OK, I admit it. I am a sucker for female vocalists belting out the blues, so what an extra special treat last night with 3 of the very best giving their all, and then some. Fiona Boyes headlined the night with her amazing variety of sensitive and sensual melody, contrasted by some real in your face, raucous power. Next up was one of my all time favourite stage presences in Christine Manetta with an all-to-short set which included The Doors “Roadhouse Blues” … *swoon*!! Thanks so much for that Christine!! Finally was the newcomer to the EBC in Nicole Nehemia, a real bundle of personality, style and talent – totally infectious and utterly engaging. So, what an end to the year – three beautiful ladies hammering out great blues supported by the incredible talent of the EBC allstars and the likes of Jesse Valach, Rod Paine and sooo many more amazing musicians. All I can say is “roll on 2014!” Have an amazing Christmas and New Year everyone and thanks!
Sunday night was Elwood Blues Club’s first birthday at their current venue, the Greyhound Hotel. What a fantastic way to celebrate with the in your face Chigaco Blues of Greg Dodd and Dan Dinnen. Couple this with exceptional sets by jammers (particularly Christine Manetta singing The Doors) and you have an electric evening.
Every Sunday night from 5.30 people… get on it.. it’s exceptional!!
Another fantastic night at the Elwood Blues Club, this time with the enigmatic and bundle of energy, James Southwell. The volume was up and so were the dancers. Coupled with some simply amazing acts in the blues jam, this really was one of the best yet. The word is spreading about Sunday nights at the Greyhound Hotel, in St Kilda.. big crowds and big music. If you have something else on on a Sunday evening, cancel it and treat yourself to the best blues jam in the country. You most definitely will NOT be disappointed!
A bunch of dedicated and very experienced blues/old time rock guys.. and frankly some of the nicest blokes you will ever meet. If you get a chance, go and have a beer and a listen. Here are a few pics, including a few interlopers (that means YOU Bren!!) over a few gigs covering both the Glorious Bastards and the more acoustic Stingers…