A live music concert over the Kangaroo Island races weekend will not only provide some much needed tunes for Islanders, it will also add to the skills of the Island's youth.
The concert at the Kingscote Town Hall on Saturday night, February 22 will feature Oasis tribute band 'noasis' playing all the hits of the 80s and 90s, joined by home-grown KI band 36 South and two DJs.
It is an 18-and-over gig with fully licenced bar and food thanks to the KI Brewery and Mini de Lights. Tickets go on sale on December 2 at Kangashoes Shoes and online.
Working to bring the gig to KI is Benjamin "Walshy" Walsh from Kangaroo Island Event Management, partnering with Christian Teusner, founder the EMU Tree, Education and Music in Unison organisation.
Christian from The EMU Tree recently ran a community audio workshop at the Kingscote Town Hall, engaging like-minded individuals to attend training sessions over two days.
"Firstly, they learned how to setup the newly acquired loudspeaker sound system, capable of producing high quality live music for large events," he said.
"Then on the second day, they were taught skills around microphone positioning and how-to EQ a sound desk for live PA equipment.
"Now it's time for our future sound engineers to put their skills into practice when noasis, a band like no other, cross the backstairs passage to perform rock songs originally known to us all by the infamous oasis.
"Joining them will be local home-grown band 36 South. They will be stimulating the cultural growth of the island with their amazing on-stage presence. All joined with noasis's mind blowing wall of sound and visual show."
Together with Junction Australia,Walshy and Christian will provide the opportunity to KI's youth to come learn all about setting up a live music event the Friday/Sunday before and after the Saturday's gig.
During these two days of set-up and pack down, the youth will have the opportunity to take part in:
- learning aspects of safe transport for audio equipment
- rolling out safe OHAS practices
- learning correct setup procedures
- building a risk assessment for the main event
- testing equipment and programming of lighting
- following workshop manuals to correctly patch and tune audio front of house loudspeaker sound system
- learning the fundamentals of how-to EQ, a large sound desk
- preparing stage for bands and DJ's
- positioning lights
- setting up a projector for visuals and media
- laying cables and setting up microphones
If you are aged 16 to 25 and would like to be part of this amazing experience and opportunity, please contact Junction Australia Community Centre on 8553 2877 or in-person Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.