VetRok is a music festival and bike show to raise money for the Veterans Mental Health Ward (Ward 17) at the Repat Hospital (Austin Health) in Heidelberg. If you would like to be a part of this amazing event, please contact us on: ph 0470696479 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Camilleri - The Black Sorrows
The Black Sorrows comes down to one person, Joe Camilleri frontman and the brains behind the band. Recently awarded “living legend” status by Rolling Stone, Joe’s career spans an astonishing 50+ years. As a singer, songwriter, saxophonist and producer Joe Camilleri is considered one of the most genuinely talented figures in Australian music still at the top of his game.
Songs such as So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel , Never Let Me Go and the Chosen Ones have become radio staples. As leader of two of Australia’s most successful bands, Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, Joe’s music has become part of Australian music culture. Joe was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame in 2007. Over the years other greats have admired Camilleri’s songwriting. Elvis Costello and John Denver are just two who have recorded cover versions of Joe’s music.
Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows, a loose band of like-minded musicians, in 1984 following the demise of his seminal band Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons the year before. From humble beginnings playing inner-city cafes around Melbourne and selling albums from the boot of a car, Camilleri transformed The Black Sorrows into one of the most sophisticated ensembles in the country. The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. When radio picked up the classic track, Mystified, The Black Sorrows really took flight releasing multi-platinum sellers Hold On To Me, Harley & Rose and The Chosen Ones. The Black Sorrows have won the ARIA for Best Band, played sell-out shows across Europe and sold more than two million albums worldwide.
Another hall of fame inductee to play at Vetrok
Matt Taylor (Chain)
Matt Taylor has played with a wide range of Australian artists, including: Phil Manning, Dave Hole, Lucky Oceans, Broderick Smith,Jeff Lang,Chris Finnen, Lobby Loyde and Greg Lawrie. He has supported major American blues artists like B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins.
Albert Collins said of him: "You play the blues, but it’s like no other blues I’ve ever heard in my life".
In May 2010 Taylor was inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame. Matt Taylor CD's, Toward the Blues,Straight as a Die, Music, Old New and Intuitive, Western Flyer, Live to Survive, OzBlues, Child of the Street, Always Land on your Feet, Australian Rhythm and Blues, Blue Metal, Walls to McGoo, Awakening, Chain First 30 Years, Mix up the Oils, Sweet Honey, From the Wilderness.
VetRok is pleased to announce that one of Australia’s most premier Blues Band are coming to VetRok 2018....... DreamBoogie
Formed early in 2010, and are named after vintage American jazz/ blues writer Langston Hughes, famed poem, Dream Boogie. Smashing together the smoky smears and intense grooves of 1920s blues, with present day technology, Dreamboogie is Blues re-imagined for today.
Welcome aboard Gradual to Vetrok
Gradual takes the melodic genius of Crowded House, the fury of Midnight Oil, the pub rock conviction of Matt Finish and the orchestration of late-era The Beatles, then distills and channels these influences into its own unique original sound. Gradual’s songs tell stories we can all relate to, in the true tradition of classic Australian rock, while bringing a fresh perspective and energy to the genre.
11th April 2018
Vetrok is proud to announce the return of...."The GIANTS".
The Giants is one of Australia’s most respected Blues/Rock outfits, established in 1981, and has been recording and touring since 1990.
Lead by Stuart Woods, who has been the leader of the band for many years and has traveled the world playing to packed houses in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand. His awesome stage presence, powerhouse vocals and wailing harmonica bring crowds to their feet wherever he performs. He is backed by some of the biggest names in the game, Mark Greig - Lead Guitar & Vocals, Steve Brooks - Bass / Vocals, David Gild - Keyboards, Nev De Luca - Guitar and Craig Hadlow - Drummer.
Vetrok 2018 welcomes our very own Australian icon, Mike Rudd from Spectrum
Spectrum were formed in April 1969 in Melbourne, as a progressive rock group, by Mark Kennedy on drums (ex-Gallery), Lee Neale on organ (ex-Nineteen87), Bill Putt on bass guitar (ex-Gallery, The Lost Souls), and Mike Rudd on guitar, harmonica and lead vocals (ex-Chants R&B, The Party Machine, Sons of the Vegetal Mother). Initially the group drew on the work of contemporary bands such as Traffic, Soft Machine and Pink Floyd; they played cover versions of their material. Spectrum developed their own style as Rudd began writing original material.
Alongside Kennedy's drum solos, Putt's bass playing and Neale's keyboard work, a feature of Spectrum's sound was Rudd's guitar playing — he eschewed the near-universal use of guitar picks – using a finger-picking style on a vintage Fender Stratocaster to develop a characteristic sound.
Vetrok, welcomes Mike Rudd and fellow musicians.......
We are pleased to announce....
to play at Vetrok 2018
Mike Elrington is a gifted singer songwriter with incredible guitar skills. Standing at almost two metres tall, delivering his signature, gut-wrenching vocals like an instrument all on its own, very few people forget a performance from this man. The commitment to his live shows and the well-earned reputation for leaving nothing behind but sweat has seen him invited to perform at some of Australia’s finest festivals, including the iconic Byron Bay BluesFest, Bendigo, Sydney Blues and Roots Festivals & Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few.
“Everything about Mike Elrington’s performance is big, from the man’s physical frame, voice & guitar sound to the amount of heart & soul he injects into every show”
-Australian Musician Magazine