The legendary Steve Miller Band will spend Easter in Deniliquin, performing for thousands.
Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah; Some call me the gangster of love; Some people call me Maurice; Cause’ I speak of the pompitous of love.
These lyrics, from the 1973 hit The Joker, are some of the most recognisable from a song for the last century, and the delivering artist, Steve Miller Band, is coming to Deniliquin for the 2013 Blues & Roots Festival.
One of rock music’s all time greats, the Steve Miller Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career spanning more than 40 years.
Miller’s trademark blues-rock sound made him one of the key artists in classic rock radio. His band plays sold-out shows every year across the USA and is brand name rock millions have come to trust.
The Band is best known for hits like The Joker, Take The Money and Run, Jet Airliner, Abracadabra and Fly Like An Eagle.
The Steve Miller Band got its start in the 1960s when, while living in his VW bus, Miller located some like-minded musicians and, during Thanksgiving weekend when the campus was empty, put together his group in a vacant basement room on the UC Berkeley campus.
Within weeks, he landed a $500 date at the Avalon Ballroom and the Steve Miller Band was launched.
That fall (autumn) of 1966, San Francisco was a burbling cauldron of music, social change and all kinds of creative madness.
The Miller Band appeared on bills at concerts with the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service and all the acid-rock bands.
Miller played on the Saturday afternoon program of the Monterey International Pop Festival in June 1967, just before the public debut of the new group by ex-Butterfield guitarist Mike Bloomfield, Electric Flag.
His performances that summer, backing ‘50s rock and roller Chuck Berry at the Fillmore Auditorium, led to a live album together with Berry which helped elevate Steve Miller’s career to new heights.
Miller’s high school pal Boz Scaggs arrived in fall 1967 to play rhythm guitar in the group before later starting his own solo career.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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