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Bluesy double act to roll through Bendigo

The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday, May, 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD

From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calvert (w/Jason Cameron) and the bluesy-folky Luke Watt (from pretty much all over, but now resident of a very thankful Central Victoria) will serenade an intimate Blues Tram audience from 2pm.

The Blues Tram is a unique experience in Bendigo’s busy live music calendar. Spaces are limited, and in addition to two hours […]

By | 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Press Releases|

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights

Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities.

The Easter Blues Bender features over 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and Lansell Gardens, and later evening events in some of the city’s bars and pubs.

“It’s exciting to see so many great artists in Bendigo over the holiday weekend,” said Colin Thompson, Festival Director, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, which has coordinated much of the mini-festival.

On Good Friday, punters can enjoy some autumn rays in Rosalind […]

By | 2017-05-06T13:15:46+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Stories|

Jagger’s Bendigo tour

The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs.

Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates.

He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street tonight, Friday, March, 24. Tomorrow afternoon sees him play an intimate show on the Blues Tram. And to round off his ‘World Tour of Bendigo’, Jagger will play at the Rifle Brigade Hotel tomorrow night.

He’d just played in New Zealand when I caught up with him last weekend.

“Never having been to New Zealand before […]

By | 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Stories|

Jeff Lang at the Golden Vine

“I used to come and play in the corner of the front bar at the Golden Vine in the early days, before the back room was set up as a venue.”

Jeff Lang has fond memories of the Golden Vine.

“They were fun shows, everyone pretty close to you. I wrote the song Ravenswood – title track from my 1994 debut – sitting in my van outside the Vine. There’s a real mood in that whole Goldfields area.”
Lang returns to the Golden Vine, next Friday, March, 24, showcasing new album, Alone in Bad Company, which was released at the end […]

By | 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Stories|

March highlights

March is going to be another exciting month for live music in Bendigo. Scanning the online what’s on and events pages, it’s shaping-up to be pretty busy, with many highlights.

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 4, sees two regular musical visitors to Bendigo join forces for a double header on the Blues Tram. The Mojo Corner are a hard-working Geelong-based blues outfit. They’ll be showcasing tracks from their new album, Bullet on A Train. They’re joined by Melbourne chanteuse Emilee South whose mix of styles and genres encompasses Hawaii, small-town Australia, and 1950s Paris. The Blues Tram departs from the Central […]

By | 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Stories|

Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers Band tribute concert

“Legend” gets over-used in popular music. Eric Clapton though, is one of a handful of stars who genuinely carries that label.

Tomorrow night, Saturday, February, 25, a group of Bendigo musicians will come together for a special Eric Clapton and Allman Brothers Band tribute show at the Golden Vine.

Chris DeAraugo, a fixture on the Bendigo music scene for many years, is a huge Clapton fan.
“He was my first guitar hero. I have every record he’s ever made,” DeAraugo said.

“I’ve seen him live many times. I was lucky to see him at the Hollywood Bowl in 2004. I like the […]

By | 2017-05-06T15:49:15+00:00 February 24th, 2017|Stories|

Blues & Roots Showcase, Musicman, Deer Prudence

It seems only a few weeks ago that the last guitar riffs of another explosive Travis Bowlin set pretty much rounded-out proceedings at the sixth Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival. That November weekend saw the most successful Festival to date with around 17,000 punters soaking up the sounds whilst enjoying an idyllic Bendigo spring.

It all gets going again in earnest on Sunday, February, 19 at the Rifle Brigade with this year’s first Showcase event. Like previous years there will be two stages – on the balcony, and in the car park. The long-range forecast suggests we’re looking […]

By | 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Stories|

Geoff Achison at the Golden Vine

Geoff Achison is Australian blues royalty. The internationally-renowned guitarist, who spent his early years in Malmsbury, has just embarked on a lengthy tour that also takes in the UK and US.

Bendigo’s Golden Vine, tomorrow night, Saturday, February, 11 is gig number six of a scheduled 52 which also sees Achison play at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the evocatively-named Paradise Lake Campgrounds in Hammonton, New Jersey.

It sounds like a pretty gruelling schedule.

“And we’re actually going to add more dates,” said Achison from his care this week, driving to a gig. He enjoys his visits to the US. An […]

By | 2017-05-06T15:42:48+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Video|

Andy Phillips & the Cadillac Walk

“Musically, I want Bendigo to become the Seattle of Australia.” Twelve months or so ago, that statement, from a hard-working local muso, may have seemed fanciful, or certainly very ambitious.

Now though, it sounds like a statement of intent; one that is getting some traction.

The Bendigo live music resurgence continues to gain momentum. A number of “traditional” venues have been hosting live music for many years. But now we’re seeing other pubs, clubs and venues joining the party. Places like the Manchester Arms and True Brew.

On Sunday afternoon, February 5, Andy Phillips and the Cadillac Walk return to Bendigo […]

By | 2017-05-06T15:38:58+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Stories|

Summer in the Parks

Bendigo’s massive Summer in the Parks program continues with the Music in the Park concerts every Friday evening through February. The series of free concerts takes in Strathdale, Eaglehawk and White Hills before wrapping up in Rosalind Park on February 24.

First up, next Friday, February, 3, alt-country Americana outfit Four Lions will be mining their catalogue of Bendigo stories at Crook Street Park. Writing and recording plans in 2017 mean this will be one of the few chances to catch Four Lions before late in the year.

“We’re recording album number three the day after Summer in the Parks […]

By | 2017-05-06T15:35:29+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Stories|