Coast responds well to first musicians' jam night
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
FOUR months of hard work earned its just reward when a huge crowd turned out to enjoy the first musicians' blackboard night at Keppel Bay Sailing Club on the final day of last month.
KBSC manager Julie Strudwick estimated the attendance at the jam session had peaked at around 180, making it a "massive night" for the club.
Among the Capricorn Coast musicians to perform on the night was the man behind the musicians' blackboard idea, Mark Trenerry.
"It was Mark's brainchild," Ms Strudwick said.
"He had been involved in music nights at the Criterion Hotel in Rockhampton and, after coming to Yeppoon, decided to organise something similar here."
Ms Strudwick said she and Mr Trenerry had met over subsequent weeks with Yeppoon's Gary Toon, who has a strong interest in developing local musical talent, to bring the idea to the KBSC stage on June 30.
"It's a night for musos to get together and perform and also to meet and mentor younger, up-and-coming musicians," she said.
Among the performers were Mr Trenerry, his daughter Kate, Bill Ludwig, Peter Daly and "Marto", from Ferns Hideaway at Byfield.
"Each of the artists is so talented," Ms Strudwick said.
"They have all been helping local emerging artists.
"There was also a good balance in the crowd on the night. Being on a Monday night, it gives an opportunity for some of those who work on nights and weekends to have a bit of a night out themselves."
Ms Strudwick said the attendance figure for the inaugural event had made absolutely certain it would become a permanent fixture on the sailing club's calendar.
As with the first event, future musicians' blackboard nights will be held on the final Monday of each month.
She said the line-up of performers for the second session on July 28 had already been confirmed and included the Aristocrats, Amanda Locker, Indaba and Ashwin. Musicians interested in registering for a future session should contact Mr Toon.
Ms Strudwick said KBSC would also be in contact with local schools to find out whether any students or staff were interested in taking part in future blackboard nights.
"There are also plenty of kids who are good musicians. I'm just amazed at the talent in Yeppoon," she said.