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  posted on 5/25/2008 at 09:57 AM
Bonnie Raitt was headliner at The Santa Cruz Blues Festival yesterday. Yeah, she played the hits: "The Thing Called Love", "Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About", etc. If that's all I said, I'd be selling her far, far short. She pulled L.A. songwriter Myra Sharp onstage with her for duets of three tender tunes written by Sharp which Raitt say are on her own latest record. She did the jumpin' blues thing several times, including a great Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) tune. She did the front porch blues thing more than once, sittin' on a stool and proving her mettle on acoustic slide. Bonnie's voice was nothing but OUTSTANDING, clear and beautiful throughout, despite the remnants of a bad cold. Her guitar playing consistently great throughout. She did the stunning ballad, "I Can't Make You Love Me". In short, her set was ALL OVER several different genres of American music. Having never seen Bonnie before, I could not have been more impressed. I'd see her again. She was even funny at times: "I'm on my home turf. Unlike the rest of this tour, I might even get some tonight."

Due a date who was insistent on leaving early (most likely first date, only date, folks), I had to argue to catch 1-1/2 hours of Bonnie's set. We left just as she brought out the Legends of The Blues from the previous set. OK, OK, we DID miss the long wait for busses out of the festival, which was a good thing. I won't go into the other bands because really they were not much more than run of the mill, although I have to say that at 95 years old Pinetop Perkins on piano and vocals deserves at least a mention here as possibly the Seventh Wonder Of The World.

I MUST however mention the opener, J.J. Grey and Mofro. Other than Bonnie, their's was EASILY the stellar set of the day. Their very original and heartfelt set of swampy Southern soul mesmerized the crowd, including me and even my date. These guys deserve a listen should you ever get the chance.

[Edited on 5/25/2008 by robslob]

 

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  posted on 5/25/2008 at 11:33 AM
Bonnie is wonderful!!! This is the first time you seen her?? Bout time!

 

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  posted on 5/25/2008 at 11:51 AM
Bonnie is performing at the Sonoma Jazz Festival tonight!

 

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  posted on 5/25/2008 at 02:31 PM
Bonnie was outstanding yesterday, definitely the best set of the day. It was a cold day in Santa Cruz, reminded me of the first Wanee. The cold was doing some funky things to the guitars. Bonnie uses a different guitar for practically every song, as they are all chord tuned in different keys. You could hear her struggle a bit to stay in pitch with the slide, but she did her best. The first two songs of her encore, I Can't Make You Love Me & Angel From Montgomery, were highlights. You could hear a pin drop, the audience was so quiet and eating out of her hands. She also dedicated a couple of songs to Laura Ellen Hopper, founder of KFAT/KPIG, who passed away last year and mentioned how thanks to her, Santa Cruz always supported her throughout the years, playing her music on the air. Rob, the final encore with the Legends was good, everyone on stage took a solo and it was also a nice photo opp, with Bonnie requesting that someone post a photo on her website. Great to see Pinetop at 94, still playing the blues and well, for that matter. The Mojo Working during the Legends set was great, but overall that set was just ok. Maybe it was the cold weather, or the lack of time to work things out with the local pickup band?

I always enjoy Thackery & Coco Montoya. They are staples at the SC Blues Fest now. Their sets were hardly groundbreaking, but showed off their chops. Coco had the solo of the day, during a gospel tinged ballad he said he wrote for Albert Collins and dedicated to Buddy Miles & Jeff Healey. Took his solo from almost silence and slowly built it up to full on scrubbing.

Rob, nice to see you. Sorry the date didn't work out. Our spot at the fest was party central. Everyone around us was talking and partying throughout most of the sets, until Bonnie. Fun group of folks though.

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  posted on 5/27/2008 at 12:46 PM
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The first two songs of her encore, I Can't Make You Love Me & Angel From Montgomery, were highlights. You could hear a pin drop, the audience was so quiet and eating out of her hands.
Love Bonnie! And everytime I've seen her and she does ICMYLM (& AFM and others) it's been this same scene ... total silence except for her clear voice and the music. She has a way with a ballad - gives me shivers thinking about it.

[Edited on 5/27/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 5/27/2008 at 01:17 PM

 

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  posted on 5/27/2008 at 03:08 PM
I love Bonnie. She's the best! I've seen her a hundred times and can't wait to see her one hundred more!!!!!! "The best, Jerry!" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[Edited on 5/27/2008 by MissElf]

 

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  posted on 5/27/2008 at 03:43 PM
Saw Bonnie at the Berkshire Music Barn in 1973. Loved her best in that original incarnation (Give It Up, etc.) It was a great show. Too bad Sippie Wallace didn't show.
 

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  posted on 5/27/2008 at 04:32 PM
Sounds good!! Got tickets to see her in August. Thanks for the review.

 

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