Under the Bridge’s first involvement with BluesFest 2011 was an incredible experience, and this year’s gigs – mostly sold out – also lived up to their billing brilliantly.
Legendary singer, guitarist and songwriter John Hiatt kicked things off for us and his articulate, idiosyncratic music found a perfect home just off the Fulham Road. He loved the intimacy, and kindly informed the audience that he wasn’t used to playing a such a quality venue; not recently, at least. Check out some pictures of the night here.
UTB was packed for the arrival of cult rhythm and blues singer Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires. His impassioned vocal performance completely bowled the crowd over. We hope to have him back soon. See Charles in full flow here.
Gov’t Mule, led by singer/guitarist Warren Haynes, brought another sold out night. Their rejuvenation of classic US rock’s roots was graced with stellar guest appearances from legendary American session man Elliott Randall (Steely Dan’s hit “Reelin’ in the Years”), UK heavy rock doyen Bernie Marsden and blues singer/harmonica player, Paul Jones (released from his BBC Radio 2 duties for the night). Here are some photos from the night.
Former Rolling Stones fretman Mick Taylor also drew a packed and immensely appreciative crowd. It added to a big week for the Stones in the capital: Mick and bassist Bill Wyman also enjoyed walk-on parts at band-mate Ronnie Wood’s show at the Hammersmith Apollo. The Queen wasn’t the only Brit with a jubilee this year: the Stones celebrated 50 years as a band in July. See shots of Mick’s show at Under the Bridge here.