Winding your way down, lakeside.

Relaxing with Walker Street after a crazy crazy work week.

It’s medicine for the soul. Bands make music right? Musicians are entertainers right? Well Walker Street have all that covered and also throw into the mix and infectious feeling of fun. Hang on for a pictorial rich ride, as we take a stroll with Walker Street and their visit to Wilson Botanic Park’s Saturday Night Live.

Walker Street come across as a close knit family unit as they bounce jokes off each other and interact with the crowd. All of this is driven by a deep passion for music and life. After a week of  8hr days, full of job hassles and stress, this is the tonic everyone needed.

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Sound checkin on the  lakeside stage.

Winding your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well, another crazy day.

~Baker Street. Gerry Rafferty.

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Michael warming up his PRS

We met Michael the other week on my Harmony on lakeside blog, so lets take a moment to meet the other members of the band.

Nick on bass, ripped out a  bassline solo, that was amazing. The place irrupted in dance as the lads lashed out, Uptown Funk.

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Nick pushing the bass envelope

Doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh
Doh doh doh, doh doh doh, doh doh

This hit 
That ice cold 
Michelle Pfeiffer
That white gold
This one, for them hood girls
Them good girls
Straight masterpieces 
Stylin’, while in
Livin’ it up in the city
Got Chucks on with Saint Laurent
Got kiss myself I’m so pretty

~Uptown funk. Mark Ronson

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Ya gotta love a bassist with smirk!

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Guitar, bass, drums. As one.

Harmonized.

Walker Street are not only a four piece instrument band but all sing, adding a rich tapestry of vocal harmony. Each one has their own favourite tunes and the lead man role interchanges as they take it in turns to head the ensemble.

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All sing on Walker Street.

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Behold, this is a bass player.

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Relaxed and enjoying the mood.

Crowd gathers on the decking and lawn.

An excellent crowd turned up, lined along the decking, on picnic rugs. The provided, white courtesy seats are very popular. You have to be in earlier, if you hope to score one of those.

Once again a varied range of kids, parents, adults young and old alike, turned up to this amazing venue ready for a great night of classic hits.

The string section consisted of Michael on guitar and Nick on bass.

 

A virtuoso on keyboards and stage gear, Bob filled in the sound scape and also provided some rich synthesized lead.

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Bob on keys

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Bob sings too!

As the sun began to set behind our “walk on” artists, you could have heard a pin drop as Bob (aka John Farnham) took the lead vocals on “Help”. The band joined in as the emotions flowed. This was continued by Nick singing Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be”. The torches and phones ablaze, like candles, were waved by many in the  crowd, a nice  tribute  to the Beatles, especially as it was George Harrsions’s birthday  only a few days ago.

When I was younger (So much younger than) so much younger than today
(I never needed) I never needed anybody’s help in any way
(Now) But now these days are gone (These days are gone), I’m not so self assured
(I know I’ve found) Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down
And I do appreciate you being ’round
Help me get my feet back on the ground
Won’t you please, please help me

~Help. (Beatles.John Farnham)

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Bob with the golden sunset backdrop that is, lakeside.

Three special people from the audience.

A very special guest appearance from a few long time band friends in the audience got the crowd again on their dancing feet as we all joined in the chorus to Mustang Sally.

Rockin it out with the tambourine.

You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I’ll have to put your flat feet on the ground.

All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.

~Mustang Sally. Wilson Pickett

 

Waddles enters the fray.

Waddles the duck was impressed and zoomed across the lake for a closer look

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Waddles the duck

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Taking it easy lakeside

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View from across the lake

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Stop no autographs please, its not “my band”.

Due to something I wrote off handedly in the last blog, the ever the gentleman Michael, copped a few jokes from the other band members. I’d like to add here the pleasure it has been to be work with these guys who always see the funny side of life.

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So Many caption possibilities..

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Bassist communicating with the drummer

 And that about wraps it up for another wonderful night of music lakeside at the Wilson Botanic.

Sorry?   did I miss someone?…

Oh of course not. I was leaving Richard on drums till last, you know drummers are always the last to clear the stage and all 🙂

Richard, the character with percussion.

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Always with a smile..

Richard does everything but hide behind his drums. Always with a smile, a joke(especially at photographers. Just for the record, Nikon don’t have L series lenses, all our lenses are top quality :). Again it was great to share the banter and laughs.

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The series side to keeping the rhythm locked in sync.

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Richard also comes in a take away black and white.

Singer, great beats and a brilliant solo made for an awesome nights drumming.

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Thanks.

Speaking of the last one off stage, having gigged myself I would like to offer a big thanks of appreciation to Walker Street for the amount of gear , setup and practice time that’s required to stage this event. Its all good fun while the music plays. But rolling out the cables and equipment and then packing it away at the end is love job. Also a great addition to the band were the LED lights from Dandenong DJ, really added to the atmosphere.

 

 

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Wilson Botanic, A beautiful place to hang out.

Caveat, disclaimer, said in fun.

Some of the crowd got a little excited at Richards drum solo and had to be restrained.

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Huski, Richards biggest fan.

As I said disclaimer. The real story is that these beautiful animals were out on a walk (under full control) with their owners. It was a gorgeous site to see a number of these Huskies on what was almost a parade. I only just caught a glimpse of them and by the time I was in position for a shot this is what I got. I couldn’t believe my eyes when back home I first saw the image and my terrible shutter timing. I sincerely apologise and hope the owners see the funny side of this wide eyed beauty. Does make a fun story tho;)

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Fare thee well. Till we meet again.

With the last echoes of Walker Street, dying with the setting sun, we bid thee a great week and look forward to the music of next Saturday’s entertainer.

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Local Melbourne band, Walker Street are available for weddings, parties and functions.

City of Casey
Wilson Botanic Park
Saturday Night Live

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