K-Blues was held this year at a rustic venue on a gorgeous hillside in the scenic Kooralbyn valley. 2016 marks the second year of the local blues event. Crew and organisers woke to a gloomy looking morning on event day. It seems some light morning showers did deter a few of the invitation only attendees. However, the overcast weather left quickly. From then on crew, performers and audience alike soaked up K-Blues 2016.
It soon turned out to be a great day of home grown music performances. A wide variety of artists let rip with a cross section of blues inspired sets. Styles ranged from acoustic solos and duos to individuals performing with backing tracks to full bands. The audience was treated to classic blues standards, a good dose of modern blues and some original material. As night fell full bands took to the stage building up audience vibe with driving grooves, ripping guitar solos and energetic vocals. Once the bands got pumping the audience couldn't help but get up and dance.
Taking to the stage across the entire event were Floyd, Michael Prosser, Bec + Chris, Rockbadger, Mr. G., Be Right Back and Vicki. A few improptu pieces tested performer skills. This brought its own dynamic, allowing performers to set aside their polished edge for a moment and have some fun on stage jamming it out for a song or two.
The day did have one major drama. One of the headline artists showed up with a sprained ankle, dedicated to perform. Unfortunately, he was let down by some technical difficulties that resolutely defied being resolved. He cancelled his set after twice taking to stage trying to showcase his smooth blues style. Fellow musicians showed a true blues attitude thanking him and commending him for his effort.
For the rest of the day it was nothing but cool times with everyone checking out the acts, chilling with friends and getting into some good food and drink. Event organisers were mostly pleased with the way the event progressed, happy it ended on a high as a full light show flared away while the final band rocked on to finale.
The vibe afterwards was great. Attendees commented that it was an awesome event and were eager to see more. Crew and performers shared a similar outlook. All involved were motivated to push K-Blues to a bigger platform in 2017. Without a doubt, it will be a excellent follow up holding the event for a third time – bigger, better, cooler.
Rockbadger Productions would like to thank all crew and performers who made the day a success. And thanks to all who attended providing a great vibe to the day. See you next time!