While it may seem like festival season doesn’t kick in until the warmer months, there’s something about winter that seems so fitting for bunkering down, grabbing a glass of wine and listening to blues music.
A few years ago Melbourne blues man Greg Dodd, came up with “Blues for Lost Souls.” This was a gig to raise money for the homeless, and it started from a raising few hundred dollars to being so successful that last year they raised enough money to buy a van for Father Bob’s operation.
Winter is definitely setting in – even the buskers have muffled bodies as well as muffled sounds. Actually, have you noticed the gear buskers are now using? Large DC powered amps, requiring huge car batteries to run. We will soon see a generation of buskers with great sound and tight physique – a new Olympic sport: carry your entire music kit in one lift!
The combined talents of Adrian ‘Edo’ Rafter and Dyl Thomas are behind Milwaukee Banks, a Melbourne based hip hop/electronic duo who recently dropped their debut album, Deep into the Night.
Well, if you didn’t manage to get to Derek and the Champ’s gig at Sleepy Hollow Blues Club, you missed out big time. They kicked off with Time is Tight from Booker T and the MGs and, believe it or not, it just got better from there. You’ll just have to keep an eye on their Facebook page for the next gig.
Last issue I was waxing lyrical about an overseas artist coming to Geelong, but there’s more to life than welcoming guests. Making a bit of noise (well, music, but you know what I mean …) is Derek and the Champs, and they’ve been playing Pistol Pete’s and the Back Hatt (and other local venues) pulling an increasing crowd. That’s not so much of a surprise, when you look at the line-up – Rod Hoe, Peter Kure, Ian Wilson and Gary Quick.