While many of Bendigo’s musical identities attended high school in the days when bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica were in their prime, Stacy Varner’s both a current student and a fan of music by older hard rock and metal bands. “People will disagree with me here, but I just like the whole vibe of the old stuff,” she says. With a father who used to turn the family home into a heavy music haven on Saturday mornings while his wife was at work, the fourteen-year-old singer/acoustic guitarist developed musical tastes that aren’t necessarily shared by her peers.
Baghdad-born and honourary South Australian, Motez Obaidi, who works under Motez, is a man showing that Adelaide’s music scene is far more than just hip hop. The electronic prouder has won favour for his remixes of some of RnB and pop’s biggest names, including Mark Morrison’s ‘Return of the Mack’, Justin Timberlake’s ‘I Like You’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Thinking About You’. He has also performed alongside the likes of Disclosure and Pete Tong on his way to becoming a club favourite.
I say, I say, The Band Who Knew Too Much is a bona-fide foolproof floor-packing band. Whether it is performing on the festival stage, busking in the streets, or anything in between, I tell ya, they’re all class. They perform washboard/accordion-driven songs about spending the rent, hard rubbish nights, and every drinker’s favourite time of the day, Beer O’Clock. Yep, every hour is happy hour when it comes to this outfit.
Blues Boot Camp is a two-day workshop and live performance camp that is designed to give those with a love of music a chance to shine, through both the learning process and through performance. Students from Year 6 up, with an intermediate ability level in instrumentation, or a beginner to intermediate level in vocal performance, are encouraged to enter.
Rhath is the name chosen by Ry Hamilton-Smith as an outlet for his electronic dark chill and horror hop. Ry started going under the name after he discovered Sun Araw (aka Cameron Stallones) through the video game Hotline Miami. Initially, Ry fit the songwriter-guitarist mould, before taking a few steps over to the electronic genre. Influenced by instrumental hip hop, Ry combined this with his video game influences, notably the soundtracks of titles such as Hotline Miami, Portal and the Fallout series.
Having always been an avid music lover and playing a bit of it himself back in the day, Pete Raimondo’s decision to open a blues music restaurant here in Little Malop Street was a no-brainer in his mind. Pete’s gamble has paid off, with his business giving a new edge to Geelong’s dining and music life. One of the first artists that started Pete’s love affair of blues music was Chris Wilson. From there his passion evolved and he discovered his love for blues music.
The wonderful Eddi Reader is the guest of honour at this month’s Karingal Appeal Launch Concert. Born in Glasgow, Reader found fame with acoustic pop outfit Fairground Attraction. Although a short-lived band, they had a monster hit with ‘Perfect’. She released her tenth album, Vagabond, in February. All funds raised will assist in the building of The Eastern Geelong Community Centre, a new inclusive space that will provide recreational, social, cultural, economic, community and health benefits for people in the Eastern Geelong region.
Violinist and vocalist William Stahlut and Linden Lester are the musical souls behind The Imprints, a little duo with a big sound and a whole lot of energy. Using a loop station and a guitar effects pedal, the duo creates bass, synth and guitar-like sounds.
Hepburn Springs’ Old Hepburn Hotel delivers yet another amazing musical month in June, with Surf Coast’s ‘one-woman’ band Jessey Jackson set to take in the venue tomorrow night, June 13. Jessey received her first guitar at the age of seven. She attended a few guitar lessons here and there, but by the time she was 11 she had forgotten all but six chords. A little later down the track she would pop up at the occasional open mic, but it wasn’t until she turned 25 that something clicked.
Geelong-based school girl soul outfit, Sweethearts, are heading to the US. The massively talented band recently took to Pozible to raise funds for what will be their maiden tour of the US. Included in their tour itinerary is a date with Milwaukee’s Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, attracting some 900,000 visitors.