The Phenomenal Success of the Waterfront Stomp The
‘Waterfront Stomp’ is modeled on the early 60’s and 70’s session
formula with a modern approach. With the accent on dancing and varied
entertainment utilizing golden oldies performed by musicians and
popular bands from that era. The success of the Stomps hinges around
the nostalgic enjoyment and memories that these musicians create for
their audience There are limited entertainment venues for people from
the 60’s and 70’s to go to on a regular basis and meet like minded
friend from yesteryear.

The Algoa
Bay Yacht Club
venue lends itself to an unusual setting for
this event  hence the name ‘Waterfront
‘ as in Otis
Redding’s hit  lyrics ‘ Sitting on the dock of the bay’.

Anton van Rooyen and Cliffie FrancisThe concept was the
brainchild of Algoa Bay Yacht Club member, Cliffy
Francis. He invited fellow bass player from a rival band in the On the
Go Show days, Anton van Rooyen, to assist him in organizing this event.

The first ‘Waterfront
‘ held in August  2008 was a
resounding success featuring bands like the Tomboys, Hazy Shades and
The Geezers with guest artists Bruce Baldwin  and Harry Lloyd.
Since the first stomp we have had various guys dusting themselves off,
picking up their guitars and once again being part of the entertainment
scene in Port Elizabeth.

Through the following ‘Waterfront
s’, generally held on the first
Saturday of each month, in amongst the well-known names there has been
Geoff Good with Tank III,  Harry Lloyd with Taxi, The Beat
Route, Helicopter as well as Dave Bowler, Ian Tenlant and Gene Smith.
This all built up to the hugely successful New Years Eve Woodstock
Stomp which saw the crowd dressed up as the flower power children from
that famous happening.

At more recent ‘Waterfront
s’ popular local group, The Bayside
Bluesband has appeared featuring Mike Nowick’s blues voice and

The income generated by this event has assisted The
Algoa Bay Yacht

Club in entering a team into the annual sailing competition held in
Cape Town, The Lipton Cup, as well as contributing to the club’s
monthly running expenses.

The next ‘Waterfront
‘ will be held on Saturday 4 April and will
feature another of the 70’s bands, Bishop as well as The Tomboys, The
Geezers and special guest artists. The fun starts a 7:30pm and the
public is reminded to get there early to ensure seating, bring your own
smacks or make use of the braai fires downstairs.

For more information or any musicians who would like to participate in
the ‘Waterfront
‘, call Cliffy on 0828811155 or Anton on

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