I would not have known the Brooklyn Folk Festival existed were it not for the publicist. I might have known if I lived in New York, but I do not. I am grateful to that publicist because I was introduced to some fine people – musicians, a writer, and a filmmaker – who enriched my life.
This three-day festival celebrated its ninth year with a large diverse crowd, ranging from families with babies to older people who lived through the folk revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s.The musicians were as diverse as the audience; there was an 11-year old girl playing a mean banjo and there was Jim Kweskin who was part of the folk revival movement.
The fabulous Canadian blues artist Matt Andersen made his way south of the border for a tour supporting his most recent release, Honest Man, and I was fortunate to be able to see not one but two of his shows! This Extended Play Sessions show was the second of those shows, and by now I knew his new album very well.
Click here to read my review of this show on No Depression.
Every once in a while I see a show that truly takes away my breath, be it by the power of the music, the lyrics, or both, or by the passionate intensity of the musicians. Guy Davis who performed at The Extended Play Sessions recently delivered one of those shows in all those respects.
I arrived early and was treated to part of the sound check/rehearsal, which lasted until doors opened. After the first few notes, I was hooked (lucky me, I was able to hear even more of his fabulous music).
The crowd was buzzing with excitement as Jorma and Barry Mitterhoff took the stage for the show, but quickly became silent as the first notes wafted from their guitars.
As soon as I saw that Eric Bibb would perform at Regattabar, I made sure I would be in the audience. Eric lives in Finland and does not tour the United States frequently, which made this a relatively rare appearance.
I first saw Eric perform a couple of years ago when he toured with Habib Koité, one of my favorite Malian musicians; I was familiar with Eric in name only prior to that show, but his performance convinced me to put him on my radar.