Last sanctuary for Grafton music scene
TONIGHT may just be The Last Sanctuary for the live music scene in Grafton.
Two bands, both boasting exceptional songwriters and brilliant musicians, will take to the stage of the Grafton District Services Club from 8pm tonight.
Resistance Productions' Terry Deefholts said he hoped the town would embrace the opportunity to get their groove on at the free event.
"It's all about building a music scene," Mr Deefholts said.
"Grafton is no longer on the map for the bigger bands... they'll stop at Coffs and Byron, but not here."
He hoped a good turnout for tonight's show would ensure future successes of the Last Sanctuary of the Month, as well as providing the basis for future performances in Grafton.
"If we can get enough people to these shows the club can then put their hand up to host some bigger name bands."
Mr Deefholts reflected on the late 1990s when Grafton boasted a roaring live music scene, and said the Last Sanctuary of the Month shows were built around supporting originals bands.
"It's an opportunity for originals bands to play smaller sets," he said.
"The idea is to get the band's best hour and a half of music and just put on a really great show."
"I don't mind the idea of paying homage to really good songs by playing covers, but the best bands in the world are, of course, original bands."
Local fellows Clocks and Dice will get patrons dancing and grooving along to their fusion funk sound, and Mr Deefholts described the gents as sensational musicians.
"If you're a local and haven't seen Clocks and Dice, there's really no excuse. Get down there tonight and check them out," he said, adding that Clocks' lead singer Ben Jenkins reminded him of a young Ben Harper.
"I'd rate Benno as one of the best musicians around here. He's got that real sultry voice," Mr Deefholts said.
Sydney band Bears with Guns originally came to the North Coast to hang off the fringes of the Splendour in the Grass festival, and are sure to put on a quality show.
They're copping compliments left right and centre, including this review from Ed Gibbs of Rolling Stone magazine.
"The Bears' music is an enthralling mix of blissed-out folk tunes … Taken for a Fool is a song that tunnels inside the gut, resolutely refusing to shift. Far wiser beyond their years…"
Bears with Guns will be busking outside Toast Espresso from 10am today, so pop down and have a listen.
"Bands are like relationships," said Mr Deefholts, "Some are here today and are gone tomorrow.
"You've gotta catch them while you can."
What: Clocks and Dice and Bears with Guns
Where: At the GDSC.
When: Free event on tonight from 8pm - or have dinner at the club beforehand
Why: To support the live music scene