Garry Peadon Goes to Uni
Fans of live music, Northsiders and University of Canberra students will be interested in the latest news from The Greenroom’s Garry Peadon. He advises that the venue, which was touted to quit its Phillip premises in August, has now made a deal with UC and will be opening up there in July.
Everyone should win out of this arrangement for, while having its own shortcomings, the UC Bar is by far a better live music room for both bands and punters, and UC students will have a first class live venue on campus. The Phillip site will close on 7th July, with Spoil, Tonk and Variodivers doing the honours.
Pot Belly Sold
Mark A Smith, former booking slave of the Pot Belly Bar, has confirmed reports that the much-beloved venue has been sold. The Pot’s proprietress, known universally only as Joan, has probably decided to concentrate her efforts on The Basement. Joan took over the former Pete’s Bar and Tavern space some time ago and is shrewdly putting all her eggs in the better basket.
The intentions of the Pot’s new owners are not yet known, and it would be a shame if one of Canberra’s most venerable music venues ceased to be, but with the Greenroom moving northwards and the Basement hopefully able to meet it’s potential, Northsiders should not be overly concerned.
UPDATE: Joan has apparently succumbed to public pressure and reneged on the sale. Long live the Pot Belly.
On-line CD Store opens
It may look a little hand-made, and have a long way to go before it functions as it should (ie. as a comprehensive source for local CD’s), but it’s worth noting that the Cardboard Charlie CD Store is open for business.
This year’s Australian Idol series kicks off soon, and word has it that two local singer-songwriters have entered the comp and made it through the initial auditions into the top 100. Nick Delatovic of The Missing Lincolns and One Way Fare’s Anthony Avis are both fine musicians and could handle a bit of recognition from the wider public, though whether Idol is the recommended path to such is arguable. I understand Nick didn’t proceed further than the 100, no word yet on Anthony’s progress.