Review by Rachel Melo.
Okay, where do I start telling you about that amazing Saturday night? First things first: the meet and greet!
There were two stages at Natura Nós Festival, so the crowd kept moving from one side to the other to see the performances. But not before Jamie’s show. A lot of people refused to leave the Green Stage side and lose their good spots and go watch the performance that was taking place at the Blue Stage. Everybody was waiting in anticipation for the previous show to be over (and I’m telling you: never a show lasted so long!) and for Jamie to come up on stage and do his thing.
When Jamie’s band entered the stage we could hear the enthusiastic applause and cheers and when the men itself stepped out in front of us the crowd grew so loud it was almost deafening! He waved and bowed, then sat down at the piano and started working his magic.
He started with I’m All Over It and from the first note he owned the entire crowd! When he finished this first song the audience broke out in a non-stop applause! He said he remembered why he liked to play in Brazil so much and why he had to come back. He also told us that that was only the third time he had left home since his little daughter had been born.
After that came Get Your Way, with the groovy trumpet background melody, and the moment we were all waiting for: THE PIANO JUMP! It set the audience on fire and we kept clapping, screaming and whistling for a good while.
Twentysomething was next and Jamie’s jacket and tie flew off as he danced and swung from one side of the stage to the other.
That was followed by Don’t Stop The Music and then Next Year, Baby to which Jamie mixed some Brazilian rhythms and sounds.
These Are The Days and Mind Trick were very popular in Brazil when they were released, so a sing along was inevitable (Brazilians love to sing along!).
Before playing High and Dry Jamie told a story about a girl he liked in school and how she didn’t want anything to do with him until he sang this song to her. His rendition of it was mesmerizing! Also at this moment he asked the audience to wave their cellphones in the air and the effect was incredible! It was beautiful to watch!
Mixtape was so much fun!!!! It was very exciting to see everyone clapping, jumping and doing the Ooooo’s!
He was going to end the show with All At Sea, but as he was saying he had to go because there was more music to be played at that stage, a sonorous NO echoed through the place. So he had to play one more song and that was his fantastic version of Jimi Hendrix's Wind Cries Mary.
The energy was palpable and high right from the beginning of the show and never went down, not even for a moment! Jamie left us wanting more, loads more of him!!!!!
It was funny to read the Rolling Stone review saying that he got the same reaction as a boyband would have when he entered the stage, because Brazilians are know for being passionate fans, so if we like a musician we'll react like this it doesn't matter if is Justin Bieber, the Backstreet Boys, or Jamie Cullum, Paul McCartney or Pavarotti!
Anyway, it was a perfect night in my opinion and Jamie was by far the best performer in the festival! And that's not only my opinion! :)
Rachel asked me to point out that English is not her first language. I think, and I'm sure you readers will agree, she speaks excellent English and has no need to worry! Thanks for a superb and beautiful review Rachel!