Category Archives: EVENT REVIEWS

EVENT Review – Sam McNally Group featuring Lana Rita Sayah Thurs 14 Jan 2016 @ Venue505

 

EVENT:  Sam McNally Group  Support – The Tommy Novak Band
DATE:    Thursday 14 January, 2016
VENUE:  Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St. Surry Hills  NSW
PERFORMERS:   Sam McNally (MD & keys), Phil Scorgie (bass), Dave Plenty (drums),   special guests:  Jason Bruer (sax), Lana Rita Sayah (vox),  Tommy Novak and Elishia Semaan (bv’s)

REVIEW:   Although we only caught the tail end of Tommy Novak’s support set, by all accounts he gave a great performance and the snippets of video I’ve seen attest to those comments.

Sam McNally took to the stage with his usual air of casual flair, opening with Agent of Change which segued skillfully into the Miles Davis penned All Blues.

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Phil Scorgie

Word was that bassist Phil Scorgie had only just made it to the gig by the skin of his teeth, notwithstanding the Justifiably Erratic Transport of celestial proportions having been the cause of his tardiness, yet the audience remained oblivious to his angst as he delivered a blisteringly skillfull bass solo during All Blues.

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Dave Plenty

Jason Bruer joined Sam, Phil & Dave on stage for Consequences – one of the writer’s favourite pieces – which featured the deft drumming of Dave Plenty who captured the mood completely, followed by Sam’s arrangement of the Bacharach/David song Do You Know The Way to San Hose supplemented with sweet sax solos by Mr Bruer.

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Jason Bruer

 

Sam’s special guest vocalist Lana Rita Sayah put her own languid slant on the John Legend tune Ordinary People, followed by a truly sensational reworking of the seminal Stylus track Colours of Your Love – written by Sam McNally.  Returning for the final song of the set, Jason Bruer was joined by vocalists Elishia Semaan and Tommy Novak completing a very musically satisfying set.

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The second set began with another favourite Serendipity Samba, followed by Melrose & Vermont interspersed with Sam’s interesting and informative comments.  All vocalists returned to the stage for I Get Up and the set was concluded with a slowed-down version of  M Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel.  If the lazy tempo had slowed any further they may have ended up in reverse, but it was certainly an interesting and unexpected version!

The frequent interaction of synergy and smiles between the collective musicians kept the audience engaged as they created an evening of thoroughly rewarding entertainment.  Thanks everyone!

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Phil, Tommy, Sam, Elishia, Lana, Dave, Jason

Photographs:  Stephen Wong – www.stephenwong.com.au

 

EVENT Review – The Rockabilly Women Show – Friday 6 March 2015 featuring Narelle Evans

The Rockabilly Women ShowEVENT:
The Rockabilly Women
DATE:  Friday 6 March 2015
VENUE:  Django Bar, Cnr Railway Pde
and Marrickville Rd. Marrickville
PERFORMERS:   NARELLE EVANS & The Jetbacks (feat. Jack Evans guitar, Antero Cheschin drums and Chris Perry bass)
REVIEW:   I’ve always had a soft spot for 50’s Rock’n’Roll… Little Richard, Elvis, Chuck Berry, etc. but until I saw Emelda May perform I’d never really listened to Rockabilly music.

The Rockabilly Women show not only brings to life the music and stories of four women who pioneered the genre, it makes you want to jump up and dance in celebration.
During the show Narelle Evans relayed stories from the lives of these four gutsy gals while showcasing a variety of rockabilly styles supported admirably by the Jetbacks.
Entertainment of this calibre isn’t easy to find, and with her vocal talent and ability to portray the very essence of the women she’s presenting, Narelle has tapped into and captured the heart and soul of Rockabilly.

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the lead on some of the songs, Jack Evans performing searing solo’s and Antero laying down the groove, the show’s momentum didn’t skip a beat when Narelle momentarily disappeared for costume changes, reappearing wearing yet another fabulous frock and bringing authenticity and creativity to the show.

The enthusiastic capacity crowd lapped up every moment, demanding an encore which was thoroughly appreciated.  I wouldn’t hesitate to go and see this show again, and next time I’ll take a proper camera so I can get some decent shots!

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The Django Bar was the perfect venue for this entertaining show!

 

 

  • Narelle in one of her fabulous outfits…

EVENT Review – – The Marvin Gaye Experience – – 19 September 2014 – Presented by Mike Scott

EVENT:
The Marvin Gaye Experience
DATE:  Fri 19 Sept. 2014
VENUE:  The State Theatre Sydney  NSW  Australia
PERFORMERS:   Armondo
Hurley, Doug Williams, Pat Powell, Franchesca Appolis,
Kimi Tupaea, Keren Minshull, Noel Elmowy, Darryl Beaton, Victor Rounds, Calvin Welch, Eric Rasmussen, Sunil De Silva, James Greening, Bob Coassin, Ross Middleton.

