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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

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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!

GIG Review – Joe Robinson – Jan 2011

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Joe Robinson @ Lizottes

ARTIST:
Joe Robinson with Bernard Harris & Marcus Hill

DATE:   Thurs 20 January 2011
VENUE:
Lizottes,  Pittwater Rd, Dee Why, NSW

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Joe’s Website: http://joerobinson.com/
Lizotte’s Website:  http://www.sydney.lizottes.com.au/live/index.asp

On a warm summer’s night, the cool air of Lizottes was refreshing as our table for 6 enjoyed the outstanding cuisine which we’ve come to expect from Lizottes restaurants.

As we savored the last morsels of our main courses, we all agreed that the food was so delicious we had to try the desert.  We were not disappointed!  Table service was friendly, attentive and courteous without being pushy.

When Australian guitarist Joe Robinson along with his Nashville rhythm section Bernard Harris (bass)  and Marcus Hill (drums) took to the stage we anticipated a good show but we weren’t prepared for such a marvelous display of musicality, craftsmanship and sheer talent from the 3 young musicians.

We were also looking forward hearing Joe sing for the first time and to our delight his gentle yet strong voice did not disappoint.  The band members entertained us with different styles of groove and blues infused songs, written mainly by Joe, who also performed a number of solo pieces.  Throughout the show many favourable comments were overheard from nearby tables.

Joe allowed both Bernard & Marcus to shine during their respective solos, and we were astounded by Bernard’s incredible bass playing (including Piccolo bass), at times causing his instrument to sound like an organ.  Not only was he an exceptional player, but his soulful, baritone voice was a knockout!

Bernard Harris’ playing was a great match for Robinson’s mind-blowing guitar-work and their impressive call and response challenges wowed us all, causing many outbursts of applause.  All the while Marcus, whose gaze barely strayed from Joe, kept the trio glued together with his deft yet subtle drumming, occasionally leaving the kit to perform interesting percussion pieces on a Cajon box drum.

The enthralled audience loved every moment, and continued applauding and whistling long after the 2nd set had ended, until the boys returned to perform an amazing FIVE song encore!  What an absolute treat!

After a standing ovation at the end of the encore, it was obvious that the satisfied audience left with full appreciation of  the night’s outstanding entertainment.

I definitely won’t miss the chance to see the exceptionally talented Joe Robinson again.

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