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Live Review : Sheryl Crow + Melissa Etheridge at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne – 6 April 2018

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Sheryl Crow at Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne on 6 April 2018
Photographer: David Jackson

SHERYL CROW & MELISSA ETHERIDGE
April 6th 2017 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Victoria

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Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 – Day 3

Review by Wanda Hill

Jackson Browne at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018
Photographer : Stuart Blythe

Bluesfest 2018 – Saturday 31st March – Day 3
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Day three was feeling pretty cruizy and chilled as people in for the whole music marathon were recovering from two huge days of sonic feasting already. No long lines for food and moving around the festival was pretty easy compared to the day before. That was until Jackson Browne was about to start at the Crossroads and then trying to move towards the other stages became an extreme effort as all roads and traffic pointed to Jackson Browne. The Crossroads was completely filled to hear his beautiful clear sound and heartfelt lyrics which unfortunately were slightly impacted for people at the back of the tent by sound bleed from a particularly energetic set by Harts over at the Jambalaya. Not so bad for the crowd at Jambalaya who were being engulfed by Harts powerful sounds.

Juanes at the Mojo had a small but extremely dedicated and appreciative crowd cheering wildly between songs. This Columbian singer sang the entire set in Spanish and at one point thanked the crowd for appreciating and respecting this. His music is diverse and ranged from ballads to hard rock with plenty of danceable tunes in between. All with a distinctly Latin flavour. Having won 20 Latin Grammy awards he is a legend in Spanish speaking countries worldwide but not so well known in Australia. Juanes being a social justice and peace activist was invited to join like minded Michael Franti on stage at the Mojo later in the evening.

The New Power Generation played their final show for the festival at the Mojo so they ramped up the vibe to 110%. Clearly enjoying their Bluesfest experience they gave the audience a show they will never forget. The bigger stage suited their performance and the 10-piece band had the room they needed for synchronised dance moves and expression. Prince’s songs were brought to life by his former band with epic synths, brilliant bass and outstanding vocals by André Cymone, Kip Blackshire and Támar Davis. Támar especially hits those high notes that sound impossible but oh so sweet. Bassist Dwayne Thomas Jr. was dressed as a human billboard advertising himself. His bass and clothes covered with Mono Neon signs, clearly an invitation to google him and find out more. No shyness about self promotion here. People of all ages enjoyed this uplifting and soulful tribute to an artist that has given us so much and departed way too soon.

People were finding it impossible to walk past Chain at the Delta stage, they had to dance walk and groove instead. As Peter Noble said while asking them to do an extra song “Chain are Australia’s greatest Blues band” having formed in 1968 they celebrate their 50th anniversary this year. The Afro Celt Sound System brought a dynamic mix of cultures and instruments to the Delta stage delivering a high energy set filled with sounds and influences from Indian, African and Gaelic traditions. I’m looking forward to dancing with them again today Sunday April 1st at 3pm at the Jambalaya.

Michael Franti and Spearhead had the honour of headlining at the Mojo under the full moon and will play again on Monday night the 2nd of April at the Crossroads at 10pm. As always Michael delivered positive and purpose filled messages through accessible upbeat music to an ever expanding fan filled audience.

Feeling completely satisfied from three huge days of Bluesfest already it was good to be reminded by acrobatic vocalist Ziek McCarter from Con Brio earlier in the day that “this is not a show, this is a party” and the party goes on. Sunday is looking to be massive. Crowds are expected to swell for the big acts coming on tonight – Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow, Seal, John Bulter Trio and Tash Sultana. It’s the last day of Boomerang Festival today so if you haven’t checked this out yet make sure you are in early enough to catch the magic happening at the Boomerang dance ground and near by tents from 12:30pm.

