CJ's Belgian correspondent reporting. Seeing we cannot experience the music scene in Belgium this year the next best thing was to check out what is happening locally. Smiths Alternative has kicked off with an outdoor Spring series starting last weekend to help us all get out of the COVID lockdown blues. The series is held under the new marquee on the pavement and can cater for 90 people under the current rules, no mask wearing, except when going inside. Drinks and food however can be ordered from the window. Each session only costs $10 so inexpensive entertainment. The series started on Saturday with The Burley Griffin. We only caught the last song as we were wandering around Civic from elsewhere, a great local band. Decided to come again on Sunday to see the Brass Knuckle Band. Now I must admit I can never keep up with who are the members of this group. At least I did recognise Tom Fell on sax, what bands doesn’t he play in? A great afternoon of music in the balmy weather. A few tunes recognised but I blame the ales for not remembering them now. Thanks Smiths and the musicians for helping us to open up again.
Pic and text by Neal Gowan
PPS / Ed. It seems that the Smith's Spring series is now cancelled due to noise complaints ... for a quiet, early Saturday afternoon gig (2-4pm) of an unamplified New Orleans-style brass band. Well, brass is noisy, but it's fun. So much for Canberra Cosmopolitan Capital. See the Facebook comments below. Oh well, oh well, oh well. Thanks Neal, even if it's a sad story to tell. Not the first of those in CJ over the years.