‘Snowball of fun’ at festival
One of WA’s premiere live acts, the Southern River Band, will be heading to Exmouth this month to headline the 2017 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival.
On Saturday, May 27, Cadillac’s Bar and Grill will be a hub of dancing, tunes and fun as the band take to the stage.
Lead singer and guitarist Cal Kramer described the band as four red-hot young blokes from Thornlie trying to make a legitimate go at being a constant party band.
“The best way to describe it is a high-energy, non-stop assault on all the senses,” he said.
The band had an unlikely formation after a stranger noticed Kramer and bass player Anton Dindar at their local pub.
“There was this guy standing on the other side of the bar and he was looking at us,” Kramer said.
“On his left hand he had bear — B-E-A-R — in big steel knuckle dusters on across his left hand and he goes to us ‘I’m going to book you a gig here’.
“Then the next day he calls us and goes ‘I’ve got you a gig here in three weeks’... and we thought ‘well, we better put a band together then’.”
Kramer said the band’s success “snowballed” from that gig.
“When you’re presented with an opportunity like that. . . you kinda grab it with both hands,” he said.
The band has since been making waves on the music scene and landed a nomination for Most Popular Live Act at the WAM awards.
The band has taken their “party on the road” and toured the State extensively.
Kramer said he enjoyed playing country towns as regional audiences “seem to absolutely adore live music”.
“In almost every country town you go to, the people that are going to these places are going to see the band,” he said. “As a musician there is absolutely nothing better than that — when you want to play and people want to see you play. That’s what the country town mentality (is) — I don’t know how it still is but it’s bloody fantastic that is still is.”
Supporting the band at Cadillac’s is the band Datura4, fronted by Australian music legend Dom Mariani.
Mariani praised the Southern River Band frontman and said Kramer was a “rough diamond” with a “star quality about him”.
“I’ve seen a lot of bands and you play with a lot of bands as you’re doing gigs in Perth but I remember seeing (the Southern River Band) for the first time,” he said. “We walked away going ‘here’s my new favourite band’ — they’re great fun.”
Kramer said the show at Cadillac’s was going to be a “ripper night”.
“We just absolutely love playing our music and we just want everyone to have the exact same experience and the exact same feeling that we have which is nothing but fun,” he said.
“It’s just a snowball of fun that just picks up everyone on the way down the hill.”
Tickets are on sale now from ningaloowhalesharkfestival.com.
The Southern River Band will headline this year's Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival.