2.59pm, Friday 22nd June, Yalumba Clocktower, Eden Valley Road, Angaston, The Barossa
Afternoon folks, and Happy Winter Solstice for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere. That was yesterday – the shortest daylight hours of the year – and from today the sun starts moving back towards the South, and our days get longer. And a cold and wet old wintry Thursday night it was, so I took the best option I could find and went to a double header back to back shows at the fabulous Adelaide Cabaret Festival. At both shows, I was out to try and re capture my long ago youth. The late show was Don Walker – piano man from legendary Oz rock anthem band Cold Chisel – and his from the road life “Tales from the Landsborough Highway” show.
But up first was a 3 man David Bowie tribute romp through most phases of his music titled “Ziggy”. Jeff Duff set the bar way up high by opening as the ‘impossibly Thin – and quite spangly White Duke’ with a scorching version of “Starman”. (if you’re old like i am, you might remember Jeff as the lead singer of the jazz fusion band Kush) And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, out comes Steve Balbi (ex “Noiseworks”) and he IS the ‘Diamond Dog’. If you’re in Adelaide – get into the Festival Centre and check these boys out……it’s all finishing this weekend.
And just for a moment, we still had cassette players in the car – that sounded tops with the volume wound right up, the hamburgers at the Blue and White cafe up on O’Connell Street had egg, cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce as standard items, and the “Jean Genie” ruled the airwaves. ….sorry, back through the Twilight Zone doorway now.
And off to talk about wine at tonight’s major fundraiser for one of our favourite footy clubs down in the Adelaide comp – the Sturt Double Blues. See ya when there’s a stack of footy players with me!
But I leave with you with the “Ziggy” page from the Adelaide Cabaret Festival program…..well done to this years Artistic Director…Kate Ceberano. Thanks for a magic night out!