Live Music & Events

Dr Zot's Beach Coma Band at UkeboxSA's Ukulele Beach Weekend, Feb 2016

I started playing and collecting vintage guitars as an exchange student north of Chicago in the 1970s and have been into playing and performing - including with ukes for the last decade. Over the years, I have done solo, duo, band and workshop gigs and festivals around Australia, including the National Folk Festival, Adelaide International Guitar Festival, Melbourne Ukulele Festival and more, always featuring interesting old and rare instruments.

Whether trio duo or solo it's all about finger style uke and gtr for
  • Dr Zot's Beach Coma Band - acoustic trio with Dr Tom and Dr Steve - breezy blues, pop and world music grooves.
  • Dr Zot Duo - acoustic ukulele, guitar and two voices with my talented brother, Dr Tom
  • Dr Zot solo - ambient acoustic finger style guitar and ukulele from blues to reggae

With lots of festival and community event experience, we can provide sound system and lights, and have current Public Liability Insurance (PLI). Feel free to email for music samples, availability, testimonials.

Vintage events

I have organised and curated numerous Zone of Tone vintage displays and instrument demonstrations at guitar and uke events, expos and festivals across Australia. If you are planning a music festival and  are interested to feature a vintage instrument space as part of a festival experience, please get in touch and I can provide options and info.

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Upcoming gigs

Sunday 29 Oct 17 Dr Zot & Max Savage

Private Function at Low & Slow, the hippest eatery in the Port.

Sunday 5 November UkeboxSA RnB Concert at The Jade

Dr Zot and The Hotshots will headline a fun afternoon of live ukulele music with a rhythm and blues theme. 1pm to 3pm 142 Flinders St Adelaide Just 410 entry 

A selection of past gigs

Adelaide International Guitar Festival, 2007

Zone of Tone provided vintage guitar display at the Adelaide Festival Centre and guitar workshop as part of the Festival event.

Australlian Blues Music Festival, 2003 - 2008

Over 6 consecutive years, Zone of Tone provided a "vintage room" of guitars and amps in the historic Goulburn Club buildig, for  Blues Music Festival patrons and performers to visit.

Sat 14 May 2016 Buena Ukesta Social Club

A night of Afro-Cuban-Latin ukulele fun presented by UkeboxSA at St Barnabas Church, Croydon SA!

Bookings and details at

Club Acoustica, Olive Branch Cafe, Balhannah, Dec 2015

Dr Zot & Friends acoustic trio and others at this Adelaide Hills live acoustic xmas session, 5:30 to 9:30pm.  Free but bookings advisable 8398 0009.

29 April 2017 Goolwa concert featuring Peter Moss

I'll be joining the good folk at UGG to do the support for a great night at the Centenary Hall on Sat night 29 April, featuring UK uke maestro Peter Moss.   

Details at

Goolwa Ukulele Festival, June 2015

Dr Zot will present two workshops and play at the Goolwa Uke Festival at the Centenary Hall, including a set with Smokey Joe Lots of interactive uke fun!

Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW, 2010, 2011

The Queen Juanita Band with Dr Zot on Telecaster and vocals doing zydeco and rockabilly featured at the Festival over several years.

26-27 January 2017 Kangaroo Island Uke workshops & concert

Two days of ukulele workshops and performance on KI, also featuring a few rare vintage ukuleles.

Melbourne Ukulele Festival, 2013, 2014

In 2013 Dr Zot provided a vintage ukulele room at MUF and in 2014 also, with the addition of performing that year as the Dr Zot Duo (Dr Zot ukulele, vocals) and Dr Tom (guitar, vocals) ... a great weekend!

National Folk Festival, 2009, 2011, 2013

Bigger than Ben Hur, the NFF attracts tens of thousands of music fans each Easter for a fabulous range of world music in the nation's capital.  Apart from playing there with Allezgaytor (2009) and Queen Juanita Band (2011), Dr Zot and violin maker Simon Daly provided a range of rare instruments in 2013.

Port Adelaide Festival, 2013, 2015

Dr Zot and Dr Tom performed a range of seafaring tunes for this festival in Adelaide's historic port district.

22 April 2017 Port Adelaide Library - Wonderwalls

Dr Zot will be providing guitar and ukulele acoustic music as part of the Port Adelaide Library's open day 10am to 3pm on Sat 22 April at 2 - 4 Church Street - its free! 

15 & 16 October Port Vintage Festival 2016

Dr Zot performing with vintage gear at Janes Lane, Port Adelaide 3pm Sat 15 and Sun 16 October as part of the Port Vintage Festival.

Plus vintage instruments on display at Red Lime Shack Cafe, St Vincent St Port Adelaide, over the Festival weekend.

Snowy Mountains Festival, 2006

The Queen Juanita Band with Dr Zot (guitar, vocals) featured at the inaugural festival event in the snowfields at Thredbo.  Cold, but fun!

3-4-5 February 2017 Ukebox Beach Weekend 2017

Dr Zot and the Dr Zot Trio will be at the UkeboxSA Beach Weekend! Concerts, workshops and fun from Friday night to Sunday arvo at beautiful Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula.   Full details available soon at UkeboxSA Facebook page. 

6 November Ukebox SA at Jade Monkey

A great Community Uke concert will kick off a new season of UkeboxSA ukulele Sunday afternoon sessions at the groovy Jade Monkey venue, 142-160 Flinders Street Adelaide, 1 - 3pm

UkeboxSA - Big Ukulele Weekend, 2015, 2016

A sold-out weekend of uke workshops and concerts featuring Dr Zot and jazzy uke quartet Smokey Joe - Friday night through to Sunday lunchtime at the historic Second Valley Hall.

Wintersun Festival, 2004

Zone of Tone brought a roomful of vintage guitars and amps to the Gold Coast for a fabulous week of rock n roll, fashion, music, cars and guitars.