Mildura Weekly : Friday March 21 2014 Vol 8 No 20
www.milduraweekly.com.au 14 Mildura Weekly – 21/03/14 AWARD-winning Adelaide blues band Lazy Eye admit to having a real soft spot when it comes to Mil- dura, with lead guitarist, Erica Graf, RIGHT, originating from the region. It’s a relationship that has seen the group travel regularly to Mildura to perform its brand of blues mu- sic, with local music lovers quick to adopt Lazy Eye as one of their own. Lazy Eye will return to Mildura this Sunday for a special perfor- mance at the Mildura Brewery – one that will mark the start of the group’s national album launch tour. Celebrating the release of their second full-length album ‘House Of Trouble,’ the national tour will see Lazy Eye play 30 shows across the country between now and the end of June, with Mildura one of the first towns on the list. “Mildura is like a second home for us,” lead singer Evan Whetter said. “Obviously we have a strong connection to the region because of Erica, and the crowds have always been really good to us when we have played in the region. “We really wanted to do some- thing special for our fans in Mildura, which is why we’re essentially kick- ing off our national tour in the re- gion.” Evan said the band was excited to return to Mildura. “We love the place,” he said. “It’s exciting to not only be heading back that way, but to also be officially launching the new album. “We’ve already released a couple of songs online, and the response has been really good.” House Of Trouble follows the band’s award-winning debut album ‘Move Me’ – which went on to earn a Top 10 spot on the Australian Blues and Roots Album Charts. Evan said that while ‘Move Me’ had allowed the band to “explore their sound,” House Of Trouble was a “true blues album.” “We wanted to get back to our roots so to speak with this album, and make a truly blues album,” he said. “Move Me had a number of different elements to it, and we ex- plored a range of things with that album. “House Of Trouble is just a great blues record, with the team at Cha- pel Lane Studios in Adelaide really helping us achieve that goal.” Lazy Eye’s Mildura Brewery per- formance will get underway at 3pm, and will feature special guest Luke Peak on drums. Evan encouraged residents to attend the free performance, say- ing that copies of House Of Trouble would be available throughout the afternoon. “We would love to see a large number of residents at the Brewery on Sunday, just sitting back and en- joying some Lazy Eye tunes,” he said. Evan said that it was the band’s hope that House Of Trouble would again break into the Australian Blues and Roots Album Charts. “To have another album on the charts would be unreal,” he said. “The last 12 months has been really exciting for us as a band, and we’re looking forward to seeing what’s ahead following this tour.” House Of Trouble is available at JB Hi-Fi Mildura, with more infor- mation about Lazy Eye available by visiting www.lazyeyeband.com. Lazy Eye to launch new album here MORE than 40 Mildura residents will take a 35 kilometre walk in the name of charity tomorrow, taking part in an annual fund- raiser for Kidney Health Austral- ia. Getting under way at 7am, participants will walk from the Wentworth Wharf to the Gateway Tavern in Mildura, with the goal to raise $6000 for Kidney Health Australia, while also raising awareness about kidney disease. Marking the third year the walk has been held in Mildura, one of the event’s organisers, Desley Kelly, said she had been amazed by the support shown. “When we first started the walk three years ago I think there were six of us, so to have 40 peo- ple walking this year is amazing,” she said. “The concept is one that has definitely grown, and with 40 people out there seeking dona- tions we’re confident of raising a lot of money for this worthy cause. “Our goal to is hopefully raise $6000, with that money to go toward Kidney Health Austra- lia’s Kidney Kid Camp initiative – which helps children with kidney disease.” Desley, who works at Sunray- sia Bus Lines, will be joined by 10 colleagues, with the remain- ing participants to be made up of close family and friends. Desley encouraged local resi- dents to come out and support the walk, with participants to enjoy a celebratory drink once they reach the Gateway around 11.30am. “Our plan is to arrive at the Gateway just before lunch, and by then we’ll probably need a drink,” she said. “The more sup- port the better!” Desley has been a long-time supporter of Kidney Health Aus- tralia, participating in the an- nual ‘Kidney Kar Rally’ and other fund-raising events. Alongside fellow Sunraysia Bus Lines employee Tim Blak- eney, the duo has raised an esti- mated $70,000 for Kidney Health Australia, which is dedicated to raising awareness about kidney disease while supporting those affected – especially young chil- dren. More information about Kid- ney Health Australia is available by visiting www.kidney.org.au, while more information about the Kidney for Kids Walk – or to donate to the cause – available by visiting www.everydayhero.com. au/theescapees2014, or by con- tacting Desley on 0400 694 599. Walkers aiming for $6000 Kidney for Kids windfall • WALK THE TALK: Sunraysia Bus Lines staffers Vicki Wilson, Desley Kelly, Tim Blakeney, Jane Welsh and Vickie Casey put their best foot forward for a good cause.
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