Leisa?s soft shoe shuffle
By ANITA HULM
SINGER Leisa Kerris loves rock 'n' roll but you might be suprised by some of the reasons why.
"The comfy shoes!" exclaimed the petite singer in her white sneakers.
Diva she may be but comfort is important when you spend hours upon hours on the stage.
Leisa and Ron Delbridge, both of Brisbane, are The Ally Katz and they are performing for most of the week at the Showcase Wintersun stage and other venues.
This is Leisa's second Wintersun and Ron's first. They both sing and Ron supplies the grooves with his 1964 Fender Stratocaster.
For Leisa, the '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll is a passion, so much so she has her own show that features the female singers of that time, complete with back-up singers.
She was nominated for best female artist, best tribute show and most versatile act at the recent Queensland Music and Club Awards.
But Wintersun remains a highlight for Leisa as the crowd is ready to get involved once the music is cranked up.
"You don't have to zing the people up," Leisa said.
"The excitement is already there."
And it is not every venue where dancers can be on stage with musicians.
Showcase on the Beach's marketing manager Laurelle Weston said by the end of the week the centre is full with people dancing on any piece of shiny floor they can find.
"They are up on the first and second floors, and on and off the main stage," she said.
She describes the Showcase stage as "the heart" of Wintersun with people practising their dancing every day and free music played all day.