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.
Ocean Grove will host the first Australian version of a worldwide charity concert supported by rockers Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Grushecky, Darlene Love, Willie Nile, Garland Jeffreys and many others. What began as a birthday party to lift the spirits of co-founder and guiding inspiration Bob Benjamin, a well-known New Jersey/New York music business figure after his Parkinson’s diagnosis 15 years ago, the Light of Day Foundation has raised over US$3 million worldwide through the ‘Power of Music’ in its fight against Parkinson’s and related neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and PSP.
Hello all that want to be individuals, Daniel here with what’s on the line-up in Ballarat’s primary live original music venues. The Karova Lounge kicks off this issue’s agenda with the Hard-Ons playing tonight, Thursday, June 12th. This punk rock band has been setting standards in music since 1982 and they’re set to rock out with support from Clowns and Dead. So get a ticket from New Generation, The Regent Cinema or Oztix for $15+ and get set for a loud night.
An iconic Geelong pub has been resurrected under the leadership of local custodians Kym Robertson and Don Little. Previously trading as The Bended Elbow and then The Yarra Hotel, Bended sits at 69 Yarra Street and owes its name to that of the prior establishment. Although maintaining they aren’t associated with the Bended Elbow brand, Kym says “we’ve called it Bended to emulate the great things that Bended Elbow was famous for”.
Don’t take your Snuggie out of mothballs quite yet – and as James Brown would put it, “Get up offa that thing!” – because the Ballarat LoungeRoom is transforming winter in Ballarat into some place warm and wonderful! The cold weather cousin of the popular summertime Ballarat Backyard Tasters has found cosy digs through June at M.A.D.E. (Museum of Australian Democracy @ Eureka) and is bringing musical experiences from the world over to the dance floor for the season.
While Green Day are off saving the planet or doing whatever it is they do these days, American Idiot, Australia’s number one Green Day tribute band, will be dropping by Bendigo this weekend. Based out of Melbourne, American Idiot is a high energy outfit dedicated to doing justice to the punk rock heavyweights. They dress in character and perform in character, playing songs from Green Day’s entire back catalogue.