This week’s program, Ossie And Friends (Lake Macquarie FM 97.3 Wednesday 6pm till 9pm) is proudly sponsored by VIBES Australia which is held at The Coast Hotel at Budgewoi each Thursday Night.
We will kick off the program tonight with ALPINE FALLS, a 4-piece alternative rock band from Maitland. Their visit is brought to you by Springfest 2, which is a festival of fine food, beer and music being held at Hinton on October 15.
The boys enjoy playing a mix of originals and covers. This band was previously known as Youth Avenue, establishing their name in their local town at a young age. The band took a 12 month break and have now come back with their new name, ALPINE FALLS, all ready to break into the music scene with a new name and new music. Some of their musical influences include You Me At Six, Yellowland and Bring Me The Horizon. This is why I enjoy the local music scene and being involved in it, as visits from young bands influenced by bands that I have never heard of, opens up new music to this old fella’s ear.
I am looking forward to having the band in the studio playing live for you over the airwaves. You can find out more about ALPINE FALLS by visiting their Facebook Page @OfficialAlpineFallsBand.
Our second guests visiting us in the studio tonight is ONE DAY APART, an energetic 4 piece alternative rock band from the northern end of the Central Coast. Their musical influences include The Beatles, The Doors, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, U2 and more. ONE DAY APART is brought to you by Music Solutions at Warners Bay, a music store run by musicians.
ONE DAY APART have had great success with their debut album, A Perfect Mess and also enjoy a solid following on the live music scene.
The band is about to head off to play at one of the biggest festivals on the Australian music calendar, Snowtunes, which is being held at Jindabyne this coming weekend. To be invited to play at this festival is deemed an honour and the boys are looking forward to blowing the punters into Lake Jindabyne.
That’s not the only good news for the band, just in time, they will be showcasing their yet to be released EP, Water Into Fire. Their single from this EP, Blind Kiljoy is an excellent track and you will hear it tonight on OSSIE AND FRIENDS as well as the entire EP, including a very special cover that the band has recorded….you will have to tune in tonight to hear it.
As a matter of fact, tonight’s playing of the EP is another first for Ossie And Friends and Lake Macquarie FM 97.3, as no other program has played the EP.
Along with the EP, the band has also organised some merchandise, T-Shirts, stubby holders and a little something new that I haven’t seen bands provide, condoms…..
Check out more about One Day Apart and how you can get hold of their music and special merchandise by visiting their Facebook Page, @OneDayApart.
Our third and final guests in the studio tonight, SHORT N CURLY are brought to you by Cardiff Golf Driving Range, Cardiff.
This duo, now husband and wife Peter and Del Moore, came together after Del had been Peter’s carer. The two joined in holy matrimony and Peter encouraged Del to take up bass guitar. Now, there is no stopping the dynamic duo as they make beautiful music together.
SHORT N CURLY are a fun duo that plays a wide variety of music from the 60’s to the 80’s and will be playing live in the studio tonight for our listeners. Check out more about them on Facebook.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The Battle Of The Bands at The Coast Hotel at Budgewoi kicked off last Friday Night, The Henrys, New Regulars and Southern End did battle in Heat 1. Newcastle Blues/Psychadelic/Rock band from Newcastle, SOUTHERN END were worthy winners. They caught the imagination of the judges with their energetic stage presence and their variety of musical skills, leaving the judges wanting to see more. SOUTHERN END will be in the Final on September 23.
The “Battle” will run on Friday Nights, Heat 2 this Friday Night, September 2, with THE SHRINKS, STRIKUN and ZIPPER CLONE doing battle. The Grand Final on Friday September 23. There is over $5,000 worth of cash and prizes to be won, with some fun giveaways on the nights. Check out more on the VIBES Australia Facebook Page @vibesaustralia.
With Aussie Ossie Radio, we have regular weekly programs, including Locals Only on a Monday Night which presents 3 hours of music from bands and artists from the Central Coast/Lake Macquarie/Newcastle areas. Locals’ music is also played throughout the week in various playlists on the station. Some other programs are Pedal To The Metal (Metal Show) 10pm on Thursdays, This Is Australia (60s, 70s, 80’s) 11am on Saturdays, High Noon Country on Sundays at 12noon and Blues and Roots on Sunday Night from 8.30pm
Musos are most welcome to send their music in to have it played on Aussie Ossie Radio and if you are local and would like to come to the Lake Macquarie FM 97.3 studios on a Wednesday Night to be part of that program, simply make contact via the Facebook Pages and we can book you in, We are currently booked out until late September, so get in as soon as possible to secure your spot.
For the punter out there, if you are looking for a gig to see this weekend, of course check out the Gig Guide on Newcastle Live. A few bands or artists I can recommend for this week:
VIBES at The Coast Hotel Budgewoi Thursday Night 6.30pm, 3 bands, FREE.
Thursday Therapy at The Lakes Hotel at The Entrance sees Newcastle Band, JACKSON do their thing, well worth seeing. 8PM and FREE.
THE BEST OF CHESS, an all-star band will be getting their blues on at the Stag & Hunter Hotel, Mayfield, Thursday Night.
Battle of The Bands at The Coast Hotel Budgewoi this Friday Night, FREE.
JOHNNY DEVILSEED AND OLD MAN RUBES this Sunday at the Coast Hotel Budgewoi from 3pm, FREE
Check the Newcastle Live Gig Guide and get out and see some live music over the weekend.
Come on over and say Hi on Facebook, @ossieandfriends. Until next week, cheers, Ossie
ABOUT THE OSMAN
I have been involved with Community Radio for over 20 years and the same with my Youth Work. I currently present a weekly program, Ossie And Friends on Community Radio Station, Lake Macquarie FM 97.3, Wednesdays from 6pm. Another of my projects is my internet radio station, Aussie Ossie Radio. On that station, I play Aussie Music 24/7. Both have Facebook Pages, @ossieandfriends and @aussieossieradio.