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Americana – (Singer / Songwriters of the 1970s & ‘80s)

The foundation of ‘AMERICANA’ (singer/songwriters of the USA) was created due to a nostalgic look back in time to the live music scene in Sydney during the 1970s and early ‘80s.

Steve Hogan, lead singer of ‘Van the Man’ (The Australian Van Morrison Show), combines yet again with these talented musicians to take you on a journey through little known facts and fantasies of such iconic songs and songwriters as James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain”, Paul Simon’s “50 ways to Leave your Lover” and you will be surprised when you hear the real meaning behind Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Love the One You’re With”.

This was the music we all sang as punters or players in our favourite watering holes, be they wine bars, pubs or parties in the 1970s and ‘80s.

AMERICANA’ moves seamlessly from the soulful ballads of artists like Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”, Jackson Browne and Neil Young to the hard driving country rock of Crosby, Stills, Nash, America, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jimmy Buffet, to name a few.

AMERICANA’ will have you singing and dancing to the vinyl history of your life.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has today announced an extensive national Australian tour, hitting up capital cities and regional towns across April, May and June, letting fans know he’ll be treating them to a complimentary six track EP, Zeroes To Heroes, of unreleased material for all tickets purchased from his website and online outlets.  After the release of his critically acclaimed LP Car Boot Sale, and following a packed out co-headline tour alongside Josh Pyke in late 2016, the Lonesome Highways Tour will kick off at Front Bar in Canberra on April 20, before moving through Newcastle, Central Coast, Katoomba, Sydney, Cronulla, Bulli, Toowoomba, Bellingen, Brisbane, Rye, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, and wrapping in Castlemaine at the Bridge Hotelon June 9.
 
Gracing the Australian music scene for more than two decades, Mitchell is a self-confessed romantic who has written some of the country’s most beloved songs.  Under the alias of Bob Evans, Mitchell has released five albums, all of which showcase the versatility and skill of this talented songsmith.  Gentle, acoustic melodies prevail, enveloping the classic folk storytelling and strong emotional pull that charactises Mitchells’ substantial body of work.  Reflecting on his remarkable career, the ever-humble Mitchell says, “I never could have forseen where all of this was going to lead way back when I was a teenager just starting out,  making an almighty  racket with Jebediah.  I have been gifted a pretty amazing life and career and I still get such a huge buzz out of it. Knowing there are people out there who have been supporting me for years and years  just blows me away and makes me want to be better.”
And what is to be expected from this run of shows?  Mitchell hints at what’s in store for excited audiences, “These are all going to be intimate shows so it will be very up close and personal.  I'll be playing songs from across all of my records, a few covers too… I'll take requests and then screw them up.  We'll all be firm friends by the end of the night.” 

The Strides

The Strides are a new force for Reggae music. Fronted by roots man Ras Roni from Barbados via London, Fijian LTL GZeus and Sierra Leonian Blacker C, The Strides deliver a musical experience that is as powerfully explosive as it is authentic.

With three acclaimed albums already under their belt, a European label signing, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Third World, Julian Marley, Tony Allen and Groundation, The Strides’ music faithfully builds on the foundations of classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, forging a sound that brings together modern dance hall, dub beats and reggae-pop.

The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.

Busby Marou

There’s a potent chemistry that drives Busby Marou, a bond struck between two mates years ago in the corner of Rockhampton’s Oxford Hotel, when they happily knocked out tunes for hours on end to anyone who would listen. And it’s that unwritten agenda, a simple intangible understanding between them, that they have come back to in order to shape an exciting new chapter in their remarkable career.
“There’s something special about Busby Marou,” says Tom, the songwriting hub and lead vocal of the duo. “At the bottom of it all it’s two blokes singing with harmonies and a bit of storytelling.”
That’s how it was at the start of Busby Marou’s recording career, those delightful harmonies blending with understated guitars on their debut EP The Blue Road.
Their third album Postcards From the Shell House was recorded with Jon Hume (Evermore) at The Stables studios in Gisbourne, VIC as well as during sessions on Great Keppel Island and on a boat. Postcards From The Shell House returns the pair to their roots in a number of ways. The shell house in question, an old heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of their native Rockhampton, has great significance. Early in their career Tom and Jeremy would sit around a campfire there and sing songs, one or two of which ended up on record.  Last year, with producer Jon Hume in tow, that same method in the same location produced a few songs for the new album.
 
