Alabama Shakes Bluesfest

The Alabama Shakes during a 2014 show in the US.
The Alabama Shakes during a 2014 show in the US. Elliot Ross

FROM marriage proposals to surprise gigs, the second day of Bluesfest 2015 was a mix of music, drama and fun for punters.

The surprises started at noon, and nobody was more surprised than the young lady whose fiancée proposed on stage during Shaun Kirk's show at the Juke Joint.

From sweet love to high energy, Nikki Hill took to the Crossroads stage at 12.30pm and showed the crowds that midday is a great time for a powerful performance.

Guest appearances continued yesterday. 

US artist G. Love & Special Sauce invited Jack Johnson and Donovan Frankenreiter to join him as well as Jake Shimabukuro and Kristy Lee at the Jambalaya stage.

Later in the evening, Keb' Mo' and Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews joined Zac Brown Band on the Crossroads stage.

Two young singers took to stages at the same time last night: Scottish singer Paolo Nutini and American Hunter Hayes.

Nutini was a music discovery for many at the Mojo stage last night.

The singer boasted a husky voice and a stage presence that captivated thousands at Mojo Stage.

But the crowds surrendered only to US band Alabama Shakes.

Fronted by the powerful voice and imposing stage presence of lead singer Brittany Howard, the five-piece showcased some of the new songs of their upcoming album Sound and Colour.

Due to release in two weeks worldwide, Sound and Colour's first single will be Don't Wanna Fight, one of the songs that attracted the biggest reaction from the Bluesfest crowd last night.

Alabama Shakes will share the Mojo stage again today with Paolo Nutini and Hozier.

Other highlights of today's line up will be The Gipsy Kings, Rodrigo and Gabriela, David Gray and Playing for Change.

For details visit the Bluesfest website

Topics:  bluesfest 2015

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