Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More photos from Porretta

Here's another batch of photos from the Porretta Soul Festival, this time from the first two days. Highlight of the first night was the appearance of Martha High with members of the JBs.
MC Rick Hutton, who does such a sterling job every year introducing the acts and encouraging them to do it 'one more time', showed that he can sing a bit as well, with an appearance with the Gaudats Junk Band on the first night.
Not really a soul band, Lucille Hurt, lead singer of the Lucilles, had plenty of energy during their set on day one.
The second evening opened with the Original JB's, James Brown's band. Here is his MC and 'cape man' Danny Ray.
Here are trombonist Tyrone Jefferson and bassist Fred Thomas.
Fred Wesley came on stage for a few numbers.
Fred didn't seem too impressed by 'Tammy' who came on for one number.
Much better was singer Cynthia Moore.
A member of Sweet Nectar, Loralee Christensen did her customary one number on three of the nights.
Things really started to heat up with the arrival of Fanisa Janaye. A dynamic performer!
Next up was rock guitarist Scott Sharrard, former member of the Gregg Allman band.
LaRhonda Steele, from Portland, Oregon, with Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie.
Bob Paparozzi, former leader of the Blues Brothers band, appeared next.
A real highlight was the appearance of Willie Hightower.
This is the 'reigning queen of Beale Street' Barbara Blue.
Here is 80 year old Toni Lynn Washington, from Boston.
Finally, in this batch, here is one of me with Martha High.


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