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Melbourne band Past To Present secure Friday night residency at The Precinct Hotel in Richmond – kick start the weekend with the party favourites

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Revered local band Past to Present have secured a Friday night residency at the Precinct Hotel in Richmond, running indefinitely. The band are a well-known name on the local live music scene and bring with them a wealth of experience to turn every Friday night into the perfect party. The Precinct Hotel is reputed for its great live music across the weekends and the addition of a permanent residency on a Friday by one of the town’s most well-loved bands is guaranteed to be embraced by punters.

The Precinct Hotel general manager Richard Chatfield says the venue embraces residencies as a great way to support the local music scene. “To me, it seems pub residencies are getting less and less,” he says. “I think it facilitates the consistency of sound that we are looking for and creates a stability of employment for local musicians. Our patrons know what they can expect each Friday and each Saturday with different bands. I think there is a real diverse quality of music, there are fantastic musicians out there. We are proud to be able to support part of the local music scene. A lot of the bands are playing covers, which is not their first choice of music, but they do it very well. Supporting those covers bands enables musicians to create what they are passionate about.”

For Friday’s resident band Past to Present, the shows are a chance for them to perform a wide variety of music. “Although we are a covers band, the frontline vocalists started out as original recording artists, so we do occasionally take our audience on a little flashback journey and perform a couple of our own releases from back in the day,” says vocalist Joanne Accom. “It is great to share those songs and feel the appreciation from the crowd. However, performing covers is also a creative outlet for us because we put our own spin on every single song and give it that Past to Present flavor.”

Past to Present have been on the local music scene for over a decade. They’ve not only honed their skills on the local scene, but also performed overseas at locations such as the Hard Rock Café in Indonesia and Ericsson Stadium in New Zealand. Their sets regularly include R&B classics, top 40 hits, old school funky tunes and reggae classics. No strangers to performing on big stages, Past to Present have shared the bill with the likes of James Brown, Tom Jones, Tina Turner, Earth Wind & Fire, Destiny’s Child and Craig David to name a few. Lead vocalists Frank Laga’aia, Norman Keller and Joanne Accom all have successful solo careers outside of the band, having released their originals locally and internationally and boasting a string of Top 40 hits. The backline musicians Dayne Lawless (drums), Johann Linus (bass) and Matt O’Connor (guitar) are all seasoned musicians who between

them have worked alongside the likes of Lady Gaga, Renee Geyer and Rob Mills in studio sessions.
Joanne says every Friday night is a party with Past to Present putting on an interactive performance. “We love to connect with our audience,” she says. “We are definitely not your average cover band. Our live set is like a non-stop DJ set, seamlessly mixing dance floor favourites one after the other and our melodies and mash-ups are always a highlight. Fridays are the Precinct always have a great end of the week party crowd. We always have groups coming from earlier events to come and party with us.”

The band have been part of the roster at the Precinct Hotel for many years and they love performing there. To kick up their residency, they have recently rehearsed some fresh material to feature in their shows over the coming months. “Performing at the Precinct has been a labour of love for us,” says Joanne. “The crowd is always happy, everyone comes to the Precinct to let their hair down, shake it off and have a good time. We also love working alongside the amazing DJ Johno. His DJ skills and persona combined with Past to Present’s live sets are a match made in musical heaven.”

As a proud part of the vibrant Melbourne music scene, Joanne says the Past to Present band love playing in their home state more than anywhere else in the world. “Home is where the heart is,” she says. “As much as performing on international stages and touring overseas is a thrill, there is nothing like performing in front of a home crowd and seeing familiar faces in the crowd.”

Past to Present have a residency at the Precinct Hotel every Friday night.

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