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Tuesday 06 September 2022.

Tuesday 06 September 2022...I went to two events today... 3pm to 5.15pm. SPECIALITY FINE FOOD FAIR at Olympia, West London. This was the second and final day of this two day event. It is billed as the UKs leading showcase of artisanal food & drink. Over 200 quality food & drinks brands are showcasing here today. Most are having tastings and some are giving out samples. There are several that catch my eye.... WILLY'S Live Apple Cider Vinegar with organic Honey & Tumeric. Good for your gut, and they gave me a few bottles. I have been going through a phase of having Baklawa so good to see some here. SWEETLAND had some complimentary boxes of four in the press room but the superior quality and taste of luxury CEDAR BAKLAWA was pure delicious....both can be bought online. They are based in Luton with over 2000 customers, and have been around 22 years. They won a Best Taste Award in 2022. Tins of SOMERS Sour Cream & Chive Gourmet Popcorn were very tasty. Frozen cakes from Italy's LA CREDENZA were very nice...unfrozen here. I had a full size Cheesecake Ricotta and Pistacchio. Small packets of COPPERPOT Caramel & Sea Salt Fudge from Cornwall were very yummy. Tubes of GIN MAYO , yes Gin Mayo with 2% alcohol will be tried at home some time soon. IMPERIAL OLIVES had over a dozen different stuffings so they gave me a jar of Olives stuffed with Carrot. COCOA CANOPY had some interesting coffee beads packets. RIVERSIDE SPIRITS were giving out some nice mini-cocktails. CANNEDWINECO had half a dozen tins, which are available in The National Gallery. I have put the following image up on my Facebook page. FINE FOOD DIGEST magazine cover has a design nicked from the iconic NMTB album cover. No thank you credits or copyright mentioned. then.... THE CADILLAC THREE live at The Roundhouse. Southern USA country rockers from Nashville are playing the last show on a 10th anniversary UK tour. The show has sold out out in advance...could be down to the good value tickets of only £22.50. They have released five studio albums. I saw them at The Ramblin' Man Fair Festival , Maidstone, Kent in July 2016. In 2015 the band played a show in America on the Friday, flew in from America to the UK to play Download Festival on the Saturday and ended up hitting the stage using fellow American band Black Stone Cherry's equipment as TC3's had not made it to the UK with them. Within hours of their set at Download they were heading back to America for a different festival appearance the following day. --------- There were several cowboy hats in the crowd tonight. I have seen some pretty boring support acts recently,, but tonight we have a good one. Support act LINDSAY ELL (age 32 ) is a Canadian country pop singer, songwriter, guitarist and television personality from Calgary, Alberta. Her music incorporates elements of rock and blues. She was discovered by rock legend RANDY BACHMAN as a 15 year old. She arrives on stage in glitter jacket and glam rock boots. A duo with Lindsay on vocals & guitar and a drummer. Lots of nifty guitar playing on tracks from her albums and she played a great guitar solo where she laid on her back by the edge of the stage with her long hair hanging over the edge. THE CADILLAC THREE arrived on stage at 9.15pm and played for 1 hour 45 mins. Just the three of them on stage.. but one member mixes playing steel guitar and bass playing. The main guitar playing was nice and loud, but that sometimes drowned out the steel guitar. Lots of songs about drinking and getting messed up, and generally have a good time. Support act Lindsay & guitar joined them for three songs near the end. Clearly a band that loves to play live. A very enjoyable show. Full THE CADILLAC THREE setlist played tonight... Hard Out Here For A Country Boy Blue El Camino Crackin' Cold Ones With the Boys The Jam Peace Love & Dixie Slide Soundtrack to a Six Pack Bury Me in My Boots Tennessee Mojo Back It Up Hank & Jesus American Slang Running Red Lights Take Me to the Bottom Head Over Wheels (with Lindsay Ell) Tabasco & Sweet Tea ( with Lindsay Ell) Sweet Southern Spirit (with Lindsay Ell) I'm Southern Whiskey Soaked Redemption White Lightning The South ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------- Sunday 04 September 2022. BLEACHERS live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Bleachers play the second of two sold out shows at SBE, both sold out two months before the shows. Bleachers are an American rock band from New Jersey and the official stage name of songwriter and record producer Jack Antonoff. Antonoff has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won six Grammy Awards, including the 2022 Grammy for Producer of the Year. All three of the their albums have made the Top 50 in the USA. Their third album "Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night" got a nice four star review from NME in 2021 , and on November 16, 2020, Bleachers released the lead singles "45" and "Chinatown", the latter featuring fellow New Jersey musician megastar Bruce Springsteen. On their 2022 North American tour, Bleachers surprised the crowd at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall by inviting Springsteen to join them for ‘Chinatown’...the video is up on YouTube. These two SBE shows are their only shows in Europe, between their lengthy North American Tour. ------------------ Support act BONNIE KEMPLAY & band arrive on stage at 8pm for their 30 mins set. Her tracks ticked along ok, but not really lively enough for me. Matt the singer in The 1975 is in the Level 1 guest list VIP seats. BLEACHERS are on stage from 9.10pm for 1 hour 40 mins. The venue is rammed solid and everyone is up in the seated areas and dancing from the start. The crowd seem to know all the words to all the songs. A nice stage production with loads of lights and raised white platforms, and there are six musicians. Including two drum kits and two keyboards and two sax as the musicians swap around for some of the songs. Main man Jack on vocals is giving it 100 per cent , and you can see how he is influenced by Mr Springsteen. The similarities between the two are striking. The mannerisms, the appearance, the sound, the guitar. They play tracks from from their three albums, and there are hints of The Killers in sound. They cover the classic "The Whole of The Moon" , which oddly The Killers also cover. Loads of great uptempo catchy singalong tunes are played, with full of energy. Three giant balloon tomatoes are thrown into the crowd during the final song of the night. A really good show, that was much better than expected.