Lisa Stansfield and the Stereo MC's brought it to a draw on Paloznak

Lisa Stanfield started the party with clockwork precision, dressed casually and summery. Of course, I’d be lying if I said that more time hasn’t passed – but who doesn’t see the thirty years we’ve left behind? However, all of this appeared as a plus in his one and a half hour show, which he sang and moved with playful ease, without breaking a sweat. Meanwhile, by the end of the concert, the vocalists standing in the background – and here the emphasis is on standing – were sweating in streams.

All the instrumental players of the ten-member accompanying band were masters of their field, and each musician handled several instruments, for example, percussion and wind instruments. The sound was mixed perfectly, the hits sounded almost in CD quality. After about half an hour of introduction, Lisa really turned to the music box of old hits, which the This is the Right Timeat and is All around the Worldthe audience sang along with great gratitude.

For me, the highlight of the concert was the 1989 People hold on, his ten-minute jam session, when Lisa Stansfield stepped back, took the leash off the members of the backing band, who thus started a frenzied keyboard-conga-drums, sometimes conga-bass-guitar-trumpet duel on stage, which made the fans visibly crazy, because this greatly improved the mood of the concert. Finally, Candi Staton’s 1976 hit, a Young Hearts Run Freethe processed version of

Midnight blast

The closing act of Thursday was Stereo MC’s. The strange British formation has been around since the mid-’80s, their music is mostly defined by a mixture of funk, electro, hip-hop and rap. In concert, however, it’s a little different than listening to a record. On the one hand, they played at such an elementary volume that even those who, let’s say, originally only came to the picnic for Lisa, remained indifferent. On the other hand, singer Rob Birch and Nick Hallam produce an incredible live show. The former appeared in the overalls of an aircraft mechanic, with a glove on one hand and four fingers tied with phosphorescent tape on the other. In the background, Halam was twisting and turning his synth and laptop gadgets, wearing SZTK-framed glasses and a strange black cap, on which he flipped his headphones upside down.

Rob B. diligently worked on the set of songs planned for Palozna, but after a while he got bored that the audience was not active enough, so he threw in perhaps one of their biggest hits, which was released just 30 years ago Connected. It did not remain without impact, just like the title track of their first album, a 33-45-78, which refers to the rotation speed of LPs, singles, and old vinyl. Their concert, which ended well after midnight, was one of the strongest productions of the recent picnic.

Antique and modern funky

The closing day also contains treats, as Earth, Wind & Fire, i.e. the grand old men of the retro soul-funk sound world, will make up for the party that was missed last year, while MF Robots will be the newcomer. This formation is the independent project of one of the frontmen of Brand New Heavies, with a fresh, crisp, modern funky soundscape arranged for the end of the 2010s.

(Cover photo: English singer Lisa Stansfield gives a concert on the second day of the 10th Paloznak Jazz Picnic, August 6, 2022. Photo: Márton Mónus / MTI)

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