Kiama to come alive with the sounds of the south

THE Kiama Jazz & Blues Club are set to bring the sounds and styles of the American South to town at the upcoming Carnivale New Orleans night. 

The Pavilion will receive a Bourbon Street makeover for the night, with the colour and flair of Louisiana to join the sounds of swing, boogie, blues and jazz provided by three separate acts. 

 Rob Grosser (left) and Don Hopkins of Dr Don’s Double Dose.

Rob Grosser (left) and Don Hopkins of Dr Don’s Double Dose.

The high-energy Psycho Zydeco will headline the event with their bayou blend of Cajun, blues and swamp music.

They will be supported by the Wollongong Conservatorium’s Cats O’Plenty Street Band and the internationally acclaimed duo Dr Don’s Double Dose. 

Comprised of Don Hopkins on piano and vocals and Rob Grosser on drums, Dr Don’s Double Dose will offer a brand of blues, boogies, spirituals, rags and ballads that has been acclaimed in what is arguably the home of blues - Memphis, Tennessee. 

‘‘In 2011 we won the local Blues Challenge in Sydney, which meant we got to take part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2012 and there we took out second place, which was pretty amazing,’’ Hopkins said. 

‘‘We got to play at places where Elvis had played and for some of the people there it was hard for them to be lieve that we were from Australia.’’

Hopkins promised that the duo would bring a fun-filled sound likely to have the audience on their feet. 

‘‘Even though we play a lot of blues, it’s the uplifting dance and clap along variety, and it’s all very upbeat. 

‘‘Whenever we play we find that people, not matter their age are up and dancing and having a great time.’’

The Carnivale New Orleans will take placeat The Pavilion on Saturday, July 26 from 7pm. 

Tickets for the bring your own supper event are $40 per person, and are available from the Kiama Visitors Centre on 4232 3322 or directly from Kiama Jazz & Blues Club on 4233 1514. 

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