With his set of originals and acoustic guitar Ole Falco opened the night, then soul rock duo Z-Star Delta set a dimly-lit Dust Temple completely on fire. Opening with ‘The Devils Relief’, their delta blues sound totally engulfed the intimate space and Zee Gachettes powerful soul-soaked vocals sent a shock wave through the chilled-out crowd.
A journey of sound followed through a set of original tracks which included ‘Paint These Walls White’, ‘When Your Man’, ‘Little Mamma’ and ‘Down By The Sea’ and unique covers of ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘You Got The Love’.
Z-Star Delta is made up of frontwoman Zee Gachette and her explosive fusion of drumming, guitar and vocals together with guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz. Tonight there was a slight change to the duo and the masterful Diogenes Baptisttella accompanied Zee on guitar.
Z-Star Delta are known for their energetic and powerful live shows having rocked the stages of Blue Mountains Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Feast Festival and the Garden of Unearthly Delights at Adelaide Fringe Festival to name just a few. Zee has performed around the world including Glastonbury, Royal Albert Hall, Bestival, Womad UK and has shared the stage with rock legends Roger Daltrey from The Who and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin.
To be in such an intimate eclectic venue surrounded by their powerhouse of sound was an experience within itself and Zee made a point of thanking Dust Temple for putting so much “love and creativity” into the venue saying it fondly reminded her of a venue she loved in the UK.
A stand out moment in the performance was when Zee jumped out from behind her drum kit and summoned the crowd forward saying… “come closer so I can feel you” then added while laughing “in a good way!” She started snaking her way through the crowd quickly becoming enveloped and with her powerful gritty hypnotic voice coupled with her animated moves she captivated us all with her storytelling through her song.
Finishing their set strong with a high-energy explosive performance of ‘The Bridge Hotel’ the entire crowd had moved in close to the stage and were dancing up a storm. It may have signalled the end of the show but the night was still young and the musicians mingled with their community over a drink and some laughs.
Z Star Delta are currently on their Lost Boys Tour which will conclude in Mullumbimby on 28 April. To check out the full tour schedule you can head on over here.