although what was available was of good quality and sets the path for positive growth next year.
More than 400 people attended this relaxed boutique event featuring: Alawishus Jones and the Outright Lies, Lazy Eye, Shaun Kirk, Funky Blue Things and Keith Hall and Pat Dow.
The overall opinion being that it was a top class enjoyable day and great value for money as entry was only $30 for the day with $2 from every ticket going to Make A Wish Australia.
“The response I got from everyone was fantastic,” Festival organiser Dave Storer said. “People really liked the bands, and people really enjoyed being able to sit around tables or on the grass and have some food .”
A 20 year old from Mildura and an ex student of Erica Graf, James opened up the festival creating a great vibe with some lay back solo acoustic blues as the laws began to fill.
Alawishus Jones and the Outright Lies
The boys from Bendigo kicked the show into the next gear with spirited fun, old time blues and they skipped their way through some authentic early blues work songs, field holler & ragged time. With uplifting guitar, drums, washboard, bass, trumpet, harmonica & ukulele, peppered with stories and anecdotes.
"One of the best things about playing in Mildura in my experience, is how welcoming everyone is and of supportive the community is of musical events. That’s something not every town, city or region has and it’s a valuable asset.”
Touring ‘Single Malt Blues’ currently No. 1 on the Australian Blues and Roots airplay chart.
Lazy Eye have been regularly visiting Mildura over many years and built up a strong following. This could be seen by the Lazy Eye T-shirts peppered about the lawns, as punters relaxed under the perfect sky soaking in their Hammond driven gritty, raw, soulful blues music. Guitarist, Erica Graf is originally from Mildura and relishes every opportunity to get back to her roots and catch up with family and friends. I had the privilege of meeting her lovely mum and was also introduced to the famous Mallee Burger on Deakin Avenue, what a treat!
“Mildura is a beautiful town that has a great vibe and a real love for live music".
A quality solo artist, doing the hard yards with a truck load of pedals and effects, was a crowd favourite.
He is a virtual one man band striving for an authentic sound through modern technology.
Shaun has a great voice and style emulating the greats, in his own way. As big as the sound was, I personally, would love to see him again, preferably without all the “wiz bang.”
Funky Blue Things
With these local and very competent musicians, you got pure feel-good driving blues and roots rock. The crowd were well into dancing the day away by the time they had hit them with all the classics.
The Keith Hall and Pat Dow Band
Currently touring their brand new album ‘Hard Working Man’ have developed a distinctive Blues/Roots sound of their own, being part of the Australian Blues music scene since the early 80’s. Keith (vocals/bass/acoustic guitar) and Pat (guitars/harp) are the mainstays of the band, Peter Allan (drums).
Keith Hall and Pat Dow Band, closed the fantastic 'Get Your Blues On' festival at the Woolshed Mildura, on Saturday evening.
I’m confident this years successful Get Your blues On Festival is set to be an annual occasion, that will grow comfortably year by year and will be a must on the blues calendar!
You can catch both Lazy Eye and Keith Hall and Pat Dow Band when they perform this Sunday @ The Gov. from 5 pm, together with Rhumboogie and Chris Finnen, for a Mothers day ‘Blues Spectacular’