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freexone
Posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 10:41:14 PM
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The Blues Festival started out from here I'm told???
Does anybody remember the opening show at the Pig Factory?
What local band played at that gig?..
and what year was it??

hint: Broken Head Moon Dance
TheLoneRanger
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKvvr3oBWyE
Big Jay McNeeley

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
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the dynaflows....13th april 1990...Byron bay arts factory or the piggery.
I was there...but don't remember much.

the piggery was possibly the best music venue ive been to...possibly with the exception of the bondi lifesaver.
not the best sound...but the walls were filled with music memorabilia.
unfortunately it was subject to local residents complaints about noise and closed easter 92.
as a tshirt I treasure says WE BOPPED TILL IT STOPPED.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:32:03 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6X9z3QtraA
The Dynaflows play RnB,Jump Blues & Jazz.
Great Stuff.
Same vintage as Ross Ward.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
freexone
Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:37:10 PM
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I'm talkin' a lot earlier that that, like when it first opened when a chap of.. er?..Italian??.. heritage purchased it.
Outa respect, I shoulda remembered his name, but it's been a long - long time.. since the band lived at "Booglegum" in Possum Creek.

I don't remember a band called the Dynaflows ever doing a Moon Dance at Broken Head Hall, but I wasn't there when they were around.
There were'nt nothin' on the walls at this time,, ( a bit of stale pig's blood maybe?)

This band played in what 'was' the 'killing floor' where the floor sloped at an agle to drain the excess fluids produced makin' bacon..
Who'da thought you could turn such a place into a well loved venue known throughout the Northern Rivers and beyond.

And Bangalow Bowlo. was all the rage with Ray Gay at the helm...
'Jimmy & The Boys' ripped the club apart..
Joyleen Hairmouth asked some members of the audience; "Are you a jiggler, or a dangler?"
OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! (loved it) one of the best shows seen..
And being the support act meant this band were invited back to the "The Palms" for post-prandials etc..
Main Arm hall saw the occasional gig from this band.
One of the guitarists is still around, quite prominent and much loved - but better known by a different name now.

Can you guess yet??
TheLoneRanger
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freexone wrote:
'Jimmy & The Boys' ripped the club apart..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g0-GVoKpWU

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
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I remember seeing Jimmy and the Boys in the seventies. Ignites Jones was one of the most enigmatic front men of the day. He was a graduate of the Australian School of Ballet and a sensational dancer. I was told he morphed into music after breaking his toes on point. Seriously talented and great fun. My other favourite band of that era was Dave Warner from the Suburbs. Would love to see him revived for bluesfest and bring on the Sunnyboys while we are into nostalgia.
on on
spanner
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TheLoneRanger wrote:
freexone wrote:
'Jimmy & The Boys' ripped the club apart..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g0-GVoKpWU

The piggery would have been a fitting venue for Jimmy given his penchant for wearing all kinds of raw meat on stage & throwing it at his audience,at least he wouldn't have to go far to get his stage gear. http://abctv.lessimmonds.com.au/slides/Denton--&-Ignatius-Jones.html


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Vodka, plastic pop-off, twist one off
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TheLoneRanger
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 3:10:18 PM
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c0kebloke wrote:
TheLoneRanger wrote:
freexone wrote:
'Jimmy & The Boys' ripped the club apart..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g0-GVoKpWU

The piggery would have been a fitting venue for Jimmy given his penchant for wearing all kinds of raw meat on stage & throwing it at his audience,at least he wouldn't have to go far to get his stage gear. http://abctv.lessimmonds.com.au/slides/Denton--&-Ignatius-Jones.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms8j5g6OKZU
Soooo that is where Lady Gaga got the idea from.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
waffles
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 4:42:04 PM
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I was talking the first bluesfest at the piggery. I have no idea who was the first band to play the piggery,which was run by dan doepel an u.s. expat and a great guy,who in the late 60s ,early 70s was a member of the nutwood rug band.he also helped organise the first big
music festival in Australia...the pilgrimage of pop...at Ourimbah.
Ignatius jones went on to greater things including organising the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
his sister is also a great singer monica topanza ?.

iggy did a great version of...im not like everybody else.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
JamesG1
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 8:43:56 PM
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Dear Freexone

I doubt I was born when this show happened so I'm no chance of answering your riddle

This is the best new thread on the forum in ages though...

Keep the trivia / nostalgia / pig gig hints coming

cheers

Gig Pig

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InfidelRider
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waffles wrote:
Ignatius jones went on to greater things including organising the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
his sister is also a great singer monica topanza ?.

Monica Trapaga
freexone
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:53:43 PM
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[quote=waffles] I was talking the first bluesfest at the piggery. I have no idea who was the first band to play the piggery,
which was run by dan doepel an u.s. expat and a great guy,who in the late 60s ,early 70s was a member of the nutwood rug band.


Thanks for that reminder waffles,

'Nutwood Rug' ay?...

Well, (here's a big hint)... the lead guitarist from the Rug,
lived right next door to 'Booglegum', and had a significant part to play in this mystery...
And now, 'thanks' to waffles vast histerical knowledge, we know exactly why the band got the gig to open the factory.

Watching those clips of 'Jimmy & The Boys' reminded me that one of their songs..
'The Cops Are Coming' was also played by another theatrical band that I briefly worked for 'D Minor & The Dischords'..
That was one of the punters favorites, ( multiple spinning blue jack-lights etc..)
so I'm guessing.. the lead guitarist wrote it & worked for both bands..

