Crown Hotel stage set for music revival
AS SOMEONE who grew up in Grafton, Brad Masters remembers when the Jacaranda City used to pump with live music almost every Friday night.
But a myriad of factors has meant the local live music scene, while still strong, has dwindled a bit as the years have gone by.
It's something Mr Masters is set to take a real interest in as he and the other owners and managers of the Crown Hotel set about bringing the boom back to town.
As of Friday, August 16, the Crown will once again be the stage for live music acts, and Mr Masters said the idea was to focus on providing a stage for local bands and DJs to light up the night.
"At this stage we'll have a closing time of midnight but that may be later, depending on how well everyone behaves," Mr Masters said.
In the battle between gambling and live music, tunes have taken one back and the gigs will be held in the room next to the main bar, which formally housed a TAB.
Mr Masters was a bit sceptical about being called the godfather of a live music revival, but he said it would be good to support the Grafton scene.
"We're just glad we can give everyone another option and showcase local talent," he said.
The keyboardist and bass guitarist for Grafton band Clocks and Dice, Mikel Johnson, was glad to hear Grafton had gained a new venue.
"It's great. I mean Grafton has always had it and 30 years ago people say it was a real musical hub," he said.
"But I guess in a way it has sort of collapsed in on itself.
"That said, you've got a lot of places like The Naked Bean that have taken it upon themselves to bring back the good old days."
Mr Johnson also said it was good to see live music manage to reclaim a room from gambling.