Please note the area in front of the stage (up until row C) will be used as a moshpit area. Make sure to book your seats in the auditorium, on the night you have the option to head down to the moshpit for the performance.
Badloves at the Big House
With John McNamara Soul Band, Collard Greens and Gravy and Spoonfull
Bendigo Blues & roots Music Festival 2018
The Badloves will play one exclusive gig at this year's Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, headlining what will be a fun night at Ulumbarra Theatre, with general admission tickets for those wishing to dance up a storm in front of the stage and allocated seating tickets for those more inclined to sit back and watch the show in comfort.
The Badloves became an Australian household name in the 90's for their multi-platinum hits “Lost”, “Green Limousine”, “I Remember”, “Caroline” and a cover of “The Weight” with Jimmy Barnes.
Their biggest hit single "Green Limousine" spent a massive 69 weeks in the charts
Throughout the 90's they released six albums, won two Australian Music Awards, three ARIA awards and toured with acts such as Jimmy Barnes, Baby Animals, Lenny Kravitz and Hall & Oates.
Most recently the band has been back on the road touring, writing and recording. Their new single "Soulbrothertruckinsong" is scheduled for release in mid 2018 with an brand new album soon to follow.
The current line up includes;
The Badloves front-man and founder Michael Spiby (guitar and lead vocals)
Stephen ‘Irish’ O’Prey (bass)
Jeff Consi (drums)
Adam Rigley (keys).
John McNamara Soul Band:
Multi Award Winning Blues act John McNamara is riding high with his acclaimed New album titled "Rollin' With It." Recording in Memphis with authentic STAX records legends the release has been getting rave reviews world wide. His music is being played all over the US and Europe including BBC radio, Reaching Number One position on the International Blues Airplay Charts and AMRAP charts as well as spending a few months on the Living Blues Charts. Being likened in the US to greats such as Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, John's new sound is an authentic Memphis Soul/Blues experience. Full of stinging Blues guitar and swinging Horns bringing to life "A heart that beats with the Soul of Blues."
John McNamara Soul Band will play exclusively on the Ulumbarra Theatre stage, opening for The Badloves as part of the big dance party in Bendigo's most glorious auditorium.
Performing in the Foyer/Bar will be two of Australia's premier blues acts - Spoonful (making their BB&RMF debut) and the mighty Collard Greens & Gravy...
2014 marked Spoonful’s 21st year together as a band and now they are celebrated regulars across the live music scene.
With their sound wholeheartedly embracing rhythm and blues, soul and rock'n roll Spoonful, featuring; Paul Winstanley on Bass, David Lord on Keys/Vocals/Harp and brothers Andre and Kit Warhurst on guitar/vocals and drums/vocals respectively, now mine their wealth of collective experience to create something that is uniquely their own and much loved by their legion of fans.
Formed originally as a fun, party offshoot of Manic Suede in the early 90's, Spoonful happily ticked along in the background while members concentrated their individual efforts on various related and unrelated projects. Andre fronted Silver Night Drive, accepted numerous "guitar slinger" adventures, played slide guitar on Jet's debut record and collaborated with Kram on the Spiderbait frontman’s solo project. Tellingly, several years ago Andre knocked back an offer of a stint in Jimmy Barnes' band to instead "do my own thing". (He’s still deciding if that was smart or not.) Kit is part of seminal Melbourne band Rocket Science as well as being music composer/producer for various film/TV projects and Dave played keys in The Rectifiers. Paul moonlights as a fireman so he's often distracted by the need to save random peoples’ lives. Whatever.
With Spoonful serving as something of a musical "home base" amid their various individual musical travels, it is probably that lack of a focused spotlight that has led to the bands remarkable longevity.
The number of people who have witnessed a Spoonful live show over the years is nothing short of amazing. That they come back again & again is testament to the songs, the sounds, the authenticity of the bands shtick and the flat out great performances. Music fans love them. Other musicians, their contemporaries, love them too. Significantly, Spoonful have consistently made live music venues and promoters very happy! Over their incredible 21 year journey, they have developed into a rusted on gem of the Melbourne music scene.
Now celebrating the launch of their fourth album “Indian Tiger Waterfall”, Spoonful are in the kind of shape most other bands can only dream of.
For Spoonful, the thrill hasn't gone. In fact it just keeps getting better.
Michael Dwyer, The Age July 2014: "The band's taut and smoldering attack can sound like Cream, Traffic or Booker T & the MG's. When Spoonful takes the stage, it's so cool that people in the crowd elbow each other."
Spoonful are playing one set only as part of this year's Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival - so be sure to get to the pop-up stage in the Foyer/Bar of Ulumbarra Theatre for a very special once-off experience with a very special band indeed.
Collard Greens and Gravy:
Acclaimed for their gritty, driving, down home-sound, Collard Greens and Gravy play a repertoire of stripped back,harmonica driven,Chicago blues in the style of greats like, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and Muddy Waters to name a few. Originally formed in 1995 the band features Ian Collard (vocals, harmonica and guitar) as well as recent additions,Sean(Juke Boy) Emmett (guitar) and Jason Liu Soon(drums).
The band have received many awards including second place at the 2001 International Blues challenge in Memphis. In the same year the band’s second CD More Gravy won an Aria award for Best Blues and Roots Album.
This will be Collard Greens and Gravy's long awaited return to Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, having featured on the 2013 program and returning to Bendigo for only a couple of gigs since. These guys are a special gift for the lovers genuine blues played genuinely.
Video - https://youtu.be/hM8zdqje3FQ
The Venue: Ulumbarra Theatre
Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the local Dja Dja Wurrung people, Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol.More about Ulumbarra Theatre
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