Everclear are on their 30th Anniversary Tour taking in a whole load of Australian cities and regional towns, and delivering a set that rolls back the years and sees a rough, raucous and loud grunge-punk band delivering classic after classic as if they were all still in their 20’s. Art Alexakis is unchanged, and has had Davey French on guitar for nearly 20 years now, with Freddy Herrera on bass since 2009, and new boy Brian Nolan on the drums for the past five years.
Good Vibes Tribe at Drifter’s Wharf, Gosford. 27th Jan 2023
The extraordinarily talented Steph Strings from San Remo, VIC opened the show on a steamy summer evening on the water in Gosford, and was the surprise package of the night. A really fresh guitar, harmonica and percussion soloist, showing off some flamenco style and really delicate playing that was mostly instrumental because of “my terrible voice”! That turned out wrong too as Steph showed a clear and pure tone with some ethereal vocals that combined really well with the guitar.
Kings of Leon Set The Town of Mildura on Fire 29th October 2022 Mildura Sporting Complex, Victoria Australia
Mildura, located in rural Victoria, was the venue for Kings of Leon’s opening show on their long-awaited 2022 Australian tour. Over 10,000 people filled the newly opened complex to hear the band, natives from Tennessee. Comprising of brothers Caleb, Jared, Nathan Followill, and their cousin Matthew Followill. The band played a 25-song set that featured songs from their impressive 20-year career and eight-album catalogue.
Announced at 2 days notice, and sold out within 5 minutes, local boy Morgan Evans took a couple of days out of the current hectic CMC Rocks and Brad Paisley tour to head home for a one-off show at the Mayfield pub and live music venue the Stag & Hunter Hotel. Initially planned to be just Morgan doing a solo set, landlord Mick was a bit surprised when a truck turned up with drums, amps and keyboards, and then the whole band rocked up to check out the venue having been onstage at Rod Laver arena 18 hours earlier, and at the airport at 4am to make it happen! “We’ll make it work” was the phrase when they realised the stage was smaller than their normal drum riser!
CASEY BARNES / JOSH SETTERFIELD The Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle, NSW 6th May 2022
The Cambridge Hotel is a legendary rock’n’roll pub on the outskirts of Newcastle, black painted walls, sticky carpet, signed drum-heads on the walls from some of Australia’s best-known bands, and was once a regular touring stop for international bands when they used to play shows in more than just Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
I must be honest; this is one event I have been looking forward to for a long time. This festival has been on fans’ lips for over eighteen months. A sell-out confirmed this day would be enormous, and I was excited to be a part of it.
Take three and the 33rd
annual Bluesfest actually happened, much to the relief and joy of the entire
Bluesfest community. Five days of celebrating some of the world’s finest
musicians amongst old and new friends came to an end on Monday night. The
festival grounds will be glad to see us gone, the trodden grass can regrow and
the wildlife can get some much needed sleep.
Crowded House lived up to their name at the Crossroads as they could have filled two
big tops with the amount of people trying to get close to the action. Parking
sold out early for what was this year’s biggest day at Bluesfest. Pretty much
the entire festival patronage gathered to see this much loved band. Despite most
people choosing to sing along with Crowded House there was still plenty of awe
and devotion for George Benson over
at the Mojo,where he was filling
the cool night air with romance and nostalgia, perfect for lovers.
Well it’s not a dream,
it is real and it’s happening again. After so long without festivals it doesn’t
seem possible to see live music, five consecutive days in a row. Day three and everything
is smooth. The parking and traffic situation has been sorted, the long queues are
a thing of yesterday and everything just feels a bit more relaxed. Families are
out with their kids, many having their first ever festival experience.
Driving down to what was a hometown gig, I was full of excitement. Nobody parties like a country crowd, and boy, was this a long time coming. From the beginning, I must compliment the promoters’ commitment to bringing this event to the town; after two years, who would not be excited.
Bluesfest has been reborn in full glory after years of pandemic restrictions preventing the festival from going ahead. Friday’s epic line up saw the venue packed with music lover’s eager to feast on the gods of Australian rock music as well as welcoming international artists who have waited a long time to grace our shores.
Every Catherine Britt concert is a reminder of how she is one of country music’s finest vocalists. Hailing from Newcastle, Britt continued her around Australia Bush Pubs Tour at Wentworth on Friday night. Describing her tour as a labour of love inspired by the late Slim Dusty, Britt’s goal is to take her music to every corner of the country. Despite the Covid disruptions, she has managed to cover a considerable amount of it. Having three golden guitars and nominated for three more from her latest venture, ‘Home Truths’ in Tamworth, in two weeks. Britt has a long history of playing and collaborating with some of music’s best, including Sir Elton John. Britt is an artist that crosses many music barriers from blues to roots to heartfelt country.
Under the Southern Stars Venue J.C. Lowe Oval, Yarrawonga, Victoria Australia Sunday March 13th, 2022
Reviewer Natasha Rachow
As I write this review, I cannot begin without acknowledging the determination and commitment of promoters for delivering this show to Australian shores. On what is the third attempt to bring this show to Australian shores it eventually went off like clockwork, providing ticket holders with a killer show on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Victoria.