A busy week in music

What an action packed few days we have had in Esperance over the Australia Day long weekend.

I’m rather exhausted and the computer screen appears to be blurring in and out of focus.

Mind you, that could be my ‘scratched to death’ glasses.

Over the four events I was directly involved in, we saw 15 musicians perform with only one duo ‘Ill Starred Captain’ being from out of town.

There truly is an amazing wealth of local musicians currently performing, would’ve loved the opportunity to get a photo with all of the crew though the opportunity unfortunately did not arise.

With so many events, and no doubt a good deal of daytime beverages, it’s a tricky weekend to navigate when it comes to drawing a crowd.

With that said, all of the gigs had a steady attendance.

The Australia Day celebrations at the Adventureland Park were a highlight, with great weather, great tunes and a fantastic array of market stalls drawing attendees from far and wide.

One of my earliest gigs was a performance at the Australia Day Celebrations organised by the Rotary Club of Esperance.

It’s great to see the event still going strong after many years, its continued success a direct result of the hard work put in each year by the local Rotary.

An Open Mic will be held at The Cannery Arts Centre within the Forage Garden on Saturday February 3rd from 5.30pm.

Our last event saw an amazing group of musicians take to the stage with more than 20 acts performing and a number of artists playing live for the first time.

I absolutely love Open Mics as there is an element of not knowing who could turn up and perform, with all manner of instruments and acts encouraged to take the plunge.

Two Open Mics ago, Joe Young performed a great piece of spoken word poetry, showing the crowd the diversity of potential of an open mic performance.

Entry is $5 with children under 12 free, all proceeds from the open mic will be added to funds previously raised to purchase a Cannery based community sound system.

The event is BYO drinks and nibbles, with the sound and drums provided.

I would absolutely love to see some familiar and new faces.

I’ll see you then.