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2019 personality of the year awards

Posted by [email protected] on November 19, 2020 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Paul's review

Some of you may know this but every year for the past 10 years or so, I have compiled a listing of my favourite "Personalities of the Year" and giving out "awards" to people and friends based on my personal observations from social media postings and from around our music and dance scene. It's nothing too serious and done for just a bit of fun. So once again for this year, here's my 2019 listing of people and friends whom I think have made an impression in our lives ....

 

Muso of the Year:- "Kid" James Schembri. I first saw this "kid" when he was about 14 years old and playing with Shane Magro Combo. I fell in love with the band and I nominated them to be the band of the year in 2018. I used to jokingly worry that he might be kicked out of public bars after 9 pm being under aged. But Kid James has now become more accomplished as a musician imposing & expressing his music & talent on stage. Well done Kid James!

 

Dancer of the Year - Philippe Yow. I first came across Philippe about 16 years ago at Linda's Rock n Roll dance classes. My early impression was that he was a bit "unsteady" with his dance moves as is expected from someone beginning to learn to dance. He has since grown as a dancer over the years and is one of the regulars in our rock n roll dance scene. Persistence and love for dancing has paid off for Philippe. He may not be the best dancer on the floor but he's certainly someone who is keen and very supportive of our dance scene. Best of all, he dances with everyone and that is something a lot of men including myself, can learn from him. Well done Philippe!

 

Romance of the Year - Melanie Karwata & Snedden Thompson. Wow! What a year it has been for these two love birds. Meeting on the dance floor and competing together, they have since got engaged whilst on an overseas holiday in India and very soon, getting hitched for life. There's a real lesson for many of us here that we should not give up hope ....that love is real, and for those who believe, can find happiness sharing your life with someone you truly love, trust & cherish. Good luck Melanie & Snedden and wishing you two all the happiness in the world!

 

"Romeo" of the Year - Jean De Constant. What more can I say about Jean, our very lovable Frenchman who is also a lover of good wine, food and women. He is a very good man and father and has a very soft heart. He expresses his love openly in social media and in poetry but most of all, on the dance floor. He dances the Tango after all. I too would have been charmed by him and fallen in love with him if I was a woman. Well done Jean!

 

Relationship Counsellor of the Year - Bernie Brebing. For those of us who have followed Bernie on Facebook throughout the year, he's well known not only in posting the latest videos of the dance gigs he has attended but also regularly posting insightful & helpful thoughts and words on self improvement and about relationships. God knows some of us can do with a little bit more help in improving our self worth and what we should do to find that perfect soul mate in our lives. Good luck to all of us! And well done Bernie!

 

"Trip Advisor and Flight Centre" Personality of the Year - Mary Lukeis. Are you still here in Australia for Christmas and New Year's celebrations, Mary? Or have you jetted off somewhere again in the UK and Europe for more romantic liaison and music festivals? I have lost count the number of times this year Mary has titillated us with her overseas sojourns. Just imagine the flight points she has gathered for all those trips! You are a very lucky person and best of all you enjoy life through travelling. Well done Mary!

 

"Starbucks" Coffee Personalities of the Year - Carol Sedgman and Maree Whelan. Both love to exercise and their coffee and regularly show pictures of it on social media. I think they do a better job that most highly paid social media influencers. Anyone else for coffee? Well done Carol & Maree!

 

Vogue & Review Personality of the Year - Simone Boyle. Hands up who hasn't seen the latest parade of "Review" dresses by Simone? I bet all of us have enjoyed seeing the new Review dresses that Simone wears and regularly posts on Facebook. She looks lovely in those dresses and I too love women who dress well especially in their 1950's style garments. Well done Simone!

 

And finally, DJ Ashley - Personality with the Most News Headlines. Whether it's about starting another new dance venue or having yet another health scare, one can't help but noticing DJ Ashley is one hell of a guy. He's fiercely determined to succeed and loves the music and dance scene very much. Yes, you got us all worried a few times but thank you Ashley for all the good times. And the VRRDA Hall of Fame is well deserved. Happy New Year Ashley (and Leanne) and my best regards for 2020.

Paul (Jitterbug) copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au

 

2020 The Year of Cancelled Rock n Roll Festivals

Posted by [email protected] on September 10, 2020 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

2020 - Year of Cancelled Rock n Roll Festivals

After a great start to the year with rock n roll festivals held in Geelong, Rosebud foreshore, Parkes Elvis Festival, Gippsland and even a slim down version in Ballarat, rockers everywhere were eagerly awaiting for more festivals to enjoy the music and dancing that these festivals bring.

