played and sang with noticeable pleasure but even more when he called Gov’Mule on stage I can almost say that this was the higher energy point of the night. After the show we had a short talk with Warren Haynes and Charlie Starr who answering my question: What was your highlight of the night? … They both pointed each other and answered unanimously “Playing with him”
MY BABY was here.
Cato van Dijck
In the summer of 2015 they toured Europe to promote their second album “Shamanaid”. The album was played on BBC Radio and Belgium Radio 1. In strong demand at festivals such as Lowlands (NL), Into the Great Wide Open (NL), Sziget (HU) and playing at no less than seven alternative stages at Glastonbury 2015, they were chosen by Seasick Steve as the opening act on his April 2015 UK tour
On September 2015, I hosted them backstage at a well known festival in Rotterdam NL We enjoyed their music at Ribs & Blues 2017, I also remember the day, they set through the storm at Zwarte Cross festival. So we know what we may expect from this wonderful Dutch -New Zealand trio. Cato van Dijck, Joost Sheik van Dijck drums and singer, Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston (guitar) My Baby has created the perfect bridge between rock and dance. Standing still is impossible. They are conquering the world and has been at many shows on (main)stages at the bigger festivals in The Netherlands and Europe.
This year at Main Stage on the First day of the 23 Edition of Ribs & Blues. We went in their imaginary story and went into a kind of trance, specially with the songs of the last created album “Mounaiki” : Which is the shamanistic name given to the main character and to experience the travel that the phantom muse is going through. Mounaiki is a ‘spirit name’ . It means ‘love and will’, or the combined energy of love. At the point in a dance trance you will feel that energy.
Cato van Dijck lead singer, guitar. Joost Sheik van Dijck drums and singer, Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnston (guitar) MY BABY
Describing the show. A beautiful voice breaking through the darkness and transforming in light with the Powerful frequencies of the drums creating space for the guitar and or violin sounds and the voices sounds more than specific lyrics making an energy to be transmitted to the audience who at the same time responded with their voices and applause sounds creating an energy circle in the place. Besides the music and hypnotizing performance the band is nice to see this time Cato lead singer, guitar and violin player wore a kind of black with red flowers, Kimono style tunic and during the show changed in a translucency black short tunic and one piece golden pant. J. Sheik on drums, Cato’s brother at the same start also with nice extravagant accessories and then sensually shirtless and Daniel typical the Blues Spirit and look including a black hat. They are a feast for the eyes!
After the show they made a little time for a hangout and a relaxed conversation. Nice to interchange multicultural experiences with them I am impressed they remember the moments we shared. What’s next I asked, a Tour in December this year starting in Croatia. Tomorrow we will fly to Scotland. and the highlights? we are hitting this year again Glastonbury, Lowlands, another festivals? in UK., Germany, Denmark, France, Estonia, Hungary, Czechoslovak Republic, in the Netherlands: Rock your Boots, Parkpop, Bospop, North Sea Jazz Festival and 5 jaar Grenzwerk, as far as we know, they added.
With a grateful heart but with high music adrenaline yet, we left the festival place to our comfortable B&B this time, but I still nostalgic remember the camping times when I use to come back home with dirty feet, messy hair and sparkling eyes.
I feel lucky to catch some hours sleep, before the next whole intense day tomorrow .. from 01.15 pm till 01.00 am full programming 7 bands at Main stage and 6 at the Delta Stage.
It will be continue:
Ribs & Blues
MFEELINGSFMUSIC- Maggie Oliva