Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters return to Louisville with a stellar performance along with Hall and Oates, Grace Potter, Alison Krauss, Trey Anastasio Band, Samantha Fish, and others
As Louisville endures an unseasonably hot and dry spell, festival-goers were forced to endure an even hotter day as the second day of the Bourbon and Beyond festival kicked off. While the buzz all over the festival grounds centered around The Foo Fighters set crazy good set to close out the festivals opening evening, all eyes were pointed to this evening’s headliner Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. Last year the rains canceled the second day of the festival along with Robert Plant’s scheduled performance, so Louisville patiently waited an entire year, hopeful for a return opportunity.
As the house lights dropped, the stage illuminated only by sparse backlights shining on the backdrop, a huge roar comes from the overflowing crowd that is full of excitement for what is directly in front of them. With the appropriate amount of hesitation, “If I Say To You tomorrow” in Robert Plant’s distinctive voice resonates across the festival grounds, it’s a clear “goosebumps” moment and we have only just started.
And just like that Robert Plant starts us off on a magical trip where he immediately has the entire venue in the palm of his hand. I think there were some in the crowd who were expecting a hard-rocking Zeppelin set and while there were several Led Zeppelin songs on the menu the song arrangements were distinctive in their changes with a solid focus on the rhythms and soul of the songs. The inclusion of Country singer Lillie Mae Rische on the fiddle added nuance and deepness that was fascinating to see and hear.
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters closed out their set and the 2nd day of the festival with a deep and emotional rendition of “Ramble On”, leaving the thousands of festival-goers with memories that will be talked about for quite some time.
Providing the main support this evening was none other than Daryl Hall & John Oates. Hall and Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history and for good reason. With six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, all of which were performed during their time on stage in Louisville beginning with “Maneater,” “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)”, and “Out of Touch” Hall & Oates’ set couldn’t have been more impressive.
Highlights from the second day of the festival (there were so many to choose from) must start with Alison Krauss. Allison Krauss casually walked on to the Oak stage with a quick wave and a glowing smile on her face and a hush immediately fell across the festival grounds. With the voice of an angel, Alison opened her set with a Roger Miller cover of “River in the Rain” followed by a Willie Nelson cover of “I Never Cared for You,” and “Stray” that had the entire crowd mesmerized from the opening verses. Alison’s time on stage was simply enchanting!
Performing immediately before Alison Krauss over on the Barrel stage was Grace Potter. With a high energy set that felt like it lifted the entire venue off the ground Grace Potter rocked Louisville with an incredible performance – Her entire time on stage was a definite WOW moment!
Co-founder of the group Phish, Trey Anastasio and the Trey Anastasio Band and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Samantha Fish both had awesome performances that were definitely worth mentioning. Trey Anastasio Band laid down some nasty grooves that had the whole crowd movin’ and dancing. Those in the know made sure they were at the festival early in the day, so they didn’t miss Samantha Fish strut her stuff. With a gritty, head bobbing set Samantha Fish got the party started the right way!
Other performances throughout the day belonged to Patrick Droney, Maggie Rose, The White Buffalo, Del McCoury Band, Squeeze, Jenny Lewis, Ben Sollee, Cedric Burnside, Fruition and The Travelin’ McCoury’s.
Event Date: 21-SEP-2017