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The Rock-itt : June 2010
There is nothing like a relaxing Sunday arvo with good music and good food. The 'Time-O' provided the good food and The Rebecca Johnson Band produced the good sounds. The 3 piece band with their easy and comfortable, yet professional style had the perfect rock sound for the outdoor setting. Those gathering for celebrations in the family friendly area were fully entertained as were the regulars (25+ age group), who made it obvious they were glad to be seeing the band again. A mention of 'spoons' from a fan resulted in the drummer, Mark, producing a set of spoons and playing them solo! The audience loved it and showed it with a round of applause and laughter. There was continued genuine appreciation from the crowd for good musicality, vocals and song choice. 'Steal My Kisses", a Ben Harper cover, was an obvious crowd favourite with all participating in the 'sing-along' with base guitarist and lead singer, Rebecca. She had the crowd toe tapping and silently grooving in their seats. Next came the band's cover of 'Kiss'. Whether you like the Prince or Tom Jones version did not matter as Rebecca and co. made you forget there was any other version and you simply enjoyed the song and sang with it. Next was Con's chance to show us not only his talent on lead guitar but also his vocal ability with Paul Simon's '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover'. Rebecca joined in the chorus, further showing the great harmony between the two. This was also the drummer's time for a solo blast. Rebecca gave another opportunity to hear her gravelly voice with the cover, 'All Right Now (Baby)'. Her voice is reminiscent of Melissa Etheridge and Alannah Myles, with some Pat Benetar and Ms Suzi Q thrown into the mix. Rebecca has genuine rock chick quality to her sound. The audience was also given a further chance to enjoy Con's obvious lead guitar abilities. The crowd showed their full appreciation with whistling, cheering and clapping at the end of this song. Ending this set with an upbeat version of UB40's 'Red Red Wine' was an excellent choice and again gave the band members a chance to shine. The group made this cover their own with Rebecca delivering cool funky sounds on base and Mark putting down his sticks and playing the kit, including cymbals, with his hands. There are no egos in this band. They are confident within their own abilities to be able to both have their moment in the sun and to stand back while others have their time. It is obvious they enjoy what they do as musicians and that they enjoy performing with each other also. They have it together as a band and that comes across to the audience and leads to their show being much appreciated and enjoyed for the whole package. There is nothing like a loud rock band live! Come down to the Time and Tide on a Sunday afternoon. You'' have lots of fun. By Jordan Macpherson