King back to spread good vibes

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Robert Dougherty

The North West’s wet weather is ex­pected to be swept aside as the wild­fire of pop, R&B and reg­gae fu­sion mu­si­cian Phoenix King races across the re­gion.

The Good Vi­bra­tions ex­pe­di­tion fol­lows lead singer Ja­cob de Gaye and his band as they start a tour of the North West through Ex­mouth, Ku­nunurra, Broome and Kar­ratha.

King set out from Perth’s Indi Bar on April 7, be­fore head­ing to Ex­mouth over the Easter week­end, tak­ing trips to Bun­bury, Kal­go­or­lie and Mar­garet River ear­lier this month.

His first Kim­ber­ley show kicks off at Ho­tel Ku­nunurra on May 19, Broome’s Divers Tav­ern on May 20, Kar­ratha Tav­ern on May 26 and ends the tour at Tam­brey Tav­ern on May 27.

“I def­i­nitely want to get out (and ex­plore the North West), if we can get there early enough to get to Lake Ar­gyle and just go ad­ven­tur­ing, it’s such a beau­ti­ful place,” he said.

“One of my favourite stretches of road is Kar­ratha to Port Hed­land, be­lieve it or not — its ab­so­lutely stun­ning land­scape and the peo­ple in Kar­ratha are re­ally nice, the weather is just beau­ti­ful.

“The crowd on that stretch go crazy, they love their live music. I want to bring back some of that live in­stru­men­ta­tion with some re­ally good vo­cals over the top and I re­ally want it to be a record that re­ally gets peo­ple groov­ing and danc­ing.

“Help bring some pos­i­tiv­ity to the world through music, that’s why it’s the Good Vi­bra­tions tour — get­ting crowds in and giv­ing them a re­ally good show.”

King toured the Kim­ber­ley last year as a solo act and made im­me­di­ate plans to re­turn af­ter per­for­mances in South Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia and south­ern WA late last year.

“I re­ally love the place ( the North West); re­ally ex­cited to come back as a five-piece band and put on a real show, it gives me a chance to take my hands off the guitar and re­ally en­ter­tain the crowd a lot more,” he said.

“Peo­ple still re­ally en­joy a show, the value of it isn’t lost and I’m some­one who can lift my game as a show­man, peo­ple are def­i­nitely keen to see entertainment in live music.

“I went down and played Ex­mouth last year, but I ac­tu­ally had a week ex­plor­ing Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park which has be­come my favourite place in the world,” he said.

“I think it went re­ally well, ev­ery­where I played is re­ally keen to have us back and the crowd were re­ally re­cep­tive.”

Phoenix King is look­ing is look­ing for­ward to play­ing some soul­ful tunes in Aus­tralia’s North West.

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