 

Unfortunately due to severe health risks associated with Covid-19, it has now come to a shattering halt with news of cancellations for all the remaining 1950's style themed festivals. Firstly, Coolangatta Cooly Rocks and Wintersun 2 were cancelled followed by Camperdown Rock n Roll Festival. Chromefest in Lake Entrance was next. Even regional rock n roll festivals such as those held in Barham, Horsham and Mulwala were cancelled. It was hoped that GreazeFest in Brisbane might proceed after it was initially postponed from August to November. But it has since been announced last week that it too has been cancelled.

 

The decision to cancel all these festivals is totally understandable and even prudent in the circumstance. Covid-19 is a world wide pandemic and Australia is not immune to it. The health and safety of patrons is paramount. It would not be financially sound nor logistically feasible to hold rock n roll festivals with Covid restrictions introduced and international and State borders closed. Lets hope the much anticipated Covid vaccine is found soon and we can return to some normality to resume dancing and attending music & dance festivals next year.

 

In the meantime, please stay safe and let's hope we 'll meet up again somewhere at a rock n roll festival in 2021.

Jitterbug Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au

Line dancing during 2020 with Hooked on Rock

Posted by [email protected] on September 10, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

With the Corona virus hitting Australia in 2020, dance classes were all shut down from March onwards.  To keep dancers entertained and moving several dance teachers held line dancing session on Facebook each week.


Anne Truex from Hooked on Rock held weekly line dance classes on Monday nights live streamed on Facebook.  The videos of each weeks dance class are available for anyone to watch on their Facebook page "Hooked on Rock".  Below is a list of the dances taught from April - Sept. in date order.  To find the lesson for a particular dance, find the video from that date on Facebook page, scroll through to the desired dance.  Several dances are also on Youtube.

As you can see from the list, it's a huge amount of dances that have been enjoyed by many from all over Victoria, as well as interstate.  Well done Anne (and helpers Rein, Andrew and Alicia) for giving so much time to so many.

Week 1, 20th April:

Stray Cat Strut

In The Mood

Cowboy Hustle (Get Festive)

Jailhouse Creole

Maltese Cha-cha

Lindy Lark

Tush Push


Week 2, 27th April:

Greased Lightning

In The Mood

Good Time

Nikki Cha-cha

Lindy Lark

Jailhouse Creole

Maltese Cha-cha


Week 3, 4th May:

Oh Carol

Good Time

Lindy Lark

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Sweet Delight

Bird On A Wire (Wings Of Love)

Midnight Waltz


Week 4, 11th May:

Oh Carol

Good Time

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Sweet Delight

Little Sister

Made In Japan

Blue Rose

Ms Jodi’s Thang


Week 5, 18th May:

Oh Carol

Little Sister

Midnight Waltz

Sweet Delight

Blue Rose

Greased Lightning

Made In Japan

Ms Jodi’s Thang

Wings Of Love (Bird On A Wire)


Week 6, 25th May:

Ms Jodi’s Thang

Marvin Gaye

Maltese Cha-cha

Little Bitty Pretty One

Midnight Waltz

Tush Push


Week 7, 1st June:

Tush Push

Marvin Gaye

Rockabilly Stroll

Little Bitty Pretty One

Sea Shells

In The Mood

Lindy Lark

Good Time


Week 8, 8th June:

Good Time

Marvin Gaye

Falling Off A Log

Sea Shells

16 Step

She Bangs,

Rockabilly Stroll

Mardi Gras Cha-cha


Week 9, 15th June:

Rockabilly Stroll

Falling Off A Log

16 Step

She Bangs

Mardi Gras Cha-cha

Chilli Cha-cha

4s


Week 10, 22nd June—Partner Dance Night:

Blue Rose

16 Step

Mardi Gras Cha-cha

Nikki Cha-cha

4s

Sea Shells

Made In Japan

Sweet Delight

Bird On A Wire (Wings Of Love)

Midnight Waltz


Week 11, 13th July:

Stray Cat Strut

Jailhouse Creole

Chicago Swing

Cruisin’

Mardi Gras Cha-cha

Rock Around The Clock

Mambo No. 5


Week 12, 20th July:

