Beeston Carnival proved to be a great day of fun and sunshine, with a monster crowd and some great live music, including a 50-minute set by Luis, which involved original, covers, acoustic and backing-tracked numbers.
"It was great fun, and I've never actually bothered with any backing tracks when I'm doing acoustic sets, but I thought I'd give it a go and see how it went. Playing an acoustic guitar solo to Take It Easy by the Eagles was interesting, but it did fit the mood of the song and the audience were singing and dancing along, so I was quite happy with the result."
"I also had a backing track for I'm A Believer by The Monkees, which seemed to get people smiling, although I think I'll stick to the electric guitar when I use this backing track in future."
Kicking off the set with new song Blow It All, Luis followed up with a mix of his own material and a variety of covers spanning 5 decades, including Budapest (George Ezra), Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard (Paul Simon) and a bizarre mash-up of Robbie Williams, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show...
"It's an odd mix, I admit. I played this last year at the Hemlock Happening and people seemed to like it, so I tried it again here. It's a bit of fun and normally gets a whoop at the end, so I threw it in. I may well make it a permanent feature for outdoor gigs!"
And then there was the encore...
"Haha. I couldn't believe it when they shouted for an encore. It's a good job I had a couple of reserve songs up my sleeve! I left them with Leaving On A Jet Plane by John Denver, as the crowd seemed to be responding well to the old favourites."
Keep an eye out for more local gigs by Luis in the near future.