Busby Marou’s debut self-titled album was certified ARIA Gold in Australia in July 2014while their follow up album Farewell Fitzroy debuted at #5 on the album chart. Postcards From The Shell House is Busby Marou’s first ARIA #1 album.
 
“….from some of the sweetest harmonies the pair has committed to record to percussive claps and captivating refrains…Postcards From The Shell House is Busby Marou’s most consistent release to date and positions the duo to capitalise on their already considerable success.” Four Stars – The Courier Mail
 

“If Busby Marou’s third album Postcards From The Shell House was any more laid-back, it would be upside down” - West Australian

DOORS OPEN AT 5PM

Nathan Flint

Nathan Flint is a local musician born in Wollongong, his musical career started at the age of 5 learning the Violin under Suzuki method, at the age of 14, Nathan began to learn the guitar and was lead singer throughout his high school years in a band with friends called Plumbers Crack. Following high school Nathan studied Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, Surry Hills, Sydney performing the role of Tobias in Sweeney Todd the musical and also pursuing a solo career playing gigs at Pubs, Clubs and functions and events. 

In 2015 Nathan recorded his first album called "Stay Here" where he played all of the instruments on the work which included Vocals, Guitar, Violin, Drums/percussion, Bass and Piano, this debut album saw Nathan play gigs through NSW, QLD, NT, ACT and Queenstown New Zealand.Nathan is heading over to the United States of America in Decemebr 2017 to play gigs in New York City and California LA with the release of "Ï THINK I KNOW MY WAY" and is very excited for the experience. 

It has been a great pleasure for Nathan  to have worked with so many talented local musicians on this work and is very proud of what they have created as a team, the musician's include Jessica Brooker (Jess Brooker Music, Adrian "Red"Herbert (Reddog Drum), Ben Davies (Silver Sound recording studio) also sound engineer for both albums recorded at Silver Sound recording studio, Jesse Cleal and Kane Dennelly (19-Twenty) as well as his talented support acts Kate Cillekens and Joshua Burgh Music.

DOORS OPEN AT 7PM

George Michael Relived

George Michael Relived” is an electrically charged show which covers all of the great George Michael eras taking you on a journey from the early years of Wham through to today.

George Michael Relived performs the songs we all know and love such as: Faith, Careless Whisper, Fast Love, Outside, Last Christmas, Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, I’m Your Man, Freedom and Everything She Wants, to name just a few.

A fantastic musical experience performing the best of singer songwriter George Michael from the 80s and spanning the last 3 decades. George’s music is iconic and his songs are recognised all over the world.

Presented by Smooth Jazz Australia who have introduced us to Men of Soul, Ladies of Soul, The Unforgettable Experience, George Benson/Al Jarreau Experience, 80’s Dance Grooves and others are preparing the dance floor and giving it up to the music of George Michael.

With the recent loss of George Michael, his music is more moving, than ever. These songs have stayed within our hearts and our minds.

Featuring tight harmonies from some of Sydney’s best singers and a killer band, this will be a Funky Saturday night to remember.

So get ready to dance and sing along to all your favourite songs.

Hey your just to funky for me!

DOORS OPEN AT 7PM

SEVEN SUNS (All Ages)

UNDER 18'S MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. ID MUST BE SHOWN BEFORE ENTRY.

Legendary American Blues Guitarist Chris Cain

Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage. 
Cain was raised on stories of his father's childhood upbringing on Memphis' Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, "I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats." 
Doors Open 7pm

All Our Exes Live In Texas

To celebrate the release of their hotly anticipated debut album When We Fall, All Our Exes Live in Texas are hitting the road for a national tour. The Exes is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven. Having blitzed all corners of the globe from Ireland to the USA, earning accolades from NPR’s Bob Boilen and racking up multiple nominations for the National Live Music Awards, not to mention sharing stages with the likes of Boy & Bear, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Passenger and the Backstreet Boys (!!) All Our Exes Live in Texas are thrilled to launch their album into the world.