An unwelcome, but somewhat expected series of light showers weren’t enough to deter a few thousand happy revelers, heavily peppered with antipodeans, from enjoying a spirited and entertaining concert presented by ultra-talented Aussie, Xavier Rudd, last night.
Held at Vancouver’s popular outdoor “Malkin Bowl” amphitheater, Xavier Rudd, along with his recently joined backing band “Inzitaba” (bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo) had the sizable crowd dancing from the opening number with their unique brand of politically motivated blues and roots.
Xavier has an incredible portfolio of instrumental abilities which were on display in full force throughout the evening. From acoustic and electric guitars, to banjo, Weissenborn slide guitar, harmonica, various drums and an assortment of didgeridoos, he had them all covered with impressive ease – more often than not playing more than one at the same time.
Of note was the simple, yet meaningful stage backdrop consisted of the Australian Aboriginal flag, Inzitaba’s native South African flag, and the unmistakable skull and cross bone design of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – an inspirational, international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. It was pretty cool to see these guys being supported.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, showers eventually found their way over Stanley Park, and the final couple of numbers of the regular set were a little damp, but the energy and enthusiasm of both the crowd and artist did not waver, ensuring that a great night out in the park was had by all!