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Sun, 4 October 2015

A Concert for David Marama

Filed under: roots music, Fundraising, performance art, Gigs — site admin @ 2:55 pm

A Concert for David Marama aka Mr Clean @ Howler on 11th October
The Melbourne music family and African communities come together for a massive concert to celebrate David Marama’s brilliant contribution to live music in Melbourne. The event features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Ray Pereira’s Afro-Lankan drum ensemble and the township jazz sounds of the Royal Swazi Spa with all proceeds donated to Marama as he recovers from a recent illness.

Highly regarded and well respected in the community, David is an accomplished multi-award winning artist originally from Malawi/Tanzania and has performed alongside some of the world’s best musicians in Africa and Australia. With an illustrious career spanning over more than three decades, his distinctive and ubiquitous guitar playing style can be heard on many fine African recordings.

Hosted by award winning journalist Santilla Chingaipe (SBS News), the soiree will commence with a sensational Afro-Lankan drumming performance led by percussion maestro Ray Pereira, followed by the laid back township jazz flavoured sound of Royal Swazi Spa. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra will then take the stage as the final act for a grand performance reminiscent of Fela Kuti’s sound, followed by some of Melbourne’s greatest DJs, keeping the dance floor pulsing for the rest of the night!

Doors open at 4:00pm and tickets are available TODAY from http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/a-concert-for-david-marama-aka-mr-clean/80126Don’t miss out on this huge night of African music and a chance to celebrate and support one of Melbourne’s most influential African musicians.

Sunday Oct 11th
Howler, Brunswick
The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
The Royal Swazi Spa
Afro-Lankan

plus DJs Manchild (PBS-FM)
Chris Gill (RRR)
Systa BB (RRR)
Mpaphi Nfandizo (Botswana)

For those who can’t be with us for this very special show, private donation information will be announced soon. If you could help spread the word about this excellent musical event for David/Mr Clean we would be very grateful.

Sun, 20 September 2015

The Comics Lounge Cal Wilson

Filed under: performance art, Comedy, Gigs — site admin @ 8:04 pm

Cal Wilson
Cal Wilson is the star of “Rove Live”, “Slideshow”
& “Thank God Your Here”
Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th September
Dinner from 7pm & Show Starts 8pm
26 Errol St North Melbourne

Thu, 27 August 2015

Hugh Jackman Broadway to OZ

Filed under: performance art, cabaret, Theatre, Festivals & Major Events, Tours, Gigs, General — site admin @ 2:19 pm

Hugh Jackman,is bringing his high-octane, multi-million dollar arena show to Australia. As a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, for four days only, you have exclusive access to tickets before they are released to the general public on 31 August 2015*.

BROADWAY TO OZ is based on the smash hit, sold-out Broadway show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The show played to critical acclaim, with The New York Times summing him up as “Impossibly talented, impossibly energetic…this dream date delivers!”

Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
Tour Dates: 24 and 25 Nov 2015
Pre-sale starts: 27 Aug 2pm

Sydney - Qantas Credit Union Arena
Tour Dates: 30 Nov and 1 Dec 2015
Pre-sale starts: 27 Aug 3pm

Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Tour Dates: 5 and 6 Dec 2015
Pre-sale starts: 27 Aug 4pm

Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Tour Dates: 10 Dec 2015
Pre-sale starts: 27 Aug 4pm

Perth Arena
Tour Dates: 15 Dec 2015
Pre-sale starts: 27 Aug 3pm

Thu, 2 July 2015

Ben Murphy Comedy Magician

Filed under: performance art, Gigs, Tours — site admin @ 10:19 am

Gigs for Ben Murphy
JULY
3-18 mix of Ho chi min and Xiamen in asia
22 Frankston RSL
27 July-17 August Mix of Japan and HK tours with big show

AUGUST
25 and 27th Sanctuary Lakes Club (25th is a day show-so potential for night show elsewhere)
30 Aug- 9 September Big show In Seoul, North Korea.

SEPTEMBER
11 Caloundra RSL QLD, Sunshine coast.
12 Redcliffe Festival QLD.
19th TBC Crown Casino Melbourne

OCTOBER
26 October -November 2nd Sydney NON RSL Club Venue

NOVEMBER
16-19 Adelaide NON RSL Venue.

DECEMBER
5-9 Wellington New Zealand, BIG Show,
10-15 Auckland New Zealand Big Show

2016
JANUARY
4-8 BIG BIG Illusion show Club Mullawallah
9-13 Illusion show Queenstown

Thu, 26 February 2015

Elliot Goblet Comedy Gigs

Filed under: performance art, Comedy, Gigs, General — site admin @ 12:52 pm

The Fundraiser comedy night coming up Sunday night (March 1), please book soon for an incredible line up of headliner comedians…Lehmo, Dave O’Neil, Rod Quantock, Russell Gilbert, Bev Killick, Bruno Lucia, Elliot Goblet plus quality support acts…all for $37 + BF. I can’t remember seeing better value ever in my 33.4 years in the industry.
The Comics Lounge in North Melbourne. Bookings via The Comics Lounge Events Page.”
Regards and cheers
Elliot Goblet
Reliable And Effective
0408397122
PS. For Interstate residents I’m doing a dinner show at Wisemans Hotel at Wisemans Ferry NSW on March 11. Bookings Margie Pratt 0419 155882.
Also Brisbane City Hall for a Daniel Morcombe Foundation Gala Dinner on March 21. MC Andrew Denton.
Bookings http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/events-calendar.html
That’s enough of the blatant plugging.

Mon, 1 September 2014

DIY Cabaret workshop launch

Filed under: cabaret, performance art, Theatre, Gigs, General — site admin @ 11:27 am

Cabaret’s growth in Melbourne has been further strengthened by several leading venues partnering with the producers of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and several industry specialists to present ‘DIY Cabaret’ – a new workshop on self-producing your show and gaining an audience. To be held every Wednesday night over eight weeks (15 October to 3 December) the workshop is suitable for emerging and mid-career cabaret performers, aspiring artist managers and marketers, and anyone curious about self-producing works for live performance at venues, festivals and by touring.
Facilitator Neville Sice says “There are plenty of courses out there that help you create a cabaret show. This is not one of them. DIY Cabaret teaches you how to produce your show and gain an audience for it.”

Discounted early bird registration closes 23 September. Go to www.diycabaret.com for more information.

Tue, 3 June 2014

MUSIC FROM THE BASILICA OF SAN MARCO VENICE

Filed under: children's entertainment, performance art, opera, classical music, General — site admin @ 5:40 pm

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER CHOIR
Directed by Douglas Lawrence presents

MUSIC FROM THE BASILICA OF SAN MARCO VENICE
MELBOURNE - Sun 8 June, 3pm Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 218 Richardson St Middle Park

San Marco, with its golden domes, dominates the profile of the ancient island city of Venice. Out of this majestic edifice has come some of the most beautiful and awe inspiring choral music ever written. The Australian Chamber Choir (ACC) will recreate some of the magic of San Marco, performing works by Monteverdi, Schütz, Willaert, Lotti and Gabrieli in their second concert of 2014, Music from the Basilica of San Marco Venice.

Adding to the aural magic, the 18-member Choir will be accompanied by an array of early instruments including cornetto, rackett, curtals, sackbuts, baroque violin and chamber organ.

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