By Mel (on behalf of M & M Productions)
Ok, so I have, to be honest here. Before this past weekend, I have heard of Bright Lights Big City, but have never seen them perform live. I was fairly anxious to see them in action at Stoep on Friday the 3rd of March 2017.
I was fortunate to meet up with the guys prior to their show, during their radio interview at Radio Laeveld 100.5FM. Unfortunately, the drummer could not make it, but the rest of the guys had the interview running smoothly. The first thing that struck me was their friendly demeanour and humbleness. Having met and worked with various artists this is not such a common sight. A whole bunch of giggles and laughter and soon the interview was over.
Camera in hand I went over to the Stoep to meet up with some friends and family who came to attend the evening. True to our Lowveld weather pattern, a rather large storm hit Nelspruit. People scampered underneath the tent while waiting for the rain to pass. Fortunately, it didn’t last long, well in time for the show to start.
Opening up the stage for Bright Lights Big City, was the local musical legend, Hans Bronkhorst with his new band Line of Sight. As usual, these guys did not disappoint. Singing some of their best covers and even throwing in their latest original “Life Unbound“, they had the crowd roaring for more.
Next up, Bright Lights Big City. I could feel the crowd getting anxious and excitement growing. The moment lead singer, Donovan Borne sang his first note, my jaw dropped. How does this a big voice come from this man? All band members give their all every second on the stage, forming a tightly flowing mixture of Blues and Rock filling your soul.
The crowd was on their feet, people dancing, cheering wanting more. They asked Hans from Line of Sight to join them on stage, playing the well-known Muddy Waters song, “Hootchie Cootchie Man“. Two guitars capturing every emotion of the song, harmony and melody came together. Bright Lights Big City ended off their show with two last originals, but nobody was ready to leave just yet and the party continued well into the night.
My conclusion you ask? Never again will I miss a Bright Lights Big City show. Ever. Their talent and charisma are worth every moment. If they are ever back in town, grab some friends and join in this experience. I will meet you there.