nobody takes me seriously : Are you a muso serious about your career?
How serious are you?
There is a lot of dissent in the ranks regarding the 'lack of work' and I hear it often, yet I re-list so many names regularly in the gig guides... I have found over all these years there are a few pitfalls that some tend to fall into.
ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY UPDATE: Entertainment Industry update
The NSW Government enacted new laws to guide and regulate the entertainment industry, and particularly to assist performers and performer representatives (formerly called agents and managers). These laws came into effect on 1 March 2014, following extensive consultation with the industry and peak associations.
Over the last 18 months NSW IR has conducted an education campaign to assist performer representatives understand and comply with the new requirements.
The campaign comprised advisory letters, fact sheets, workshops and a recorded webinar for the entertainment industry.
NSW IR has now commenced a compliance audit of a number of randomly selected performer representatives.
The audit is being conducted in two main phases.
The first phase involves each selected performer representative providing a copy of their 'template' entertainment industry managerial agreement and copies of the last five managerial agreements that have been entered into with performers.
In addition each participant organisation was requested to provide a copy of their 'standard' representation agreement and copies of the last five 'standard' agreements entered into with performers.
These agreements will be reviewed to assess compliance with the Act, and at the completion of this phase of the audit NSW IR will provide feedback to each participant about their agreements.
The second phase of the audit will be to randomly select a number of performer representatives to participate further in reviewing records required to be maintained by performer representatives, including trust account records, financial statements, fees and commissions.
It is our intention to undertake this audit in a cooperative manner to assist the industry. At the end of the audit we expect to publish a de-identified report to further assist compliance in the entertainment industry.
A general information session is being held in Sydney CBD on Tuesday 20th October. 2015 Visit our Events register for more information.
POINT CLARE OP SHOP:
Customers entering Fairhaven’s Point Clare Op Shop at 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare constantly remark ‘I can’t believe the amount of goods you stock and how cheap everything is!’ It is therefore not surprising that the op shop has gained the reputation of being one of the best Op shops on the Central Coast and has expanded to meet demand.
Our motto is to offer customers ‘the cheapest prices’ and we aim to continually surprise customers with our low prices. As an example 99.9% of our clothes, shoes and handbags are $2 each and all kid’s clothing only $1 each. We have all our books for sale at 50c for the month of January (they are usually only $1 each).
We offer 5 buildings full to the brim – toys/games, clothing/accessories, jewelry, homewares, linen, new giftware, books & dvd/cds, new craft and makings for craft, furniture, decorator and collectable items, electrical, luggage, tools/hardware – something for everyone in the family. In addition we offer customers the opportunity to browse through Gallery 209 which displays the works of local artists as well as upcycled items proudly made by some of Fairhaven’s clients with disabilities.
All funds raised go directly to supporting Fairhaven’s supported employment, residential and day option programs for local people with disabilities.
The Op shop is open Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturdays 10am - 2pm and is located at 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare.
For more details please contact 43233566 or 0407757866
COASTIES BUSINESS NETWORKING: People who are in business or starting up a new business on the Central Coast are welcome to join Coasties Business Networking.
This is a great opportunity for everyone to get up and talk about their business and share their cards on the day.
The meetings are held on a monthly basis with a new permanent venue to be set next year.
There will be a $10 charge on the day providing tea, coffee & nibbles.
Please contact Vivienne to RSVP on 0434 375 128
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SeaFM DISCOVERED are taking submissions for the 2015 series.
SeaFM DISCOVERED Background:
The DISCOVERED singer/songwriter programme which started in 2011 runs a monthly series of competitive events over a 9 month period (annually) at the Hub Erina, Youth Entertainment Venue.
Last year’s Grand Final was held on the 12th December hosted by young person SeaFM radio host Nic Kelly, with a guest performance from Kelly Griffith (2012 DISCOVERY). The night was well attended by over 200 community members and Council representatives who enjoyed performances of the 12 finalists, including 4 x young people aged 10 and 11 from the Kids DISCOVERED heat.
* Lily Lewis received the 2014 DISCOVERY ( $4,000 in Macron Music Money),
* Catherine Frohlich was awarded 2nd place ( $1,500 in Macron Music Money),
* Jordan Fleming was awarded 3rd place ( $750 in Macron Music Money),
* Danikka Vassallo was awarded as the KIDS DISCOVERY ( $500 in Macron Music Money),
* Ashley Burke received an Encouragement Award ( $200 in Macron Music Money),
* Olivia Andrews received the Gina Jeffreys Singing and Performance Scholarship.
