What an awesome night it was when Victor Wainwright brought his band to Darwin's last Saturday. Darwin's is not a big place but it was packed so tight that it was nearly impossible to move and yet people were on the dance floor even before Wainwright took the stage. His band had the people fully engaged from the moment the show began.
We were sitting at the corner of the bar and for most of the show we could not see Wainwright or the band. I met him before the band and introduced myself and he gave me a huge hug and from then on I caught glimpses now and then when the crowd parted. But it didn't matter because we could hear him and we could see the dancers and the people all around us. We were the happiest sardines you ever saw in your life!
Wainwright was the recipient of the 2013 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award at the Blues Music Awards and it is easy to see why. He said "My Granddaddy taught me how to play piano and he said, "Son, you got to sound like a freight train." And he did. It was for the most part straight out boogie-woogie at its finest. There was loads of call and response on songs from "Rockin' Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Blues" to "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" and plenty more in between. Aside from the great piano playing the band was amazing too, with lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and a two-man horn section who were tight and unstoppable.
There were quite a few musicians in the audience, including Maurice Nazarro and Danny Vinson of The Cazanovas and Tamara Nicolai from The Timo Arthur Duo and they were loving being on the other side of the stage that night. Nazarro in particular was having a great time on the dance floor!
The whole thing was one big party. It was pure delight the entire time we were there. If you have an opportunity to go see Victor Wainwright don't miss it! In the meantime check him out on his website and on YouTube and grab some of his music to play at your own parties. A good time is guaranteed for all!
Check out the slideshow for a glimpse of the action courtesy of my brave husband who actually ventured into the crowd to take photos!