The year rolls on at an amazing rate and the stellar line up for this year keeps coming; but a bit of a flash back to the last month’s artists with two international acts, some top notch interstate and local bands as well. The month kicked off at the Harmonie German Club with Harper and Midwest Kind. Peter Harper’s an expatriate Australian, now well and truly entrenched in the US Blues community.
Kudos to Bucky on securing Harper for the 2nd year running to open his Aus tour at the HGC. And what a show it was! Harper is a consummate performer and very approachable as well. Big thanks to Gavin Kelly, Dave Blanken and Chris Tominich for the loan of their gear for the show. The following Friday, Stormcellar played another amazing show; the best I’ve ever seen from them.
Lloyd Spiegel’s event was another consummate performance, with his signature banter, storytelling and those beautifully crafted songs; a brilliant show from the man who thinks the CBS is pretty special too.
The Bridge Between hosted last month’s blues jam for the first time and what a class performance they put on. Was a great day with another surprise guest; the wonderful vocalist, Kerrie Sweeney popped in from the ‘Gong to see how we do things. As usual our local jammers were superb and great to see a few new faces on stage; welcome Max Diversi, John H and Adrian Reed.
Our 2nd major international event in March was Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, an absolutely monumental show and man does he write some very poignant love songs.
To put on shows of this calibre there are of course costs involved; and although we endeavour to keep ticket prices reasonable, including negotiating discounts for CBS members, attendances have fallen short of expectations. Unless we have sufficient numbers coming along to support these events, we will not be able to continue recommending international artists to The Harmonie German Club.
That being said, April is going to be another big month for the blues fraternity in Canberra, with the world renowned Bonnie Raitt performing this Sat 8 April at the Canberra Theatre (tickets selling fast) and Carlos Santana set to appear at The National Convention Centre on 15 April. WARNING – don’t buy tickets from resellers – only purchase through the venue’s website or call the venue direct.
Our month at the HGC will start off with The Replacements, as Andrew Baxter and Mike Beale from ‘not so sunny’ Qld had to cancel. Drew Wimhurst, Leo Joseph & Mitch Preston from the Groove Kings along with Illya Szwec (Sydney) & Matt Nightingale have come together to bring us a brand new (temporary) band. With a line-up like this it’s definitely going to be a fun filled night this Friday 7 April.
And after much consultation, we will finally have the fantastic Psycho Zydeco doing a ticketed show for us on 29 April, with a $5 discount for CBS members. This is a must see show, so please spread the word. We want that room packed.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped man our stall at the Connect and Participate Expo, and also to the Monica Moore Band, who I heard gave a wonderful performance showcasing the Blues to the appreciative audience. This month’s Blues Jam will be hosted by The Dorothy-Jane Band. Just checkout the line-up DJ’s put together. WOW! It’s going to be a HUGE day! If you’re a musician, bring your instrument; see Ross or myself to put your name down on the board for a jam. If you’re a Blues lover, bring a friend and sit back & enjoy some of the best music in Canberra.
NOTE – Our April Jam is on Sun 23rd due to Easter falling on 3rd Sunday this month.
Have you pencilled in 5th August for our International Blues Music Day festival? I really hope so as the line-up is locked in. We’re still busy working on the poster, but you can check out the full list of artists on our website.
If you would like to volunteer to help on the day or with preparations beforehand, please drop us line at firstname.lastname@example.org and you could go in the running to win a fantastic prize.
There’s a lot to see and do this month, so hopefully I’ll see you at a show or two around town.
Happy Easter & safe travels.