Gatakers by Night - Jesse Morris Band

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Sat, 9 March - 6:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of great live music, drinks, food and art. This month local legend Derek F. Smith opens up for the soulful Jesse Morris Band.

Jesse Morris Band

Soul, roots & reggae troubadours based in the Northern Rivers Bundjalung region of the Byron Bay hinterland.

A well oiled touring machine featuring the killer rhythm section of TK Dread (Fyah Walk, 420 Sound) on bass & Hugh Jones (Darky Roots, Fyah Walk) on drums. Showcasing the words and music of song-smith Jesse Morris. With dub reggae legend Marky Power (Dubshack, Rosie Misschief) on the live onstage dubs and samples. Accompanied by a selection of the finest local players on sax, clarinet, bone, trumpet & keys – with Elena Maricgot, Chelbell, Stuart Currie, Simon Kay & Stafford Smith as the usual ‘Shakedown’ suspects.

Jesse is the son of blues & roots legend ‘John Morris’ from Australian bands the Blues Preachers & the Narrow Necks.

No strangers to the road Jesse Morris & the Shakedown have played over 200 live shows across the last 12 months in aid of their new album release ‘the Shakedown’ (2018) with events & festivals across all states & territories.

Celebrating roots culture, Island vibrations & African-Caribbean rhythms.

Derek F. Smith

Derek F. Smith is one of the hottest solo acts to come out of the Fraser Coast.

Derek brings a raw energy and emotion to every performance, and leaves it all on the stage! Multi-award winner including:
1st place winner - 2015 Spirit of Bundaberg 'Battle of the Bands'
1st place winner - 2016 Most popular vocalist - Toyota Feeling the Street International Music Competition
1st place winner - 2017 SEA FM 'Battle of Sound' competition

He’s opened for Toni Childs, Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi), You Am I and shared the stage with artists such as Lee Kernaghan, Stonefield, Jared Porter and James Blundell to name a few.

Derek performs a strong mix of originals and covers. His music is inspired by artists such as Mumford & Sons, Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, Green Day and many more. His Debut EP 'Enlightened Monkey' featuring 5 original songs and 13 track live album 'Live at the Federal’ have been welcomed with rave reviews by listeners worldwide.