A local band formed by three of Whyalla’s most well-known musicians will be raising the curtain for Aboriginal RnB band B2M (Bathurst to Melville) at the Middleback Arts Centre on Saturday, August 18.
Derek Griffin (lead guitar, vocals), Rob Jongh Visscher (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Mick Frost (lead vocals, drums) will aim to provide sweet medicine for your ears on the night as “Dr M”.
The three-piece group mainly play covers of country rock, blues and Aussie rock. They came together after having been a part of another Whyalla band – Just in Case, while Mick Frost has previously performed as part of Twang Villa.
Mr Griffin, who is Aboriginal himself, said the group were very excited for the opportunity to open for B2M.
“It’s a big opportunity to get more exposure.” he said.
So far Dr M have been performing at gigs in Iron Knob and Ceduna as well as a number of local venues, including the Eyre Hotel.
“The Eyre absolutely loved it, the performance really brought the crowd in. We have future bookings there as well,” Band Manager Donna Freer-Griffin said.
A connection was formed between the two bands when Dr M were recommended by a local Aboriginal musician.
After Dr M open the show, B2M will then will then showcase new music in their new show, Mamanta.
Mamanta builds upon relationships developed with Indigenous Taiwanese musicians during B2M’s 2016 tour to Taiwan and some Tawainese music elements have been incorporated into the band’s new music.
The overall sound is Tiwi, however, with lyrics coming from band member’s own life experiences growing up in Aboriginal communities and seeing firsthand the challenges for their own people.
“We started the band in 2004 when our community had a really rough time so we decided to use music as tool to pass on really positive messages,” said band member Jeffrey “Yello” Simon.
For tickets to see Dr M and B2M live, head to www.countryarts.org.au.