John Williams at Mr Boogeyman Bar; Sunday June 2, 2019

On Sunday evening DoubleShot of Blues (John's band) played at this tiny, narrow, almost hidden bar in Collingwood. It's a great music venue; a gem with a comfy atmosphere but one I didn't previously know about, yet I live not far from it. It has a big screen (displaying the band on stage) on the … Continue reading John Williams at Mr Boogeyman Bar; Sunday June 2, 2019

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Mike Rudd: 50 years of Spectrum – the second anniversary show

What a difference a good sound system makes at a venue ... Having seen an almost identical show at the Thornbury Theatre two weeks ago the comparison to this one at the Caravan Club was astounding. At Caravan the sound is superior & the lighting subtle. Chris Stockley & his band (as the openers) were … Continue reading Mike Rudd: 50 years of Spectrum – the second anniversary show

Mike Rudd: 50 years of Spectrum – the 1st anniversary show

The show at Thornbury Theatre on Saturday May 11, 2019 began with Chris Stockley & his band followed by Madder Lake, who are often in shows with Spectrum but have always played after Spectrum. The Madders make performance seem so easy & did this again on Saturday. Mike sang with them at the end of … Continue reading Mike Rudd: 50 years of Spectrum – the 1st anniversary show

Dave Hogan (& the all the Heinous Hounds) in the basement at the Espy April 28, 2019

It was great to see this band again a few weeks after their regular gig at the old Cherry Bar ceased when the bar closed at that location. The basement at the Espy is a great space; small but funky where it is amusing to be able to look up & see trams passing by … Continue reading Dave Hogan (& the all the Heinous Hounds) in the basement at the Espy April 28, 2019

Stars (with Roger McLachlan) at Thornbury Theatre April 12, 2019

Yah!!I have now seen 5-piece country-rock band Stars in a full performance. Previously all I had seen was a 30-minute taster at Basement Discs the day, almost a year ago, when they launched Boundary Rider, which very soon will not be their newest CD. MAL EASTICK; MICK PEALING; GLYN DOWDING (OBSCURED); ROGER MCLACHLAN & NICK CHARLES … Continue reading Stars (with Roger McLachlan) at Thornbury Theatre April 12, 2019

Secondhand Spacesuits at the Embers Lounge at Memo, March 29, 2019

Secondhand Spacesuits including Kiwi Roger McLachlan (b), are described as a band who romp through classic songs by artists like Steve Winwood, Al Jarreau, Steeley Dan, Tony Joe White, JJ Cale and more. Others in the band are: Michael Oliphant (kbds), Ronnie Peers (g) and drummer Gerry Pantazis. ROGER MCLACHLAN (l) & RONNIE PEERS: the … Continue reading Secondhand Spacesuits at the Embers Lounge at Memo, March 29, 2019

Dave Hogan with Heinous Hounds at the Cherry Bar March 24, 2019

Two weeks ago Hounds leader Steve Lucas had pneumonia, was very unwell but performed anyway. This time (the last time the band played at the Cherry in its current location) his health wasn't much better. He did sing a few songs, commenting that singing was easier than talking; then he handed over the vocal duties … Continue reading Dave Hogan with Heinous Hounds at the Cherry Bar March 24, 2019