Saturday 27 July
Mal Eastick and his Band with Special Guest Vocalist Andrew Hegedus
Mal and his band present a night of the blues every month in the new classy ground floor Boardwalk Lounge.
Each month Mal invites a special guest vocalist to join him on stage.
Mal Eastick sure knows the blues, but his musical ascendancy and versatility make his live shows, as they ever were, the stuff of legend.
“THE MIGHTY ROCK”
Mal has crafted a dynamic new show which draws on some of the highlights of his 30 year career as one of Australia’s leading guitar players. He is making up for the lost years with a vengeance. Mal has been widening his musical horizons, through honky-tonk and rock. He has created an acoustic duo with vocalist John Makey and has been performing in select gigs around NSW. He has resumed promotion of the re-released “Spirit” album and is passing on his talents and experience to guitar students of all abilities.
Special Guest Vocalist
Mal Eastick will be featuring a new special guest artist, Andrew Hegedus, at Mal’s Blues Bar this month.
Andrew hails from Grafton, and is best known in the Northern Rivers as the singer and rhythm guitarist of the Lismore-based band “Jabiru”. Andrew has been performing in pubs and clubs for many years. In the 1980’s and early ‘90’s he was a member of the Grafton band “Little Eagle”.
Andrew has a wide repertoire and a strong voice to back it up. This month he and Mal perform together with Mal’s band for the first time.
They will be stepping out from the blues and rockin’ the house, performing well-known tunes from the ‘60’s, 70’s 80’s and ‘90’s for the summer holiday season.
Songs featured will be from artists such as Ray Charles, Tony Joe White, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, Neil Young, Vince Gill, Paul Simon, Otis Redding and more. A good selection of Mal’s tasteful melodic instrumentals will be featured as well.
Special Guest Vocalist
John was born in England, and migrated to Sydney, Australia with his family whilst very young. A big-voiced singer who grew up with a penchant for soulful blues-rock a la Paul Rodgers and Frankie Miller, John also sites influences as diverse as B.B.King, Otis Redding, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.
John is a natural and committed vocalist who started out with northern Sydney band ‘The River Rats’ – 1984-1987 – followed by ‘Black Label’ – 1988-1995 – and ‘Mudcrab Soup’ – 1995-1997. It was with Mudcrab Soup that John was booked to open the show for Mal Eastick and his Band in December 1996
Mal was immediately taken and asked John to sing with him on his forthcoming tour. John became the vocalist in Mal’s band in March 1997, and a great musical combination was born.
Special Guest Vocalist
An Authentic Blues Rock Phenomenon
For lovers of authentic blues and soul, the sonic shockwave that is Milena Barrett is like a rip in the space-time continuum. Considered by many as the wild child of Etta James and Steve Marriot, her voice is a time machine transporting us back to a jumping back-woods BBQ shack somewhere deep in the Delta but with a sensitive touch of Parisian nights.
Whether she performs in London, Memphis, or Sydney, the Aussie-born, British singer resonates all the way through the blues, soul and roots rock era. Milena delivers a mystic blend reminiscent of the late great Janis Joplin, but don’t be fooled, it’s also a voice of today, a knowingly street smart power that evokes the spirit of Amy Winehouse touched with the sensitivity of Adele.
Every track on her new release “Spring” resonates back to that sixties soulful honesty that sold by the millions. Yet her song writing is totally contemporary. The song “Cry” is honeysour sluiced with emotional realism yet leaves you with an uplifting feeling.
But the real master piece is “Time to say goodbye”. In this track, Milena’s voice reaches out and caresses your heart and makes it feel safe and unconditionally loved, an extraordinary emotional piece that evokes the feeling we all have when we fall in love.
So while Blues Time Magazine compares her with Aretha Franklin, Glen A Baker describes her as ‘One of Australia’s most talented Blues & Soul female vocalists, an outstanding Talent like no others’ and Steve Arthur of the LA Weekly writes ‘Milena’s voice will transport you to this cherish place where only true lovers go, her voice is loaded with pure, genuine and spontaneous passion”
Milena herself keeps her feet firmly planted on the ground. She says: “When I was starting out I used to go to small pub in the East of End and watch little Stevie Marriot in an orange boiler suit belting out some Small Faces classics in amongst punk type stuff he’d do with the band he put together just before he died. He always kept it real and whatever comes next, to me you can’t get any better than that.”
In today’s world of fake vibrato vamps Milena is breath of fresh air. Channelling her musical heroes, including Paul Rodgers’ in his early Free years plus a chaser of Freddie King, she’s an authentic blues rock phenomenon. And it’s easy to frame Milena as a female version of these lauded talents, but she’ never simply attacking her material but crafting and shaping it, revealing its truth…People get ready.