In The Mood

Cruisin’

Chicago Swing

Rock Around The Clock

Mambo No. 5

Coota Cha-cha

Cowboy Hustle (Get Festive)

Chilli Cha-cha


Week 13, 27th July:

Mambo No. 5

Coota Cha-cha

Hucklebuck

Candy Man

Marvin Gaye

Lindy Lark

Midnight Waltz

Nikki Cha-cha


Week 14, 3rd August:

Hucklebuck

Candyman

C C Shuffle

Cowgirls’ Twist

Wild Wild West

Falling Off A Log

Bird On A Wire (Wings Of Love)


Week 15, 10th August:

Wild Wild West

Candyman

Zoot Suit Riot

Maltese Cha-cha

C C Shuffle

Ms Jodi’s Thang

Cowgirl’s Twist

Stray Cat Strut

Tush Push

Good Time

Lindy Lark

Mambo No. 5

Rock Around The Clock


Week 6, 17th August:

Zoot Suit Riot

Sally-Ann Cha-cha

Blurred Lines

Elvis Legs

She Bangs

Rockabilly Stroll

Wings Of Love ( Bird On A Wire)

Cruisin’


Week 17, 24th August:

Sally-Ann Cha-cha

Blurred Lines

Elvis Legs

Hey Senorita

Lockdown Blues

Shoelace

Little Sister

Sea Shells


Week 18, 31st August:

Little Bitty Pretty One

Hey Senorita

Lockdown Blues

Shoelace

Basin St Boogie

Colorado Girl

Falling Off A Log


Week 19, 7th September:

Shoelace

The Hustle

Basin St Boogie

Black and Whites

Colorado Girl

Made In Japan

San Antonio Stroll

Blurred Lines

 


2020

Posted by [email protected] on April 11, 2020 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

What a year!!  2020 started off with bushfires everywhere. The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season, known as the Black Summer, began with several serious uncontrolled fires in June 2019. Throughout the summer, hundreds of fires burnt, mainly in the southeast of the country. The major fires peaked during December–January. By March 2020, the fires burnt an estimated 18.6 million hectares, destroyed over 5,900 buildings and killed at least 34 people. An estimated one billion animals have been killed. At its peak, air quality dropped to hazardous levels. The cost of dealing with the bushfires is expected to exceed the A$4.4 billion of the 2009 Black Saturday fires, and tourism sector revenues fell by more than A$1 billion. By 7 January 2020, the smoke had moved approximately 11,000 kilometres across the South Pacific Ocean to Chile and Argentina.  Source Wikipedia.


The rock and roll community got together and held several bushfire fundraiser dances.  Adrian Spadaro held several dances over February and March raising a total of $15,135 which was donated to the CFA on the 13th March at the Polish Club dance.


2020 saw the development of the corona virus Covid-19, which developed into a world wide pandemic.  By the middle of March all dances and dance classes had been shut down and Australia was put into a lockdown to try to control the spread.  Some performers like James Bookman, Rick Charles and Frankie Stevens started do live Facebook performances in April to keep the rockers entertained.  Some dance schools like Alley Catz, Adrian's Red Hot Rockers, Linda's Rockers, Hooked on Rock etc, started to use facebook to live stream dance classes to keep rockers moving and engaged.  These became must see events with many joining in at home to learn new line dances. Several isolation party nights were also organised on Facebook starting with an Alley Catz dance class, followed by live music from James Bookman and then various DJ's live streaming music.


The VRRDA state championships were postponed in May and recheduled for August.


Life in Victoria in 2020 with COVID-19

March 2020, the world slowed down, the roads were quiet, petrol prices were at a record low and the skies were empty. Weddings limited to 5 people, family celebrations banned, holidays banned, gatherings banned, funerals allowed only 10 attendees. No church services - worshipping online became the new norm. Schools were closed, but some stayed open for keyworker’s children only while our medical staff fought on the front line. Teachers were teaching online, keyworker employees still went to work everyday and a nation of homeworkers tried to keep the country going. Farmers kept farming, working to produce food for our tables. Carers carried on looking after the elderly and most vulnerable. There was panic buying of toilet paper, disinfecting supplies, paper towel, hand sanitiser and a whole bunch of foods. Social distancing became the new catchcry.  Supermarkets put tape on the floor to help keep shoppers 2 metres apart,and limited the number of people allowed inside stores. Non-essential stores and businesses closed. Hotels, pubs, club were all closed. Employees were put on unpaid leave or let go. Many jobs were lost and there was hardship for lots of people.  Cafes and restaurants could stay open but only to serve takeaway.Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events were all cancelled. Entire sports seasons halted. Olympics postponed by a year to be held in Tokyo, 2021. No gatherings, no social events - all cancelled. Playgrounds closed and no group sports.