The DISCOVERED programme is multi faceted, and concurrently facilitates The Let Me Entertain programme, that was developed in conjunction with the DISCOVERED series of events. This programme was implemented as a result of interest from Terrigal high school to provide an opportunity for their senior Entertainment Students.
2015 Sponsors include Gosford City Council, Youth Services, The Hub Erina, Macron Music Erina, SeaFm, Gina Jeffreys and the Music Cellar Studios Supported by Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD).
This year's local qualifying heats take place monthly from June.
7 x exclusive SeaFm DISCOVERED events in 2015.
4 x great evenings of undiscovered talent
(Jun 5, July 3, Aug 7, Sept 4).
2 x enjoyable evenings across the singer/songwriters and vocalists
(Oct 2, Nov 6) .
1 x amazing evening of awe inspiring artistry
SeaFm KIDS DISCOVERED (7-12yrs) heat results.
Congratulations to the 3 young contestants that made it through last Friday evening heat, continuing on to the semi finals in Oct and Nov.
Judges choice: Daniela Vassallo, Jamie Croft, Lily Roome.
Opportunities for wild cards and people choice places continue after the last heat in September.
What are you waiting for?
Join the audience - Tickets at the door
Join the series - Registrations online at The Hub Website
Register, Bump in, Sing...
* Gosford City Council, Youth Services,
* Macron Music Erina,
* Digital Wagon,
* Reservoir Records,
* Music Cellar Studios,
* Musicians Making a Difference, and
* Gina Jeffreys.
Battle of the Bands are taking submissions for the 2015 series.
Last year's Battle of the Bands Grand Final saw five local bands battle it out for thousands of dollars worth of cash & prizes. Open to all school students of any skill level. The winners of the heats go forward to the Semi Finals as they battle there way for a place at the Grand Final in November 2015. Proudly supported by your local government and local businesses Finalists receiving music vouchers sponsored by Macron Music Erina and Gosford Council Youth Services.
This year's local qualifying heats take place monthly from June.
2015 Sponsors include Gosford City Council, Youth Services, The Hub Erina, Macron Music Erina, The Grove Studios Supported by Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD).
The Hub Erina are welcoming sponsorships from the music industry and media and are open to discuss differing levels of sponsorship.
Term 3 Enrolments open for the Hub Erina's Mixed Martial Arts Programme, Rising Stars.
Classes held Thursdays
The Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue
(Located on Nth Sth Rd, Erina Fair, between the Erina Centre and Central Coast Dance School Enrol online at www.thehuberina.com
Term 3 Enrolments open for The Hub Erina's Dj classes, DJ Beats.
Classes held Thursdays
The Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue
(Located on Nth Sth Rd, Erina Fair, between the Erina Centre and Central Coast Dance School Enrol online at www.thehuberina.com
Term 3 auditions open for Gina Jeffreys singing and performance workshops.
Workshops and guitar classes run Monday's and Wednesday's at the Hub Erina.
For more details head to www.thehuberina.com
Fitness classes with Emily
The Hub Erina Youth Entertainment Venue
(Located on Nth Sth Rd, Erina Fair, between the Erina Centre and Central Coast Dance School For more details head to www.thehuberina.com
The NEW Jazzercise
New Classes include Dance Mix. Strike. Fusion. Strength. Core Mondays and Fridays 9:30am Child Minding Available (Located on Nth Sth Rd, Erina Fair, between the Erina Centre and Central Coast Dance School For more details head to www.thehuberina.com
ASH GRUNWALD ON THE COAST:
After returning from a massive tour of Canada including shows at the Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals alongside the likes of Wilco and Jose Gonzalez. Ash Grunwald announces "Second Guess", the latest single from his forthcoming album NOW premiered last week on Double J. Adding to this announcement Ash Grunwald will launch NOW, his forthcoming, 8th studio album with an impressive 28 date national tour throughout September and into November including, metro, rural and festival dates.
"Second Guess" encompasses the essence of what made Australia and the rest of the world originally fall in love with Ash Grunwald and his music. With an overflow of groove from the opening riff, paired with tight percussion and a unique moog synth bass line, "Second Guess" hits you off guard with an attack of the aural senses, It’s all Ash, it’s all-new and it is NOW!
