CanJam Volume.2 was successful beyond our wildest imaginings.
The Cannery Arts Centre Gallery is a sublime space for live music, and all in attendance experienced a thoroughly intimate vibe. After a hectic weekend and a solid amount of work in the lead up, I was finally able to relax. Everything ran so damn well and CanJam has become, quite possibly my favourite event I’ve been involved in. For me, two golden moments stand out.
Before the event started, Matt Cooper and I were working our way through sound checks, when Michael Barker of Swamp Thing rocked in to set up his drum kit. Cooper and I had the absolute pleasure of having a 15-minute jam with the man, who is an amazing drummer. Following the finale of Swamp Things set, and with a few beers under the belt, Rowan Donovan, Joe Franzone, Cooper and I embarked on a raucous drum section jam. Congas played a starring role as I converted things into sticks and manned the hi hat. I love my work and it’s these moments that give me such enjoyment.
Balmy Nights will be at The Cannery Arts Centre on Saturday, March 10. It promises to be a classy affair with a stunning lineup of musicians. Touring act Blue Child Collective will perform in support of their latest single release Wattle Tree Corrobboree, they will be supported on drums by local legend Joe Franzone. Valentine hails from Margaret River and is a WAM nominated songwriter of the highest calibre. Her smooth vocals guarantee to transport you outside yourself.
Rachel Vibart needs no introduction having made a great impact on the local scene with honest song writing and soaring vocals. And finally, DJ Jaxkson Juice will throw down some beats as only he is able. Balmy Nights is strictly 18+, full bar, complimentary grazing table and food to purchase available on the night. Tickets are $30+BF for non-members, $25+BF for members and are available from www.trybooking.com.
Friday night, March 2, catch John Ratcliff, Dj Nevster and myself at the Travellers Inn for your pre-weekend warmup from 7pm. Callum Vincent returns to Esperance supported by up and coming local stars Campbell Garratt and Bec Schutz, catch them from 8.30pm Saturday, March 3rd, at the Esperance Motor Hotel.
Also on Saturday night, March 3rd, ‘For The Love of Music’ takes place at the Esperance Civic Centre, a great night of tunes featuring a gold lineup of local artists. Contact the Centre for more details.
If you're looking for a Sunday Session on March 4, following the Esperance Cup, swing by the Esperance Travellers Inn to catch touring artist Dean Haitani in the main bar from 6.30pm.