I decided to get in touch with VANILLA in Oakleigh through their “Vanilla Live” Facebook Page and I was surprised to get a quick response from a site I didn’t think would be used so much. VANILLA is a top notch establishment why? Because they readily draw a crowd night after night, any day of the week and without sweat, in Winter.
The sound guy and the manager gave me the thumbs-up to go try out there so I had to choose 3 songs that were going to show versatility and appeal the the wide family and friends audience.
Let’s not make a mistake here VANILLA is a Wog-joint, and they have every reason to be Proud. It was definitely quite an experience playing in front of so many people, many of them just wanting to have their moussaka in peace.
So Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” came before Bon Jovi’s – “Always” and to polish off my It’s-Getting-A-Bit-Milked-Now-Neverfail-Classico “Bamboleo” by the Gipsy Kings.
The crowd was pleasantly surprised when I started. I was playing while the Greek Band was having their break. I was told by some of the younger crowd sitting outside that they are wanting a change of music later on and would prefer that the Greek Music was playing earlier.
My slot got moved to 10:30pm so the crowd was of all ages now. Waiters were dancing and a couple of the boys that I knew behind the bench there were making some noise for me. Excellent, all you need is a bit of support and you get the support of everyone else as they follow suit.
The idea now, after talking to the manager, is that I play there every 2nd Thursday on my off days from Marmalade Bar.