12 APRIL 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
JOHNNY G & THE E-TYPES ‘Women of Soul Revue’
“Johnny G & The E-Types is Sydney’s finest and most authentic Soul band.”
- The Basement
“With expert musicianship and plenty of gritty energy, Johnny G & The E-Types create a hard driving sound, led by the inimitable organ legend Johnny G. Guaranteed to make you get down and start to sweat.”
- The Metro Theatre
“Johnny G & The E-Types ‘Women of Soul Revue’ is all killer, no filler!”
You will not want to miss this show, when Johnny G & The E-Types present a celebratory tribute to some of the most powerful Women of Soul to ever grace the stage. This is a supreme band with two of Australia’s very best female Soul Singers out front in Julz Di Sisto and Sarina Jennings.
This stunning show honours some of the greatest female voices ever, from Etta James and Dusty Springfield to Carla Thomas and Mavis Staples. And of course, there’s a special salute to the undeniable Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. (And no woman in this country sings Aretha better than ‘Soul Sista’ Julz Di Sisto!)
Other formidable females whose songs you’ll hear brought to life on this special night include Laura Lee, Linda Lyndell, Jean Knight and Sugar Pie De Santo. The Set List includes Soul classics like Respect, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman, Chain Of Fools, Rock Steady, Say A Little Prayer, Mr Big Stuff, Son Of A Preacher Man, What A Man, I’d Rather Go Blind, Tell Mama, Baby I Love You, I Can’t Stand The Rain, Do Right Man Do Right Woman, I Ain’t Never Loved A Man and more.
The ‘Women of Soul Revue’ was featured on the ABC’s Sonic Journey in December 2018 and will be re-played in full this April in the lead up to our show.
The 8-piece Johnny G & The E-Types, driven by Johnny G on Hammond organ and complete with horn section, is Sydney’s premier Soul band. Let me introduce you.
- Johnny (G) Gauci on Hammond and Piano (Ed Kuepper, Leonardo's Bride, Dom Turner)
- ‘Soul Sista # 1’ Julz Di Sisto – lead vocals (Ngariie, David Campbell, The Voice)
- Sarina Jennings – lead vocals (The Australian Fleetwood Mac Show, Woodstock Festival Tribute)
- Nick ‘The Colonel’ Meredith on Guitar (Cotton Keyes & Morris, Tim Finn, C, Matt Finish)
- Antero ‘Skinny’ Ceschin on Drums (Continental Blues Party, The Mighty Reapers)
- Emile ‘The Bottom Line’ Nelson on Bass (Delta Goodrem, Christine Anu)
- Murray ‘Satisfaction’ Jackson on Saxophone (Jersey Boys, The Mothership Orchestra)
- Simon ‘Mr Fabulous’ Ferenci on Trumpet (Watussi, King John Cleary)
I promise you, these guys will have you dancing all night like it’s Memphis in 1967! Check out Johnny G & The E-Types online.
GRITS 'N' SOUL
“Grits ‘n’ Soul is one of Australia’s premier organ combos., performing the legendary instrumental Soul hits of Booker T and The MGs, The Bar-Kays and other Memphis greats.”
What a great way to open this show… a short, sharp set of some of the best instrumental Soul hits of the 1960s. We’ll hear classics like ‘Time is Tight’ and ‘Green Onions’ from Booker T. & The M.G.s - originators of the unique Southern or Memphis Soul Sound. This group was one of the most prolific, respected and imitated of its era. This amazing outfit played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Sam & Dave and Albert King, as well as releasing instrumental records under their own name.
Grits ‘n’ Soul also covers the other famous racially integrated House Bands for Memphis' historic STAX label… like The Mar-Keys who scored their first hit with the after-party anthem ‘Last Night’… and The Bar-Kays who became Otis Redding’s backing bad and sadly lost most of their members in that tragic plane crash near Wisconsin on December 10, 1967.
Not many people realise that the Bar-Kays’ one big hit, ‘Soul Finger’, was actually a take on the James Bond film title ‘Goldfinger’… or that it was the crack STAX Label song writing team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter who suggested they use the parody title.
All the songs you’ll hear in this brilliant opening set are the embodiment of Southern sass and jazzy cool, creating an amazing amount of attitude and atmosphere around simple arrangements and standard open Blues chords… they’re just great!
8 MARCH 2019 | FRIDAY | 7.30PM
SHANE PACEY TRIO
"Don’t expect a polite little band tapping away in the corner!"
- Shane Pacey
"It’s like listening to an old friend play the music we’ve loved for the last couple of decades."
- Sydney Blues Society
"The Shane Pacey Trio lays down the perfect platform to inspire the next generation of musicians, urging them to delve deeper into the history of the Blues. At the same time, they re-energise and satisfy the souls of the rest of us!"
- Julie Fox, The Blues Times
Both bands at this 2nd show at the new Eastern Lounge deserve headline status… but longevity gives the nod to Shane and his classic Blues Trio. Shane Pacey remains best known as ‘The Voice and Guitar of The Bondi Cigars’, a band that’s been gigging across Australia since 1989. The Cigars’ distinctive no-nonsense style made them a leading force in Australian R&B. They were always tight, hard-driving and down to earth - the Australian bar band par excellence.
