The Barcoo Independent 19 Aug 2022

J.L. and the King of Kings on stage Friday night

THE Cultural Centre was absolutely pumping Friday night when Justin Siedel (The Ministry of Dance) jumped on to the stage and started punching out some high octane hip hop moves.

He was joined by a lot of school children in the ‘mosh’ pit who had a head start on the adults because they were privy to some professional coaching during school hours.

Justin had been preceded by the Blackall­Tambo mayor, Cr Martin who had opened the concert,  paying tribute to the work done by Pastor Bob from the New Beginnings Church and the The Rotary e-Club of NextGen who had come on board to help.

His job was to cut the ribbon on Blackall’s Good News Muster, which was designed to bring hope to the Central West through music, dance and the arts.

The scissors gave him grief, but once the job was done Fran, outgoing president of the club spoke and explained the concept of the ambulance transfer station and a little about the Rotary Club itself.

It was revealed Fran had brought her huskies out from the Gold Coast with her for a ‘drive’ which, for her ended in Tambo where she turned the first sod of the anticipated project.

The Rotary e-Club of NextGen is an exciting example of the evolution of Rotary into the current technologically­driven world. Everyone meets on line via Zoom. They also met in person in Blackall at the concert and there were members from as far south as Tasmania!

After Justin had got everyone’s hearts racing (it was sort of like a gym workout!) 8ndure came on stage to play to the audience.

No strangers to Blackall, Allen and Alicia entertained the audience with a few of their original compositions.

Fran made her way back on stage to draw the raffle prizes and auction a guitar. Now his was not an auction like the west knows, but a Hip Hop Auction. Very entertaining and the guitar went for well over $100.

The band backed Alicia and Allen before taking to the stage in their own right with lead singer and guitarist, J.L. who came forward on the stage with his trusty Stratocaster and his deep, rich voice.

Prior to the start of the concert the hardworking members of New Beginnings Church had cooked a barbie, for those that wanted to have dinner there. They had drinks on sale as well.

They also had on offer an array of home baked goodies which were offered as refreshment towards the end of the night.

The evening was well attended and exuded a wonderful family atmosphere.

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