Activating Spaces

It’s an interesting thing, activating venues and spaces that are not generally recognised as locations for Live Music. Castletown is home to one such venue. The Travellers INN Esperance has seen a lot of changes over the last 10 years, ever since I was allowed to sneak down for a cheeky beverage. Located on the waterfront it has fantastic potential as a live music venue, particularly the central room which is generally considered the restaurant. Over the past few weeks we have had a variety of musicians perform from rock and roll to stripped back acoustic. Travellers Inn Central has such great sound qualities that it has the potential to become a true live room for local and touring acts alike. For as long as I’vebeen writing these articles I imagine a day where Esperance is truly on the map as a Live Music Centre with a thriving local scene and a reputation for supporting touring artists. With the support from local audiences and venues I truly believe we can make it a reality. Travellers Inn Central it is then, and if you haven’t snuck down to this location as yet here are a couple of cracking reasons to swing down and check it out. Friday September 28thfrom 7.30pm sees a classic acoustic session featuring a talented group of local ladies (and Michael Smith “Legend”). Head down to catch Mel Wych’s and Michael Smith, Demi Vandenberghe, Laura Petrie and Bec Schutz. Acoustic tunes work so well over dinner, and Travellers Inn Central serves that up in spades, with tunes starting from 7.30 pm you’re able to grab a bite to eat and catch some quality music. Friday October 5th from 7.30pm we see the other end of the spectrum regarding what the venue can offer. Grand Casual returns to the Travs accompanied by a stellar local line-up featuring Blues at Bridgetown selected two piece Carpark Social, Joey Franzone and Alex Richardson kicking out some mad reggae/jazz flute vibes and Campbell Garratt with the most amazing locks to kick the night off. Entry is free and if you missed Grand Casual over the long weekend swing through and see what the lads are all about.

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