Friday night, the opening act was 34 years old bass player Julian Vaughn, a rising star in the smooth jazz genre that plays a higher pitched bass as a lead instrument in the tradition of the late Wayman Tisdale who he met at age 17 the first time, an encounter that prompted him to follow his path and carry the torch of this style of smooth jazz bass playing. The house band backed him up, doing a great job as usual. He kicked right into high gear with his infectious and groovy style of playing, having the audience clap along, putting it in the right mood right from the start. With songs like "Can't Hide Love", "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Do You Remember The Time", he could do no wrong and had the audience in the palm of his hand with ease. He changed the sound of his bass with a few electronic gadgets to give us some variety, soloing beautifully on his instrument. For his rendition of Stanley Clarke's "Lisa", he invited Marcus Anderson to the stage, to add some heartfelt saxophone playing to the song. The party continued with The Whispers classic "Rock Steady" and the Kool & The Gang hit "Get Down On It", having people dance in front of the stage and the aisles. The crowd demanded more and got the treasured "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" as an encore, bringing a truly great show to an end, you could feel the energy and joy in the room after his infectious show.
After an intermission, Dutch saxophone star Candy Dulfer was on, she appeared with her own band and crew, she had her old cohorts Ulco Bed on guitar and Manuel Hugas on bass, on drums was DJ Kikke, plus the two vocalists Andy Ninvalle and Ricardo Burgrust. She started her show with a melodic sax led smooth jazz instrumental that brought things nicely up to speed. Next was a pop song, followed by "Hey Now" from her current Crazy album, a reggae pop song, next came the title song "Crazy", having Candy moving definitely into pop dance territory, topping it with "What You Do (When The Music Hits)", which could be summed up as noisy mess, with its frantic beat and Euro pop elements, leaving many cold. At least she made up for it after that with a great rendition of "Lily Was Here", the song that launched her career, with a soaring guitar solo by Ulco Bed, providing the highlight of the show. After that, they did their new composition "History", a passable dance track, before an audience member requested "For The Love Of You", thankfully she accepted and played a few bars of the song, which was a lot more up the alley of the people in attendance - after all this was supposed to be a smooth jazz festival! This was the last breath of fresh air for us, before she went back to her scheduled program with "Bass In Your Face", an uptempo dance track featuring the rappers and bit of her sax playing, plus a drum interlude featuring DJ Kikke on snare drum and cymbal. Then as a little show element, "vocal artist" Andy Ninvalle did a nice beatbox and mouth instrument segment, that culminated in Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean", before she did her updated 2014 version of "Pick Up The Pieces", totally loosing the cool groove of the original and replacing it with the dreadful Euro pop beats she seems to be so fond of at the moment. Those who still remained in attendance requested an encore and got one more poppy dance track with some rap elements.