Produced by Nick Didia (Pearl Jam / Springsteen / Rage Against the Machine) from studio 301 in Ash’s home town of Byron Bay, NOW is set to stand as a sonic landmark in Ash Grunwalds career as a respected Australian roots musician. Grunwald delves into a more experimental and modern approach explaining his intention was to create a “modern psychedelic, sci-fi, swamp rock, blues album, IF THERE IS SUCH A THING. HA!” Drawing inspiration from collaborators Ian Peres (Wolfmother) on synth, Pete Wilkins (formerly Blue King Brown) and of course Nick Didia, Ash aimed to approach the album with a traditional power trio reminiscent of seminal acts such as Hendrix and Cream.
With the current climate of the music industry making it difficult for independent musicians to record, release and market music to the standard of major commercial recording artists, Ash Grunwald’s forthcoming release would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support of his fans through crowd funding phemononem ‘Pledge Music’. The campaign will continue to run until the album release on September 25th giving fans the opportunity to pledge on unique experiences and exclusive offers including meet & greets, music lessons, VIP packages, intimate house concerts and more! With a desire to be socially and morally responsible and conscious, Ash Grunwald will donate 5% of all profits raised from his Pledge Music campaign towards 350.org, an organisation working towards building a global climate movement to eradicate the use of fossil fuels and to create a sustainable future.
With one of the most talked about live shows to recently grace the stages of Bluesfest Byron Bay, Winnepeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals, and Blues on Broadbeach. Ash Grunwald announces his 28 date national NOW album tour kicking off in September through to November.
9th October, 2015 | Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay, NSW
SUPPORT: The Sea Gypsies
Tickets at: http://kingdomsounds.oztix.com.au or club reception
PIPERLAIN CD LAUNCH:
Piperlain will launch the single "Mother Daughter" at the Oasis Youth Centre event on the Central Coast, Friday 9th October 2015 for Mental Health Month.
Mother Daughter is about the emotional journey of growing up with a mother with mental illness and is the second single from the forthcoming concept album entitled “Mother Mourned”; a personal story about the duo's experiences growing up caring for mothers with illness and the emotional journey of working through innocence, despair, grief and release.
Lead singer Rebecca be talking about her experience of growing up with and caring for a mother with Schizophrenia at the event, where the duo will also perform some songs.
In February Piperlain released the first single from the album, "Embrace", about the emotional journey of growing up with a mother with Multiple Sclerosis. An animation music video clip was released shortly after and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grxjI9qnamA
Mother Daughter was recorded at The Grove Studios, produced with the help of Josh Telford and Paul Iannuzzelli. It was mixed by Jackson Barclay and Ben Knight and is currently being mastered at Studios 301. Artwork for the single was created by Blue Mountains artist Amy Bell.
The single is due to be officially released October 29th
THIRSTY MERC AT THE HALI:
It’s been 12 years since Thirsty Merc burst onto the Australian music landscape delivering a swag of classic, radio staples like 20 Good Reasons, Someday Someday, Mousetrap Heart and In The Summertime along the way.
Fast forward to 2015 and Thirsty Merc are still excited to be making music, but all things must change and after selling over 200,000 records with Warner Music, this time around the band are tackling the recording and release of their fourth studio album, and first new material in five years, independently, and very differently.
Following songwriting sessions in Sydney, Melbourne, and Los Angeles, the band were ready to get back into the studio and to help realise their vision they utilised crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, to help get the record recorded and mixed and the response has been overwhelming. In fact, the band reached its goal within 48 hours of the campaign.
With the recording now complete, with production by long time collaborator, Lindsay Gravina (The Living End, Kate Miller Heidke, Roland S Howard), Thirsty Merc have booked Grammy nominated Emily Lazar (Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Sia and The Killers) to master the record in New York ahead of its Australian release on 14 August.
Ahead of the first single from the album, The Good Life, going to radio on 31 July, Thirsty Merc have announced a new national tour which takes in all mainland states and territories.
WHEN: 9th October 2015 8pm
WHERE: Halekulani Bowling Club
COST: $30 + BF
THE FORGOTTEN LANDS: Art Sizzle Event
Central Coast youth now have a place to speak up and let their opinions be heard! In this awesome and innovative project created by a fantastic team of young people at Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) and lead by local, Sam Hilton, entrepreneur and professional videographer.
The team have set about creating a load of awesome media projects for youth to enjoy! Including a series of professional video documentaries, a live radio pod cast, blog and other social media content focused on youth issues and youth culture!
We want to showcase YOUR ideas, YOUR creative talent and YOUR issues! This is a project by youth, for youth.
