Raalte, May 20th, 2018
Written by: Maggie Oliva MFEELINGSFMUSIC
Photographer: Walter Wouters
Wake up with the singing of the rooster is not something that happens to me everyday but at this beautiful first Pentecost day 2018. Blue Sky and a fantastic weather forecast for the next days. On my way to the festival meet and greet friends Harry and Jan Postma from Assen. Erwin Java, will play his last show with “King of the World” they friendly remarked.
The organisation of the Ribs Blues festival in Raalte is satisfied with the number of visitors of the past few days. They estimate around 40 or 45 thousand visitors, however difficult to count because those days are free of charge and there were no tickets in order to count.
However the main stage counted with Seven gigs of one by one, top live music. The Brew, Danny Vera, Jeangu MacRooy, The Bintangs, Lachy Doley, King of the World, The Brandos.
Playing alternately six great bands: Ragtime Rumors, Dawn Brothers, Jackie Venson, Lisa Le Blanc, Hamish Anderson, Pert Near Sandstone, at the Delta Stage which could be reached after a walk through happy people enjoying huge ribs and beer at the Barbecue land some of them watching their kids at the Kids adventure land.
And the show may start with The British trio, The Brew, known for their explosive live shows. The BAM feeling, so familiar at the first Pentecost day at Ribs & Blues. After 4 show in Germany and on the last day of their May tour here in Raalte NL.
We enjoyed its psychedelic rock music. The band is very enthusiastic and has a lot of fun together. The Brew sounds are just delicious. Put music in boxes, is not about feelings, music is free! Inspiration for the whole day. This guitar, bass, drums streamlined by vintage amps band, clearly has the best rock classics. The band is authentic powerful and valuable for any Main Stage.
DANNY VERA ( Main Stage) RAGTIME RUMORS (Delta Stage)
A travel through my senses! The last time everybody knows Danny Vera for his constant presentation at Dutch TV RTL 7, for me, this was the first time to admire his live music. Danny and band transported us imaginary to the world of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison en Elvis Presley with one by one wonderful songs as: How The dice Will Roll, I’ve Been Around, All Night Long, Road Rhythm Blues, Worn Out Man, The Devil’s Son, Jesus & The Outlaw, Running with My Boots On, Expandable Time, L.O.V.E, C’Mon Hold On, Utopia, Viva Las Vegas and Outro.
In the mean time Ragtime Rumors, winners of the European Blues Challenge made the audience RAG’n Rollen, so as they sometimes call their music. The real true is that we keep an eye on them, since their participation at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis last year. We tasted a mix of gypsy jazz and roots-blues in the sounds too.
Jeangu Macrooy (Main Stage) The Dawn Brothers, Jackie Venson (Delta Stage)
Paramaribo at the highlights! represented by The 24 years old, Jeangu McRooy and band. They coloured the atmosphere with hypnotizing Soul sounds. We have seen them at many festivals last year.
THE DOWN BROTHERS (Delta Stage)
“We keep playing the old souls from the future” said “The Down Brothers” That sounds familiar to me! There you are again young musicians from Rotterdam. Last year I met them at a popular festival in Katendrecht, where I yearly assist the stage manager. It was amazing to hear them, about their future plans and after a year to see them succeeding, check yourself if you like. Dawn Brothers With a great repertoire like this Milk truck, Get Down the Road, Sweet Love, Pictures, Summer Jam, Silver Spoon, Hunter, Vampire, Holy Water, How Come and Staying out late. They prepared us for the almost end of the afternoon shows at the Delta Stage.
It was for many the AAAAAH!!! moment at this point at the Delta Stage the amazing show of Jackie Venson; while Lisa Leblanc get interviewed at the Delta back stage and the Bintangs and Lachy Doley were getting ready to rock the evening at the Main Stage.
Jackie is a very talented Singer Song writer from Austin, Texas. She grew up with music, as long as she sings and plays she feels comfortable, the powerful guitar sounds are like a weapon to open the door to the place where she deserves to be. “Next year Main stage” asked the audience.
The Bintangs, Lachy Doley ( Main Stage) Lisa Leblanc (Delta Stage)
At this time the festival has reached its highest level of the day, crowd everywhere, almost impossible to walk from one stage to the other. However photographer Walter Wouters kept the good work : check it out! Kind thanks to the Media team for their great work and support too. However I watch some live streaming, but nothing goes above a live performance and as close as possible. Lisa Leblanc at the Delta Stage was highly recommended by friends and honestly I was curious about her first live festival performance in The Netherlands.
THE BINTANGS (Main Stage)
LACHY DOLEY GROUP( Main stage)
LISA LE BLANC
After her opening words “I am so excited to be here Ribs & Blues” and when she got the euphoric audience on her side, we knew what we had to expect of her show. Lisa Singer -guitar and banjo transformed in one sound. Her ability to compose rousing, heart-wrenching narratives from everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has been compared to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high-flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.
King of The World – Memorable farewell for guitar player and band Co-founder Erwin Java who was playing for the last time with King of the World. Ribs & Blues festival is almost home for Erwin Java since he performed 3 times with King of the World (Fokke de Jong, Ruud Weber, Govert van der Kolm ) and before with the legendary Cuby & the Blizzards. During his performance, he emotional expressed his gratitude to the members of the band, the festival organization and the band followers remarking the song “I still can’t go home’ as a perfect metaphor for his new project ‘Keepin’t Real’
So we enjoyed one hour of pure blues music from those one by one talented Dutch Musicians.
KING OF THE WORLD (Main Stage)
HAMISH ANDERSON (Delta Stage)
The first time I met Hamish was at the beginning of his European Tour at Moulin Blues festival. After a short talk about traveling and his honest curiosity for different cultures. To meet him and band at their last gig in The Netherlands was a symbolic message that reveal me that it won’t be the last time to him and band, on the road. He had become the very last artist to open for Blues Legend B.B. King. “the blues and rock is what I connect with” He remarked, and you can feel it. “A beautiful sound that digs a deep groove and fills it with cotton balls” It feels effortless. It comes from deep inside.
PERT NEAR SANDSTONE
“People get really wrapped up in genre and labeling,” explain them, but Ribs & Blues allows us to showcase all these different aspects of roots and American music that are really important to us and to the fabric of folk music today.” Bluegrass feelings, Pert Near Sandstone is a band that reaps the most ripe fruits of their musical courage and they shared their happiness with us!
THE BRANDOS (Mainstage)
The American rock band “The Brandos” was in charge to close the night at the first day Pentecoast 2018 in Raalte. Dave Kincaid, Singer, guitar player, and songwriter, lead the band to obtain the original sound from 1987, their popular gold time with their first album ‘Honor among Thieves”and the singel “Gettysburg”. The amazing from the beginning till the very end performance made the long going crowd shout for more of their roots-rock music with Irish and b.t.w., Spanish influences too.
It has been a long day with intense emotions for all. I truly thank all who I met those days. My feelings for music is the powerful engine that keeps me going in this great adventure called life. Deep sleep and up to the last festival day!
Ribs & Blues Raalte