Basement Discs today hosted Eric Bibb at an early lunchtime show in store. Eric is currently touring Australia in support of his latest CD Get Onboard.
Looking very dapper in grey pants, yellow silk shirt and white boater, he gave the large audience packed into the intimate environment of Basement Discs a taste of sweet and mellow blues, singing mostly songs off the new album, though he stated that he likes performing more to make a connection with people than to flog his merchandise.
He comes across as a warm and humorous person and after his short set was cheerily signing CDs with a beer standing handy.
It’s music festival time in Melbourne and elsewhere, with the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival the main attraction over Easter. It has a stellar line up this year, and I am very much looking forward to seeing Lucinda Williams performing a side show live in Melbourne next Wednesday at Hamer Hall. I have excellent seats so hope to get some good photos.
Next week Hot Club of Cowtown will be doing an in store at Basement Discs – another band well worth seeing – Texas Swing for a change.
Wending my way back to work after the in store, walking through the lovely Block Arcade, I came upon a Giant Bilby attended by a woman handing out chocolate egg bits. I turned down the chocolate in favour of snapping the Bilby who very obligingly posed for a shot. The Bilby is the Australian version of the Easter Bunny. In real life, Bilbies are endangered, desert-dwelling marsupial omnivores – very appealing little animals.