These three men have secret musical weapon ready to unleash
THESE three men have a secret musical weapon ready to unleash on an unwitting audience at the Southern Cross University watering hole tonight.
Ronny Lindsay, James Reid and Peter Barnard dub themselves Sweet Brown Eyed Gambler, one of 10 finalist acts in the running to win this year's inaugural talent extravaganza, SCU's Got Talent.
Cover bands are a dime a dozen, but the Gamblers are doing covers with a twist.
Their point of difference is mixing a pot pourri of classic covers - including ACDC, Van Morrison, Cold Chisel - into a mega-medley spanning 12 minutes.
"It's like our whole set list crammed into one song," drummer and lead singer Ronny Lindsay said.
"We only play about 30 seconds of each, so people don't get sick of it, they just get a taste of it."
Guitarist James Reid joked: "If you're one of those people who likes skipping songs, you'll love this."
It might be the perfect soundtrack for our age of distraction - surfing a dozen web browser tabs at once, constantly thumbing through text messages, and scrolling through our Facebook feed.
Sweet Brown Eyed Gambler are all acoustic, which sounds strange for a band whose set also includes French electronic dance duo Daft Punk - but pride themselves on meeting the most crazy song requests.
And they are just one act among many in tonight's show.
It also features a Bollywood bellydancer all the way from SCU's Coffs Harbour campus, a hip-hip outfit called Chilluminati, a poet, and a Japanese alto sax soloist who had never performed in front of a live audience until last week.
All 10 finalists are in the running to win $1000 for first place.
Event coordinator Ann-Maree Wilkinson said the event was expecting hundreds of people given the huge turnout for last week's heats.
"We're trying to get all of Southern Cross University together, so it's a cultural event that will celebrate the whole community," Ms Wilkinson said.
"We've got some funding to be able to bus people up from Coffs and the Gold Coast campuses for the finals."
"I think it's a different event than going to a band night or a DJ night - it's more intimate," she added.
"We're hoping to continue this as an annual event."
The event is live at the UniBar from 8.30pm.