Last night on Jaz Beach in Budva, Montenegro, the Sea Dance Festival kicked off with force. The show built momentum as a couple of local acts started everything off which only apexed when international star Jamiroquai hit the stage.
It was fascinating to watch as the crowd swell in size as each act came and went. On the first night of the first year of the Sea Dance Festival, the Sea Dance Festival was a success. They established a solid stage to build upon.
Rambo Amadeus started everything off. Most of the international crowd may have been a little off when Amadeus came on, but the locals and those from neighboring countries definitely understood what was taking place. Rambo Amadeus is Montenegrin by birth and lives in Serbia. He represented Montenegro in the 2012 Eurovision contest with Euro Neuro. His music tends to be a dark, satirical narrative on the current political, economical, and social environment. The crowd ate up his narrative last night.
After Rambo Amadeus, came Croatian artist Neno Belan and Fiumens. If Amadeus energized the crowd, Belan prepped and massaged them for the big show that was coming. The crowd grew in number and quality of response to the music with this act. The music was a mix of blues and rock moving from love songs to all out freedom anthems.
The Sea Dance crowd gathered at midnight for the advertised act, but those who missed the two before missed out on some key acts of the program. Nevertheless, expectation filled the air as lights went dark after the stage was reset. Without a huge entrance or anything fancy, Jamiroquai came out and dazzled his audience.
He danced and moved across the stage not leaving any area unused. As Jamiroquai moved, the crowd cheered more which in turn spurred him to sing and dance more. He stopped throughout the set to acknowledge their approval.
And I think it is safe to say that the crowd approved.