The gang fly out on a Qantas bird from Adelaide domestic at 9.30 am, off to Sydney then through to Memphis (via Dallas).
Tuesday 26th, Adelaide time Evan, Erica, Mario, Mick and Dave touch down in Memphis.
On Wednesday 27th, Adelaide time Both Lazy Eye and Mick Kidd & Dave Blight will perform during The International Showcase on Beale St.
Mick Kidd & Dave Blight will showcase at The Pig On Beale, 167 Beale St, Memphis, Tennessee.
"Our first gig on American soil and part of the "International Showcase" at the Memphis Blues Challenge - Plus it's my Birthday - I'm one lucky bloke!"
Also on the eve of the International Blues Challenge, Lazy Eye will perform a one hour set from 5.30 pm at the International Showcase, Club 152 on Beale St, Memphis.
As a part of the “Asia Pacific Blues Invasion” showcase, Lazy Eye will be the nominated South Australian act, and will perform a 30 minute set at B.B. Kings Blues Club on Beale St, at 12.45 pm on January 29th. Other acts performing at B.B. Kings will be fellow Australian “band" entrants, Zach Linton Band, Dream Boogie and Matt Roberts Trio as well as Blues Asia Networks representative, Lampoon Alley of the Philippines.
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They tell me they've got their set planned all originals but one, 'I’m Not Drowning' which Dave will be singing.
"The rest of the set is pretty much what we performed at the ARBA Memphis challenge at the Semaphore Workers Club."
Mick Kidd says he plans to suit up, while Dave will be blending in to Beale Street with a white pinstriped black shirt and fancy footwear.
Mick Kidd & Dave Blight have also been invited to perform (sit in)
at the Purple Haze and Rum Boogie Cafe, both on Beale St.
Mick has written several more songs recently for a new MK & DB album for mid-year release and will be focusing on that when he returns, but says they may test them out on a Memphis audience at the International Show Case.
Mick Kidd will be heading straight back from Memphis, after IBC commitments, and will arrive back in Adelaide 9.30 am Tuesday 2nd of February for work commitments.
After his return you can catch up at the Bedford Hotel, Woodside Sunday Feb. 21st plus the Wakerie ( Riverland) Music Fest.. Sat. March 12th.
Dave Blight just came off a national tour with Cold Chisel and after recently getting a few gigs under belt with Mick Kidd. "I'm very excited to be travelling to America for the the very first time." Dave is planning to sit in with his harp in as many joints that will have him. (They will be mad not to!)
Dave Blight will be hanging in the US, catching up with some old mates and travelling together.
He heads to Nashville after Memphis then 3 nights in New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras, and expects to cross paths again with Evan and Erica in N.O.L.A.
He also plans to spend a little time blowing harp in the bars of Austin, Texas.
"Thanks again to ARBA and the Blues fraternity of South Australia for giving this opportunity to David and myself to perform in Memphis… We're just going to be ourselves and give it our best shot!"
Evan Whetter, Erica Graf and Mario Marino will return on the 10th of February
Dave Blight returns home to Adelaide. 17th February
Mick Kidd’s Last show before they head off is on Friday 22 Jan., Solo @ the Blacksmiths Inn.
Listen to MK & DB and Lazy Eye in the studio with Mick Young live to air on Blues Power 21/1/16
I also spoke to Lazy Eye about their preparation and trip.
"How excited are you about heading to Memphis and travelling together overseas as a band and with Mick Kidd and Dave Blight by your side? "
"Man, we’re freaking out a little to be honest… I heard someone say the only difference between nervous and excited is a smile… believe me, with the support we’ve received we haven’t stopped smiling!"
“Mind blowing” says Mario Marino (drums) of the opportunity. “It’s going to be one hell of a ride!”
"We’re working hard to bring it all together. The set times in Memphis range from 20 minutes to half an hour so we have to make sure everything's timed to perfection. We’ve checked out a lot of video footage from past years. I think the one thing Lazy Eye has always strived for is to take it to the next level as far as our music, performance and behind the scenes stuff goes. This has been a real catalyst for that. From what I’ve experienced, we’ve got some bloody good musicians in SA and we’re really proud to be a part of an ongoing event that showcases that now and into the future. We owe everyone involved with the ARBA Memphis Challenge a huge debt of gratitude. Thank you."
"Whats after Memphis?"
"We’re not staying on for too much longer, just heading down to Clarksdale then New Orleans for a few days to soak it all up.
We’ll be back mid February and celebrating with a show down at The Semaphore Workers Club on the 19th."
Before they head off Lazy Eye are putting on a Farewell Show pool party with pig on the spit to be held at Bandarrah near Echunga in the Adelaide Hills on the 23rd January. This will be the last chance to catch them and wish them well, before they jet off.
Festivities begin at the family friendly time of 6pm.
Just $30 for food & entertainment (Kids free).
71 Sands Rd
Jupiter Creek, SA 5153
click here to buy tickets.
Applications for the 2016 Memphis Challenge open on the 15th of February.