Review by Natasha Wyborn
Diesel stopped by Port Stephens on Friday night as part of his Americana Tour promoting his new album to an appreciative crowd. Playing to a packed house of loyal fans the man himself entered the stage dressed in a tailored shirt and tie. His seven guitars stood in a neat row each itching to be played by the master.
Photographer: David Jackson
Photographer: Nicholas Rider
Last month the Australian music industry was devastated by the tragic death of well-known and much loved production manager, Shane Cooper, and the serious injury of drummer Mick Skelton, in a car accident while on their way to a gig in regional Victoria.
Bluesfest, held over the 5 Day Easter Long Weekend from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th of April 2015 adds another superb array of artists to its ever-growing festival bill. The 26th Annual Bluesfest will be held at its custom built event site at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay.
BLUESFEST ANNOUNCE # 6 INCLUDES:
SWITCHFOOT • HUNTER HAYES
FLY MY PRETTIES
MUSIC MAKER PRESENTS SUPER CHIKAN AND VASTI JACKSON
DIESEL • JEFF LANG
PHIL WIGGINS & DOM TURNER
WATUSSI FINAL PERFORMANCES
NIKKI HILL • THE RUMJACKS
The second annual ONE ELECTRIC DAY has announced another massive line-up to rock the great lawn of Werribee Park this November. With the likes of Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne playing Australian Crawl, Mondo Rock, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and Boom Crash Opera, this is set to be the ultimate day of Aussie Rock. Last year’s inaugural event sold out well in advance and it’s anticipated that the 2014 festival of rock will be no different.
Event organiser Duane McDonald says he has already had many enquiries about the ONE ELECTRIC DAY show prior to announcing this year’s event, all based around the popularity of the 2013 show. “Last year’s show sold out a couple of months in advance,” he says. “It was a fantastic family event and we had great reviews from patrons and media alike. We have a commitment to continue to give music fans outside of the city a chance to see the calibre of concerts and festivals that patrons attending shows in metro centres have. ONE ELECTRIC DAY is an event that we will continue to grow every year and we’re excited about the fantastic line-up of legendary Australian artists on this year’s bill. I am excited to bring this event to Werribee for a second year, it is a fantastic venue with the magnificent backdrop of the iconic Werribee Mansion.”
The Soul, the Funk and the Blues pumping up anticipation for 22nd Bluesfest happiness
Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia’s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, artistically diverse music festival, today unveiled its SECOND artist announcement – and what an array it is of classic and contemporary blues, soul, funk, reggae and much more!
Tickets are on sale for Bluesfest, the 2010 Australian Event of the Year, and are selling very fast. The festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.
||JIMMY BARNES –
HEADS 10 GREAT AUSSIE ARTISTS
FOR 10th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT!
SIRROMET WINES, MOUNT COTTON
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14
A 10th anniversary deserves a very special celebration and that’s exactly what a day on the green has planned with Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes heading up the festivities for this noteworthy occasion.
Although all shows in the upcoming a day on the green 2010/2011 summer season fall under the 10th anniversary banner, promoters Roundhouse Entertainment wanted to pay homage to many of the Aussie artists who have played a part in the event’s 215 concerts to date – and that desire has resulted in four massive birthday concerts in November.
||In the great blues tradition of ‘Short Cool Ones’, the 1996 Gold-selling ARIA Award nominated blues release from diesel and Chris Wilson (under the Wilson diesel moniker), diesel returns once again to the studio and his roots to produce ‘Saturday Suffering Fools’.
Slated for a July 3 release through Liberation and comprising some
freshly unearthed blues gems and some original songs, the record features long-term diesel band members Richie Vez and Lee Moloney, as well as Bernie Bremond (ex the Injectors and an integral part of diesel’s musical history) and father Hank Lizotte, along with brothers Mike and Brian Lizotte on horns. Amazingly, Bremond returns to the fold more than 20 years after he and diesel first teamed up as the Injectors and moved from Perth to Sydney to seek fame & fortune in the late 80’s.
Sunday July 27 sees the birth of Home Grown In The Valley, a boutique music festival in the rain forest surrounds of the Currumbin Valley Bird Gardens. The line up brings together Australian music icons Ian Moss, Richard Clapton and Diesel, revered guitarists Phil Emmanuel, as well as blues & roots legends Kevin Borich and Steve Edmonds.
Sunday 27 July, 2008 @ The Bird Gardens, 746 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley, Southern Gold Coast. 11:00am to 9:30pm
To purchase tickets to Home Grown In The Valley, head to www.inthevalley.com.au or Southport RSL, Scarborough St, Southport.