We were allowed to leave home only to exercise close to home, get food and essentials, visit a doctor, provide care, or to go to work. Grandparents couldn't see their grandchildren.  Police started to book people for being out and about if they were not doing one of the allowed activities.  A huge amount of governement bailout money, in the trillions, was promised to try to prop up the economy. But the birds kept singing and nature carried on around us.  Smog cleared in India, in Venice the water cleared up so people could see fish swimming - some say the earth breathed again. We socially distanced from one another and stayed home.  Families were separated in isolation and quarantine. Relationships were put on hold, weddings cancelled, but technology has enabled us to stay connected with FaceTime - WhatsApp - Zoom - Messenger - Houseparty - TikTok. There was a massive demand for masks, gowns, gloves for our front line workers.  A desperate need for respirators for the critically ill. Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switched their production lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitiser and PPE. Communities came together, looking out for neighbours, friends and strangers - doing what they could to help.  People put rainbows in windows to symbolise hope, left chalk messages on footpaths, recorded songs about corona, washing your hands and staying home. We did as we were told and followed the advice to ‘Stay at home,and save lives’ - it’s the least we could do. It all started in Wuhan, China in Nov 2019 and by March had spread all over the world. Sadly hundreds of thousands affected, dead, dying, critically ill.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic, declared March 11th, 2020.


What will come next for the rest of 2020????



2019 review

Posted by [email protected] on January 22, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

New Year's Eve Dance and Review of Victorian Rock n Roll Scene in 2019

Rockers everywhere celebrated New Year's Eve in several dances held around Melbourne and in country Victoria. The Uptown Catz played in Rosebud, Fender Benders in Pakenham, Kid James in Wheelers Hill, Moonlighters in Altona, Straight 8's in Bacchus Marsh, and the Rockin' Tones in Maryborough were just some of the many gigs held on New Year's Eve. I too joined in the fun by attending the dinner dance with Honky Tonk Rockers at the Dandenong Workers Club.

 

So we bid farewell to 2019.... a year with many highlights and some lows. Our Melbourne and Victorian rock n roll scene continue to be vibrant and very much alive with live bands and dancing every weekend and, on a week day as well, at the Freccia Club in Keysborough which has continued on the rock n roll tradition for nearly 20 years. There's new dance venues started this year at Hampton Park with a regular monthly dance and at the Bayswater Senior Citizens Hall. The Pirates Tavern in Williamstown also hosts regular gigs with live rock n roll bands from time to time. It was also very pleasing that Fast Eddies Poolroom once again has opened its door for live music and rock n roll dance on Sunday evenings.

 

For those rockers looking for an alternative live music & dance scene, look no further than to our Melbourne's very vibrant pub scene where great bands and music is available every weekend at the Gem bar, Dog's bar, Transport bar, the Lomond, Rainbow hotel and Oak Tree Tavern just to name a few of these venues. Many of these bands such as Louis King & the Liars Klub, Scotty Baker, Ezra Lee, Hanks Jalopy Demons, Kieron McDonald etc are not usually seen playing in our "classic" traditional rock n roll venues but nonetheless, these bands are internationally acclaimed and get invited to play in international music festivals around the world.

 

There have been at least a couple of new bands started in 2019 like Kid James Trio and the Uptown Catz whilst other bands such as the Straight 8's and the Vincents have been rockin' Melbourne for over 25 years. Sadly, a couple of bands - the Speedsters and the Jump Devils, finished up in 2019 and they will be sadly missed in our dance scene. We shall also miss the dynamic work of DJ Ashley and his wife, Leanne, who decided to retire from the dance scene due to Ashley's health issue. Thank you for the music Ashley as we have been the beneficiaries of your work in introducing the very best bands in Victoria.

 

Rockers continue to be blessed with choices in terms of the multiple music festivals they could attend in 2019. In Victoria, we have Camperdown's Rock The Clock, Rosebud's Rock by the Bay, Ballarat Rock (to be revived in 2020), Geelong Rock n Roll Festival, Gippsland Rock n Roll Festival, Ararat Jailhouse Rock and several other county Victoria rock n roll music festivals in Bendigo, Mulwala, Horsham and in Cobram.