The youth team leaders have worked hard over the past few months to put together amazing Events and their next event will be Art in the Park with a FREE sausage sizzle.
Young people will meet and hang out with each other, listen to music, perform, share ideas, do some art on the easels provided and meet like-minded people. The Forgotten Lands project is about youth talking, sharing ideas, showcasing their talent to their peers, setting up social networks, sharing of ideas, creating connections and a hub for young people to have a voice.
The Forgotten Lands teams offers an organised ‘art picnic’ for central coast youth to collaborate to write, perform, create art, music and network with each other. We provide free food and drink (sausage sizzle), a gathering place and our network to invite people to come and socialise while sharing ideas and talents.
Contact us through the Forgotten Lands website or the facebook page.
Log on to enjoy local youth talent and share yours.
Saturday 10th October - 12noon to 4.00pm
Watkins Jetty/Boatshed Long Jetty
FAIR BY THE SEA 2015:
Fair by the Sea, Sunday 11th October, 8am to 3pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea, Serpentine Road Terrigal.
Rides, games, food, country kitchen, sno cones, craft, kids corner, face painting, toys, treasure trove, books, garden stall and much more!
Unlimited ride passes are available for purchase now via the website.
EMPIRE BAY VILLAGE FAIR:
The Empire Bay Community will hold their annual Village Fair on Saturday 17th October at the Empire Bay Progress Hall from 9.30am
The Empire Bay Progress Association has been working to coordinate the annual Village Fair, which will raise funds for the upkeep of the Progress Hall, with additional funds going to local Empire Bay organisations including Empire Bay Public School and the Rural Fire Service.
This year the committee has focused on providing an extensive live entertainment lineup, with Central Coast Primary School Strings performing at 10.30am and the Serendipity Ukulele Band performing at Noon. This will be followed a performance by the Empire Bay Public School band at 1.00pm and the School Choir will perform at 1.30pm.
“Music at the Fair has always been an important part of the day, it creates a happy environment and we’re thrilled to be able to showcase some local talent this year with additional performances,” says President of the Empire Bay Progress Association, Jan Consoli.
Traditional favourites including art and craft stalls will be there, along with the “famous” plant stall, which will have plenty to keep local green thumbs happy! Home made cakes, jams and pickles raising funds for Boronia Court Aged Care Facility. Fresh local oysters and prawn rolls will be available for those after a seafood treat. Tea and Coffee will be on offer and the local honey is a must buy!
Children's activities include face painting, glitter hair spray, and airbrush tattoos and Ocean & Coastal Care Initiative will have a display of marine life, and activities. Empire Bay Public School has coordinated a display of artwork from senior students, which will be displayed in the hall.
Returning attractions for which the fair is becoming famous for include: Warwick's pianola – which will provide musical entertainment all day and the Empire Bay / Bensville RFS will be in attendance with their fire truck, while the ever popular tie dye workshop will keep the creative types busy!
No village fair is complete without a raffle and prizes include vouchers from: Australian Reptile Park, Mitre 10 Kincumber, Empire Bay Tavern and Empire Bay Hair & Beauty, products from Masterfoods, a wine package from Empire Bay Cellars, Personal care package from Chemsave Pharmacy Ettalong, and goods from Bendigo Bank, Ettalong.
So mark 17th October on your calendar and head to the corner of Gordon and Sorrento Roads, Empire Bay and enjoy the village Spring spirit.
MARKET AND MOVIE!:
On Saturday the 17th October, 2015 Umina Beach Public School will be hosting a Market Day and Movie Night!
Gates open for the markets at 10am til 4pm, and then bring your chair, pillow or rug and catch the fun flick 'Paper Planes' from 5.30pm.
There'll be lots of fun activities, stalls and things to see, including a paper plane throwing competition.
Have a question?
Contact Shirley for more information on Shirleyuminafete2015@gmail.com
GWANDALAN PS ANNUAL FETE 2015:
We would like to welcome you to attend the upcoming 2015 Gwandalan Public School Fete and Meguiars Liqui Moly & House of Kolor Hot Rod, Car and Motorbike Show Spectacular to be held Saturday 17th of October 2015 from 10 am to 3pm.
All Vehicle & Motorbike entrants will receive an Official Meguiars, Liqui Moly & House of Kolor Event Show-Bag. Top trophies for 1st, 2nd & 3rd & prizes will be awarded for a variety of Categories.
