Gig Review: Upfront Club 3 May 2014

Mundy-Turner Band @ The Upfront Club, Maleny

The Mundy-Turner Band’s first appearance at Maleny’s iconic Upfront Club http://www.upfrontclub.org/, up in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland, was a delight.  It may have been cold outside but our hearts were warm and full.

Not many bands have a drummer like Jono Filmer!  We are so glad we do.  Jono heard that the stage at the Upfront Club was small and that we wouldn’t have space for a full drum-kit.  So he got online and bought a new STAND-UP drumkit by mail-order.  The new drum kit was delivered to Jono in Logan late Friday arvo.  On Sat arvo he learned to play it during a 4-hour jam session.  He then took it to Maleny and performed a blistering 1 hour set in front of the Upfront audience on Saturday night.

As you see in the picture below, you have to STAND to play this drumkit.   It is entirely different to a normal drum-kit and would take a lot of getting used to.  But Jono, having only learned to play it that day, never (quite literally ;)) skipped a beat.

Our bass player Chris Powell also went shopping to help make the gig a success, buying a “sans amp” bass pedal, so we wouldn’t have to try to fit his large bass amp on the small stage.  It sounded great!  Thank you to Chris & Jono – your dedication to creating a quality sound is beyond compare.

THANK YOU to: the Upfront Club staff & organisers especially Danny the awesome sound engineer, Suzanne and Jeff for coming to see us play PLUS amazing hospitality and beautiful friendship (& their cosy kingside bed for the night), our 7-year old Joshua for being “on the team”, my beautiful mum Barbara for coming on the adventure and looking after Josh while we were busy.

More THANKS to the wonderful audience, especially friends and family who came to see us play – to my cousin Oriana and her family who came along to see us play from the Sunny Coast, Nadia & Ali and family from Albany down in Brisbane, Holly and family from Maleny (long time no see!)…  It was a magic night.

Congrats to young RUBY who won the M-T ALBUM draw.

Jono's new stand-up kit

Jono’s new stand-up kit

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