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My Leonard Cohen : Sat Mar 18 2017

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My Leonard Cohen : Sat Mar 18 2017
@ Thornbury Theatre.

Sold Out Smash Hit of the Edinburgh Fringe D’Arrietta’s six piece band provides gutsy and arresting interpretations of Cohen’s powerful works, framed by a personal narrative. The stories give an insight into Cohen’s life and the motivations behind the songs, with a sprinkling of laconic humour. ‘A glowing tribute to this legendary artist’ Pop Culture Few bodies of musical work rouse, seduce and are of such great solace as that of the great singer songwriter Leonard Cohen. Soulful lyrics are laced with raw emotion and sheer seductiveness. D’Arrietta’s arrangements add an uplifting, upbeat feel. ‘In D’Arrietta’s hands, these are proper rock songs’ Broadway Baby **** For two decades, Stewart D’Arrietta and his collaborators have brought their own musical personality to the works of great songwriters, including Tom Waits, John Lennon and Randy Newman, and have received praise for shows in Australia and overseas.

‘My Leonard Cohen’ was the toast of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016, with sold out shows and rave reviews from critics and fans alike. ’…this is one not to be missed’ Daily Business ***** D’Arrietta on piano and vocals is accompanied by a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Australia’s best rock musicians. ‘Taking no prisoners… to put it mildly, they are storming’ SG Fringe **** Expect Cohen’s best, including the heartrending Suzanne, the iconic Tower Of Song, the desperately sensual I’m Your Man, and the mournful, but mighty Hallelujah – all delivered as you’ve never heard them before. ‘A show not just for Cohen fans but for anyone with a true love of music and theatre and great musicianship’ Stage Whispers ‘A show for both newcomers and golden Leonard lovers, both intimate as well as big entertainment’ The Beat ‘…the opportunity to experience the remarkable Stewart D’Arrietta in live performance’ Australian Arts Review ‘My Leonard Cohen is above all, very, very fun’ Broadway Baby ****!

Midge Ure and India Electric Company Tour

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Midge Ure and India Electric Company Tour
Midge Ure Something from Everything : Fri Mar 10 2017
Midge’s career spans four decades from his pop band beginnings to almost joining the Sex Pistols, his electronic groundbreaking work with Visage (Fade To Grey is still voted No.1 in its genre across Europe), the mainstream success of Ultravox and the twists and turns of his solo releases. For this Something From Everything Tour, Midge and his band will perform at least one song from every album he has ever released from 1977 until now. What a journey, don’t miss it!
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Bowie Festival - Bowie Unzipped : Sat Jan 7 2017

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Bowie Festival - Bowie Unzipped : Sat Jan 7 2017
Thornbury Theatre
National Bowie Festival 2017 starring JEFF DUFF plus special guests Honouring the anniversary of David Bowie’s passing What do we do when a hero dies? A hero who possessed one of the most unique voices in musical history…and was more influential than any other artist on this, or any other planet!
A hero who made being different, ‘cool’. A hero who seemingly fell to earth to cast a spell on audiences worldwide, inspiring many to follow. In January of 2016, the music world lost one of its greatest and most respected artists in David Bowie. Now a year later in 2017, Jeff’s ‘Bowie Unzipped’ show salutes the enormous legacy that Bowie left behind with Jeff’s unique interpretation of Bowie’s remarkable and enduring songbook. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET and was a special guest (in conversation) at the opening of the recent Bowie exhibition in Melbourne.
Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie includes the songs: Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust… amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.

Satellite Lounge Gigs 2017 Chris Wilson,Jimi Hocking, Geoff Achison

Sun 15th January Ed Kuepper – By Request

Sat 21st January Ramble Tamble – The Australian Creedence Show

Sun 22nd January Chris Wilson and Band

Fri 27th January Jimi Hocking & Geoff Achison – Guitar Showdown!

Sat 28th January Scarecrow – The Mellencamp Show

Fri 3rd February Deborah Conway, Willy Zygier and The Beggars

Sun 5th February ‘A Spoonful of Cream’ presented by Paul Wookey & Shannon Bourne

Sat 11th February Raw Brit

Sun 12th February Mental As Anything

Wheelers Hill Vic.

Cyndi Lauper & Blondie

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Cyndi Lauper & Blondie
A day on the green.
National Tour 1.4.2017 to 12.4.2017

Simple Minds & B52’s 4th Feb 2017 in Melbourne

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Simple Minds & B52’s 4th Feb 2017 in Melbourne
A Day on the Green

WHAT A DRAG! Celebrity Edition fundraiser Victorian Aids Council (3 FEB)

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WHAT A DRAG! Celebrity Edition – a fundraiser for the Victorian Aids Council (3 FEB)
WHAT A DRAG!
A special night of surprise with local celebrities releasing their fabulous alter egos by dressing and performing in drag with help and accompaniment by local drag queens to help raise funds for the Victorian Aids Council. As part of MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL 2017.
3 February
Time: 8.30pm
Free Event
Donations accepted on the door to raise funds for the Victorian Aids Council
Chapel on Chapel 12 Little chapel st Prahran phone 8290 7000

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