Lockdown at the Cen­tral

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FOR the lovers of Blues mu­sic you are in for a real treat when Mark Eas­ton (pic­tured) re­turns to Port Dou­glas and per­forms his unique Blues ma­te­rial at the Cen­tral Ho­tel to­mor­row night.

“This gig is called the ’lockdown gig’ be­cause they shut all the doors and win­dows so I can crank up the sound and get the joint pump­ing,” Eas­ton said.

“This is the sixth year that I have been com­ing to the Cen­tral and I will be playing some new songs as well as ma­te­rial from my lat­est al­bum Grind.

“And then on the 19th I will be playing for the back­pack­ers at Dou­gies Back­pack­ers.”

Eas­ton is an Aus­tralian blues­man from the Gold Coast and he be­gan his mu­sic ca­reer in his dad’s 20-piece jazz band in Sydney and then joined a se­ries of glam rock, punk/pop bands in re­bel­lion, un­til a burnt-out Eas­ton took off surf­ing and fell in love with the blues.

But now he’s back and while he has kept his wild en­ergy and love of hard-edged mu­sic he has tem­pered it with more at­mo­spheric and melodic sounds.

Hav­ing come from a back­ground of hard punk and hard liv­ing, the bad-boy turned blues man, cleaned up his life, pulled together a project called Mark Eas­ton Li­mou­sine in 2001and recorded three al­bums and toured un­til the band came to a nat­u­ral halt.

Af­ter go­ing solo he re­leased Money Is the Root of All Evil which reached num­ber 4 on USA blues charts and num­ber 1 in Aus­tralia.

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