 

For those rockers who are prepared to travel, there's Cooly Rocks On which continues to draw a large contingent of rockers from Victoria and other states every year, Greazefest in Brisbane which is a rockabilly music festival celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with more international acts and the ever popular Chromefest held at the Entrance and Kuri Kuri Nostalgia festival. One could also attend Adelaide Rock n Roll festival as well as Victor Harbour Rock n Roll Festival in South Adelaide.

 

One highlight for 2019 is the VRRDA annual Rock n Roll Dance Championship which continues to showcase the best of competitive rock n roll dancing. Dancers from Sydney's Swingcatz continues its dominance in winning the top events including the Senior Open titles. Another very pleasing feature of this year's VRRDA dance championship has been the increase participation of young rock n rollers thanks mainly to the work done by Grant & Maryanne Richards. For those interested in competing, there's also Alleycatz's Melbourne rock n roll dance competition and several other Victorian country dance competitions held in Geelong, Gippsland and in Camperdown held as part of their music festivals.

 

The VRRDA continues the tradition to recognise individuals who have made a huge contribution to Rock n Roll. For 2019, Linda Smyth and Bill & Maree Oldham were deservedly rewarded for their immense contribution to our Rock n roll scene and were inducted into VRRDA's Hall of Fame.

 

Rockers continue to participate in this year's Good Friday Charity dances with proceeds going to the less fortunate. Unfortunately, the very popular Rock n Suzie's Good Friday dance in Berwick did not proceed this year but DJ Ashley and another one held in the Northern Melbourne suburb were very successful in raising money for charity.

 

2019 has a been a big, eventful year for rock n roll music and dancing. Thank you to all the great work done by VRRDA, events holders and promoters and the many venues that have been actively supporting the promotion of our 1950's style rock n roll scene. Thank you also to all our bands for the rockin' music that we have enjoyed dancing to. But most of all, thank you to all you rockers who have come along to enjoy and support rock n roll music, dancing, cars fashion & culture. I feel confident we can again all look forward to more happy, rockin' times in 2020......keep rockin' everyone!

Paul Wan

Copied with permission from Vicrock.com.au

Rural Dance Clubs

Posted by [email protected] on September 13, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Rock and roll is popular in many country areas.  Here's a list of some of the clubs.  

For contact and class details search facebook or google, or visit website if listed. Dance lessons and social dances held regularly.


Bairnsdale Rock and Roll Dance Group


Ballarat Rockers http://www.ballaratrockers.com


BENDIGO Jailhouse Rockers Club Inc.  http://www.bendigojailhouserockers.com


Bendigo Rockin' 50's Rock 'N' Roll Club Inc.  www.rockn50sbendigo.com/wordpress

Formed in 1988, meet at the Bendigo Club, Park Street, Bendigo, the first Tuesday of each month.


Colac Rock n Roll Club  www.icrock.com.au/event/colac-rock-n-roll-club


COOL CAT ROCKERS SHEPPARTON 


Gatha Rocks Leongatha


Geelong Jukebox Rockers Inc. Formed in 1998 Located at White Eagle House, Fellmongers

Rd, Breakwater Geelong. Hold annual Jan festival.  http://www.geelongjukeboxrockers.com


Hazelwood North FIFO Rockers


Hooked on Rock – Traralgon


HORSHAM ROCKERS.


Lakeside Rockers Gippsland Inc   http://www.lakesiderockers.com.au

Lakeside Rockers, P.O. Box 9056, Sale, Victoria, 3850.


Latrobe Rockers Gippsland Inc (Morwell).


LE Rock -  Lakes Entrance


ROCKIN’ NAGAMBIE


Rosebud Rockers


Rusty Rockers - Paynesville


SEYMOUR ROCK’N’ROLL CLUB


S’cool House Rock – Maffra and Echuca : Maffra - Greg and Wendy Gilbert


Twin Cities Rock ’n’ Roll Club (Albury Woodonga) formed in 1991  [email protected]


Wimmera Rockers - Horsham

Shepparton Shake-Out 2017

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2019 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Shepparton Shake-Out Rockabilly Festival 2017


Despite ominous weather forecast for a very hot day on Saturday and rain on Sunday, the feed-back was very positive from those who had attended last weekend's inaugural Shepparton Shake-Out Rockabilly Festival. I wasn't there on the opening Friday night but had a great time on Saturday & Sunday.