Start the fun family day off with a BBQ Breakfast or Lunch and then catch up with Entertainers, Live Bands, Face Painting, Demonstrations, fabulous Rides, Raffles, Market Stalls, Displays whilst also checking out some of the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley’s hottest two wheel and four wheeled machines.
Furthermore “Pinky” Australia’s foremost motoring guru will be broadcasting live from the Event.
TROUBADOUR PRESENTS: A night of beautiful music with Tony Eardley and Margaret Walters!
Tony Eardley is a lyrical and poetic songwriter, a regular performer at festivals and clubs in NSW and beyond. In August 2007 he released his long-awaited debut CD Desire Lines, which featured a group of great Australian folk and roots performers. Reviewing Desire Lines in the Sydney Morning Herald, Bruce Elder wrote:
This is a remarkable CD from one of the most talented performers on the Australian folk and festival scene. Listen and be amazed at how rich and intelligent modern folk can be (SMH, 1 December 2007).
In 2008, Tony was a top five finalist in the World/Folk category of the Music Oz awards with his song Portugal Beach. No wonder. After many years in Britain, Tony moved to Australia and became a member of the enigmatic Spooky Men’s Chorale, performing regularly with them at festivals and events both in Australia and overseas. He was also a member of several other choral groups, including the Solidarity Choir and Ecopella. After a break of a few years, he is venturing back into performing, bringing a clutch of new songs and some old favourites to the Troubadour.
Margaret Walters is known throughout Australia, the UK and Ireland for her beautiful solo singing, her extensive ensemble work with the Roaring Forties, and for her unrivaled knowledge of traditional music and contemporary singing. To hear Margaret sing is to be transported to a world in which the harmonious voice and a seemingly inexhaustible memory for songs, choruses and detailed rhyming lines still hold sway. Those who do so usually find the urge to join in irresistible.
Margaret has been part of the Australian folk scene for many years, both as a solo singer and as a member of the Roaring Forties, and formerly in partnership with songwriter John Warner. Her warm, complex voice has graced songs ranging from traditional ballads, through sea shanties, blues, and songs of industrial life, to contemporary songs of the environment.
Her most recent CD, Steadfast, is an album of unaccompanied folk songs, mostly unfamiliar gems from Australia and England, some with harmonies. Margaret’s preference is for strong narratives and exquisite melodies. There’s variety in the style and subject of the songs, so here you have a clarion call for peace and social justice, a tender lullaby, lively and poignant folk tales, a plea for Mother Earth, a rousing work song from the yardarm, the experience of women in colonial times, and an up-yours from a feisty lass.
CWA Hall (Opposite Fisherman’s Wharf) Woy Woy
Saturday – 24th October 7:00pm
Enquiries: 4341 4060
$12/$10 includes light supper
GRANDPARENTS DAY: Take Time To Celebrate this Grandparents Day!
Local communities across NSW will be celebrating Grandparents Day on Sunday 25th October, to recognise the valuable role of grandparents and older Australians.
This Grandparents Day, Australians are encouraged to spend time with or phone their grandparents, or older members of the community, to reminisce on the fond times shared and to say thanks for their contribution and support.
“Grandparents play an essential role in our community. Grandparents Day gives the chance to reflect on the special times that you’ve shared with your grandparents or older members of your community. These are the moments that really matter. Grandparents Day is a great way to bring different generations together and celebrate the invaluable role grandparents play in our families and community organisations,” says Ian Day, CEO of Council on the Ageing NSW.
Many council and community groups are running Grandparents Day events run across New South Wales. For more details, please visit the website
WHEN Sunday, 25th October 2015
WHERE Local communities across New South Wales
HARDYS BAY CLUB: Some great events coming up at the fabulous Hardys Bay Club.
SPRING PARTY 10th October
Winter dragged on forever, right? Now the weather's warmer so Hardys Bay Club is celebrating by throwing a party! They've got awesome local act Big Yellow Moon Band from 7pm, a Spring raffle and Spring cocktails to get you warmed up and ready for Spring!
OKTOBERFEST 17th October
Celebrating Aussie Brewers. Showcasing German Beers.
Hardys Bay Club is showcasing the German offerings of a few of the best local breweries around. They'll be serving up Schnitzels galore and there's live music from Driftwood.
HALLOWEEN 30th October
Dress up and come along to Hardys Bay Club's fun Halloween afterschool kid's party!
There's a free jumping castle, pirate party host, face painting, balloon twisting, party games, trick or treat and heaps more
It'll be a scream!
