Event of the Week: Bad Juju Rhythm and Blues Review


Melbourne-based Blues Band Performs at the Foostcray Hotel

Blues fans in Melbourne are probably already familiar with Bad Juju, but if you aren’t, you might want to give them a listen.

According to the official Facebook page for the band, Bad Juju, a three-piece blues band, plays music from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and more.

The band held a 22 September Rhythm and Blues Review at the Footscray Hotel in Footscray, Victoria. In order to get the word out about the event, Bad Juju turned to their friends. “We use word of mouth and tickets we get printed up from Ticker River to promote our gigs,” said Nick Cresswell, one of the members of the band. “We the tickets to friends, friends of friends and give them to the venue to hand out to patrons.”

Interestingly enough, the tickets Bad Juju gives away aren’t for sale; the event was free. “We don’t sell the tickets to our gigs—we just use them as a fun piece of promotion,” said Cresswell. “They are extremely effective in people taking it to be for a special event.”

The night was a fun roller-coaster of events. “Lots of things but we just with the flow of the night,” said Cresswell. According to the band’s site, many highlights included Cresswell playing some Lou Reed on ukulele, a special guest joining the band on bass guitar, an epic drum solo at the end of the performance of “Voodoo Chile,” and more. The help the Footscray Hotel provided, such as a large array of food, was also a popular part of the night.

If you’re giving a free event much in the vein of Bad Juju’s events, Cresswell has some advice. “If you are doing a gig that’s a free event, hand the tickets out within a month of the gig,” said Cresswell. “If you give them to people longer than a month away, they won’t keep it in mind that it’s coming up.”

If you missed he 22 September blues event, don’t worry—it isn’t the last event for Bad Juju this year. The band will be performing another rhythm and blues review 8 December at the Footscray Hotel. If you’re in town, make sure to check them out, and if you want to learn more about the event and the band, make sure to visit the band’s website and Facebook page.

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