There was just so much to do and see. Non-stop music all day & night, live bands from overseas and local Aussie bands, non-stop dancing of course plus a host of other fun-filled activities including hotrods & Kustoms classic cars display, merchandise and food stores, carnival rides for the kids & family, Miss Pin Up & 1950's fashion parade, dance classes and competition.


The Shepparton Showground was a fantastic venue to hold a 1950's style music and show & shine hotrods festival. Unlike Camperdown, there was no problem with finding accommodation with a big range of accommodation providers in Shepparton and surrounding townships. The venue has a large car park for patrons and a large oval for hotrod & cars display and merchandise stores. It has two large band stages & dance floors under cover, and the rockabilly stage was especially welcome as it was air-conditioned and therefore very popular when it was very hot on Saturday. In addition, there was a room for dance classes as well an open stage for the Miss Pin Up and 1950's fashion parade.


As usual, there was a big selection of overseas and local Aussie bands to entertain the patrons that came from Victoria and inter-states. Overseas bands included the Vargas Brothers & Gamblers Mark from the USA, CC Jerome from the Netherlands and Shorty Jetson from Belgium. Local Aussie bands included many my favourites like the Detonators, Benny & the Flyby Niters, Hank Jalopy Demons, Kieron McDonald, Three Loaders, Phoenix, Robyn & the Rancheros, Kitty Martini, the Jump Devils, Silverados from Adelaide, Twang and Route 66 from Queensland and Bad Luck Kitty from NSW. Bands were playing concurrently on two stages but nevertheless, I still got to see and dance to most of the bands in action.


The Rock n Roll dance competition was well attended with a big field of competitors including many younger dancers competing for the first time. Great to see dancers showcasing the competitive side of Rock n Roll dancing. I think the winners were from the Albury R&R Dance School taught by Johnny Phung who himself was a former VRRDA Rock & Roll dance champion back in the 1990's.


Finally, I think general public & family participation was a bit down in numbers due mainly to the inclement weather. Increasing participation level from the general public & family is an an area that could be looked for next year's event. All in all, it was a fun event and all those who attended had a great time. Thanks to the Shepparton council and Arthur (the promoter) for organising this year's Shepparton Shake-Out Rockabilly Festival.


Jitterbug - Copied with permission from vicrock.com.au

Ararat Jailhouse Rock festival 2017

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2019 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Ararat Jail House Rock Festival, 17 - 19 March 2017


What a great festival Ararat’s 23rd Annual Jail House Rock and Roll festival was over the weekend 17 – 19 March.


Created in 1995 as a not for profit incorporated body, the 2017 celebration of all things rock’n'roll; showcased the fantastic Fender Benders, the tremendous Smokin Wingtips, the Rockin Atomic High Tones, the great Robyn and the Rancheros, the wonderful Two of Us along with the sensational DJ and hosting expertise of DJ Jeff and Susanne.


The sun shone brilliantly on Alexandra Oval for the entire weekend as hot-rod and classic car owners’ show cased their beautiful machines, stall holders displayed their wares and the magic sounds of rock and roll radiated from the huge and improved pavilion which beaconed dancers to the dance floor.


Friday night had many dance under the stars in the extra-large marquee on Alexandra Oval with the Atomic High Tones; then there were choices on Saturday night with the Smokin’ Wingtips dancing up a frenzy under the stars in the marquee on the oval, the Fender Benders blowing the roof off Alexandra Hall, and Robyn and the Rancheros scaring the ghosts away as J-Ward rocked the night away.


Non-stop entertainment by the featured bands on both Saturday and Sunday, the Shannon’s Show ‘n’ Shine as well as a fashion parade was very entertaining with babes, toddlers, teens and adults showing off their eye catching fashions; I don’t have all the winners names but do know that Josh Sharples was crowned King, Helena Appleby crowned Queen, Kim Zdravkovski came away with Lady of the Day and Matthew Zdravkovski as Gentleman of the day. A big congratulations to all the winners.


The JHR Festival has been conducted by a volunteer committee as an annual event for the last 23 years with the support of the Ararat Rural City Council, and generous sponsorship from local & regional businesses. Congratulations to Sandra who never stopped smiling and her hardworking committee for making everybody so welcome and for once again, pulling off another wonderful Ararat Jail House Rock Festival.