GEORGE SMILOVICI SHOW:
George Smilovici is an original, a pioneer in Australian Stand Up Comedy.
He was there at the beginning of the 80s and took standup to Rock audiences. He conquered the charts with his hilarious monologue ‘I’M TOUGH’ reaching number 1 by knocking off Stevie Wonder’s nauseating ‘I just called to say I love you ‘ (surely a public service for which he should be thanked).
A seminal influence on Australian comedy, he’s performed in every arena from the Sydney Entertainment Centre to sports stadiums, theatres and concert halls, in festivals, intimate clubs, TV, Film and Radio. He’s shared the stage with greats like Joe Cocker, Talking Heads, Neil Sedaka, Midnight Oil, INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Winslow,Joan Rivers and many more.
Before his success, Cuban born George tested his true grit as a High school English and History teacher. George realised that his pupils found him amusing so he left school for a different audience.
“They begged me to stay, they gave me presents and trinkets,they promised to behave, they actually cried.”
So far he has released 4 albums, 4 singles, 2 concert videos, and has done too much to mention here. He even features as a question on TRIVIAL PURSUIT.
George was the author and face of the AWARD winning “I’M COOL” BRUT FABERGE, TV commercials.
His wide appeal has allowed him to perform in many overseas markets including LONDON, the US, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, NZ, and for the coalition troops in IRAQ, KUWAIT and QATAR.
A consummate MC and raconteur, his passion for making people laugh and putting them at ease makes for a unique event.
These days George also spends time in his homeland, Havana, Cuba where he records with his own band,
To experience his showmanship is to be swept up in an energetic, theatrical, Serotonin producing Fiesta!!!!! – not siesta
Club Wyong RSL.
Members tickets are only $15 & visitors are $20
On sale now at reception
TAI CHI IN THE PARK 2015: Free Tai Chi Park Lessons
Come and join us in the park and experience the wonderful art called Tai Chi, if you've never tried Tai Chi this is the ideal opportunity to experience this wonderful ancient art form, Tai Chi is a set of low impact exercises which are gentle on the body and is suitable for people of all ages.
With regular practise Tai Chi can help many health conditions such as Arthritis, Asthma, Blood Pressure, Obesity, Improve Bone Density, Circulatory System, Improve Balance and many more conditions. No need to book just come along and try it out
Sunday 16th August 2015 10.00am
Phyllis Bennett Park. Webb Street , East Gosford - Opposite the Japanese Gardens Sunday 1st November 2015 10.00am
Phyllis Bennett Park. Webb Street , East Gosford - Opposite the Japanese Gardens.
BLUES ON THE MOUNTAIN:
Celebrating 88 years of Mangrove Mountain Hall
Featuring some of Australia's finest blues musicians, including Multi-award winning guitarist, PJ O'Brien and bass guitar legend, Al Britton (Bondi Cigars) together with Australia's most awarded blues pianist, Alison Penney, and special guest, Toby Wells (2015 Home Grown Acoustic Award Winner) Blues on the Mountain at Mangrove Mountain Heritage Hall on Saturday the 7th of November is going to be a great night of blues, soul and rock 'n' roll!
Set amougst the backdrop of picturesque natural reserves and parkland, Blues on the Mountain at Mangrove Mountain Heritage Hall provides a rare and intimate musical experience like no other, and with all profit raised from the night going towards the upkeep and restoration of of our local heritage buildings, Mangrove Mountain Hall and Fairview Homestead, everyone who attends the night is also helping to preserve these wonderful histroic buildings for our future generations to enjoy.
PJ O'Brien and his band are one of the most sort after acts on the blues and roots scene and have performed at just about every major blues festival in Australia. Driven by PJ's Chicago and Texas style guitar and accompanied by his smooth, soul filled vocals, The PJ O'Brien band have impressed audiences all over the world. The band have also won countless awards over the years including Music Oz Blues Artist of the year and Group of the Year at The Australian Blues Music Awards and have represented Australia at the international blues awards in Memphis.
Ali Penney is undoubtebly one of Australia's best blues/boogie pianists, and has won a host of awards both as a soloist and with her band, Ali Penney and The Money Makers, including Band of the Year at the 2010 Australian Blues Music Awards, with Ali picking up Female Artist of the Year in 2012 at the same awards. In 2014 Ali and her band swept the 2014 Chain Awards, picking up Band of the Year and Album of the Year, with Ali taking out Best Female Vocal and sharing the Producer of the Year Award for her latest album ``And On It Goes`` with co producer Phil Punch. Ali and The Money Makers represented at the 2010 International Blues Challege in Memphis USA and Ali has also toured with USA harmonica supremo, Lynwood Slim and Brazillian Guitar ace Igor Prado.