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Photo Gallery : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 – Day 3

Jackson Browne at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018
Photographer : Stuart Blythe

Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 – Day 2

Review by Wanda Hill

Youssou N’Dour at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018
Photographer : Stuart Blythe

Bluesfest 2018 – Friday 30th March – Day 2
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Mesmerising singing in language, dancing and didgeridoo emanated from the Boomerang Festival dance grounds from early in the day. Smoking leaves scented the air around people gathered to watch Jannawi Dance Clan and Muggera Dancers. Setting the tone, for a day filled with crowd participation, the lead song man invited the audience to learn a few dances. Connecting with, honouring and protecting the land was a strong theme in the movements and intention of the dances we were invited to learn.
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Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 – Day 1

Review by Wanda Hill

Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 – Thursday 29th March – Day 1

Rain cannot keep away the dedicated amphibious Bluesfest patron happy to withstand a bit of discomfort for the annual feast of music, artfully curated by Bluesfest director Peter Noble each year. The festival opened along with the sky, as the fertile fields of Tyagarah became the scene of another epic gathering of masters of sound from around the globe.

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Live Review : CMC Rocks Festival – March 15 – 18th 2018

Review and photos by Peter Coates

CMC Rocks Festival
Willowbank Raceway – Ipswich, QLD
March 15 – 18th 2018

This was our first visit to the 11-year old CMC Rocks Festival, and it will not be the last – what a brilliantly-run, well-managed, relaxed and impressive festival this is, at least from the media viewpoint, but also from the punter’s angle. The venue is laid out around the two main stages, with bars, shops and food stalls all around, plenty of room to view both the stages, and lots of trees to shade under during the day.
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Live Review : Luke Bryan + Dustin Lynch at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 16 March 2018

Review and Photos: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

LUKE BRYAN / DUSTIN LYNCH – QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY – 16th March 2018

An excited crowd scooted to the Qudos Bank Arena to witness the first Australian show for USA Country-Rock superstars Luke Bryan and Dustin Lynch both here for the CMC Rocks festival in Queensland. Luke is now Country Music royalty, and Dustin one of the up & coming artists – 750,000 Instagram followers for him, compared to 4.5 million for Luke.
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Live Review : David Duchovny + Winterbourne at The Metro Theatre, Sydney – 24 February 2018

Reviewed by Meghan Player

Central Coast duo Winterbourne are tasked with opening tonight; with their charismatic folk-rock immediately grabbing and holding the crowds attention.
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Live Review : Bryan Adams at A Day on the Green – Mitchelton Wines, Nagambie, Victoria – 13 January 2018

Review by Natasha Wyborn – Photos by David Jackson

Bryan Adams at Mitchelton Wines, Nagambie – 13 January 2018
Photographer : David Jackson

Bryan Adams – The Ultimate Tour
A Day on the Green
Mitchelton Wines, Nagambie, Victoria Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thirsty Merc started the day with a set that included crowd favourites “Summertime”, “20 Good Reasons” and “Someday, Someday”. Lead singer Rai Thistlethwayte and the boys were in fine form even introducing the Cold Chisel, Phil Small penned hit “My Baby” into their set.
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Live Review + Photo Gallery : Easy Fever – Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 15 December, 2017

Reviewed by Meghan Player

Easy Fever – Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 15th December, 2017
Photographer : Meghan Player

The year is 1965; and Australian audiences are in the grips of Easyfever – thanks to one Sydney band, The Easybeats.

One year later, their legacy track “Friday On My Mind” enters the charts and the fever that Australian audiences were captivated by, goes global. The world is their oyster.
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Live Review : KC and the Sunshine Band at Rochford Wines | Yarra Valley | 10 December 2017

Review by Natasha Wyborn

KC and the Sunshine Band at Rochford Wines | Yarra Valley VIC | 10 December 2017
Photographer: David Jackson

A Day on the Green | Rochford Wines | Yarra Valley, Victoria | 10 December 2017

“You can’t stop the music”. Well actually you can, in the Yarra Valley on Sunday evening promoter Michael Newton was faced with the unenviable task of informing the packed venue that due to an illness of founding member Victor Willis, Village People would not be performing. The event scaled back to three acts would go ahead following an apology from the promoter. At this stage there were a number of patrons that took the option of a refund and left the venue. For the majority of the crowd they stayed and partied like it was 1976.

