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!!
It was a bit of an epiphany, discovering the Elwood Blues Club at the Greyhound Hotel in St Kilda. I am a bit slow discovering these things, but finally I have a “regular” venue of a Sunday night. I was initially attracted there because Lloyd Spiegel was performing but kept going because, well, here was a bunch of guys driven entirely by the music. The guests are great, but the passion of the EBC house band and the plethora of jammers that come week to week are what keeps me going back. Couple this with rather incongruous atmosphere of the Greyhound Hotel, more renown for its ahhhhh more liberal clientele and it’s just a great night that keeps you guessing and intrigued. I don’t recommend this to anyone who loves fantastic blues music and has other things they generally do on a Sunday night, because if you go once, I think it is imperative that you go again, and again, and yet again. It appear to be highly addictive… Anyway, here is a compilation of photos from over a number of weeks… My passion… my pics 🙂
PS These photos are primary B&W because:
1) I love B&W
2) I think B&W fits the blues genre
3) The Greyhound Hotel INSISTS on using colour killing RED stage lights which totally saturate photographs… (bastards)…