Imagine, if you will.

A time in your life, just hanging out on your backyard deck with a friend. The folk next door to you have the music up a little. Loud, but good loud (as if to mimic an ALDI advertisement).

Though when you think loud, it’s less like a Bluetooth speaker and more like mini concert. Some public address speakers, a couple of guitar amps and microphones, they’re all there.

But it’s okay, the neighbours informed you there was a “do” on Saturday. Whatever – the music isn’t half bad at all. Kind of familiar, incredibly note-for-note type familiar though. You peer over the fence to see a yard full of fun folk, the smell of 632 sausages, 14 bags of onions sizzling, a retro coffee van with insanely beautiful smells drifting over.

Photo by Michelle Cop
Photo by Michelle Cop

A guitarist is playing songs from The Carpenters, Jackson 5, Boz Scaggs, The Monkees and Lionel Ritchie – followed by another guy singing hits from Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Wouldn’t it be funny if these tribute artists were ever told they sound like the real thing?

You’d have to stop imagining right there.

It’s not a flashback episode from the 60’s Twilight Zone. Saturday 24th at the 101FM radio station carpark was surreal and outstanding, (with some sitting).

Photo by Michelle Cop
Photo by Michelle Cop

The singer was the acclaimed José Mclaughlin from “Gerry and the Pacemakers” in Liverpool and Louie Shelton from the L.A. Wrecking Crew was the actual guitarist behind all those Stars and a crazy stackload more. 

Yes, both turned up at Logan Central to help entertain for the 101FM 2023 Radiothon. Now in its 35th year, the community station expressed its dire need to update older, less reliable equipment for its volunteer presenters to use 24 hours a day. And a successful fundraising weekend it was.

Reviewed by 101FM Radio Presenter Stu Robertson
www.101fm.com.au

Photography by Michelle Cop (MC Photography)

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