The band did a support at the Casino R.S.M. for 'Split Enz'..
It was supposed to be a 'Live' recording, (the acoustics were good??)
{apparently because of the hexagonal? shape of the room.}
They extended the stage by about 6 meters ,and installed a humungous light show,
including 3 follow spots on the balcony & a separate desk to record the gig.
I thought it was a great show... but AFAIK it was buried and has never been seen since.

The band did lot's of supports at the Bangalow bowlo. that year..
'The Angels' - 'Australian Crawl' - 'Men At Work' - 'Moving Pictures' - 'Flowers' - 'Swanee', - 'Mondo Rock'
plus others I can't clearly remember, and.. even a young outfit called 'Cold Chisel'
Michael Chugg was a 'very' good friend to 'On the Wing Productions' - manager Maggie B's little sideline.
Maggie was the wife of the band's lead guitarist.
The band's vastly talented keyboards/2nd guitarist, still lives at Bangalow to this day...


Can you imagine regularly having around 600-800 people inside the Bangalow Bowling Club?
The 'Byron Bay Bluesfest.' makes it possible for me to feel that magic again.

I went to the club to have a quick look during Easter 2013, (it has hardly changed!)
and I was stunned by how small it really was! (it would be considered unsafe these days)
It seems almost impossible that crowds so large could fit into the Bangalow Bowling Club.


The band also did some shows at the old picture theatre in Ballina,
where they supported 'Renee Geyee' - 'Wendy & The Rockets' - and 'MiSex' to name a few..
'MiSex' insisted that the local band's manager (Maggie B), vastly upgrade the 3 phase power; to 60 amps per phase!!
supposedly to run their massive light show. Then their crew got slack, (and put up only half their lights)
and only needed the 45 amps per phase that we had installed and paid for earlier that week...
It was an expensive exercise in futility, which pretty much cleaned out the reserve funds intended to kick-start the venue.. Grrrrrrr

They were a covers band & a very happy little mob of musos at the time..
As is the case for most bands, playing original music is not always apreciated, and does not pay the bills,
so you do what you gotta do..

Back then there was 'at least' 10 cover bands in the Northern Rivers area
and just to compete & get the best gigs, you would do best if you could present with a 'Double 4 way' PA system.
'Idol Minds' who were considered the top band in this area..
ended up purchasing a powerful 'Meyer' PA. which (at the time) was the latest technology & a very, very expensive rig.

It's tragic what poker machines in pubs and small clubs has done to our beloved music industry.
Think of how much more might have evolved if the thousands of start-up bands still had a place to express their art.
How many young adults who came of age after poker machines are completely unaware, and have missed the magic that we were a part of.
It makes me 'feel' privileged to attend such a great festival in the place I love so dearly.


After mentioning 'Nutwood Rug' and dropping a bunch of other clues..
Perhaps somebody might finally be able to ferret this mystery out...


Can anybody guess now?..
greybeard
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 12:44:02 PM

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Just throwing this out

HOT CITY BUMP BAND




Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
waffles
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 2:36:37 PM
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the lead guitarist would have been Michael barnes aka Michael carlos in his u.s. draft dodging days. as well as the nutwood rug band he also played guitar in the Sydney version of hair the musical.
but I just cant remember the name of that band.d'oh!

http://www.milesago.com/Artists/ArtistFrames.htm

look under nutwood rug band.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 10:05:19 PM
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Fantastic site thank you Waffles.
The article on Daevid Allen is wonderfully comprehensive.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEHzqildp8
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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015 10:08:04 PM
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Remember Ch 7 did a news bit on Bluesfest a couple of years back ... anybody got the link.
waffles
Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015 7:24:19 AM
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just a side note on HOT CITY BUMP BAND...it contained maggie McKinney on vocals. maggie opened the PILGRIMAGE FOR POP festival with a great song whose main lyric was.... f*ck you and f*ck me too!!!! a great way to get the festival started.

they were very heady days!!

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
greybeard
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This is off topic, but is an explanation for the start of a local paper

Quote:
Introduction
I had been very angry with the local press ever since the ’83 raids, the Operation
One-up. There we were, bailed up in Main Arm for three days by gun-toting police
and low-flying helicopters. Biggest bloody story in Australia probably that week and
the local press wouldn’t report it. Pulled over at roadblocks every time we wanted to
go into town. It was out of the car, hands on the roof, men and women strip
searched, search the car, defect notices, abuse. It was just bloody outrageous and
the [local] press wouldn’t report it.
1
Nicholas Shand, co-founder,
The Byron Shire Echo
(Bradbury, 1996)
By the time Operation One-Up laid siege to the alternative communities of
Mullumbimby in Byron Shire, NSW, they were over a decade old. Home to hundreds
of ideological and economic refugees from the cities, these communities were hardly
an invisible element of the Rainbow Region economy. Yet they were marginalised by
an entrenched regional media monopoly and conservative local government. In the
press, as in council meetings, ‘surfies’ and ‘drop-outs’ were portrayed at best a


http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal/issue_02/pdf/MartinEllis.pdf
Australia you have to love it.
Go to page 8 of the link and see a great headline and, a young man who later went on to cause a Liberal/Labor ruckus over the future of education !



Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
waffles
Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2015 10:28:14 AM
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ah yes....the days of MULLUMBIMBY MADNESS Anxious

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
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