Shop to push city's music scene
THE owners of a new music shop just opened in the city hope to use their new venue to support local bands.
Graham and Clarinda Delamare have just opened Alive Music in Walla St after moving to Bundaberg from Sydney.
Mr Delamare said they wanted to use the new shop to help promote the local music scene.
"We want to give them room to showcase their CDs and a space where they can sell their music and t-shirts," he said.
"We also want to have showcase nights where we get local bands to come in and play and people can listen to them."
Mr Delamare said apart from selling musical instruments, he also planned to offer music lessons.
Guitar and drumming lessons are already available, and he said they hoped to expand to piano and other instruments soon.
Mr Delamare said they hoped to offer a different experience.
"The main idea is to come in and play something," he said.
"If you want to buy a guitar you want to hear how it sounds, so here you can just plug it in and have a go."
Mr Delamare, who grew up in Sydney, started playing the drums when he was 12.
He soon started playing in bands, and by the time he was 15 he was playing professionally four nights a week.
"I was doing session work and playing in cover and original bands, and I toured all round Australia with them," he said.
Mr Delamare said he had spent a lot of time working in rehearsal and recording studios.
"I've been doing a lot of teaching since we moved to Bundaberg two years ago," he said.
Mr Delamare said the store was still building up its stock, but they would soon have keyboards, violins and any other instrument customers wanted.
They would also stock the musical instruments most in demand in schools.
"We've also got sheet music on the way," he said.
Mr and Mrs Delamare have two young children and decided to make the move from Sydney to Bundaberg for lifestyle reasons.