14 FEBRUARY 2020 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
VALENTINE'S DAY SPECTACULAR - THE FIRST LADIES OF SOUL
“Three of Australia’s best female vocalists in one band! Strong, confident, sassy, sexy and in control of everything.”
- Yaron Hallis, Camelot Lounge
On Friday 14 February 2020, come and celebrate VALENTINE’S DAY the best way possible. We’re opening the New Year with the return of THE FIRST LADIES OF SOUL who last played Eastern Lounge on Valentine’s Day, way back in 2015!
In the spirit of the hit movie 'The Sapphires', this 2 hour musical revue celebrates the music of the true First Ladies of Soul, showcasing the hits of Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Etta James, Randy Crawford, Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole, Freda Payne, Chaka Khan, The Emotions and Tina Turner.
The show bursts at the seams with well-known favourites like ‘Say a Little Prayer’, 'Love Child’, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’, ‘Chain of Fools’ and many, many more. It’s full of divine harmonies and brilliant musicianship, courtesy of a supreme 9-piece band (incl. horn section). You’ll move, groove and sing along to all the classic Soul songs across several decades.
Let me introduce you to OUR First Ladies of Soul…
“It’s not often you get the whole package in one artist, but Jo comes gift wrapped. A wonderful musician, songwriter and lyricist, she also has a charismatic, natural stage presence. Jo is so professional and possessed of a captivating and versatile voice that demands to be listened to.”
- Jim Shipstone, Former M.D. BMG Music
Jo has shared stages with Rick Price, Glenn Shorrock, Tina Arena, Mark Williams, Margaret Urlich and Julie Anthony. Twice a winner at the MusicOz Awards for original composition, she’s given electric live performances at The Manly International Jazz Festival, The Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival, The Norfolk Island Jazz Festival, The New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival and the Java Jazz Festival held in Jakarta, Indonesia alongside Chaka Khan, Jamie Cullum and Level 42. She has also graced other international stages including Claridges Hotel in London (with Dame Edna Everage!), London’s legendary live music venue The Bedford and New York’s famous Arlene’s Grocery.
"Amanda Easton’s voice is delightful - dulcet, crisp and entrancing. It's unique - she doesn’t really sound like anyone I can think of. Her voice is simply beguiling."
We last saw Amanda at Eastern Lounge fronting the Monterey Pop Festival tribute. She’s also released three of her own albums, an EP and a bunch of singles (so far). She’s achieved several Top Ten spots in the Australian independent music charts and toured her music throughout Western Europe and Japan. Her rich vocals have seen her twice perform at the ARIA Awards and she's appeared on stage with Australian music legends including Glenn Shorrock, Powderfinger, Marcia Hines, James Reyne, Vanessa Amarosi , Richard Clapton and Wendy Matthews. Malcolm Carter of Pennyblack Music in Sweden says: "Amanda Easton takes you intio that smoky club, complete with red velvet seats... she's up on that stage and you're hanging on every word she sings."
“Liza is a sensational Soul singer and songwriter with a huge range and a powerful voice that can howl, growl or soothe a furrowed brow.”
- Georgina Reed 99.3FM
Liza has worked with some of Australia’s very best artists such as Richard Clapton, Ian Moss, Tony Neville (Neville Brothers), Regina Valesquez, Ray Beadle, Kevin Bennett and Jon Stevens. She’s won 3 Australian Blues CHAIN Awards, including those for Best Female Vocalist, Best New Talent and Best Producer, in conjunction with her husband Greg. She’s released three superb albums and is recognised as one of Australia’s top Female Blues and Jazz artists. As Brian Lizotte says: "Liza is simply a class act!"
We are privileged to have all three of these amazing vocalists appearing together in one red hot band! Don’t miss our 1st show for 2020. It’s going to be the very best way to kick off the New Year at Eastern Lounge and celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Check out The First Ladies of Soul
“On her new single The Castle, Miss Elm crafts a spellbinding, genre-bending slice of Folk-Pop brilliance. She crafts truly immersive and endearing gems of sound.”
Born to a plane-crash-surviving jazz musician and a drama-teaching actress, Erin Harrington was always destined to create something special and music is where her creativity has blossomed. A fiery red-headed songstress, Erin performs as her alter-ego, the quirky ‘Miss Elm’, enchanting and entertaining audiences with theatrical melodies entwined around life-journeys and the lessons we face.
A 3-octave soprano range singer, Miss Elm tells honest stories via her original ‘Alternative Chill Acoustic’ music. You could liken her to what a mix of Regina Spektor and Sarah Blasko would sound like... playing ukuleles!
Miss Elm’s genre really defies definition. She calls herself a ‘Soul Rocker’, but there’s a little Jazz and Folk in the mix too… and she’s also happy with the description: ‘Modern Pop with Gypsy influences’. Whatever you call it, Erin’s songs will sweep you up and take you for a ride.
8 NOVEMBER 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
PETER NORTHCOTE PRESENTS ‘THAT ‘70s / ‘80s ROCK SHOW SOCIAL DANCE’
WINNER OF THE MUSIC OZ ‘BEST INSTRUMENTALIST’ AWARD
ARGUABLY THE MOST RECORDED GUITARIST IN AUSTRALIAN MUSIC HISTORY
"In Peter Northcote's Space, nobody can hear you scream!"
- Francie Rigg, The Basement
On Friday November 8, come and celebrate the end of our first year at Club Willoughby and our 97th show in total.
We’re closing 2019 with an all-time favourite, legendary guitarist PETER NORTHCOTE. Peter first performed at Eastern Lounge with great mate Brydon Stace, way back on February 11, 2011… when we were at the tennis club on Eastern Valley Way. This is his 5th EL show and every one of them has been utterly amazing, both for the quality of musicianship and the sheer life-affirming energy that Peter and his friends bring to a room.
Peter has released three albums and a 6-Track EP, played on a thOUSand TV ads. and the soundtracks for many well-known TV shows and led ‘the House Band’ on channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise. He’s performed and toured with international acts including Sir Elton John, Steve Vai, Cher, Billy Joel, The Monkees, Rod Stewart, Bo Diddly, Tom Jones and Shnaia Twain among others. He’s recorded with Doc Neeson, Dragon, Grace Knight, Daryl Braithwaite, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Guy Sebastian and Yothu Yindi to name but a few.
Peter’s original music has you tapping into some deep emotional, spiritual and sensual areas of your being… but when he’s in all-out party mode as he will be on this night, there’s no better entertainer in Australia.
On this night his band consists of:
- Virginia Lillye – another EL regular who simply wows us every time with the power of her incredible voice
- Dave Ferry – one of Australia’s great Rock drummers and a founding member of Frankie’s World Famous House Band playing weekly at the renowned venue in Hunter Street
- Zoltan Boudai – bass player for some of Australia’s favourite bands including Mental As Anything and Richard Clapton
- Peter Milwood – man of a thousand Rock voices
And… (drum roll), none other than Mitchell Anderson, keyboard wizard, star of The Voice and reputed to be “… simply one of the best white Soul singers of our time”.
THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is one red hot band!
Tonight, these incredible artists will be playing some of the greatest songs we all danced to in the ‘70s and ‘80s… from Barracuda and Heartbreaker to Call Me, Black Dog, Mama Told Me Not to Come, No Matter What and Sweet Child of Mine, among many, many more.
This WILL be a night to party and dance like it’s 1989!
Don’t miss this, our last show for 2019. It’s gonna be the best way to farewell this year at Eastern Lounge.
Check out Peter Northcote
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/