Monterey Jazz Fest: Blues afternoon brightens festival – California News

Monterey Jazz Fest: Blues afternoon brightens festival – California News

Monterey >> The 60th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival got deep into the groove Saturday afternoon.

Just as artistic director Tim Jackson said, the lineup was one of the best there has been in years for what is known traditionally as the Saturday blues afternoon. True, the blues were back as Mr. Sipp tore into his guitar like a man possessed, walking the arena for an extended solo, rubbing shoulders with happy festival patrons. There’s nothing like a walkabout in the arena with the Rainbow Crew just steps behind recalling a New Orleans second line parade.

Mr. Sipp’s set-ending tribute to Jimi Hendrix on the stage that basically has Hendrix’s signature on it was savored by adoring fans. He first artfully played “Little Wing,” slid into an “Over The Rainbow” quote, before he touched everyone’s heart and drew them to their feet with a rendering of the “Star Spangled Banner,” nearly as amazing as when Hendrix first played it at Woodstock 48 years ago.

Con Brio wowed the Garden Stage audience with R&B “Sly and the Family Stone-style” grooves. And, recalling Prince and Michael Jackson was lead singer Ziek McCarter’s falsetto vocal seductions and stage moves. The blues rock guitar wailing by Benjamin Andrews brought things to a fever pitch on a warm summer’s day at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Two more notable ensembles played caliente for the afternoon slot; Columbia’s Monsieur Periné, a youthful group that has unstoppable stage presence, especially singer Catalina Garcia who was dressed in a colorful flared skirt that she twirled and shook to the delight of the rapt audience….

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