LOOMING thunderclouds did not dampen the spirits of Kiwi pianist David Thomas and fellow countrymen Rambling Rick Stringer and the Federation unofficially kicked off the Fiji 2012 International Jazz and Blues Festival with impromptu performances in the early afternoon at Port Denarau yesterday.
What started out as a sound check quickly turned into a jam as jazz and blues with music lovers taking to the floor, grooving to the music.
Patrons enjoying an afternoon drink in anticipation of the formal start of proceedings at 6pm got into the groove as the two New Zealand bands ran through familiar blues classics.
Port Denarau Marina CEO Nigel Skeggs said regardless of the weather, the show would go on.
"As far as the Jazz and Blues Festival is concerned the show will go on," he said.
"The weather's holding out so far but should showers fall we'll be dancing in the rain, however, I am very optimistic that the weather will be lovely - I urge everyone to come out and enjoy the music, indulge in some of the finest dining and have a great time," he said.
The Kiwi acts officially kicked off proceedings at Port Denarau's two stages at 6pm while renowned blues harmonica player Warwick Murray blew in the festival proper at the Hilton Hotel.