Checkerboard Lounge

Semi-finalists at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and with an inspired new album ‘SUN Sessions’ recorded at the legendary SUN Studio, word keeps spreading about this formidable act.

From deep within the veins of Melbourne’s music scene, Checkerboard became a cult-like underground institution. The brainchild of renowned singing drummer Carl Pannuzzo, the band has evolved over 30 years; breathing fire, virtuosity and improvisation into classic soul and blues originals.

Playful and unyielding, Pannuzzo, joined on stage by guitar master Shannon Bourne, Hammond virtuoso Tim Neal, and uber-musical bassist Zoe Frater, bring world-class musicianship, unbridled passion inspired by the moment and an almost telepathic ability to create; a powerhouse to be reckoned with.

From standing ovations at festivals to crammed inner Melbourne pubs, no two shows are the same. Vibrant and unforgettable, Checkerboard are a tour-de-force demanding honesty integrity and truthful musicianship; the very essence of a live music experience.

  • Carl Pannuzzo – vocals, drums
  • Shannon Bourne – guitar
  • Tim Neal – Hammond organ
  • Zoe Frater – bass



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Main Stage Sat, 9th Apr 2022