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Botanic Park and James Taylor shine in sweltering heat
James Taylor and Botanic Park were the stars of the show in yesterday's sweltering 41-degree heat in the Adelaide parklands.
In a new concept for Adelaide the park between the Botanic Gardens and the Adelaide Zoo, which is usually the preserve of WOMAD and the Moonlight Cinema, has seen the "Day on the Green" concept of multi-star summer concerts come to the city. Block All Star champion Phil Rankine, and his promotion company Space Events has brought James Taylor to Adelaide for a stellar show under a full moon. He will be following up with Santana (with the Doobie Bros and Russell Morris in April).
I felt for Phil, such a sweltering unusually humid day, and no breeze, not even after sundown. Kasey Chambers and her genuine sparkling good humour, and the string of hit songs got us going. She deserves a military medal for her brave performance under the fire of the westerly sun, as does Bernard Fanning who continued the fine musical form. They were "nearly" worth the price of the ticket on their own.
This man kindly removed his hat when asked
The promoter couldn't do much about the man blocking my view. I must say he kindly removed his hat when asked.
But James Taylor and his sweet, smooth, but the understandably gutsy band were magnificent. I almost forgot how hot it was. He played all the hits and some blues and soul for variety showcasing his band's skills. On a Roof, Carolina in My Mind and Fire and Rain were among my favourites.
With proximity to the city and transport and food options, the venue proved a great success. There was a mixup about gate opening times, which led to annoying queues in the heat as we arrived. However, I am sure the promoter got that message.
There was plenty of food, toilets and bar facilities and the crowd seemed to enjoy the experience. For those going to Santana with General Admission tickets, I suggest staking a claim early, and trying the area opposite the main gates, on the other side of the reserved seating, for a comfy space with stage views.