Party on all levels

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Dec-2016

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MusicMan doesn’t do things by halves. 

Tomorrow’s Christmas party features 29 acts over 12 hours on three levels. 

As well as being a lot of fun it’ll be a test of endurance for even the hardiest gig-goer.

Tomorrow though, sees a more varied line-up than usual at the iconic Bendigo rock venue. 

In addition to heavyweight favourites such as Stone Djoser, Blue Balls and Slydekrieg, there will be a gentler start to the day with Steph Bitter and Brydie Lynas playing lunchtime acoustic sets on the ground floor stage. 

Them Rumblin Bones, from Melbourne, are making their MusicMan debut. 

Other bands making the trip up the Calder include Cash, Ablaze, Strangers In Town, Vendetta, and Intrepid.

Nemesium is making the journey from Geelong to play. 

The extreme metal outfit, describe themselves as “Artistically crafted. Agonisingly perfected. Viciously delivered.” 

The phrase “take no prisoners” kind of comes to mind thinking about these guys. 

Local young guns Frank Bell and Bill Barber will be doing their familiar angsty bluesy stuff back-to-back during mid-afternoon. Gravy Boat, another young local blues group, are also joining the fray. 

Castlemaine’s Sons of The Blues are scheduled for an afternoon set.

“After recently supporting well-known US artist Matt Bednarsky at Musicman, we are really looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit this Saturday,” Sons of The Blues’ Patrick Byrne said.

The duo play traditional Chicago and Mississippi blues; their set a mix of original songs and covers. 

“It’s going to be a big day,” Byrne said.

MusicMan regulars Sheeza Goer are a “back to basics, brutal pub rock band”, citing the likes of Rose Tattoo, Thin Lizzy and AC/DC as influences. They’re a blue collar, no bull, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of outfit who work to a formula and deliver it very well. 

Bendigo band Morth will wrap things up on the first floor, coming on just before midnight. 

Morth have been on a two-and-a-half-year mission to reintroduce 1980s-style theatre to rock and roll. 

They have “more props than a horror movie and more make-up than Rocky Horror”. 

If the dustier section of your CD collection includes Motley Crue, Kiss or Alice Cooper then Morth will help you roll the back the years.

This year has been tough for MusicMan, with closure a real threat at one stage.

“It’s been a long hard road to keep the MusicMan going after the dramas we had a couple months ago, but we are confident with the continued support of bands and punters that we can make next year even bigger and better,” owner Paul Tzountzourkas said. 

“We will be opening longer hours next year and running food throughout the day and night. We have had some even bigger name bands wanting to come and play, which will all help in MusicMan’s future success.”

Tzountzourkas is a happier man, and looking forward to a big day on Saturday. 

“This is a way we can say thank you to all those that helped out. Without them we would have never gotten through this mess,” he said.

It’s good to end 2016 with a healthy MusicMan still in our midst. Bendigo and central Victoria would be infinitely poorer without the venue which offers not only alternative bands a live channel, but a platform where young artists can hone their craft. 

The party starts at noon tomorrow, Saturday, December 17.

– Simon Wooldridge

twitter: @spwooldridge 

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