20 March, 2012
After the fun of Saturday night, Sunday morning came and I dragged myself out of bed and got dressed up to do it all over again. I was designated driver this time so there was no rolling up in a sweet ride, we went in my lil Swift and preferred to admire those in the show. You can bet what fun it was bragging about turning up in a Swift though!
Despite being cloudy, the day was well underway when we arrived and we shared a quick beer and caught some of the Regular Gonzales before heading out onto the oval to check out the stalls. We only got half way around before the heavens opened up so we scurried inside to check out the undercover stalls. The rain was probably my bank balance’s saving grace on the day as I only bought a headband.
Next Dan & The Dualtones fired up and the undercover bar and dance floor swallowed us up like the black hole of Calcutta. Drink after drink was spent running into the usual suspects as well as plenty of lovely friends we hadn’t seen in a while. It was great catching up with everyone again, even those who were still on a high from the night before.
I zipped home for a quick shoe change as my feet were already feeling it from all the running around the night before and I knew I wouldn’t last the day. By the time I got back Miss Teresa & Her Rythmaires had hit the stage and were filling the venue with their sweet sounds. It’s always nice to watch Teresa and I’m always struck by the thought that there aren’t enough ladies onstage in the local rockabilly scene.
After more chatting, more beer and a quick look over some cars and stalls I was down the front, ready and waiting for The ReChords. These Melbourne boys are personal favourites of mine and I couldn’t wait to be treated to their distinctive and addictive sounds once again. I couldn’t let their set go by without ripping up the dance floor although so transfixed by their performance were we that we didn’t get in quite as many dances as we would have liked. I have a lot to say about these guys so stay tuned for an upcoming post.
By now we were fanging for some of the delicious food on offer and we created our own kind of take away tapas sampling a southern pulled pork roll, spicy pork burrito and some delicious wood fired pizza. I gotta say, for outdoor food stands, Lori Lee does a great job of making sure we’re well looked after!
And speaking of Lori Lee, she did a great job at pulling off the day considering the challenges she faced with the weather yet again this year. She’s a brilliant woman, I really don’t know how she does it. Best part is, she never seems stressed on the day and she can always be seen walking around the gig with a big smile on her face keeping the punters happy.
But of course, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys were the ones everyone was waiting for having come all the way over from the good ole US of A. With a personality and voice bigger than the man himself, if the crowd down the front and the number of people on the dance floor were anything to go by, the punters really enjoyed their swingin sounds.
And at 7 pm as the last beer cans were swept from the floor, you could be forgiven for thinking that the day was over and it was time for a well-deserved rest. Yeah right! It was time for the after party baby! So back we went to Mimsy and Pony’s place with Tyron and Felix from The ReChords in tow as well as Mitchy Mayhem so the fun didn’t have to end.
Now they say what happens on tour stays on tour and for the sake of a few reputations I won’t say too much more but I can tell you that the few of us who were there were extremely lucky to be treated to a muso-mash up that shall henceforth be known as The Ten Chord Boys – a motley line up of members of The Ten Fours, The ReChords and The Mayhem County Boys.
It was a whole heap of fun and I can safely say I was EXTREMELY glad that I had arranged to have Monday off. But the lack of sleep, bags under the eyes and sore muscles were all well worth an awesome day! And as always, Twilight is the teaser to Greazefest and it's safe to say Lori Lee has sure whet my appetite!
Oh yes, and as promised - my outfit photo!