Be sure to save the dates of 16 – 18 March 2018 for Ararat’s 24th Annual Jail House Rock Festival. This is an event that all rock and rollers would regret missing.


Jitterbug - Copied with permission from vicrock.com.au

Cooly Rocks on 2018

Posted by [email protected] on September 7, 2019 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Cooly Rocks On 2018


It seems like rockers from the southern states just couldn't get enough of Coolangatta's mainly sunny & dry weekend weather for Cooly Rocks On 2018. Not quite beautiful one day and perfect the next, but it was close enough. How could anyone complain when the Cooly rock n roll festival is mainly free entry to all music & dance events with the exception of a couple of gigs at the upstairs room in Twin Towns, South Tweeds Sports Club or at Seagulls. And what a bonus too this year when you can combine Cooly Rocks On with Wintersun 2 which started a weekend earlier at Murwillumbah, and later, on the same weekend as Cooly Rocks On with live bands staged at Seagulls.


The 1950's style festival at Cooly had fewer interstate bands this year but on the positive side, it gave interstate visitors an opportunity to sample lots more local Brisbane bands such as Twang, Lock N Load, the Argonauts, the Walters, Little Stevie and the Tailfins, Cherry Divine & Linelockers just to name a few of those bands. Lance Lipinski from Texas, USA was the headline musical act with his trademark showmanship and his extravaganza performance on stage. It was obvious everyone loved & enjoyed Lipinski's performance on stage. Personally, I also enjoyed seeing Aussie "rockabilly" and rock n roll legend from the 1960's - Lonnie Lee & the Leeman.


Cooly Rocks On is much more than just rock n roll. There was blues, swing and rockabilly on offer too to suit your music genre preference or style of dancing. Of course, Cooly Rocks On is also about kustoms and hotrod display & cruisin' plus the usual attractions like the street parade on Saturday morning, Miss Cooly Rocks On competition, dance competition & classes and merchandise galore on the beachfront at Marine Parade.


Not as many band stages this year but there were other venues staging gigs during day time and in the evening such as Coolangatta Sands hotel, Greenmount Beach Club, Coolangatta Surf Club, Currumbin RSL but the biggest venue has to be (again) Twin Towns where it was packed with dancers every night for the duration of the festival.


I enjoyed my weekend at Coolangatta this year and I am sure many others did too. The festival enables many to catch up with friends & family from interstates and to share a dance, a meal & drinks or simply enjoy watching the cars or bands on offer. Whether it was better this year is quite debatable but I am sure it could be better again next year if more rockers and the general public support & attend Cooly Rocks On. From reports I have heard, over 80,000 people attended the festival the year before and more people again attended this year which is good news. Increase attendance not only add to the festival's atmosphere but also results in more businesses participation and hopefully also encourages increase funding from the Council to run the event to its full potential. So together lets support rock n roll and keep it going for many more years to come.


Jitterbug - Copied with permission from vicrock,com.au

Geelong Jukebox Rockers Festival 2019

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Geelong Jukebox Rockers Summer R&R Festival



Geelong Jukebox Rockers staged its annual Summer R&R festival just last weekend and it was a great success indeed. The rockers I spoke to all had a great time. This R&R festival is one of the "must attend" festivals in Melbourne/Victoria for those who truly love our 1950's style music, dancing and classic cars.


The festival was staged over 3 days starting with the Friday night dance with the Fender Benders. Saturday's activities included dance classes, dance competition and the evening dance with the Smokin' Wingtips. Sunday was the family "picnic" day with live bands playing concurrently at the outdoor stage and the hall at White Eagle House. The 3 bands in attendance comprised the Fender Benders, Atomic Hi Tones/Rockin' Daddies and Shane Magro Combo with its new set up. DJ Jeff played music for more dancing during the band breaks. There were also classic cars, caravans and motor bikes display on the day.


Weather wise, it was a brilliant sunny day and a huge crowd turned up to enjoy the music, dancing and cars display. All in all, it was a wonderful day catching up with friends from all over Melbourne and country Victoria plus visitors from South Australia too. Well done to Geelong Jukebox Rockers for staging another very successful R&R festival and keeping us rockin' all weekend.


Jitterbug - Copied with permission from vicrock.com.au


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