``We are very excited to be bringing the PJ O'Brien band and Ali Penney to the Central Coast and to have them both performing on the one night at such an intimate venue as Mangrove Mountain Hall to celebrate it's 88th birthday, is a dream come true for us`` event organiser Ryan Howard said.
Joining The PJ O'Brien band and Ali Penney at Blues on the Mountain will be local rising star and winner of the 2015 Home Grown Acoustic Awards, Toby Wells. At just 16 years of age, Toby's powerful vocals combined with his quality guitar work have earned him praise from fans and the music industry alike and have seen him chosen to support the likes of festival favourites, Genevieve Chadwick, Laura & the Blackjacks and Grizzlee Train to name a few.
Tickets are strictly limited, with early-bird tickets now on sale via www.trybooking.com/151053 and cost $25 (Adult) $10 (Youth 12-16yrs) kids under 12 yrs, accompanied by a paying adult, free.
Food and refreshments will be available on the night or BYO. For camping and accomodation options, please ph 0405 416 289.
LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION: Lennon’s spirit shines through…… New York Post
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is back in Australia following a their sensational 16 week season in New York.
The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon which we know and loved as LOOKING THROUGH A GLASS ONION was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre.
Created and performed by renowned Australian actor/musician John Waters and esteemed singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion, part concert and part biography, reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired icons of the past century with a story and 31 songs including “Imagine,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Revolution,” “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds,” “All You Need is Love,” “Come Together,” “Help,” “Working Class Hero,” “Mother,” “Jealous Guy,” and more.
“It was truly an emotional experience seeing Lennon: Through a Glass Onion in New York at its American premiere” said producer Harley Medcalf. “We were overwhelmed, blessed really, to have the support of Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate. As Charles Waterstreet (Fairfax) said, “We should get out the streamers and confetti to shower D’Arrietta and Waters in an open limousine to the steps of our town halls””. The show will return to the US following the Australian tour in April/May.
John Waters added “To be embraced by New Yorkers as we were from October to January, this was a great reward for all of us who worked so hard to get our show there, at the Union Theatre. It truly felt as though Glass Onion had in fact given the city what it needed, to reconcile their own sense of loss of a much loved ‘son’, as John Lennon came to be. Night after night, our audiences stood to acknowledge us, and it doesn't get much better than that.”
In 1992, twelve years after Lennon’s death, Waters and D’Arrietta first conceived and performed Lennon: Through a Glass Onion on a small stage at the Tilbury Hotel in Sydney. The show was an instant success. In the years that followed, Waters and D’Arrietta toured the show and played sold out engagements at venues including The Sydney Opera House.
The show performed a three-month engagement in London’s West End.
“Its been fantastic the response the show is receiving, especially from the younger audiences that are coming along, some of whom were not even born when Lennon and The Beatles were recording and releasing their music. It’s a testament to the legacy of the man and his music that still excites and intrigues people to this day” says Waters.
“It never ceases to amaze us how many people still request to see the show, even after our last lengthy tour, we’re constantly getting emails and messages asking when is the show coming back, so its great that the demand and interest is always there”, says Waters.
“The song Glass Onion was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles. It had such a strong image of crystal ball-gazing and peeling away the layers that it inspired the format for this show – a kaleidoscope collage of song, word, emotion and image”, agrees D’Arrietta with Waters.
For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time.
LENNON THROUGH A GLASS ONION will appear at the The Entrance Leagues Club on Saturday 14th November 2015.
Tickets at: http://kingdomsounds.oztix.com.au
$45 + BF
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/404490353083490/
CENTRAL COAST PHILHARMONIA: The Armed Man
The Central Coast Philharmonia is performing ‘The Armed Man, a mass for peace’ by the modern Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.
The music is beautiful, yet dramatic and exciting with a constant military undertone. It ends with a prayer for eternal peace.
The Armed Man adopts texts from many sources that reflect the pain and waste of war.
Although structurally based on the Catholic Mass, it doesn’t take sides. It refers equally to people of all nations, all colours, all faiths, all ages. Although acknowledging the horrors of armed conflict wherever it occurs, its overlying message is ‘better is peace than always war”.
