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From big theatrical numbers to no frills Rock 'N' Roll, Dorrington's show strikes a chord across the board with his funny banter, honest lyrics and damn good tunes making this launch a must for anyone that likes their rock served with a side of showmanship.
Engaging and entertaining, Dorrington is "dashing, delightful and definitely a talent to watch," said Meredith Walker of Blue Curtains.
With his last creative endeavour, 'Pubaret' earning critical acclaim at Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, Dorrington’s anticipated 1987 Launch will be nothing short of entertaining.
"The show is basically me going all out," said Dorrington, "I've got an attitude of if I want to do it I'll make it work! A choir, 5 dancers, back up singers, 4 acts, cello, violin, guest singers, you name it. Basically, it's my party and I'll rock if I want to!”
An artist in the truest sense of the word, he’s worked with jazz legend, James Morrisson, and had his music praised as “worthy of instant airplay” by Mouthzoff Magazine. It’s no surprise then that his upcoming record, 1987, has already been approved for national radio airplay.
Raku O’Gaia (formerly known as Soulman…) comes via Jamaica and England to life on the East Coast of Australia.
A towering 6 foot 5 inches tall and a familiar face around Northern Rivers venues and markets he is a fluent communicator who spreads delightful feel-good vibes in the uplifting performances that are his trademark.
Ever musically restless he is now toting delta driven blues music in his sonic quiver as well as the sculpted funky and soulful tones for which he is known and loved.
Expect his groove-laden rhythms on guitar, mouth-harp, slide guitar and assorted percussion to move from toe tapping acoustic-funk to transcendental blues, road-ready rock’n’roll, sweet ballads and even the occasional genuflector to reggae all in the service of some of the most positive and inspiring songs played back to back...anywhere.
"Raku O’Gaia …warming, soulful and upbeat .... A show not to be missed…”
No. 5 Church Street
“Great sound coming from that axe …and that voice …Absolutely Magnificent!”
Karl Stefanovic Channel 9 Today Show
A life spent travelling the world can be the catalyst for a great story. Jock Barnes is a professional surfer, musician and songwriter who has collected a world of inspiration to create original lyrical content and original re-workings of his musical influences of Acoustic blues,
rock and pop.
Having performed his music to audiences the world over and having shared festival line-ups with likes of Groove Armada, De La Soul, The Darkness and Everything, Everything, Jock’s music bares influences as diverse as the audiences he has played to.
With a blend of covers spanning from Jimi Hendrix to Bernard Fanning, Ray Charles to Johnny Diesel as well as his own original compositions, Jock’s live performance has a way of engaging an audience and is one not to be missed.
"What do we ever really know about our local butcher? Usually not much. They might have a good sense of humour, maybe even throw an extra sausage in the bag every now and then, or they might be the dark myterious type, a bit like our own Dan Clark who works at Lennox Head Butchery.
By night, this quietly spoken butcher turns into a singing, strumming entertainer. And he’s not just another dude who picked up a guitar and learned Stairway to Heaven in his bedroom.
Dan is an amazingly talented, sweet singer, with incredible vocal control and range, who delivers his music with heart and skill.
Dan’s music is probably best descibed as Indie Folk Rock, and he covers songs by the likes of Vance Joy, Daft Punk, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys, plus older faves like REM.
He grew up and went to school locally after moving from Sydney when he was young. He picked up the guitar when he was in his early teens, but has had guitar and vocal lessons over the years. And it shows." The Lennox Wave.
Occarock is a Power Trio that plays Great Aussie Pub Rock. A Cover Band, that likes to rock, sweat, play, and entertain with a passionate attitude. They enjoy playing, and it shows. Every Gig, punters are amazed, about the huge sound the they produce, and the intense, passionate way in the way it is delivered. No music stands allowed on their Stage!
The Band has now been gigging around the traps for over 11 years with the same line-up - not many acts can say the same.
Along with an awesome PA, lights, banners, and stage presence, Occarock have a fantastic repertoire to back it up.
The repertoire consists of classic’s from the 70’s through to today, that helped build, and shape Australia's Pub rock scene, and projected many artist to fame, such as AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel, Midnight Oil.
As one happy publican was quoted to say: “every person in the room knew each one of the songs—what a great concept!” And it is a great concept, because Aussie rock has it own edge!. It represents all of us, and reflects the emotions of our nation at the time. And what is the best way to celebrate it, than to pay tribute to it. Along with some International covers, that they play to pay homage to some of their own personal influences.