Humidity rising for Yachtie
IN the good old days October was Rocktober, and Port Douglas Yacht Club was not immune to recognising the occasion with its Rock the Yachts concerts.
It’s back just in time this month with a Halloween version of Rock the Yacht on Saturday, featuring a bevy of local and Cairns bands.
“We figured it’s the last day of October, and tourists are still around, and it’s as late as we can get it in this year without it being too late. And it’s also Rocktober as they used to say,” said local musician and organiser for this gig, Omid Master.
It’s another strong line up for Saturday. Five-piece band Humidity is topping the bill with its Latin rock (with Omid on keyboards; later he teams up with Miss T in a duet), Shannon Clark who came to local prominence with Timber and Wood, leading Cairns act Eddie Skiba (who was once on the bill at the AFL Grand Final at the MCG), cover band Haze, locals Benny and the Clones, and Roz Pappalardo (formerly of Women in Docs).
Musicians like playing Rock the Yacht – the take from the door means they all get paid, and as Omid pointed out, they can afford to present bigger bands and not just solo performers.
“Festivals are always good because people are listening, they’ve come for the music,” said Omid. “And it’s such a a great setting and a nice relaxed event. The community supports it well it has become an institution.”
Around 350 people attended the last gig and at $10 a head it meant the musicians were pleased with their pay.
Meanwhile Omid is going to be manager of Miss Tee, whose career has been on a steady trajectory upward. Omid said there are some backers helping to launch her potential recording career, and there has been interest from major record labels.
SATURDAY, OCT 31 4:15 – 5 pm Shannon Clark 5:15 – 6 pm Eddie Skiba 6:15 – 7 pm Roz Pappalardo and the Wayward Gentlemen
7:15 – 8 pm Miss Tee and Mr O Band
8:15 – 9 Benny and The Clones 9:15 pm – 10 pm Haze 10:15 – 11 pm Humidity
it’s such a a great setting and a nice relaxed event. The community supports it well it has become an institution.”
Latin rock exponents Humidity – Left to right: Luke Hodge, Kenji Izukura, Omid Master, Naoki Kimpara and Patricio Guzman