Matt Andersen rocked the 25th annual Harvest Jazz & Blues festival in downtown Fredericton on Friday night. The sold-out show filled the Moose Light Blues Tent, kicking off an evening that later included Charlie A’Court and blues rocker Colin James.
People of all ages filled the tent in anticipation of Andersen’s return to the Harvest stage, a place he said always feels like home to him. Anderson, NB’s top blues export, commanded the crowd with his larger-than-life persona for an hour and a half. His set was a sprawling blues medley, playing hits like his famed cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “When My Baby Gets the Blues”, and “She Comes Down”. After being away from the festival for a year, it was clear that fans, old and new, were excited to have the powerhouse performer back in the hub of his home province.
Throughout the show, Andersen went with little rest between songs. He powered through relatable tunes sent fans into a state of cheering and dancing. Fervent melodies of his bellowing voice and guitar riffs gave Anderson’s set an authentic and genuine rhythm and blues feel. Every person in the tent was hypnotized by his natural talent and left them begging for more.
Hope for Andersen’s return to next year’s Festival has already set in. With more shows playing into the late Friday night, Fredericton came alive.
Originally written for a class at St. Thomas University.