The crowd was buzzing as we entered the State Theatre.  Many long-lost friends joyfully greeted each other while an excited expectancy grew as showtime drew nearer.

The support act – Kachina
Lewis & Sound of KoKo – who began the show, were unknown to this reviewer.  Kachina appeared a little nervous at first, but was warmly received by her audience fans allowing her obvious vocal ability to ably handle the short set which included Sade and Chaka Khan songs, and was enjoyed by the swelling crowd.

During the first interval Mike Scott spoke about his 20 year dream of presenting this event, then introduced the Wayside Chapel representative who urged the audience to donate to this worthy cause.

As the lights went down for the MARVIN GAYE EXPERIENCE first set, goose- bumps were evident as the familiar strains of a Marvin Gaye song filled the theatre.  Once the four celebrated singers had entered the stage, each singing a verse of Abraham Martin & John, we knew this was going to be an event to remember for a very long time.

The State Theatre audience was treated to a splendid menu of music, singing along to Mercy Mercy Me, How Sweet It Is, You’re All I Need, Heard It Through The Grapevine, Let’s Get it On, and Ain’t No Mountain, which closed out the set.  Each song, under the direction of musical director Noel Elmowy, was admirably interpreted, not only by the gifted singers but also by the talented band members and vocalists who individually brought further credit to the overall performance!  The interplay between the singers and band members was a joy to watch, and each musician had time to shine during performances.

The final set – which included Inner City Blues, I want You, Got to Give It Up, What’s Going On and the finalé, Sexual Healing – was truncated due to time constraints which was somewhat disappointing, only because we wanted to hear more of Marvin’s marvelous music.
Towards the end of the show, many of the audience rose to their feet, and many more gathered at stage front, dancing and singing jubilantly to the final songs.

With a standing ovation, the resounding response was a definite…
“When’s the next one?”

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A very successful first effort by Mike Scott, and may there be many more …MARVIN GAYE EXPERIENCES!

EVENT Review – Funk & Soul Jam – 29 Dec 2013

Soul&FunkLateNiteJam-Beth29Dec13EVENT:  Funk & Soul Jam
DATE:     Sun 29 December 2013
VENUE: Blue Beat, Double Bay
NSW, Australia
PERFORMERS:  Sarina Jennings, Carlos C Major, Lauren Dawes, James Tuialii, Laura Stitt (+ Uncle Jed – Shannon, Ben Ackland, Dave Jackson, Adam Pringle, Noel Mason, Simon Ferenci), Victor Rounds, Marcello Maio, Paul Mason, Abe Rounds, Danny G Felix, David Weir,  Nic Jeffries, Salvatore Santoro, Dauno Martinez, Josue Vilches and Elias Vilches

The fourth in a series of events created and produced by promoter Beth McLachlan, this event was not only about the music, it was also a mighty fine excuse to celebrate her 40th birthday!

We arrived mid-way through the nights proceedings to find an almost full house of people partying to the heady vibe that permeated Blue Beat.  Being a Sunday night and 2 days before New Years Eve I’d wondered if many people would venture out, but I was thrilled to find the funk & soul fans enthusiastically appreciating the excellent program of music.

Laura Stitt (of UNCLE JED, the recent “Australia’s Got Talent” contest winner), was in ultra fine form, at one point causing the audience to stop in their tracks to gaze in awe at her sensational singing talent ably assisted by the boys in the band.

Sarina Jennings, Lauren Dawes, James Tuialli, Carlos C Major, Nic Jeffries, Victor Rounds… all sang their hearts out, while the muso lineup was a virtual who’s who of Sydney’s soul & funk scene.  With generous crowd encouragement, each artist took turns in showcasing their considerable artistry.

One of the night’s highlights was when Amelia Rounds, playing bass, joined her father – the ubiquitous Victor Rounds [playing keys at that stage] – and brother Abe on drums, for her first ever “professional” performance playing Sly Stones’ “Everyday People”, which nearly brought the house down!

After the second set came to a close, DJ Sam Z kept the crowd entertained until more muso’s took to the stage, including Dauno Martinez, Josue & Elias Vilches and others, with Victor taking over the mic to continue the jam late into the night.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening of splendid selections played by a plethora of talented muso’s featuring fantastic musicianship, presented with skill, dedication and happy abandon!

The crowd enjoyed helping Beth celebrate her birthday in the best possible way.   Although she’s moved to Adelaide let’s hope Beth remembers to bring her talents back to Sydney to present more of these events in the not too distant future.