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The sea of black Led Zeppelin t-shirts on the first day (although a Joy Division Unknown Pleasures and a Pink Floyd shirt were visible) was a pretty good indicator as to who people are here for on Day 1 of Timbre Rock & Roots 2013. Still, people got into the festival vibes pretty early with the opening bands on both days and stayed on all through till the mega-closing act. Also, no labeling this event as one for the oldies – all the demographics were represented. A kid danced with Paul Simon on Day 2, after work yuppies sipping beer to Bonnie Raitt, the younger ones dancing madly to Jimmy Cliff and Mr. Plant. It was truly an admit-everyone-all-ages affair.
We bring you a full and comprehensive report of both days of the Timbre Rock & Roots Festival, Bandwagon style!
Raw Earth with Kara Grainger
Opening statement: “We’re gonna start off with some blues.”
Achievement unlocked: Ultimate sing-along song ‘Let It Be’
Heart(s) Stealer: A kid called Miguel who handled vocals in ‘Let It Be’
Kara Grainger: The lady can really play a mean slide guitar and look cool and effortless
“United Nations of Blues”: Kara Grainger, now living/based in LA by way of Sydney, Australia and playing with our favourite local blues band, Raw Earth
Fashion vibes: Polished ah beng (Christian Louboutin shoes and all)
Amount of instruments: One Steinway grand piano and a lot of different guitars – including a Hello Kitty one from Korea
Let’s talk about Rufus Wainwright’s voice: Captivating, unequivocal, clings to every melody, vulnerable.
King of one liners: “See, I’m not depressed all the time” (on Hello Kitty guitar), “Could you guys shut up there in the corner” (before starting on emotional song about his mother), “Get ready, we’re gonna get weird again” (when starting on several songs), “I’ll marry you in Saudi Arabia where I can have many husbands” (mid ‘Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk’)
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Is: A LEGEND
Also: A jokey jokester, talked about getting turned away from Singapore several times, promised “amazing moments and some perhaps, questionable”
Once a rockstar: Stage antics include mic tricks and gyrating and albeit not fast-paced, some dancing - he still got it
Statistics: 8/12 Led Zep songs
Eclecticism: The set was already rooted towards the more folksy edge and then Juldeh Camara comes out with his Riti (one-stringed fiddle) and Justin Adams and his explosive guitar solos
More, more, more: Even after an encore, the audience refused to believe the set was over
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Statistics: 11-piece band, 2 drums, 2 tambourines, 2 guitars, a horn section, 1 bass, 1 keyboardist playing on two keyboards. And they all can probably sing.
The First Lady of Guitar: Susan Tedeschi serious as hell when singing, her husband is a god
Highlight: ‘Midnight in Harlem’, Susan’s conviction when singing the song – we all had the feels
Audience approval: All the long solos warranted a lot of rowdy cheering and clapping
Who is Mike’s Apartment: Not a porn site (we googled), but a band from Indonesia. Although, we are not sure who came first.
Snooze worthiness: Not really, interesting cover version of popular titles such as Roxanne by The Police and the crowd identified with a lot of the songs
Other notable titles: Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music, Coldplay – Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Impressions: Just another cover band, should have focused more on their original works but a good opening act nonetheless
She is: THE rocker grandma
Mind-boggling: Combination of soulful vocals and guitar artistry
Note-worthy titles: Used to Rule the World (we think she still does), Angel from Montgomery and of course THAT song, I Can’t Make You Love Me
Prize: Best cover of Bob Dylan’s Million Miles
Song choices: More vibrant than Kodachrome
Special guest: Dancing kid Harrison that Paul Simon pulled out from the crowd for ‘Late In The Evening’
Crowd pleaser: Sang almost what everyone wanted to hear – Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard, Graceland, The Only Living Boy In New York, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
Highlight: The Sound of Silence, eerie yet alluring at the same time. Goosebumps for everyone
Other notes: You can all him Al
Music type: Reggae. Yes kids, there’s more to reggae than just Bob Marley
Crowd: Bonkers for Jimmy Cliff
Energy level: 11/10
Song topics: Pollution, corruption, and Afghanistan, no biggie
Stage outfit: Uniforms for everyone else but a regal red tracksuit with headgear for Jimmy Cliff
Text: Delfina Utomo & Darren Goh