11 OCTOBER 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
DANCING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
"In my 25 years' involvement with the Thredbo Blues Festival, I have never seen so many joyful dancers as those experiencing 'Dancing in the Shadows of MOTOWN'."
- Stuart Reade Wauchop
On Friday October 11, come celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of legendary Soul Record Label, MOTOWN. It was 1959 when Berry Gordy Jr. opened the doors of the Hitsville U.S.A. MOTOWN building, at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan… ‘Motor Town’. The Label’s early artists included Mary Wells, The Marvelettes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
During the 1960s, this small label grew to become the most successful SOUL MUSIC record label ever. It achieved spectacular success, with 79 records in the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. Known as “the sound of young America”, MOTOWN in fact had more hits than The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys and Elvis combined!
On October 11, we present ‘Dancing in the Shadows of MOTOWN’- an incredible show, performed by an amazingly talented 10-piece All Star Band. Check out the Line Up:
On vocals we are thrilled to present Kimi Tupaea, Franchesca Appolis, Pat Powell and Veena Rao. Kimi has sung with Dragon, the Barry Leef Band and The Marvin Gaye Experience among others. Franchesca has sung with The Starlettes, Harlem Knights and also, The Marvin Gaye Experience.
Pat Powell is renowned for his time fronting The Melbourne Ska Orchestra and The Protesters, while Veena worked in the UK with artists such as Roachford, Basement Jaxx and Soul II Soul, toured the UK with the Motown Revue and was a soloist with acclaimed gospel choir Urban Voices Collective who performed at the London Olympics and for a Royal Variety show!
Other band members include Matt Roberts on Guitar & Vocals (International Blues Challenge Memphis 2016), Jeff Duff, the Kate Lush Band); Jason Bruer on Sax (Soul Roots Revival Band, Jools Holland Band, Martha & The Vandellas, Sting, BB King, Madness, etc.); Adrian Veale on Trumpet – ARIA Award nominee (Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im, Flume, etc.); Sam Boyd on Keys (Harry Brus Band, Guy Sebastian, The Beautiful Girls, Mia Dyson, Ray Beadle, etc.); Andy Byrns on Drums (Psycho Zydeco, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel); and Craig Bodinnar on Bass (The Aretha Franklin Experience, Stevie Ray Vaughan Celebration and Producer of this show).
THAT, Ladies and Gentlemen, is one red hot band! And their last major gig before this show at Eastern Lounge was at… the Sydney Opera House!
Among Australia’s most accomplished singers and musicians, these incredible artists will be playing all the classic MOTOWN hits from The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha and The Vandellas, Four Tops, The Jackson Five, Edwin Star and many more. Just look at some of the classics they’ll be performing:
- Reach Out
- I Heard It Through the Grapevine
- Dancing in The Streets
- You Keep Me Hanging On
- Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
- My Girl
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! This WILL be a night for DANCING!
Don’t miss this, our 2nd last show for 2019. Soak up ‘the MOTOWN Sound’, comprising great melodies, lots of tambourines and hand clapping, blaring horns, interplay between lead singers and their backup vocalists, driving bass lines and foot-slapping drum parts. It’s gonna be some night at Eastern Lounge.
Check out DANCING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN
“For more than 13 years in the Kate Lush Band, Matt's live and recorded work has been sublime. His playing takes my heart and soul to special places.”
- Kate Lush, The Kate Lush Band
Matt Roberts has carved out a career in music that includes song writing, recording sessions, national tours, Festivals and a myriad of other live shows, TV and Radio performances. Over more than 30 years working all over the country, he has played and recorded with dozens of acts spanning Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk and Rock.
While proving himself a highly versatile musician, Matt has a definite affinity for the Soul and 'Blues Roots' traditions and much of his own work could be described as contemporary Rhythm and Blues.
A key member of the Kate Lush Band (an Eastern Lounge favourite), Matt has also been the quintessential ‘sideman’, loaning his considerable talents to a host of local acts including Jeff Duff, Sara Storer, Mal Eastick, Randall Waller and James Valentine. He’s also performed alongside some of the best Bluesmen in the U.S. including New Orleans Soul legend Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and Louisiana Bluesman, ‘Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone. AND he’s represented Australia in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.
In solo acoustic mode, Matt will share some of his favourite songs with us, establishing an ‘acoustic plus stomp-box’ kind of vibe. There’ll be a few originals and some classic Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and Keb’ Mo’… and Matt will also share some brilliant stories from his time on the road.
Check out MATT ROBERTS
13 SEPTEMBER 2019 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL: Summer of Love
"Bedecked with beads, boots, faded Levi's, stovepipe hats, bells and tambourines, 200,000 members of the turned-on generation celebrated the rites of life, liberty and the pursuit of hippiness."
- TIME Magazine 1967
Officially dubbed THE FIRST ANNUAL MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP MUSIC FESTIVAL, this historic event provided a long weekend filled with unique and amazing sights, sounds and experiences. Two years before Woodstock, over 200,000 young people gathered in and around the Monterey County Fairgrounds for a three day celebration of Music, Peace and Love.
This was the event that made Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, The Who and Ravi Shankar household names. “In all, with the high incidence of musical quality and the low incidence of violence and lawbreaking, it was a festival to make everybody happy,” TIME remarked over a half-century ago.
Consider the line-up for this ground-breaking festival... Janis Joplin with Big Brother & The Holding Company… The Jimi Hendrix Experience… The Jefferson Airplane… The Who… Otis Redding… Simon & Garfunkel… The Byrds… The Mamas & The Papas… Grateful Dead… Eric Burdon & The Animals… Buffalo Springfield… Canned Heat... Laura Nyro... Hugh Masakela... The Paul Butterfield Blues Band... The Steve Miller Band... Booker T & The M.G.s and more... surely one of the hottest collections of musicians ever gathered to perform on one stage at one event.
Now, over 50 years later, an amazing group of Australian musicians gather to bring the original show back to life. This show was created by Damien Lovelock - former frontman of classic Surf Punk Rock band, The Celibate Rifles. Damien was set to perform Monterey at Eastern Lounge, but sadly passed away on Saturday August 3. At Damien's request, his bandmates carry on and will perform the show for us in tribute to him. It will be a very special night.
Those band members include Amanda Easton-Morel (Glenn Shorrock, Powderfinger, Marcia Hines), Rex Goh (Eurogliders, Air Supply, Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow), Tim Wedde, Floyd Vincent, Dave Molland and Lloyd Gyi ... and Glen Whitehall (The Voice) has been brought in to sing those songs previously performed by Damien. That's one red hot line-up to perform songs like Joplin's 'Ball & Chain' and 'Piece of My Heart', The Who's 'Magic Bus' and 'Substitute', Jefferson Airplane's 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love'... and of course Eric Burdon's 'Monterey' itself... absolute classics that are rarely heard played live in any Sydney venue.
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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/