Hu­mid­ity ris­ing for Yachtie

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - THE GROOVE - Shane Ni­chols

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

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