Day 3 of Bluesfest 2023 was dominated by the legend that is Buddy Guy. He has been to the festival many times over the years, and 2023 has been pegged as his final visit. His performance did not disappoint. He was playful and thoroughly entertaining. The humour was complemented by his mastery of the Chicago Blues that he has made his own. It was a special moment to see one of the last of that generation grace the festival, and do it so well.
Earlier in the day, also raising mischief was English folk punkster Frank Turner. With just his guitar and and a tent of passionate fans, the Delta Stage quickly turned into a massive singalong.
There were many who had come specifically for Hall of Famer Jackson Browne. He played songs from his vast career, opening with the title-track from his most recent album, Downhill From Everywhere, finishing with the classic “Running on Empty”.
Vintage Trouble has been an absolute fan-favourite (and a favourite of the photographers!). His soulful blues, RnB and rock with energy to burn has left the tent exhausted but sated.
Closing out the Mojo Stage was Counting Crows. Frontman Adam Duritz put on a masterclass last night, as he brought to life the vast catalogue to Bluesfest.
There were plenty more highlights, including Allison Russell (playing Sunday if you are at Bluesfest – don’t miss!), Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa just for starters.
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