Two-piece band, Filthy Lucre.

Last night, local bands got together at Jive to raise money for charity organisation Beyondblue raising almost $1000 for the mental health organisation.

Lovers of live music and supporters of the cause gave a gold coin donation to see Chris FinnenFilthy LucreJungle CityDusty Lee’s Wasted Wanderers and Cal Williams Jr take the stage.

With free giveaways throughout the night and a commitment to raising as much for Beyondblue as possible, the punters had a ball and the organisers raised $901.40.

Two-piece band, Filthy Lucre.
Ed and Luke from Filthy Lucre

Vocalist and guitarist from two-piece band Filthy Lucre, Luke Marsh organised the event which he says he’s been wanting to do for some time.

“I’ve been wanting to put this together for a while now, pretty much since we started this band 3 years ago,” he says.

“I just kind of thought at the last minute late last year I’d give it a go and see how great I could make the night, all by myself. I’ve never really organised my own event before so it was fun trying to build the night and plan it out from start to finish, so that the whole night flows rather than just random bands playing at random times.”

Setting it up so the evening had a musical flow, Luke was thrilled the other bands were as keen to get on board as he was to build the gig.

“I set it up so there were traditional blues guys at the start and heavy blues/rock bands at the end. It was actually pretty difficult trying to get bands on board as I couldn’t offer anyone payment, but I was really pleased that the guys I have on board now were so keen, as keen as I was about the whole thing!”

10906165_10152736668196785_3753906821551457517_nAs always, Adelaide’s favourite live music venue Jive were keen to help and support the local bands do something great for an excellent cause.

“Tam at Jive was great help as well. She offered the entire venue free of charge for the cause, taking on the expenses of staff and sound techs, which is amazing!” Luke says.

Over 3 million Australians are currently living with depression and/or anxiety. Beyondblue is working to reduce the impact of depression, anxiety, and suicide in the community by raising awareness and understanding, empowering people to seek help, and supporting recovery, management and resilience.

Donate here to help them continue their great work.

Story by Libby Parker