OK - a question for my fellow Melbournites: Anyone you can tip as playing around Melbourne these days who does GD-type thing?
For the past couple of years, after three decades of incessant gig-going, I've been laying pretty low and doing other stuff. And the decade before that was mostly jazz at Bennetts Lane and elsewhere, so I'm singularly ill-informed.
The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo plays every Monday night (free) at the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy and are fantastic. Straighahead jazz/blues/R&B in their own fashion, but they groove as hard as anybody. And every week they have sit-in guest which always makes it interesting.
I think the clearest GD trip I've ever experienced regularly came froma now defunct outfit called Diana Kiss, which - like the Hammond Combo - had a long-running residency at the Espy. Lineup: Ross Hannaford (gtr), Peter Jones (dms), Jex Saarelaht (keys), Russell Smith (keys/tpt), Stu Speed (bass). Monster grooves all 'round and a Dead-like way with cover versions, same as with the Hammond Combo. And I reckon it could even be said that Hannaford is Australia's version of J Garcia.
Then there's a band called Checkerboard Blues Lounge - i suspect they, too, inhabit a jammy world, although they don't play too often.
BTW, I reckon a Monday night at the Rainbow would be a great time/place for a first-up Melbourne Deadhead gathering. Any Monday, all Mondays!
Hey all, happy to see other Melbourne Deadheads, I knew you guys were out there! A Deadheads Club as mentioned or any other contact sounds great.
greetings fellow deadheads from down under been on the bus for 40 very odd years and ain't
getting off till the end.
cheers from oz!
Fascinating - thanks for filling me on that bit of Dead lore.
Personally, I can relate to "Those damn hippies couldn't concentrate too long on anything much" more than other explanations.
"didn't work too well" is probably overstating the case for the sceptics. From the report on the experiments in the Fortean Times:
The Dream Laboratory’s report on the experiment noted: “The average evaluation of the two judges was computed for each pair of dream transcripts and target pictures. If coincidence, rather than ESP, had been operating, the judges’ evaluation of the correct transcript/target pairs would have been higher than all other pairs one time out of six. For Miss Parise, one correct pair obtained the highest rating. In the case of Mr Bessent, the judges gave the highest score to the correct pairs four times out of six… Thus, for Mr Bessent, the ESP hypothesis is supported. Further, some support is given to the position that the agents must know who the target is to be transmitted to and where he is located for telepathy to occur.”
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The run of 6 shows at Port Chester from Feb 18 through Feb 24, 1971 were dubbed the ESP Experiment. Various pictures were projected onto a screen behind the band and the audience was supposed to focus on these images and try to 'transmit' them psychically to a bunch of subjects in a nearby lab. Apparently it didn't work to well. Those damn hippies couldn't concentrate too long on anything much.
These shows were also among the first "Betty Boards" to surface into the mainstream. (Another useful fact to be gleaned from the Deadhead's Taping Compendium Vol 1)
Telepathy experiment? You lost me there. I'll prolly buy Vault No.3 set when my tax refund turns up in a couple of weeks.
Hey, hey - very nice to hear from fellow DHs here and through email. Let's stay in touch and get together ASAP.
Kenny, please forget your prejudices and review it. You get to recount the telepathy experiment story for a start. And this is the first show without Mickey Hart.
Well, well, well. Nice to see some fellow heads out there.....It would be wonderful to meet up with you all sometime soon. I am traveling to Europe in mid august and back early Oct. I will try and set something up when I get back.
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things are a bit buggy still. But let's also say, it's being worked on. And now, back to Oz.