Australia’s Marcia Hines hit the stage looking glamorous in a shinny pant suit. Hines graced and moved around the stage much like her countdown years in the 70’s. Backed by a talented three piece ensumble the disco era was the obvious theme of her set. Hines also snuck in the odd classic “You” went over well with the crowd. Sadly as quick as it began it was over with Hines blasting out “It’s Raining Men” to the dancing crowd.

A Village People tribute by DJ Grand Master Baitz complete with an audience “Village People” fashion parade received the endorsement of the crowd with one Indian dancer so committed to the YMCA he could easily have taken the place in the current line up of the band. A brief appearance by Village People including Victor Willis also recieved the crowds admiration.

Philadelphia born 70’s disco icons Sister Sledge took the stage featuring founding members and sisters Debbie and Kim Sledge. From the onset it was a trip back to Studio 54 and the days where the disco ball ruled every dance floor in the world. Playing hits like “Frankie”, “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, “Thinking of You” and “Mama Never Told Me”. The band got an immediate reaction from the crowd. From dancing pantsuits and cork high heels to a construction worker who had jumped fence from the village to join the disco people. Finishing their set with the world wide smash “We Are Family” there was an obvious love and unity in the crowd.

Backed by nine musicians and four gorgeous dancers, Harry Casey AKA KC lead his Sunshine Band (KC and the Sunshine Band) through a collection of hits which resulted in on your feet based on the ground and moving basically from the first beat. All the hits were showcased including “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty”, “Keep It Comin’ Love” and “Boogie Shoes”. The 79 smash “Please Don’t Go” saw the crowd change from disco dance floor to close and romantic. Casey’s engagement throughout the set was entertaining. Commenting on his age and waist expansion “I’m 66 and over the years i have gained a few pounds, there was a time when I was going to rename the band to KFC” referring to the colonel Sanders… everyone laughed . A highlight for the evening was the inclusion of the 1974 Casey penned “Rock Your Baby” made famous by George McCrae. The hits kept coming with “Boogie Shoes” and “Get Down Tonight” before wrapping up with “That’s the Way (I Like It).

A Day On The Green – www.adayonthegreen.com.au

KC and the Sunshine Band – http://www.heykcsb.com/
Sister Sledge – http://www.sistersledge.com/
Marcia Hines – http://marciahines.com.au/

Rochford Wines | Yarra Valley, Victoria – www.rochfordwines.com.au/

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Live Review + Photo Gallery : Future Islands at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 5 December 2017

Reviewed by Meghan Player

Future Islands at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 5 December 2017
Photographer : Meghan Player

It’s been just over three years since Baltimore (by way of North Carolina) four-piece, Future Islands have played to an Australian crowd.

Now nearing their 1200th show, an Australian headlining tour was long overdue.
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Live Review : Live – The Reunion World Tour at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne – 17 November 2017

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Live – The Reunion World Tour at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne – 17 November 2017
Photographer : David Jackson

What a perfect night for Melbourne’s share of the “Live” reunion.
Live supported by Lifehouse and The Calling – 17th November 2017 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne Victoria.

Melbourne turned on the weather for show two of Live’s Australian Reunion Tour on Friday night. under a perfect sunset, the band who most music lovers believed would never play together again, did just that and entertained a 7,000 crowd with passion and perfection. Melbourne was the second of only three shows in Australia for this tour.
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Live Review : Stevie Nicks ’24 Karat Gold Tour’ with Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde) at Rochford Wines Yarra Valley Victoria – 18 November 2017

Review by Natasha Wyborn

Stevie Nicks + Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde) at A Day On THe Green – Rochford Wines Yarra Valley Victoria – 18 November 2017
Photographer : David Jackson

Neither an electric storm or pouring rain could stop the final show of the 24 Karat Gold tour held at Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. The latest instalment of A Day on the Green pitted two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers on the one bill. Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde from Akron, Ohio was brought up on the punk side of town mentored by Malcolm McLaren. On the other side is Stevie Nicks from Phoenix, Arizona a member of one of the most influential bands in music history. Given these ladies musical roots, both should have been on a collision course to destroy each other, that said, they are the best of friends. It’s a “storytellers” tour Nicks told the audience early in her set.
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