It is a fitting testimony to the need to provide as much help as possible to those displaced by those conflicts, wherever they are.
It will be performed at the Gosford Anglican Church, 3 Mann St, Gosford on 14th November 2015, 7.30 pm
Prices are adults $30, Concession $25, children under 16 free. Tickets are available from the Central Coast Conservatorium (4324 7477), from choir members or at the door.
WYONG LAKES FESTIVAL: ... ready to make a big first year splash
Wyong Shire’s beautiful lakes area will be taken over by more than 30 events when the inaugural Wyong Lakes Festival makes a big first year splash from 7th to 15th November 2015.
The new nine day Festival is supported by Wyong Shire Council and will feature a program of sporting, family, cultural, educational and live music events on and surrounding the Tuggerah Lakes catchment area. Celebrations will be focussed around the five key event hubs of Memorial Park, The Entrance; McKenzie Reserve at Budgewoi and the foreshores of Canton Beach at Toukley, Colungra Bay at Lake Munmorah and Long Jetty.
The opening weekend will feature a spectacular evening light show, free breakfast by the lake, junior fishing competition, stand-up paddleboarding competition, art exhibition, market stalls and much more. During the week there will be a range of education and community events culminating in the closing weekend with a new triathlon for the Central Coast, outdoor cinema, touch football competition, kayaking, live music and entertainment.
All events will be free for spectators to enjoy, with opportunities for people to participate in some of the events.
To see Whats On check the Wyong Lakes Festival Website
• The Long Jetty foreshore
• Canton Beach foreshore at Toukley
• McKenzie Reserve at Budgewoi and
• Colongra Bay foreshore at Lake Munmorah.
For more information, go to www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/wyonglakesfestival
PATONGA BLUES ACROSS THE BAY: Welcome to Australia’s only ferry Access Blues Festival, now in its 14th year.
Grab your picnic rug, your sun hat and let’s boogie.
As usual we will have a stellar Australian Blues line in stall for you. If you register you
If you’ve been here before, you’ll know the drill, but those who don’t – take a look around. You’ll need to bring your own picnic and drinks, chairs and rugs. You can even bring your swimmers if you feel like a splash.
There is reason why people keep coming back:
•We have stayed true to our principles of presenting only genuine Blues music at its best.
•We don’t stray from that path because we believe our discerning patrons like it that way.
•We keep it small to ensure harmony and comfort for everyone.
•We keep the cost as low as we can to make the festival accessible without compromising quality and safety.
Because this festival is held in such a beautiful and culturally significant location, local aboriginal elder, Gavi Duncan from the Darkinjung people will open the entertainment with a “Welcome to Country” ceremony to set the mood for the afternoon.
Remember, this is a small festival and tickets are strictly limited, so get cracking.
Hole has headlined festivals in many countries including America, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Holland, France, Switzerland, Norway, and Australia. His two appearances at the prestigious Leverkusen Blues Festival in Germany were televised nationally. Tours have also included performances in Brazil, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Poland, The Czech Republic, and the U.K.
After 9 Album releases and innumerable world tours, Dave Hole is widely regarded as one of the all-time slide guitar greats, with accolades from around the globe and a large world-wide fan base.
Without doubt, Genevieve is an extraordinary performer who exudes raw energy by the bucket load. She has the power to bring an entire venue to a complete standstill.
Her own original brand of Blues and Roots – poignant songs full of rich melodies, sung with a voice that’s confoundingly gravel-like and smooth all at once – has given this singer/songwriter from the NSW South Coast a loyal and ever-growing army of followers.
Dan Granero has been performing in Scandinavia since 2008 and has released 6 successful albums independently worldwide. Dan’s previous two albums were in the top 10 Blues/Roots Charts in Australia.
Passion for music and life is echoed through Dan Granero’s performances as every emotion he feels is transferred from his heart and soul to the fretboard of his trademark Fender Stratocaster guitar.
21st November 2015
Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre (via ferry from Patonga)
All tickets include ferry trips to and from Patonga Wharf.
Adults $70, Children (under 15) $45
**Includes Sticky Tickets booking fee.
CENTRAL COAST CONCERT BAND: Central Coast Concert band - Concert Series 2015
Featuring the Central Coast Concert band, soloists, guests and great music.
CKL Web Concepts develops amazing websites in Joomla or WordPress or custom. We cater for small- to medium-sized business site anywhere in Australia, & assure you that your website will look incredible!