19 JULY 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
BARRIO LATIN SOUL
“Barrio Latin Soul draws heavily from the R&B and Soul music that emanated from New York’s Spanish Harlem in the 1960s, with much of their output aimed at the dance floor."
- Yaron Hallis, Camelot Lounge
BARRIO LATIN SOUL is an 11-piece Big Band that celebrates 1960s and ‘70s Latin Soul, Disco and Bugalu, transporting you to the barrios of New York when that music became a movement that ruled Spanish Harlem and beyond.
At the time, Afro-Puerto Rican, Dominicans and Cubans in New York’s Spanish Harlem were adapting the various sounds around them to create the style often given the umbrella term ‘Latin Soul’. It encompasses a breadth of Latin styles including Bugalu (Boogaloo), Shingaling, Mambo, Salsa and by the mid-‘70s, Latin disco.
In common with ghettos all over the US, the barrios of Harlem and the Lower East Side were turbulent places in the late 60’s. In fact, in the summer of 1967 they poured forth their frustrations at the cultural, social and racial mores and rioted. In the wake of their demands came forth an outpouring of creative and artistic endeavour.
The music that emerged from this turbulent melting pot is what decades later, inspires Barrio Latin Soul. This band will set the EL stage alight and get the dance floor absolutely pumping with their renditions of classics by great past Latin artists such as Mongo Santamaria, Joe Bataan, Joe Cuba, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto and Pete Rodriguez.
On stage you’ll see drums, congas, percussion, trumpet, sax and trombone, Hammond organ, piano and bass… the band features members of several other well-known touring dance groups including, Mucho Mambo, Watussi, El Orqueston, Hi-Tops Brass Band, Cumbiamuffin and Son Veneno. AND Johnny G himself as well as the beautiful Sarina Jennings from Johnny G & The E-Types are making special appearances.
Whether female or male, get dressed to the nines in something sultry and sexy, drag your dancing shoes from the back of the cupboard and prepare yourself for a night that could be happening in Havana’s massive Casa de la Musica or the far more intimate Bembe in New York City. Of course, we’ll be serving Mojitos and more to get you in the mood and be assured, there WILL be dancing!
Check out BARRIO LATIN SOUL.
TWO AND A HALF MEN
“Three of Australia’s hottest young music talents, on stage together.”
- Thredbo Blues Festival
Originally, young guns The New South Trio were down to play this gig, but one of the band members had another commitment he couldn’t shake. So in true ‘the-show-must-go-on style’, the remaining band members Aidan Glover and Ed Rodrigues asked their good mate, George Rigatos to fill the void… and TWO AND A HALF MEN was born.
I’ll leave it to you to decide on the night just who the ‘Half’ is… but be assured, Charlie Sheen will NOT be making an appearance. Instead, we get to witness on stage together, three of the best Blues and Jazz talents this country has to offer.
Playing live on stage with both local and International Blues Royalty since he was 14, Aidan Glover is widely acknowledged as an Australian Blues Prodigy. He’s renowned for playing a Wiessenborn lap steel guitar… that he built himself!
Aidan has performed at iconic venues like The Basement, at Festivals from Thredbo to the Hawkesbury and even in America, down in New Orleans. He’s played with Aussie legends including Ray Beadle and Genevieve Chadwick, as well as Robin Moxey, James Southwell and Charlie Wooton from the U.S. His playing has been compared to that of a young Gary Clark Jnr. The kid is good!
Ed Rodrigues earned Bachelors, Honours and Masters of Jazz Performance degrees at the Australian National University. He burst onto the scene a few years back and was quickly acknowledged as one of the best and brightest in the next generation of Aussie jazz drummers. Reviewing a performance, Brag Magazine wrote: “With his impeccable fills and lightning-quick patterns, it wasn’t long before the audience was watching Ed drum for whole songs at a time.”
Ed has performed and toured nationally and internationally, with his work reviewed to great acclaim. In the UK, Jazzwise Magazine wrote: “Rodrigues is outstanding - certainly one of the most innovative drummers around today.”
George 'Medicine Man' Rigatos started playing and studying guitar when he was seven years old. (He can also play Bass, Lap Steel, Banjo and Ukulele!) He’s performed venues from small intimate rooms to festival tents and theatres, both in Australia and around the world including in the US, the Netherlands, France and the UK. In Australia he’s played and recorded with the Midnight Ramblers, The Hanged Men and Sonic Mayhem Orchestra as well as his own project, The George Rigatos Quartet.
Individually brilliant, these guys just love playing together. The feel of the music they’ll be playing is reminiscent of Matt Corby, John Mayer, Clapton, Gary Clark Jr. and John Butler. It will be a great way to open the show.
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.
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/