12 FEBRUARY 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
"Multi-instrumental prodigy ROSHANI is one of the most exciting new voices in today's Australian music scene!"
- The Northern Daily Leader
ROSHANI is a musician who can't be pigeonholed. Using loop pedals to lay down guitar, harmonica, keys and percussion and possessing a voice that gives you goosebumps, she timelessly crosses genres.
ROSHANI developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and traveling wherever the wind took her. Her mission in life is to inspire and uplift the world with song and story. We're thrilled she's coming to Eastern Lounge en route to performances at Bluesfest Byron Bay to inspire us.
"Performing and making music is how I connect to the world", says ROSHANI. "It's the pure joy that comes from performing that I love so much."
If anything, you could describe her music as a contemporary mix of R&B, Roots and Pop. It sounds familiar yet innovative at the same time. ROSHANI's live act is a real tour de force. She uses a range of instruments and pedals to offer an impressive one-woman-band show that reminds you of the technical prowess of artists like KT Tunstall and Molly Gene.
But ROSHANI describes her own music by quoting Louis Armstrong, who once said: “There are two kinds of music, the good and the bad. I play the good kind”. Her definition of “good” music is music from the heart and soul. "It’s got to have feel", she says. "I don’t subscribe to any trends or a specific genre. I just write and create things that sound 'right' to my ears and then hopefully that translates to music my audience relates to."
Citing everyone from Whitney Houston to Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone and Tracy Chapman as influencers, ROSHANI is now a bona fide original. When she was asked to appear on X Factor, the producers asked her to audition by singing a cover, but she insisted on singing one of her own songs. Chris Isaak and James Blunt were blown away by 'Paid in Pink' and a day after performing it on the show, the song went straight to No. 1 on the Australian Blues Chart and remained there for the next three weeks!
“The new self-produced track by Ben Provest, 'Hollywood Heartache' is triumphant!"
- BEAT Magazine
After living and working in the US for the last 4 years, Ben Provest is back in Australia, recording and releasing original music again.
Ben had some success with his high school band ‘Benny and The Dukes’ (Top 10 on Triple J Unearthed High, receiving a 5/5 review from Alex Dyson for their song 'Balloon Head' and an interview with host Rosie Beaton. In turn, this lead to live performance opportunities like opening up for The Bamboos.
Ben then moved to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts (Contemporary Music, Jazz Guitar) on a Creative Development Scholarship. He received a grant to form an 18-piece orchestra to perform at the opening night of MUDfest, Australia's largest University Arts Festival, playing his songs to a sold-out crowd.
After completing his degree at the end of 2015, he moved to Boston, USA to study at Berklee College of Music. Ben was awarded an Academic Achievement Scholarship during his time at Berklee. In 2018 he accepted a job offer from Los Angeles based film composer Christopher Young (The Grudge, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Pet Semetary) to join his team of composers at his studio in Culver City. While assisting Chris in LA, he also performed as a guitarist for local artists in the LA scene.
Ben was scouted by Fender, the world’s leading guitar manufacturer, as 'online talent' for their platform Fender Play. During this time, Ben was also recording and releasing his original music with Munro The Band. Munro The Band performed to a sold out crowd at Hotel Café, one of LA’s music hot spots for up and coming artists in October 2019.
In late 2019, Ben produced, arranged and recorded guitar and keys for US-based artist Johnny Cattini. Since its release John has gained the attention of 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Ben also worked with Graeme Gibson and sound engineer Michael Nau (The Shins) at King Sized Sound Labs in East LA.
In August 2020, Ben released the self-produced track 'Hollywood Heartache', which BEAT magazine labeled as "triumphant" in an encouraging article, also stating the "Ben channels the classic rock greats as Hollywood Heartache reaches for the stars”.
Ben is now back in Oz and looking forward to continuing to work on his original music in 2021.
Check out BEN PROVEST
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"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/