GIG FOR HOPE
Photos by Karen Lowe
The place to be last Sunday early evening was Badlands Bar as punters and some of Perth’s finest musos gathered together to celebrate the return of Dno Summers from the Walk for Hope.
Together, we raised $755 for Beyond Blue.
For those not in the know, Dno set off last year on a solo walk across the country from Bunbury to Sydney, raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Dno arrived in Sydney just as the whole Corona virus pandemic really began to kick off, so last Sunday was the first opportunity to come together to celebrate his homecoming and raise funds for Beyond Blue and awareness for his massive feat.
The night got going with Harry Foxton playing a solo set of originals interspersed with some tasty covers. Currently best known for his work out front of the Foxton Kings, Harry showed that he’s a talented songwriter, plying personal narratives, heartfelt vocals and some neat guitar work, he held the stage like the true pro and future star that he is. Joined for part of his set by Grace Newton-Wordsworth (Joan & The Giants) on keyboard and vocals, we could think of no better way to kick off the evening.
Next came Command A Panda. Think Royal Blood — except guitar and drums — because these two are just as good as that storied duo and, dare we say it, a heap more fun! This is rock and roll the way it should be — raw, edgy, tongue in cheek, danceable, rabble rousing, tight, loose and leave-a-smile-on-your-face charming. If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t wait too much longer before you give yourself a chance to don the panda head.
Band Of Missfits showed the growing crowd why they’re one of the most sought after up and coming acts in Perth right now, enthralling the audience with their distinctive style of blues rock accented with tinges of country and even metal. Now a honed four-piece, front woman Kym Redmond’s song writing and performances go from strength to strength and, if new single, ‘Starvation’, which they debuted on the night, is any indication, the future is very bright for this band.
The members of Filth Wizard arrived at Badlands still a little worse for wear after having supported Gyroscope the night before. Didn’t matter, once they hit the stage this band of grunge merchants showed the audience why they’re already revered as one of the best bands in Perth right now. Seriously, this band keeps hitting new heights pretty much every time they play and, with new single, ‘Snowflake’ and more material on the way, the only thing standing between them and world domination is the small matter of a global pandemic.
Ashes of Autumn closed the night with a powerhouse performance during which front woman, Melanie Flynn, revealed why suicide prevention means so much to her. It was the sort of heartfelt performance we’ve come to expect from Ashes of Autumn, given all the more edge because we were celebrating Dno’s awareness-raising marathon walk. This band rocks hard and wears their hearts on their sleeves, which is why they never fail to impress. It was a fitting way to end the night.
And that slim gentleman who spend the majority of the evening taking photos and video, but who never said a word in public? That was Dno Summers. A man of very few words, he chose to let the music do the talking, but he brought a lot of love into the room and those who were there were doing it for Dno and for all of us who have had personal experience or have supported family and friends with mental health issues.
Thank you, Dno, you’re a true legend.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to:
- The bands, all of which donated their fees to Beyond Blue.
- Badlands Bar and Luke Rinaldi of Sweet Mate Music, who negotiated a heavily reduced venue hire fee for us.
- Mega Music, who donated two $100 gift vouchers for our raffle.
- All of the punters who turned up, paid for entry, bought raffle tickets and put monty in the collection tins.
- Kym Redmond, who though up this marvellous idea and who did a lot of the behind the scenes planning and wrangling and sorted stuff on the night.
- Ash Lee, who helped with everything behind the scenes and was on hand to make sure the night was a great success.
Together, we raised $755 for Beyond Blue.