9 APRIL 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
OWEN CAMPBELL & THE COSMIC PEOPLE
"All the way from the Land of Oz, Owen Campbell brings us a sound born and bred in American southern Country Blues!"
- Blues Blast Magazine (USA)
"Owen Campbell possesses an exceptional musical personality. You wholeheartedly believe every note he plays and sings."
- Rhythms Magazine
Every album released by Owen Campbell has hit the Top 10 on iTunes Blues Charts in over 10 countries. In 2014, his album ‘Sunshine Road’ reached Number 1 on the overall charts (Australia), knocking Adele from the top spot.
Late last year, Owen released his 5th studio album ‘Rolling Thunder of Love’, which debuted at Number 2 on the independent music charts. Reviewing the album, former Pseudo Echo band member and music journalist Vince Leigh said: “While you can notice Owen embracing influences like Springsteen and Dylan on this album, he delivers a graceful appropriation of these fellow singer-songwriters that adds to what really is a fine collection of original tunes.”
Owen says that his parents were a major influence on his love of music. “From a very young age, they introduced me to Dylan, Van Morrison, The Band, The Rolling Stones... I always loved the variety and diversity of their awesome music collection. As a result, my sound has bits of Soul, Roots, Rock and Country. I love the variations.”
Owen has received radio airplay all over the world. He currently generates over 24,000 Monthly Listeners on SPOTIFY. He’s played major festivals the world over including Blues on Broadbeach and the Rock the Boat Festival here in Australia, as well as the Musiketan Festival in Spain, Blues au Chateau in France and the Bronze Blues & Brews Festival in the U.S.
The Cosmic People include Owen’s talented friends and fellow musical pilgrims Matt Nightingale on Bass and Kayne Butler on Drums. Owen and his band now head to Eastern Lounge to blow us away with his undeniable charm and the explosive anguish of their original Blues sound.
BONNIE KAY & THE BONAFIDES
“Chain Award nominees, Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides, offer a unique Soulful and sassy package of Blues 'n' Roots. We recommend you open it!"
- Australian Blues Music Festival
With a debut album that landed in the Top Ten of the Australian Blues and Roots Charts (Fake It ‘Til You Make It) and spent six months in the Top 25, Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides has exploded onto the Australian Blues and Roots scene, performing at major festivals right around the country. These include Melbourne’s Docklands Blues, The Australian Blues and Roots Festival and Kiama Blues and Jazz.
They’ve shared stages with Blues legends such as Liza Ohlback, Ross Ward, Harry Brus, Mitch Anderson, Robert Susz, The Hussy Hicks and The Blues Preachers, to name just a few, as well as luminaries like Gangajang.
Out front is American singer/songwriter/vocalist and finger-picking slide guitarist Bonnie Kay. Her six-piece band for this show at Eastern Lounge includes Wayne Rigby on saxophone and flute, Catherine Golden on double bass, Calvin Welch on drums, Illya Szwec on electric guitar and Claire Hollander on Trumpet. That, there, is the triple truth, Ruth! A Bonafide Band with a capital B!
Inspired to sing by legends like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Etta James, Bonnie’s voice is most reminiscent of namesake and global Blues icon Bonnie Raitt. Her vocals and guitar playing speak evocatively to the archetypal medley of emotions that spring from the trauma of human relationships - yearning, angst, passion and lust. (Well, it is a Blues night, right?)
That said, Bonnie’s music also includes elements of Jazz, Soul and Funk – it’s a show full of texture and colour, sometimes smooth and jazzy, sometimes gritty and raw. Bonnie conjures moments for her audience to experience right along with her – from almost sobbing in your seat, to feeling you’re part of a foot-stomping, hollering hootenanny.
Bonnie’s childhood was richly musical. Her dad played sax and clarinet and always said he liked everything from ABBA to Zappa. “I don’t think he actually liked ABBA,” says Bonnie… “but he liked the idea of A to Z. He did love Zappa though… and Coltrane. On the other hand, Mum taught me the word ‘quintessential’ by saying that Eric Clapton was ‘the quintessential guitarist’. I argued it was really Jimi Hendrix, but that’s a whole other story.”
Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides are in a word, ‘entertaining’. They deliver a show that is soulful, sexy and sheer fun.
Check out BONNIE KAY & THE BONAFIDES
12 MARCH 2021 | FRIDAY | 8.00PM
"KEYIM BA is sensational... an Afro-Australian treasure!"
- Lloyd Bradford Syke, Australian Stage Magazine
KEYIM BA brings together many of Australia's very best West African musicians to take audiences on an exciting musical journey celebrating a vibrant and colourful culture.
This brilliant 8 piece band has an intoxicating upbeat sound, bringing influences of Reggae, Funk and Rap to traditional West African grooves. KEYIM BA is led by the ever charismatic Djembe powerhouse, Sibo Bangoura. A passionate advocate for the music of his homeland, Sibo is one of Australia’s leading West African percussionists. Born into a musical family in Guinea, West Africa, Sibo was surrounded as a child by the traditions and magic of music. By virtue of his superb talent and total dedication to his passion, Sibo came to travel the world and eventually made Sydney his home.
Other band members include Senegalese percussionist Yacou MBaye on Doun Doun, Talking Drum, Sabar & Congas, Jon Pease (Dereb the Ambassador) on lead guitar and Tina Harris on bass. Also featuring in this star-studded line-up are drum and percussion Maestro Calvin Welch (Christine Anu, Renee Geyer, Arabesk), well-known Sydney musician Blair Greenberg on rhythm guitar and the icing on the cake is provided by the captivating vocals of powerful Soul singer Paula Baxter (Ghana). Rachel Bangoura showcases some exhilarating dance moves to complete the picture.
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/