14 JUNE 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
THE HARRY BRUS BAND
“The Harry Brus Band debuted at this year's Thredbo Blues Festival to a resounding reception from festival goers. The band delivers a Soulful, Funky ride from start to finish."
- Stuart Wauchope, 2019 Thredbo Blues Festival
Harry ‘The Doctor’ Brus has already graced the Eastern Lounge stage with both touring Canadian star, Charlie A’court and his former band, Freedom Friends. Harry is THE bass player to the stars (both Australian and international). Among other luminaries, he’s jammed with Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Ron Wood.
His career started way back with Jeff St John and Copperwine, playing on the band’s Top Five Australian hit single ‘Teach Me How To Fly’. This was followed by stints with (among others) Blackfeather (‘Seasons of Change’, ‘Boppin’ The Blues’), Dave Miller Set (‘Mr Guy Fawkes’), Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Mondo Rock) and Phil Jones and The Unknown Blues Band (‘If I Had a Ticket’).
Since then Harry’s played with a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the industry, including Renée Geyer, Kevin Borich, Barry Leef, Marcia Hines, Joe Walsh, Phil Emmanuel, Billy Thorpe, Brian Cadd, Jimmy Barnes and Russell Morris… and he’s been a pivotal member of both Australian Crawl and Matt Finish.
Enough said? Almost… until you read about the rest of Harry’s band. Originally from L.A. comes Eric Rasmussen (Smokey Robinson, Ian Moss, et al) – renowned on both sides of the Pacific for his smooth-as-honey lead vocals. On guitar is Franco Raggatt whose career has spanned live performances and studio recordings playing guitar with a wide variety of Australian and international artists, including (in no particular order), Bruce Springsteen, Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Barnes, Cindy Lauper, Tom Jones, Richard Clapton and many, many more.
Then there’s Calvin Welch – Sydney resident, originally from Michigan via L.A. Calvin is a drummer extraordinnaire (as those of you who saw him at Roseville with his Gypsy Jazz band, ARABESK will remember) - seriously one of THE best in the business. And on Keys is Hammond King Sam Boyd, doing what he does best for a host of bands including Eastern Lounge favourites, The Soul Roots Revival Band.
Of course, the entire ensemble is relentlessly powered by the ever-Funky ‘Sultan of Slap’, Harry Brus, laying down his solid bass grooves like no other.
These guys are so hot they simply smoke on stage, delivering Soul-filled Blues Grooves with an abundance of Funk. There’ll be a heap of songs you know and love to dance to, as well as some great new originals from Harry’s latest album.
Trust me, this is another blindingly good band that you will not want to miss. The Doctor has the cure for whatever ails you.
Check out The Harry Brus Band.
OSCAR & THE GROUCHES
“I was totally blown away by Oscar & The Grouches when I saw them play The Moonshine Bar in Manly. They have so much fun on stage... it's infectious.”
- H.G. Washington, The Innocents
Listen to Oscar & The Grouches’ debut EP ‘Marsha Mellow’ and you’ll hear a strange brew of Funk, Pop, Surf Rock, R ‘n’ B and more. This is a band that doesn’t want to be limited by genre.
Starting as a standard 4-piece (guitar, bass, drums and keys), in 2015 the band added a horn section (sax and trombone) and instantly created a more solid sound that allowed them to explore even further into areas verging on Hip Hop, Jazz and Soul. One moment they feel like a throwback to the ‘60s or ‘70s and in another become something you just haven’t heard before.
But one thing remains constant, no matter what they’re playing… and that’s the high energy level of every performance, which exudes outwards from the sheer FUN they’re having on stage. Unlike Jim Henson’s famous TV puppet, not one member of the band has a gruff disposition… quite the opposite in fact. You can quickly tell that these guys just love performing and that sheer joy bursts forth from stage to audience… there’s simply no escape.
‘Oscar’ is lead guitarist and vocalist Oscar Sharah. Together with one of the Grouches, bass player Luke Gerber, he writes, produces, records and mixes all of the band’s original songs. At the same time, look out for a tribute to The Beatles when they play Eastern Lounge.
On Friday June 14, I dare you not to become a Grouchketeer.
Check out Oscar & The Grouches
10 MAY 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
KAREN LEE ANDREWS (formerly ‘Ms. Murphy’)
“Karen Lee Andrews is one of the most original and dignified talents to emerge in Australian popular entertainment for a long time. She manages simultaneously to be both imperious, yet vulnerable." – Paul Sheehan, Sydney Morning Herald
Karen Lee Andrews started singing in Church – beautiful Gospel songs in the tradition of her Polynesian culture. She grew up in a musical household, listening to her brother’s Motown records and singing along to the satin voice of Stevie Wonder.
Under her former stage name – ‘Ms Murphy’ - Karen came to public awareness in 2013, through her soul slaying performances on hit TV show, The Voice Australia where she won through to the Finals on Ricky Martin’s team. Since then she’s been writing and performing original material and creating an entirely new musical genre, which she calls ‘Oceanic Blues’.
As the Sirens of Greek mythology mesmerised sailors passing through the islands of the Mediterranean Sea, strap yourself to the mast and let the magical voice of Karen Lee Andrews from the Pacific Isles, beguile you at Eastern Lounge.
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/