From deep within the veins of Melbourne’s music scene, Checkerboard Lounge has become a cult-like underground institution. The brainchild of renowned singer and drummer Carl Pannuzzo, the band has evolved over thirty years; breathing fire, virtuosity and improvisation into classic soul and blues originals.
Recent winners of the MBAS Blues Challenge, the band will be going to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in late January!
Playful and unyielding, Pannuzzo is joined on stage by guitar master Shannon Bourne, Hammond virtuoso Tim Neal, and groove bassist Amos Sheehan. The current line-up features world-class musicianship, unbridled passion inspired by the moment and an almost telepathic ability to create; a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
From standing ovations at Wangaratta Jazz Festival to crammed inner Melbourne pubs, no two shows are the same. Vibrant and unforgettable, Checkerboard are a tour-de-force demanding honesty, integrity and truthful musicianship; the very essence of a live music experience.
Ever since their famed seven-year residency at the Great Britain Hotel in the early 90s, many budding young musicians have cut their blues teeth with the uncompromising fire of this band's energy. Checkerboard has inspired the development of some of Australia's finest musicians and bands (Powderfinger, Dirty Three, Clare Bowditch, Jet, Spoonful/Rocket Science, Kylie Auldist to name a few). Checkerboard's point of difference had always been playing with different musicians and throwing them into an improvisational hot-seat.
Over the years, band members have included Australia's best blues exponents, such as Rev. Mick O’Connor, Ian Collard, Jeff Lang, Broderick Smith, Steve Teacle, Richard Tankard, Andrew Ogburn, Garrett Costigan, Nigel MacLean and Dave Boyle (USA).
Thirty years on, Checkerboard continues to leave musicians and audiences, both national and international, enthralled by the single-minded creativity of a rhythm section-led roots band. Arguably the band’s strongest ever line up; the spirit of the blues is palpable throughout their performances, all the while through an almost childlike sense of play.
“You got it boy, it’s in you” ~ Jimmy Smith
"You could run a small city off these guys" ~ Fiona Boyes
"Some real happening blues" ~ Bob Sedergreen
|Doors Open||14 Dec 2019 8:00 pm|
|Music Starts||14 Dec 2019 9:00 pm|
|Online sales end (Unsold tickets available at door)||14 Dec 2019 7:30 pm|