A genuine bluesman in Doc White and a queen of soul in Jo Jo Smith with deliver a very special Blues Tram experience on 12 May!
Enjoy the sights of Bendigo’s architecturally stunning CBD from on board the sensationally restored vintage W Class tram, while being serenaded by two great acts:
Jo Jo Smith:
Jo Jo Smith singer / songwriter / musician. Across the genres soul funk Blues Latin jazz R&B. ” Jo Jo has a stage presence that special singers possess. No histrionics just a deep connection with audience and musicians. An elastic voice – demure one minute, tough and decisive the next “. Jo Jo has a feel and groove that touches people deeply. The Jo Jo Smith musical experience is like a breath of fresh air.
Doc is a musician, songwriter, actor and playwright who grew up in Adelaide at a time when some of the most bizarre murders in the country were being committed. As a result of an unfortunate series of seemingly random events, a copy of Lightning Hopkins first Arhoolie record landed on his old HMV record player and the gloom was lifted. A lifelong and, some would say, unhealthy interest in blues and true crime evolved that has remained to this day.
Doc plays country blues like the devil (who was an early fan) and is one of the few modern blues artists to adopt the mandolin, despite it being an instrument that is nearly impossible to tune.
Doc’s music has been played on ABC Radio and he has been featured on The Planet and in Rhythms Magazine.
Doc’s tune Cropduster Blues was voted Song of the Year at the 2004 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Vic/Tas Blues Awards.
Saturday May 14th
Blues Tram, feat: Jo Jo Smith + Doc White
Departing Central Deborah Goldmine (76 Violet Street) at 2pm, returning 4:15pm.
Tix: $35 from Bendigo Visitor Centre 1800 813 513 or https://www.bendigotourism.com/tours/bendigo-cbd/bendigo-blues-tram
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Strictly no BYO. Drinks and snacks available for purchase.
The Blues Tram is organised and staged by Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival Inc, a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.
This is a music appreciation event – a mobile concert. For the enjoyment of all patrons, any rowdy or loud behaviour will not be tolerated. Event management reserves the right to refuse admission or evict patrons if requests to manage behaviour are not complied with; in this unlikely event, tickets of offenders will be forfeited and no refund will be available.