Shane launched his Trio in a bid to revisit the music that turned him on when he first started playing - like the guitar playing and singing of the great Peter Green and the short sharp style coming out of Chess Records in the 50’s and 60s. His Rhythm Section of Paul Blasi on bass (Leanne Paris, B’Dussy, Slewfoot and The Bluetongues) and Dave Fester on drums (Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow, The Foreday Riders, PJ O’Brien, Genevieve Chadwick and Bonnie Kay and The Bonafides) completes a very tight, professional outfit.
The result is a mesmerising trip through the Blues’ back pages, all played with Shane’s customary attack and passion. You’ll hear rocking, swamp-filled sounds from a bygone era as well as slower paced numbers in which Shane’s slowly drawn out vocals, rising and dipping with emotion, complement his purely played, plaintive guitar notes.
You’ll hear music originally written and performed by legends like Al Green, Freddie King and Big Bill Broonzy… not your usual club gig fare - something far more special. This was the sound once called ‘The Devil’s Music’.
Check out the Shane Pacey Trio online.
13 APRIL 2018 | FRIDAY | 7.30PM
"A highly energetic and enthusiastic band that just
makes you smile."
- Organisers, The Gum Ball Festival
"V Tribe is non-stop Polynesian dance music at its best."
- Proprietor, The River Canyon Restaurant, Parramatta
Filled with energy and a real love for 'Tongan backyard tunes' (as they put it), smooth Reggae & Roots outfit V Tribe has been influenced by the band members’ Polynesian heritage, together with all the great Reggae, Roots, Ska, Dub and Dancehall Masters from Bob Marley onwards.
Performing together since 2005, V Tribe has been trimmed from its original 11-piece line-up of brothers and cousins to a tighter six-piece, full of rhythm, percussion and horns. It still contains four of the Vaivao brothers and two close family friends, considered ‘brothers’ by the others.
The family-based group has come a long way since inception. They’ve supported Julian Marley (son of Bob) at Sydney’s ‘Stir It Up’ Festival… opened for Maxi Priest on his big ‘Easy To Love’ Australian tour… and played The Enmore theatre with Kiwi roots rockers Katchafire (nominated for Best International Band at the British Reggae Music Awards).
The band has also shared stages with Guy Sebastian, Grammy-nominee JBoog, Fiji and Stan Walker.
Though with plenty of wonderful original material in their repertoire, V Tribe also performs covers of songs by heroes such as Bob Marley, Blackstreet and Bruno Mars.
Regardless of origins, you can bet V Tribe will be cooking up some sweet Reggae vibes… and we’re going to party, Island style! So wear your loudest shirt or skirt and we’ll dress the room and provide the coolest cocktails to match the upbeat mood sure to pervade the room.
Don't miss out when ‘The Tribe’ comes to Eastern Lounge, pouring their love and good vibes into Roseville like none other has. If you want to dance, and you want to dance with a smile on your face, come party with V Tribe.
Read more about VTribe at: https://www.facebook.com/VTribeMusic/
LINES OF FLIGHT
“From the first note, Lines of Flight owned the room
and treated us to a delicious musical narrative."
- Calvin Welch, iHear Music @ Lazybones
Since ‘Lines of Flight’ last played Eastern Lounge in 2016, supporting Gypsy Jazzmen Arabesk, (coincidentally ALSO on a Friday the 13th), the band’s fortunes have continued to rise… (lucky for some)!
They’ve since performed alongside the likes of multi-award winning Canadian Folk duo Madison Violet, as well as Folk Alliance Artist of the Year, Monique Clare, Victorian Festival regular Nigel Wearne and all the way from Mauritius, Kool Vibration (who we’ll see here at Eastern Lounge in July). They’ve played at venues across Sydney from Lazybones Lounge in Marrickville to Fairlight Folk, The Music Lounge and Kave Bar on the north side, as well as Festivals from Cessnock to Collaroy.
And they’ve had Chart success too… Lines of Flight has the distinction of having held the No. 1 spot on Reverbnation’s Sydney Folk Chart for no less than 10 months straight! As a result, the Reverbnation team selected two of the band’s songs for curation and their track ‘Oceans Calling’ is featured on a Reverbnation promotional playlist of ‘Top Emerging Folk Artists’ released just this month.
The band’s name describes the creative potential of not just breaking away from the norm but shooting in an unexpected and refreshing direction. This is the approach taken by Brent Keogh (vocals, guitar, mandolin and oud) and Katie Anderson (b/v, flute, Irish whistle, percussion) to their music. The line-up now also includes regular appearances by outstanding guest Tabla player Shaun Premnath who will again be joining Lines of Flight at Eastern Lounge.
With their unique and earthy fusion of Folk, World, Classical, Celtic and Pop influences, Lines of Flight is all class, yet retains a sense of fun within every performance. The band unearths hidden gems among the world’s acoustic sounds, taking us on a sonic journey that is at once familiar, yet completely unpredictable.
Check out Lines of Flight online at: https://www.linesofflight.info/