It was raining soul blues at the Institute Theatre on Saturday night with Adelaide blues band Lazy Eye putting on an authentic, jaw-dropping performance.
A crowd of around 50 cheered, danced and enjoyed some terrific sound and the stories behind them.
Playing as par of the Arid Festival 2016 and in Port Augusta for the sixth time, Vocalist and Organist Evan Whetter said the performance was ‘the best one’ they’ve had.
“We want to have fun and we want people to have fun and to us, it’s not just about going to a gig, it’s about having an experience so that’s why we go to the trouble of getting a theatre,” Evan said.
“We love the people here. It’s a great town, I love the mix of the mountains, the desert and the ocean and that’s awesome.
Drummer Nick Garcia may have been filling in for Mario Marino but the talented group didn’t miss one beat.
Evan Whetter’s sublime vocals, organ and harmonica work would have echoed through the Flinders Ranges such was their strength.
Guitarist Erica Graf’s guitar licks were well-timed and pulsating for all who attended.
The audience wasn’t kept to their seats for too long as all joined in during ‘Slow Down Mumma’ with chants exchanged between Whetter and the crowd.
Some of the audience even got their dancing feet on, and were hard to stop.
Each artist was able to showcase their own individual flare and tenacity while the group worked in perfect timing and rhythm.
Watching Lazy Eye is like taking a ride in a 1953 Eldoraldo Cadillac while enjoying some fine sushi – it’s the best of the old and modern world.
Highlights included Singe Malt Blues which saw Graf’s guitar work perfectly complimented by Whetter’s sharp harmonica skills.
But Lazy Eye was able to mix it up with the acoustic piece ‘Treat Your Lover Right’ featuring longer notes and greater pauses in vocals to emphasis meaning.
Considering late Blues legend B.B. King’s birthday was being celebrated, it topped off a great night of soul blues for Port Augusta.