07 November, 2013

BrisVegas Kustom Karnival

Well last weekend was a big one, very busy, but the absolute highlight was of course the BrizVegas Kustom Karnival at Acacia Ridge. It's always a brilliant day and the weather was absolutely perfect, albeit a little warm but a great chance for the gals to bust out their fans and parasols (alas I always forget mine!) The chrome and fins of the classics and kustoms that filled the car park was almost blinding in the sun but it showed off their sparkle and pain jobs perfectly. We arrived early which meant we got to get around the stalls, take in the spectacle of the cars and have a few chats without really missing out on the bands - bonus! I was trying to be good as I am saving for something...special...but I did manage to pick up a couple of cool new pairs of shades, one of which is a little unusual and I can't wait to show you all.
I frocked up in this lovely yellow number I picked up from the Bettie Page store in Las Vegas earlier this year and with some high, 60s-inspired hair I was feeling a little like I'd stepped out of the movie The Help. I love that movie, so totally fine by me! We headed downstairs to the band area as I was eager to catch new act The Zephyr Project and see what they were all about. Not exactly rockabilly, these boys could certainly play their instruments and they had a really cool bluesy sound that I really enjoyed. They played mostly covers, but there ain't nothin wrong with playing good tunes and it's more fun when you know them! Next up were The Hi-Boys who I also enjoy and luckily, have seen before, as I seemed to get sucked into that strange time/space vacuum of catching up with people and unfortunately not getting in a dance.

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Dan & The Dualtones then took to the stage and as usual, rocked the room! The dance floor was filled and I was itching to get out there. However, it wasn't until USA guests the Roy Kay Trio came on that I finally got out there for a spin. The pace was great, I like it nice and fast, and these guys really delivered a great sound that the crowd just loved! But it was definitely Marti Brom, also from the USA, that everyone was waiting for. Marti has played out here before both at GreazeFest and with The Barnshakers and everyone was very excited for her return. She's a bit of a pocket rocket that woman! Once heck of a voice tied up in one very cute package! She did plenty of her own material as well as some of her stuff with The Barnshakers as well as classics by the like of Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Wanda Jackson and more. She was highly entertaining and had a fantastic stage presence and we were very excited to see her again after seeing her in Vegas earlier this year.

It was a brilliant day! We had so much fun and it was so great to see Marti again and catch up with everyone. Sometimes I get a little too distracted at gigs either by catching up with people or just by the music and performances themselves and I don't seem to dance as much as I used to - but that's going to change because I really miss it!
Now I can't wait for the Rockabilly Christmas Party at which I intend to dance my little feet off!

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