By Greg Bennett
In the history of the festival, it was the first time Harmony Bazaar organizers had hired an R&B performer as a headliner …and they weren’t disappointed.
Jully Black rocked the Lockeport concert with a show that was still being talked about days after the festival was over.
“Some people were saying it was the best concert they had ever been to,” said organizer Errin Williams Spidle. “It was a lot of fun.”
Spidle noted that the event drew lots of new faces to Lockeport, many who promised to return for next year’s show.
This year there were again many off-stage events surrounding the festival; everything from a vocal workshop to bellydancing to a partial capo workshop for guitar players.
Festival organizers announced earlier this month that multiple Juno awarding winning Jully Black would be the headliner for the festival. Famous for energetic R&B and pop hits like “Seven Day Fool” and “Running” the festival was Black’s only Nova Scotian performance this year.
Although numbers were still being tallied, Williams-Spidle said the audience was likely close to or equal to the record crowds they received in 2012.
Organizers also noted strong performances on Friday evening, including a side stage performance by a local Natalie Lynn and her band.
“It was a real treat,” said Williams-Spidle.