Melbourne three piece rock band EMPRA are a favourite in our house, and have been since the first gig review I did back in 2012. Since then there have been new releases, great songs and lineup changes; all of which we have followed and supported.
Late last year lead singer Sanny Veloo started a Kickstarter project to help get the band to America to play some shows, meet some people and take the next step in their career. The project offered some fantastic rewards while helping the band raise money to realise their dreams.
This made for an opportunity I couldn’t resist, I had a rather important event approaching that I wanted to celebrate in style. So, I booked a reward that saw EMPRA come and play a private party.
Let me just say that this was one of the best investments I could have made. Originally, part of my logic was that I have kids who LOVE to listen to EMPRA, they have been out to see them play an acoustic set but I haven’t found the right gig to take them to a full rock band set and I thought this might be the best way.
In the end we didn’t get the full rock band set because I couldn’t source the right equipment but the night was absolutely magic. My aims for this event had been to give my kids a great live EMPRA experience, to bring their music to a wider audience and hopefully make them some new fans, to make my 40th a night to remember and to help them with funds for their America trip. I have to say that it was a resounding success on all counts.
All three members of the band are talented musicians and down to earth, approachable and fun people so this night was certainly memorable.
Driving all the way to the Adelaide Hills for a show is a pretty big commitment so Sanny organised a Friday night show to make it more of a weekend thing. They played in Lorne with British India on Friday and then drove over to play for us Saturday night.
I can not praise them enough! Driving all the way over with their instruments meant that we needed to source the PA equipment, which I did with some help from a wonderful neighbour and friend, and Sanny’s guidance. There were times it all just seemed like something was going to go wrong but the night came together beautifully.
The band played a loud and enjoyable ‘acoustic’ set, that is far from the expectations I would have from an acoustic set. They played for over an hour, checking before playing songs with swearing because of the number of children in the audience, and playing a song that they NEVER play live because they know it is one of our favourites – and I think it is well suited to an acoustic set.
We then convinced them to play ‘one more song’ FOUR times. After a half hour break they returned to the stage for ‘just one more song’ which turned into 3 or 4 and ended up with quite a few audience members sharing the stage. I think the most memorable element of this section of the show was my gorgeous 12 yr old daughter sharing a microphone with singer Sanny and singing along.
At the moment EMPRA are preparing for another American jaunt. They have been signed and booked for a 3 month, 50 date American tour.
Kicking off in March 2016 the tour will wind it’s way through West Coast and Southern states of America with EMPRA performing in festivals, colleges, high schools and even military bases for the troops.
– taken from their Facebook page
Please join them at Cherry Bar on Friday 19 Feb for their going away fundraiser show and party.
This band have the talent, the charisma and the determination so if you have the chance to catch them before they head off I would urge you to do so.